CD Player with MP3 Playback?

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  1. Jim Tressler

    Jim Tressler Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello All,

    I have searched high and low for a cd player with mp3 playback as well.. the only one I can find is a 5 disc RCA model. I have looked at Denon, Onkyo, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, Yamaha... to no avail.. Any one know of any other company that makes such a device?

    thanks!

    Jim
     
  2. KeithH

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    Jim, MP3 playback capability is not a common feature with CD players. A number of DVD players can play MP3-encoded CDs, however. Although not a simple CD player, the Harman/Kardon CDR 30 dual-tray CD recorder can also play MP3-encoded CDs. Finally, a fair number of portable CD players play MP3-encoded CDs, though I wouldn't expect them to work well in home audio systems.
     
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    Jim, I'm in the same boat as you. The only stand-alone player I can find is the RCA carousel changer. I may go ahead and pick one up this week to see how it is.
     
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    I came across this post and have been wondering the same thing. I was interested in getting a 5 disc changer since I've been using my dvd player to play music cds but it's only a single disc Toshiba model. So, I started looking at budget 5 disc cd players that also had mp3 capability. And the only one I could find was the RCA model referenced in this thread.

    Did anyone end up buying the RCA 5 disc changer? Is it any good? I've almost concluded that it is worth the extra $50-$100 to buy a 5 disc dvd changer/player since it will also come with cd/mp3/cd-r/cd-rw play capability. Has anyone done this? i.e. bought a dvd player and used it just for music cds.

    cheers,

    --tom
     
  5. Yiannis

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    The RCA changer had a negative review in this forum. Check
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=40947
    It can't play 320 mp3s.
    The only machine that plays mp3s somewhat satisfactory is the Hyundai 380/Daewoo 5700 (TYT DVD player).
    It is somewhat suspicious to say the least that noone sells a decent mp3 deck. It is only a good portable mp3 player in a larger container plus a digital output with a remote. There are dozens portable and car mp3 players. Go figure.
     
  6. Norm Strong

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    I use a RioVolt SP90 that I got for $70. Yes it's portable. But it seems to work just as well as a deck.

    If you simply can't bring yourself to use one of these, try a DVD player, such as the JVC S65, or whatever is taking its place these days.

    These days, I consider lack of MP3 capability to be a serious drawback in a CD player.
     
  7. Marc Rochkind

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    This is a market segmentation issue.

    The market for anything-less-than-high-end CD playing is going towards DVD players. And, there's the assumption that the high-end CD market doesn't care about MP3s. Also, manufacturers of high-end CD players (e.g., McIntosh) would probably consider including MP3 as cheapening their brand.

    On the other hand, MP3 in PORTABLE CD players is extremely common.
     

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