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#1 of 40 OFFLINE   Michael Colby

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Posted December 28 2004 - 01:52 AM

Just wondering how old everyone's CD player is. Mine's a Sony CDP-X707ES that's about 11 years old. It's running just fine. Just how long can a player keep going? Does anyone have an older unit?

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#2 of 40 OFFLINE   PaulDA

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Posted December 28 2004 - 02:24 AM

My Denon CD player dates back to 1990 and it works pretty well (it has some trouble reading the table of contents of some recently manufactured discs--especially those with enhanced CD-ROM features--but it plays the vast majority quite well). It is in my secondary system, however, as it lacks a digital output and I have a home deck MD recorder with digital input in my primary system. My original Kenwood CD player is still running strong at my friend's house (1986 vintage).
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#3 of 40 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted December 28 2004 - 03:31 AM

I have a 16+ year old Technics CD player that still works fine, although it's currently not hooked up. I also have a 12+ year old Sony 5-disc carousel player that works fine and is connected to the system in our basement rec room.

#4 of 40 OFFLINE   mark alan

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Posted December 28 2004 - 03:51 AM

I sold my 1984 hitachi cd player last year and it worked fine when I sold it.

#5 of 40 OFFLINE   Michael Colby

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Posted December 28 2004 - 05:22 AM

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I sold my 1984 hitachi cd player last year and it worked fine when I sold it.


That's cool your player was so reliable. But who would buy one that's almost 20 years old?

#6 of 40 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted December 28 2004 - 07:05 AM

My dad has a denon thats from mid-late 1980's. I have a Luxman in my bedroom from 1991 (bought at a garage sale for $5)

#7 of 40 OFFLINE   Tony Kwong

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Posted December 28 2004 - 07:22 AM

I have a very old Philips player. Not hooked up or anything but I bring it out ever once in a while bacause I have a couple of CD's that cannot be read by any other player, including on a computer. Must have a better reading laser.
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#8 of 40 OFFLINE   mark alan

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Posted December 28 2004 - 07:46 AM

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But who would buy one that's almost 20 years old?


People will buy anything at a garage sale. they also bought my 20 year old akai receiver and 20 year old Bose 301's. The cd player and receiver were amazingly heavy, sturdy and reliable and are probably good for another 20 years.

#9 of 40 OFFLINE   Michael Colby

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Posted December 28 2004 - 09:43 AM

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The cd player and receiver were amazingly heavy, sturdy and reliable and are probably good for another 20 years.


Yes. I think some of those older players were built to a higher standard than the new models. My old Sony weighs 40+ pounds. The thing is a tank!

On another forum, people were suggesting that the capacitors in CD players degrade over time and make the sound quality worse. Does anyone have any informaiton about this?

#10 of 40 OFFLINE   Robert*S

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Posted December 28 2004 - 11:27 AM

I have an JVC XLV-222 CD player that I got around 1987.
I have used it consistenly since I got it (never in storage) and it works like a charm.

#11 of 40 OFFLINE   Jim Rakowiecki

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Posted December 28 2004 - 12:44 PM

I have a Denon changer I bought in August of 1991 and it has had pretty much constant use since then and is still going strong. It is still in my primary system but has been relegated to back up duty.
I'm thinking about replacing it with another 5 disc changer. The Denon DCM 380 is a strong candidate but I'm looking for suggestions if anyone has some thoughts I'd appreciate some help.

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Posted December 28 2004 - 02:28 PM

I've got a Technics CD player that's about 25 years old. My son uses it now in his room. Still working fine, never been repaired.

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Posted December 28 2004 - 03:13 PM

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I've got a Technics CD player that's about 25 years old.


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#14 of 40 OFFLINE   Jurgen Dutch

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Posted December 28 2004 - 06:37 PM

My Marantz CD-80 dates from around 1990. I replaced it by a Audionet Art V2 just a few days ago.
The Marantz played very well all the time. I have put it away for further use, somewhere in the house.

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Posted December 28 2004 - 07:12 PM

I have a Technics SL-PD807 changer from the early '90's. Has worked flawlessly. I love the sound. It plays everything I've thrown at it.
That was back when they came out with there MASH stuff and was pretty good for mass market stuff. I remember looking through a way old Stereo Review "buyer's guide", and saw that they made a transport for $4500.00 and a seperate DAC for the same amount too. I always wondered what that would have sounded like.

What the heck ever happened to Technics?

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Posted December 29 2004 - 05:45 AM

I have a Pioneer M-510 CD magazine changer i bought in 1986 that still works perfectly in my garage setup. My current CD player in my main system is a three year old Sony SCD-C555ES changer..works great.
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#17 of 40 OFFLINE   MikeMeehan

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Posted December 29 2004 - 07:46 AM

I have a Pioneer PD-M40 magazine changer purchased in 1984 for about $400. It still works fine.

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Posted December 29 2004 - 12:42 PM

I don't know what year the Carver SD/A-360 was released, but I've had mine since 1992, IIRC.
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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:01 PM

I started with a Hitachi at the dawn of CDs, then a Pioneer 5 or 6 disc magazine, which was a pain to use so I switched to a Harmon Kardon FL 8400, a five disc carousel. I'm not sure if there is a real difference in how $200 CD players sound but I think the HK sounded better than other I demo'd at the time, mellower than the rest.
Now the motor on the HK died, after being on pause for a few hours, and I'm in the market for another corousel.

I see a lot of DVD CD players, but I don't really want my DVD player to be used with the frequency of my CD player. My DVD is a Panasonic RP91.


In reading this thread and seeing so people using older CD players, I'm starting to think I don't have to be too picky in choosing a new player. So I'm interested in hearing if others agree.

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Posted December 30 2004 - 04:41 AM

In reading this thread and seeing so people using older CD players, I'm starting to think I don't have to be too picky in choosing a new player. So I'm interested in hearing if others agree.


I agree. There's nothing magical about them. Also, it seems that most companies are putting their R&D resources into DVD and multichannel sound. So, as far as two-channel CD playback, there haven't been any technological revolutions recently. Personally, I think the mid-90s players reached sort of a peak which we won't see again with the aging format.


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