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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   DavidCooper


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Posted February 04 2005 - 05:10 AM

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 of 6 OFFLINE   ChuckSolo



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Posted February 04 2005 - 05:41 AM

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 of 6 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin



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Posted February 04 2005 - 07:53 AM

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 of 6 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted February 04 2005 - 08:57 AM

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.

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#5 of 6 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted February 04 2005 - 09:32 AM

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.
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"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Andy Goldstein

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Posted February 05 2005 - 12:55 AM

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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