I have no idea who you contacted at Rotel, but saying that the Rotel have a weak mechanism is in my opinion false. The Rotel 965 uses the Philips cdm 4 and the 975 the cdm 9. The only thing I can think of is that the rubber elastic and the toothed wheel getting worned out after many years of use. The mechanism itself is one of the most reliable ever made.
I spoke to their customer services dept. approx 6 years ago when the drawer mechanism broke on my 975. They said the internals were as good as any (Rotel) model, but the weak point, according to Rotel, was the drawer mechanism.
They advised me to have a listen to the defunct 10 series or look at the newer 06, and by the time I took into account carrige charges + parts and labour, it was more cost effective for me to look at a new machine.
I wouldn't give false information from a manufacturer or belittle any product, so you either take my word for it - or you don't!
I do not say you give false information, but as I understand it now, this mechanism problem according to Rotel only goes for the cdm 9 and not for the cdm 4.
Why not get both?
1, CD are still very common, CDP is a must component in audio system. Used Marantz CD 63, 80, 99 are good but not cheap. Used cd, dvd players can be acquired easily from Web, so you may get one very cheap. But get as many reviews as possible and test for working conditions.
2. We also keep an eye on good DAC, either buit-in (amps, pre-amp) or as single box. We can upgrade output from a cheap, cheap CD player from its digital output or from computer files. DAC is a decoder plus a small analog amplifier. It is this small analog circuit determine the quality of sound. Ranges from US$20 ( Good reviews for AK4396 DAC that available from http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.10.9.xtVFLm&id=15734312844 ) to $1,000+. I think the fun is to get one and try for sometime.Not satisfy ? Sell it on Internet and find another. DAC changes anyway as new digital format system and better converters go to the AV world.
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