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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Agent WD-40

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Posted March 26 2007 - 03:27 AM

I want to get a CD player. I'm mostly concerned with regular 2 channel CD's. I would like it to play DVD's but I want it to still be a good CD player. Getting something that does SACD or HDCD would be nice but not necessary. I would like to keep it under $300 as well. I had my eye on the Marantz CD5001 and the Oppo DV-981HD. How would these compare as just CD players? I do like the fact the Oppo would do DVD as well as some SACD, HDCD, etc. Any other units to consider?

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted March 26 2007 - 06:28 AM

The Oppo 970 is actually more geared toward music than the 981, according to Oppo. Plays everything I throw at it splendidly, and is a great upconverting video player to boot.
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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Alon Goldberg

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Posted March 26 2007 - 08:54 AM

The Marantz CD5001 would be my first choice within your budget and will outperform the Oppo. Another option would be to purchase a used Rega Planet 2000 on Audiogon.

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted March 26 2007 - 09:27 AM

I have an Oppo 971, and I never play CDs in it-- my sony scd 2000es is more convenient and has better controls. Plus, the oppo rattles a bit. Now, it could be that I'm missing out.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Agent WD-40

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Posted March 26 2007 - 09:34 AM

How much better do you think the Marantz would be compared to the Oppo?

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Alon Goldberg

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Posted March 26 2007 - 04:12 PM

The differences are subtle, but as a dedicated CDP the Marantz will win hands down. That being said, the Oppo is an exceptional budget Universal Player. I currently own an Oppo 981 and a Naim CD5i, which replaced my Marantz CD5001.




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