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My one is now in its 23rd year, so I got to wondering if it was alone in surviving for so long. I know that there are a couple of people around the forum who own first generation Philips players (TDA1540). So this thread is a bit of a fact finding mission, but hope to learn something about those amazing players that have stood the test of time.Would be interested in the reasons why you’ve kept it for so long, or if you bought second-hand, what made you go ‘retro’?

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I bought my technics SL-PD1000 five disc multi-changer back in the early nineties, cost me a few hundred pounds if i recall, i don't listen to it much though as the tv is always on, but the one in the car gets a lot of use.

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I do not even have one any more in th emain system! computer is the main source and I can play cds on bluray player which is abt 1 y o

second system is denon dm38 and that has cd, again abt a year old.

but the longest I kept and sold very reluctantly was the marantz dr6000 cd recorder. was a really nice machine with good sound.

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We sold our Denon Dcd 1100 cd player earlier this year it was about 23/24 years old. Now using a Cyrus Discmaster DVD player, it is small and neat looking.
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My philips cdr870 was originally bought in 97 I think by my parents for my brother, so is about 14. It ended up in the bottom of his wardrobe. I bought my first proper amp and speakers in 2003 (I think), a Marantz pm7200 and Mission m35 to go with my michel focus deck. Had no digital source whatsoever as my previous Sony was an all in one. I ended up trading the philips for a copy of the Scorpion King (bloody awful film) so a bit of a bargain.

I use it as a transport now direct in to my AV amps dacs, sounds fantastic! Not sure if 14 years old is old enough to count as retro, but bearing in mind I was 15 when he got it, it seems retro to me Smile

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my Marant CD63 (the top loader) finally passed away last summer after 26 years faithful service. I paid 280 quid for it brand new from B&B HiFi. I still play the CD I bought on the same day...Dire Straits - Love Over Gold.

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Bought my Linn Karrik / Numerik in the early 90s to replace my Sondek LP12. It was one of the very few musical sounding CD players at the time, and is still going strong today - in fact I generally prefer the older Linn stuff to what they make today.

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davejberry wrote:

my Marant CD63 (the top loader) finally passed away last summer after 26 years faithful service. I paid 280 quid for it brand new from B&B HiFi. I still play the CD I bought on the same day...Dire Straits - Love Over Gold.

 

Awesome performance, shame it passed away as kit like that really belongs in a museum.  And the album isn't bad either, one of my favourites!  Also, many thanks to all have contributed so far, not surprised to see an early Denon on that list either.

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i bought a sony cdp 101 in march 83 it is now boxed in original box

it still works well if a bit 2 dimensonal for my taste it came with

escape journey cd, and bought dire straits love over gold
it cost me £549 back then a lot of cash,
i also bought rodgers ls3/5a loudspeakers
i still use them today and have a love hate time with them
i have spend to much cash on cd players over the years
and now use blu ray player to feed a dac, and i am now into computer flac based music
and very good it is imho, so i wont be buying anymore cd players or cds
i now also love blu ray audio disc and blu ray music video discs

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sold my sony 5 disc changer few months ago that i bought in 1990. It was still working perfectly fine. Kinda regret selling it now really.

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I bought my Akai CD-A1 back in 1985 for £449.95, it sounded great  through a Technics amp. My father now has it & still running well. I loved it, a decent well made player with mainly metal parts on the drawer. As space is now at a premium i use my Pio BD player.

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My first CD player, a Marantz CD873LE bought in 1988/89, is still going strong in a neighbours system.
My old Marantz CD94 still worked until recently, but needs new belts, and that dates from '87 (I think).
I had a 1980's Mission PCM II, which I gave to my girlfriend in 2001, and it was working flawlessly last time I heard.
My current CD is a CD63 Ki-Sig, which I bought second hand last year. I reckon they were discontinued in 2001, so it's at least 11 years old.
They knew how to buld things to last back when I was a youngster!

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dvdaudio wrote:

i bought a sony cdp 101 in march 83 it is now boxed in original box. it still works well if a bit 2 dimensonal for my taste it came with escape journey cd, and bought dire straits love over gold, it cost me £549 back then a lot of cash.

Sony CDP-101

Incredible, the worlds first CD player, and it's still living.  A total credit to its manufacturer, and as you say, at the time very expensive!

 

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Mr Morph wrote:

Incredible, the worlds first CD player, and it's still living.  A total credit to its manufacturer, and as you say, at the time very expensive!

 

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).  

And CDs were originally made in sterile lab-type conditions.  I seem to recall those original release CDs like Love Over Gold and Roxy Music's 'Avalon' were 12 to 15GBP or so, along with Denon's classical CDs (months before the regular brands like Decca, EMI and Hyperion made any CDs at all).

Alongside the Sony was the top-loading Marantz/Philips shown above and a vertical format machine by Toshiba or Hitachi - can't recall which.  Back then, VHS players still cost 300GBP or more.  Again it was some years before plastic mouldings, fabrication in Taiwan rather than Japan, and much smaller packaging, enabled prices to drop so much. 

I owned a slightly later version of the Marantz top-loader in black, which I believe was the version that Meridian sprayed matt grey and mounted on a big add-on processor - rather like an early DAC, I suppose, though I think more about managing jitter and better quality analogue outputs?

 

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duplicate deleted - sorry!

 

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My Marantz is about three years old, but I've had a few over the years.  Lovely player, nice sound, but really, the difference between it and the five hundred quid cheaper Sony BDP-S370 is not so great that you couldn't live with the latter if you had to.  

 

Oldest player I had was earlier this year and a Philips CD850 which I had for a few weeks before selling it on to a chap in Hong Kong.

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