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Old 29th December 2010
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Looking for a good CD player

Cheap, maybe a few hundred?
Not rackmountable preferably (or with detachable ears)
Just something that can happily play whatever CD I put into it, that I can be impressed with it's sound quality. Ideally, with balanced outs.

Any specific thoughts? eBay isn't giving me much to work with
Old 30th December 2010
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I would usually suggest the Tascam CD160 but build quality has dropped off so I'd suggest a Denon DCD510. Sorry, no balanced outs though. BAlanced outs tend to be found on pro spec models.

If money wasn't an a problem I'd highly recommend the HHB UDP-89. Yes, it's pro spec and rackmounted. CD, SACD,DVD (all formats).... 1RU, balanced outs. Here's the link. Not sure on price but pretty sure they were sub $800 from memory....certainly not you're stated budget but this is Gearslutz not tightarseaudiophile.com
Old 30th December 2010
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thanks matey
I decided to spend a little more and found a used cambridge audio something azur 640 I think. we shall see!
Old 3rd January 2011
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Have had an Azur 640 for years and love it...stuck it on a rack shelf and it's been happily sitting 2 feet to my left in the rack for the last 5 years or so...digital outs into my converters.
Old 3rd January 2011
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eBay screwed me, failed to notify me, and even I set an alarm on my phone and somehow it didn't go off. I was drunk, I missed out outbid by $5
Old 6th January 2011
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I've got a HHB CDR850 in mint condition if you're interested Lee.
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Old 6th January 2011
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Looking for a good CD player

Thanks kindly for the offer, but i ended up grabbing a new nad 545
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