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Old 10th June 2004, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Good quality CD player

I'm currently using an el cheapo DVD player to play my CDs. It sounds like crap so I decided to start looking for a genuine CD player. Unfortunately, I'm on a small budget (500 $ CAN). I have no problems buying used/demo stuff. I'd prefer buying from a canadian seller (less custom hassles) but I won't mind shopping elsewhere either.

What brand/model should I be looking for ?

Almost forgot. This player will eventually be hooked to my brand new GC amps and will be played through good quality DIY speakers.
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Old 12th June 2004, 10:23 PM   #2
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I am a big fan of NAD so I would suggest looking at their line of CD players. The higher end ones use Burr-Brown DAC's, which I think sound just fan-freaking-tastic. Also look at Rotel's line of CD players, as they also use Burr-Brown DAC's.

That's my 2 cents.
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Old 12th June 2004, 10:27 PM   #3
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You could take a look at the older models of the Pioneer PDR-XX.

Those were originally meant for recording cd's as well, but as that concept have failed, they sell for cheap and are of excellent quality. I got a PDR-04 for around 300USD.

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Have not heard it my self, yet - but the Philips 963 are getting very good reviews. Should not be to far of target price..
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I finally decided to go with a Cambridge Audio 640C CD player. It's a little more expensive then I anticipated (689 $ CDN) but I was lucky to find a brand new one from one Hi-Fi store in BC for a little more than 500 $ CDN. This player had been ordered by a customer that finally decided to buy a SACD player instead.

I'll post my comments once I have had a chance to listen to it for a while.
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Old 14th June 2004, 09:55 PM   #6
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That one wouldn't go with my Hifi setup aesthetically, but the specs are pretty nice I hope you do like it.
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