This isn't really a "home theater" question since I listen to music in a different room but I'd like some advice... One of the RCA output jacks on my CD player (a late 80's model) has been flaky for the last five years or so. I have to jiggle it more and more frequently to keep the left channel going. I'm not inclined to try and fix a CD player of that vintage so I want an inexpensive replacement. For most electronics, you'd expect for $200-something or so you ought to be able to find a replacement that would work "better" than a $300-somthing one designed 15 years earlier. Is this true for CD players? If so, would it be something I could find in a Crutchfield catalog or similar? The main requirement (other than a front-panel volume control and variable output) is that it sound natural and uncolored on acoustic stringed instruments. The rest of this message contains the details of my music setup. For listening to music I use the following equipment: a/d/s L620 (huge 2-way "bookshelf" speakers) c. 1979 Adcom GCD-575 CD player bought used c. 1990 Adcom GFA-535II amplifier bought new c. 1990 I run the output of the CD player directly into the power amplifier, no preamp. I use the volume control on the front of the CD player. The room is 12'x17' with hardwood floors and large opening on both short walls (foyer on one end, dining room on the other). This is a very bright-sounding room with not a whole lot of furniture in it. I listen to 90% acoustic music, bluegrass and classical music with solo string instruments. The remainder is 80's and early 90's pop music like R.E.M. or Dire Straits. Overall, I like the sound of my audio equipment. For acoustic music and especially vocal music it sounds very open and natrual and doesn't impart any particular coloration. Some people would find it lacking bottom end but it's very natural sounding on anything except maybe being a bit wimpy on heavy percussion or electric bass (which I don't listen to much anyway). If I have a complaint it's that the sound is a bit thin. Not bright or edgy, it just exaggerates the rather plain-jane production values of many of my CD's. That shouldn't really be a property of the CD player, though.