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"vintage" CD players?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by DavidCooper, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. DavidCooper

    DavidCooper Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place to post this one!

    Do any of you have opinions on "vintage" cd players? When I say vintage I mean something made in the mid to late 80's or possibly early 90's.

    My grandparents have a stero system that they bought in 84 or 85. It's a Sansui and at the time it was pretty much top of the line. It has all seperates....turtabe, tape deck, equilizer, amp/receiver, and cd player. Not to mention some very hefty speakers. Anyway, she doesn't need most of it anymore and it's rarely used. I took the CD player home last night and hooked it up in my small 2-channel system in my home office. It sounds pretty darn good for being so old! It's solid as a rock and heavy! And, made in Japan! It will even play CD-R's......of course it doesn't have digital out but I'm using a vintage Marantz anyway so that's not a concern.

    So....do any of you have or use vintage CD players????
     
  2. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Well-Known Member

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    I have a Sony 5 disc carousel player I bought back in 1989 or 1990. I still use it and it works great. I lost the remote a couple of years back but it operates manually just fine.
     
  3. JeremyErwin

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    I thought CD players were supposed to have improved with each generation, what with "over sampling" "1 bit MASH", "18 bit resolution", and a half dozen other marketing slogans...
     
  4. Brian L

    Brian L Well-Known Member

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    There was a thread at Steve Hoffman's on this subject. Most of the replies said it was all rubbish, a few said that there were some good players to be had at thrift stores.

    Just to do my part, I pulled my Sony CDP-30 (Build Date July 1985) out of mothballs and hooked it up to my systems.

    I have not been able to get the levels matched to allow a proper A/B with my other disc players, but I will say that if I did not know that it was playing, I would not have thought I was hearing a 20 year old machine. And the build quality slays most any similarly priced contemoary machine....just pressing the Open/Close button to feel how solid the disc tray is built is a kick.

    I burned a copy of the remaster of Dire Straits "Love Over Gold" for my testing, but even with the levels off a bit, I am not hearing anything from the vintage player that would cause me to toss it.

    No, at times I do not have a life[​IMG]

    BGL
     
  5. gene c

    gene c Well-Known Member

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    My first was a Magnavox from 1989. Pretty basic player that I paid $136 for. I remember they had one for $118, but I never liked buying the cheapest thing on the shelf so I opted for the next one up. Still have it, somewhere(?). I'm sure it still works. Also sure it weighs a ton compared to the $39 ones at the discount stores. We used to call them "dime stores" back then.
     
  6. Andy Goldstein

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    my sony d5 portable still works fine. 300 bux in '84. thousands of miles in my car. many hours hooked up to 2 stereo rigs in the house.

    ag.
     

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