Yes I still prefer my cd player for serious listening. But when there's some occassion like friends gathering and small parties, I just use my iphone(spotify) via Chord gem for background music:)
Electrocompaniet EMC 1UP / Musical Fidelity AMS 35i / Focal Electra 1028be / MIT AVt MA speaker cable-Matrix 12 xlr / Chord powerchord / GIK acoustics/ Sennheiser Momentum
Yes my Cd player every time , open the lid place the Cd on the spindle put the spider clamp on top of the Cd close the lid and press play, then enjoy 100% reliable and beautiful music with no messing about .
The icing on the cake is that it sounds better to me than every other source that I have ever heard including vinyl .
What could be better
Electrocompaniet EMC1UP Cd player , EC 4.7 pre , AW120 DMB power amp , PMC PB1i speakers . Isotek Titan / Nova , Nordost SPM speaker cable , Kimber KCAG balanced interconnects .
Linn LP12 Lingo , Ittok lv3 , Lyra Lydian , EAR834P .
"Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Albert Einstein .
CD always was, and still is, a brilliant format. Superb sound, easy to store, and complete with artwork, booklet etc. For classical music I personally think there is no better format. Streaming just doesn't cut it as meta tagging becomes so messy and drawn out if you are going to have any chance of navigating a large collection with multiple different recordings of several works.
CD is and has been my primary source for the last twenty years. Ipad to airport express when I'm doing other jobs and just want music in the background, vinyl for albums I listen to from start to finish.
Will always want to feel, touch and see my music collection.
Rega RP3 turntable/Naim 5i CD/Naim 5i amp/Neat motive 2/BK sub
MarantzPM6004/MarantzCD6004/Monitor Audio Bronze BX2
Every CD i buy gets ripped almost instantly but it's only for the portable player, when i'm at home it's CDs all the way. Racks and racks of the things all in alphabetical order, choosing what to play is half the fun.
Often think about upgrading my player but my £40 Marantz CD6000OSE is serving me fine for now.
Arcam Alpha 5+/ Marantz CD6000OSE/ Rega RP2 with Rega Carbon
You got a 6000OSE for £40? Wow.
If it still works fine, I would say there's no point in upgrading- it's a great player!
Arcam CD72, Marantz PM6004, Dali Zensor 3, via Chord Crimson and QED Revelation. Virgin HD Tivo, Sony BDP370, LG 42" FHD telly.
PC- EvilEdna2: Pimped, overclocked hi-spec i5 2500K, . Audio Alchemy DDEv1, Rotel RA935BX, Mission 761I on housebricks with QED Revelation, which cost more than the dac, amp and speakers put together...
There are hundreds of millions of cd's out there. The format is accessible and quite often, very cheap.
Imo CD will be here for a long time still and having a cd player is part of that. - Good CD sounds good (as do other digital files).
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
I started the thread yesterday when I was listening to a new CD.
Both the CD transport and the 8200CD (nearly) always sounds better than FLAC or Apple m4a.
There's just seems to be more substance, solidity and musicality.
Even when I've effectively attempted to lower the quality of the CD player and give my Stream X2 an advantage by swapping over the better cabling, the CD is still better.
FLAC still sounds better than Apple m4a. But m4a could sound as good as FLAC once I paid £60 for Audirvana Plus.
I'm a Mac user but have to keep my old PC going to rip CD into FLAC via DB power amp.
On about 10% of the rips I'm having to adjust the meta data so the music databases can find the right album art etc. Total faff.
I'm having to do two rips to keep both my Stream X2 NAS and Mac Mini updated. Then I have to back both up for safe keeping.
A CD player ... get your CD out of the box ... put it in the drive slot / tray ... wait 5 ticks ... press play ... then everything sounds great.
Also, to prove what a weed I am, I'm totally dithering on whether to ugrade the Cyrus transport to their new all singing and dancing model. Even though I know it will totally outclass FLAC streaming and Mac playback.
It's good to know CDs are alive and kicking and that manufacturers are still improving / innovating to get the most out of CDs.
LOUNGE - Cyrus CD Transport, Cyrus Stream X2, Cyrus 8xpdQX with PSX-R in pre-amp config, dual Cyrus Mono X in bi-wire configuration with dual PSX-R / VdH The Wave interconnects, PMC Twenty 22 and matching stands.
MY DEN - Mac Mini with Audirvana Plus, Audiolab 8200CD, Audiolab 8200A, Pathos Aurium / Sennheiser HD800, Monitor Audio GX50 / GS stands
SURROUND - Marantz BD5004 / NR1601, Monitor Audio RX centre / RX2 front / B&W 685 rear / Velodyne mini BVE
I'd like to add that this year I have really got into jazz, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, John Coltraine and such like.
I can pick up their CD albums much cheaper than the download versions, which seems irrational to me. Anyway I own a Sony CDP-XB930 CDP with the fixed pickup transport mechanism. To me there is something quite special about opening the disc tray placing the CD in, then placing the magnetic puck ontop and then listening to the fantastic sound of jazz musicians playing away in my room.
I won't even rip the jazz to my computer or iPod, I MUST listen to it on my good old Sony CD player. It's just special somehow.
NAD C326BEE Amplifier, Sony CDP-XB930 CD Player, Pioneer PDR-509 CD Recorder, Arcam irDock with iPod Touch, B&W DM 601 S3 speakers, Jamo 20"Stands, Revolver Rack, QED cabling throughout, Sennheiser HD 518 & HD 565 Ovation Headphones, Beyerdynamic DTX-101iE ear buds.
CD's for me ,I'v just upgraded my Cyrus 8x player to 8se2 and although I rip every new CD I always prefer to listern to the CD over the Streamer. More musical in just about every way,use riped music for all air devices and back ground music but when it comes down to serious listerning it's either Vinyl or CD.
I still much prefer using CD's for a good listening session. IMO my Arcam is still better (to my tastes) and my Sony is on a different planet to my Mac Mini/DAC combos I've tried.
I recently demoed a Benchmark DAC-1 with both players and didnt keep it.
I dont think I'll be buying into 32bit DACs anytime soon. Though I may try and track down a nice old Philips player or if budget allows, a Studer.
Mac Mini > Chordette Peach + Sony CDP707ES + Arcam CD 73 + Quad FM4
Arcam A28 + Sony TA-FA 777ES
Naim Naca 5
Though I may try and track down a nice old Philips player or if budget allows, a Studer.
Lovely, might just do that myself
Happy Sunday everyone x
I don't really get all the nostalgia for CDs. I sort of get the nostalgia for vinyl (even though I have never owned, and probably will never own, a turntable), as it can actually sound different from CDs and digital files. But CDs and digital files (of the same resolution) will sound exactly the same modulo whatever coloration your player adds to the equation. (But that is not something intrinsic to either medium, but inherently a property of whatever equipment you own).
Most of the CDs that I buy never even leave the cellophane, given that somebody will have done the ripping for me.
Err no, I sold it over 3 years ago
what are you puzzled about BBB
Got a more than sneaky idea that I know exactly why BBB is puzzled.
For me, it's preference. I dont deny that CD's have a number of flaws but they are flaws I embrace and enjoy. There are people out there that will sing the virtues of Reel-to-reel, Vinyl and high resolution digital files and thats great for them, they have found a way of listening to music they love.
I love my players and will always own one or two. Some are never satisfied with any format and upgradeitus drives them mad and empties their wallets very quickly.
I'm well in the minority but CD's are actually my format of choice (slating expected).
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