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Hi guys,

I recently bought a Santa Cruz and I have decided to just stick with my Live and buy a CD player instead. I need one that is relatively cheap (preferably below 100) and sounds pretty good. If it can play MP3s that is a plus but not required. Just a regular one, not portable.

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Hmmm, can you expand that budget a bit? I got my Denon 370 on ebay for $125.
 
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Hey andrzejpw, have you ever compared your denon to a nad 521? I'm trying to decide which one I should get. I am not too interested in HDCD's because I don't have any, but it might be a nice option in the future.
 
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I've just bought a Sony CE-775 5 disc SACD changer from Circuit City. Sony is discontinuing this model, there are only a few left. It retails for $179-$193, but I bought their last model which was a show model. Fortunately they couldn't find the remote, manuals, cables, boxes, everything was gone so I've got it for $119.97.

Check reviews at the hirez audio asylum, it's getting fantastic reviews also for redbook CDs.

I'm just breaking it in, so I can't say a whole lot about it, but at this price it seems like a very good deal to try out SACD.
 
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Sorry I'm new to the world of CD players, do any of those support MP3? What are SACDs and redbook CDs?
 
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Hey andrzejpw, have you ever compared your denon to a nad 521? I'm trying to decide which one I should get. I am not too interested in HDCD's because I don't have any, but it might be a nice option in the future.


No, I haven't compared them. But from what I've read, they aren't that comparable. Search the forums for nad 521. Its about $238, about $100 more than the denon.

Personally, I LOVE teh fact that that the denon is a changer, can play HDCDs(you probably have more than you think, and there is a SLIGHT difference). Also, the denon has some great DACs.
 
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Sorry I'm new to the world of CD players, do any of those support MP3? What are SACDs and redbook CDs?


The unit I was referring to does not support mp3.
SACD is a relatively new digital standard and stands for super audio compact disc. The discs look the same, but hold more data. Redbook CD is the common standard audio CD.

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Ok well my dad said that the budget can be increased to mid $100. I don't really need MP3 playback since I can just burn it, as long as it supports CDRs I'm fine. I need one that is decent because I might be upgrading to speakers, amp etc.
 
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Oh I also have a creative DVD player, I think it's a rebadged Toshiba. Can I just use that with an Art DI/O? Or does the actual player really matter? Does the Art DI/O have a headphone jack?

Seems that there is alot of chatter about the Sony NS500V? How will this sound unamped? Better than the Denon 370?
 
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I must admit, while i do like the sound of the denon, I would not recommend getting this player used. It seems to have skipping problems eventually. (read reviews on audioreview) I suggest you just get a nice redbook for now. If you want something really good for really cheap, go yamaha.
 
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Seems that there is alot of chatter about the Sony NS500V? How will this sound unamped? Better than the Denon 370?


The audio only SCD-CE775 beats the NS500V on SACD and redbook CD. The headphone out of the SCD-CE775 is considerably worse than my Headroom Little amp.
 
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