Best under $250 CD player with remote and headphone jack

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by bionic, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. bionic

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    Time to retire my combo vhs/dvd Panasonic as I am getting my marantz 2230 amp recapped as well as have some killer box sets on their way and instead of getting a seperate dac was thinking of just getting a new CD player with a half decent DAC that is sure to trump my ancient Panasonic. What can I get with remote and headphone jack for under $250
     

     

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  2. prighello

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    Two that come to mind are the onkyo c-7030 and teac pd650? There are not a whole lot of cdps under $250. I've had the onkyo for many years now and am very happy with it. The headphone amp in it is just okay though compared to a dedicated one.
     
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  3. tmtomh

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    I really enjoy the Onkyo C-7030 as well. It's in my secondary system and it's a rock-solid performer that (IMHO) easily keeps pace with or beats many higher-end players from the '90s and '00s, for a fraction of what those cost new, and for less than what many of those still go for used.

    I would not, however, depend on any reasonably priced CD player as a direct headphone source for critical listening. It might be fine, but it might not. Power and output impedance are a big deal when it comes to headphone amps/jacks. If you have high-impedance headphones, a lot of built-in headphone amps/jacks can sound anemic. You might have luck listening to the CD player via your recapped 2230's headphone jack - you'll still be getting the benefit fo the CD player's DAC, and you'll also be getting the Marantz's well-regarded sound in the chain too.
     
  4. bionic

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    I don't really need the headphone output that much. I have a headphone output on the Marantz and am using a pair of Grado SR 60 with it. Will look into the C7030
     
  5. trinhsman

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    Used Emotiva CD player. Best bang for the buck IMHO.
     
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  6. bionic

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    Locally I can get a Shanling S100 which is exactly like a Music Hall CD25. It is going for $150. Should I jump on it?
     
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  7. osubuc45

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    Sounds like a great deal !
     
  8. Grenadeslio

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    All originally $1000 or more, all purchased for $80 or less.

    Sony DVP NS900V
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    Sony DVP NS999ES
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    Sony DVP CX777ES
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  10. bigx5murf

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    Ime with a low budget, it's very hard to beat a high end dvd or hd-dvd player. They're near worthless on the used market. But they have high quality DACs.

    Check of the oppo DV-970HD, which also happens to play SACD. I currently still use a DV-971H, also a Toshiba HD-A1 (although this one is a bit slow to turn on).
     
  11. Grenadeslio

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    Oddly enough I prefer the non ES model, the DVP NS900V over the others, although it's VERY close. Still looking for one in silver that's not $300 from Russia lol.
     
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  12. Final_Baton

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    Interesting, I used to have an Oppo DV-971H but never thought about trying it for CD listening. It's with an ex-gf now though, so I'm not getting that back, lol. maybe if I stumble on another one for cheap
     
  13. bberkom

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    I really like my Onkyo C7030. It also has digital out so you can use it with an external DAC if you ever want to.
     
  14. bigx5murf

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    I would look for an oppo DV-970HD, you should be able to get one around $50 give or take. It'll play CD, SACD, DVD-A, and even mp3s burned onto a CDR.
     
  15. David_NC

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    I don't have any experience with the two ES models mentioned, but I picked up a pristine 900V a couple weeks ago for $50. The seller originally had it listed for $30 and upped it to $50 after doing some eBay price research. I really like the player. I don't use the video functions, but CD's and SACD's sound great. The headphone output is very usable, and the unit is responsive (much quicker than the old BD player I was using previously on this system!) I can't think of a better unit for the price I paid, though I'd be OK with paying more for one in condition comparable to mine.
     
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