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  • AndrewM
    Senior Member
    • Oct 2000
    • 446

    Best CD player under $500...

    Everybody,
    I'm looking for a good CD player for my system, and I'm looking to spend under $500. Also, for you Sony 9000 guys, do you think I would get better sound from the 9000, or from a dedicated CD player in that price range? I'm also not interested in SACD or DVD-A just yet so that isn't an issue. So far I'm leaning towards a Marantz CD-6000OSE, any other ideas?

    Oh, and I don't want any kind of mega-changer, just a single tray load, or maybe a 5/6 disc carousel.

    Thanks
    Andrew
  • John Holmes
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 2703

    #2
    AndrewM,
    I know nothing about the units that you mentioned. However, for under $500, you might want to look at a Pioneer DVL-700. This DVD/LD combo player can be had for that kind of money. Though it would be used (discontinued), it will play CD-R, CD-RW and it will pass 96/24. Not to mention you will have a back-up DVD player and a Laserdisc player to boot.

    I use one for my cd playback and am quite happy with it's abilities. It is a bit noisy though so, that you know.




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    • Andrew Pratt
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Aug 2000
      • 16507

      #3
      I've always heard great things about California Audio Labs CD players but not sure if they would be in your price range or not. I understand there's a modified version of the Marantz SE single disc player thats getting rave followings but I forget its name..




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      • Lexman
        Super Senior Member
        • Jun 2000
        • 1777

        #4
        Yeah, Cal, Rega, good reputations. the old trusty 7000 Sony is a helluva CD player. Perhaps as good s many 2K seperate players-

        That's what I use, and don't plan to change it anytime soon. Does CD-R just fine.

        Lex





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        • Andrew Pratt
          Moderator Emeritus
          • Aug 2000
          • 16507

          #5
          hmm I believe you mean the Sony 7000 doug Anyway option "B" might be to buy an external quailty DAC and use either your exisiting CD player or a DVD player as a transport. The MSB link DAC's seem to consistantly get rave reviews.




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          • migliore
            Member
            • Nov 2000
            • 50

            #6
            I vote for a used Rega Planet. Prolly easy come buy w/ the new 2000 model out.

            Here's one:


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            • Lexman
              Super Senior Member
              • Jun 2000
              • 1777

              #7
              Oops Andrew. I meant 7000. Must have missed a digit, I will correct it.

              Thanks,

              Lex

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              • migliore
                Member
                • Nov 2000
                • 50

                #8
                Oh, FWIW, I did in-home AB comparison of a ~$600 CAL and the Rega before I committed. I did like the Rega better. If I remember correctly, the Rega detailed better (also detailed better than the Rotel CDP, when doing in-store listening).

                Rob




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