My first CD player was Rotel RCD 975. I believe it came out 1995, and loved the tonal qualities with my Arcam amps. Still up in the loft and plays; feeling a bit sorry for itself. One of the problems of the 9 series was the drawer mechanism was slightly flimsey.
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
Formerly known as plastic penguin
I have recently sold my cd player from my main system due to lack of use but I do have a Marantz CD40 in the loft. I believe that it dates from circa 1989 and was still going strong when I stored it. I don't know to much about it other than it uses a TDA1541 DAC and has a swing arm laser mechanism rather than a worm drive........not sure why I know that or what use it is lol
checking this forum made me reminisce the times
My Rotel Rcd 955 bx tubed cdp is around 20 years now.
Pioneer PD204 here, not sure how old it is!
I've still got my 1986 that I use almost every day.
(Left) Philips CDM1 used in the Philips CD960 and Marantz CD94. (Right) Sony BU1/KSS-190A. Typical linear motor fitted to Sony ESD machines.
They certainly built them to last back then! I was selling hi-fi in those days, still a 'Saturday boy', and we told customers in all seriousness that 450GBP or thereabouts was likely to be the price for the foreseeable future. Of course, no-one ever imagined everything being made of plastic (these early ones all had a die-cast chassis and were semi-handbuilt).
Indeed, shown above are two of the competing rivals circa 1988. Both were labour intensive to produce. It was about this time that many players were being fitted with electrical and optical digital outputs as some of the first Digital to Analogue Converters (DAC’s) appeared on the market. Players using this quality of transport were expensive at the time (£600 - £1000) and the manufacturers had woken up to the fact that nobody would want to pay such an amount without a degree of upgradability built into the design.
CDP-337ESD ~ MDS-JE520 ~ TU-1800DAB ~ DACMAGIC 2i ~ PM-66KI ~ LD50DMS
I'm probably the worst person to comment as everything I have is old by choice as they're all so easy to mod!
The Mission PCM 4000 CDP I use has the tester's signature on a label inside and says 1986; the Rotel RCD965BX (which I have asked a friend vastly better at these things than me to mod as the transport is excellent) dates to about 1991. Humorously the Cambridge Audio 640C V2 I bought about 2 years ago is about to go on ebay as I hate it - may be incredibly analytical but it's just SOOOO bright I can't listen to it for more than about 15 minutes...
Born in the wrong decade? Perhaps
System 1 (!): Nottingham Analogue Dais Heavy; RB300 rewired with cardas silver; Denon 103r; Cambridge Audio 630C V2 CDP; Musical Fidelity Digilog DAC/ Arcam rDac KW; Rotel Rt-850AL tuner; Royd Minstrel spkrs re- and biwired; Bespoke Zenith 601 monoblocks designed by Nigel Pearson (aka Isotek/ Garrard genius!), hard-wired with no pcb; home-built matchwood passive pre-amp with AOI mic wire, ALPS pot and silver selector; all running shark wire silver i/c's except AOI pre-power and QED Silver anniv flat spkr cable. System 2: Mission 776 & 777 Pre and power amps (Google them - bonkers...); Rotel RCD965/ Mission PCM4000 CDPs; Sony 5850 tuner; Rewired TDL RTL2s/ B&W 302s/ hybrid Wharfedales; several Denon/Yamaha tape decks. I think that's most of the good stuff...!
Just bought a PD-S703 - not sure how old it is but im guessing itll be from at least 1995.
Roughly 20 years old this year, Marantz CD52 mk2 SE. Love all the old gear
90s lover. - Marantz CD52 mk2 SE - Rotel RA970BX - Mission 702 standmounters -
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