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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.