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 Post subject: No Anthem cd players?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:34 am 
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So i upgraded my HT receiver a while back to an Anthem mrx 500....big step up from my HK AVR 135. Now i was thinking it might be nice to retire my NAD cd player and get a matching Anthem unit for my HT system. If i want an Anthem cd player i have to settle for one built in the 90s?! Wtf is that about? Why isnt Anthem building a cd player? Or at least a dvd/bluray player....so if i cant get an Anthem unit, what else should i look at? Ideally id like a 5-6 disc changer. Ive been looking at Esoteric for my serious listening system and was thinking maybe a TEAC changer would go nice with my receiver....any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:19 am 
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How about an Onkyo or Integra 6 disc CD player? Check them out here in the USA:

https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a ... ger/1.html

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https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a ... ger/1.html

or in Canada here:

https://gibbyselectronicsupermarket.ca/ ... 0-b-stock/

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https://www.2001audiovideo.com/en/catal ... yo-DX-C390


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Consumer demand for physical media players are on the decline, therefore, a LOT of manufactures have stop making CD only players


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I have four different multi-disc CD players. I have a TEAC in my main system but will most likely swap it out for a Nakamichi MB8...this rig sounds really great. If you can find a decent Nakamichi, I recommend giving it a try. The MB8 is hard to find these days.....

And yes, there are becoming fewer and fewer brand new options for CD playing. Especially multi-disc


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I own the 500.
I've owned the anthem cd stacker....
Imo the 500 would be the weak link.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:02 am 
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I have an Onkyo 6 cd changer in the classifieds, well priced.


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The onkyo cd changers have terrible reliability issues (trays) - there are refurbs available on ebay for cheap. Generally budget cd players (Yamaha, Onkyo) are overpriced here compared to the US - I would consider making a trip.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:10 am 
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The Onkyo was a good suggestion by one of the members. Its a decent quality product.

But consider this, and before you laugh or wrinkle your forehead with a raised eyebrow. Consider a Sony PS-3 as your CD player. They can be found for dirt cheap, have a well constructed mechanism, has blue ray, has a digital optical output, internal hard drive to make playlists, remote capability and an excellent build quality. There are many other great reasons but i think you get the "Jest" of it. Most "ready for the consumer" CD Players are just, well.....Blah.

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Denon and Marantz multi players, a few are smoking good players and excellent heavy builds. I still hang on to a 2900 tank. Its higher than my amplifier and weights a good 30 lbs. You can one of either ones upper tier players from the 2000s on up for a mere couple hundred bucks. Or an OPPO 103/5

The mechanisms in many of the multi disc players leave somethings to desire. I always stick with the single drawer/ disc players. Then it goes through separate dac on its way in.

Does anyone know what to look for in the way of a good portable CD player? Remember those things you had to "lug" around if you wanted digital sound in the car :lol: ? I want to surprise my wife with a decent portable disc player.


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Ive always been a little leary of the newer Onkyo gear...ive read about alot of quality issues....not specifically cd players but in general...might be worth a shot tho.

Nakamichi is an interesting suggestion, i remember their stuff from back in the 90s and it seemed to always get pretty decent reviews. I actually saw a Nak cd player on kijiji the other day, maybe ill see if its still around.

Hows the Pioneer Elite 300 disk changer? Im not even sure i have 300 cds but that would be pretty sweet....no need for shelf space, just throw everything i have at it and they can stay there lol

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I actually used a PS3 for quite a while for my cd player....it was good.....not up to par with my old NAD for whatever reason tho....never could figure that out....my NAD with a really nice set of rcas sounded leaps and bounds better than the ps3 running fiberoptic cable?


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Back in the 90's when Sonic Frontiers was bought-out by the people who owned Paradigm and Anthem - who then promptly shut-down Sonic Frontiers :shock: , most of the Anthem products that appeared were crap.
The only Anthem components that sounded any good were the Anthem CD 1 six disc player with a 6922 tube inside, and a couple of preamps that were probably made by using the Sonic Frontiers designs in a different chassis.
The sound of the CD 1 was very good, and it played HDCD discs also. I don't know if it will hold its own against all the 192/24 players made now - or if you'll even care - but it does have AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outputs at the back, so that you can use it as a transport.


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Just get the Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1060 not too expensive (around $ 400 and less ) and a lot of nice features including some rare at the price (like the XLR analogue outputs)

B-Ray - very nice picture (upscaled 4K, not native)
SACD
DVD audio
Plays from USB stick
CD toggle switch to slow-down RPM speed to cd format (for better error correction)
Free ap to use your cell phone as a remote
XLR outputs (a rarity at this price)
and I am missing some...

https://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/audio ... index.html

Good luck!


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105 oppo has balanced outputs also worth mention, right around the same price ranges. Scoop up as many as you can because CD and BluRay will come back with a vengeance one day in the future :D

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The onkyo cd changers have terrible reliability issues (trays) - there are refurbs available on ebay for cheap. Generally budget cd players (Yamaha, Onkyo) are overpriced here compared to the US - I would consider making a trip.


So did their mid 2000 and later amps in they're surround sound receivers. I switched to Denon after losing one amp then another, and then the warranty covered replacement. Pretty solid make in other areas despite some bad batches of built in amps although.


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milag wrote:
Just get the Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1060 not too expensive (around $ 400 and less ) and a lot of nice features including some rare at the price (like the XLR analogue outputs)

B-Ray - very nice picture (upscaled 4K, not native)
SACD
DVD audio
Plays from USB stick
CD toggle switch to slow-down RPM speed to cd format (for better error correction)
Free ap to use your cell phone as a remote
XLR outputs (a rarity at this price)
and I am missing some...

https://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/audio ... index.html

Good luck!


Great unit, try and find one


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allgonoshow wrote:
milag wrote:
Just get the Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1060 not too expensive (around $ 400 and less ) and a lot of nice features including some rare at the price (like the XLR analogue outputs)

B-Ray - very nice picture (upscaled 4K, not native)
SACD
DVD audio
Plays from USB stick
CD toggle switch to slow-down RPM speed to cd format (for better error correction)
Free ap to use your cell phone as a remote
XLR outputs (a rarity at this price)
and I am missing some...

https://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/audio ... index.html

Good luck!


Great unit, try and find one

Exactly.
Been discontinued for a while now


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