1. Time for some upgrades in server hardware and software to enhance security and take AK to the next level. Please contribute what you can to sales@audiokarma.org at PayPal.com - Thanks from the AK Team
    Dismiss Notice

Looking to purchase a new CD player

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Billiam1962, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Roadrash

    Roadrash AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    St.Louis MO
    The Onkyo C 7030 is a fantastic player. It sounds great and will play an absolutely hammered CD with no issues. I own 3 of them, and can't see any reason to spend more money for anything else.
     
    grillebilly likes this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. kray

    kray HE>i Subscriber

    Messages:
    662
    Location:
    Denver
    Onkyo 7030 is great especially if using a external DAC. I had one and worked great but sold since i'm using a Mac Mini as a music server now. 7030 can be had used on Amazon right now for $120
     
    Roadrash likes this.
  3. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,237
    Location:
    Miami Beach
    If you want a great new CD player for $300 get an XBOX ONE. You will have a brand new CD player, DVD, Bluray, and gaming console (if you want to use it) plus you can control the whole thing from your phone.
     
    Mojo Warrior, Drugolf and DaveVoorhis like this.
  4. Bahamayellow

    Bahamayellow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    773
    I really like my marantz cd-5005. They are 399 new with a 3 year warranty. Mines still going strong 3 years later.
     
    guitarlvr likes this.
  5. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    13,861
    Location:
    SE Michigan, Downriver....
    I would look for a used Sony dvp-s7000.

    These sold for $1,000 new and it uses a separate laser for cd playback.

    Can be had for $100 or so.
     
  6. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    Thanks for the additional suggestions. I will spend some time researching some of these units over the next couple of weeks before I make a decision.
     

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  7. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    I noted the weight of the Onkyo C7030 is at least twice as much as the NAD and Yamaha CD players. Does the Onkyo use a different power supply? Can't imagine why there is such a disparity in weight. Also wondering if the NAD and Yamaha units use a newer type of power supply which would result in less weight in the unit?
     
  8. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,237
    Location:
    Miami Beach
    Extra weight can be from a more robust power supply or from additional metal shielding or even just because they are using less plastic and more metal in the construction. Generally heavier means better. Generally.
     
  9. Kyocerafan

    Kyocerafan Active Member

    Messages:
    141
    Location:
    Seattle area
    Emotiva CD-100 is $299. Should be well worth that. Three year warranty. 30 day trial.

    I was going to suggest if you could stretch to $500, that their ERC-3 is splendid. But is suddenly $600. And presently sold out.

    The Onkyo C7030 has been on my wish list for awhile. Debatable reliability record. I'd be careful where I bought it. And consider a good extended warranty. Supposed to sound very good, though. My Onkyo DX-C390 changer has been fine and sounds good.
     
  10. bluescat

    bluescat Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    534
    Location:
    WV
    I have had an Onkyo 7030 for a few years and it has never skipped a beat. I also have a couple Sony DVD players that are excellent, that I bought on ebay for about $25 ea. DVNS77H I believe. I have had the Sony's for 6-8 years and they still work fine.
     
  11. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

    Messages:
    11,412
    Location:
    Norman OK
    My choice from those listed by the OP would be Yamaha for reliability. My personal rule for decades has been that if there are moving parts, avoid NAD. They always seemed to develop early functional issues with TTs, cassette decks and CD players. Yamaha seems to do it well; they can build anything. May not be the sexiest choice, but probably will work for years without issues. Just my own opinion, not carved in stone.
     
    stish likes this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  12. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    Thanks for the added responses. I bought a NAD CD player in 2000. It had a one year warranty. Bit the dust about two weeks after the warranty expired. Just stopped working. I've heard they have improved the reliability of the NAD models in recent years and they no longer have major issues with moving parts except that some units still have issues with the tray not working properly after a while.

    The only real concern I have with the Onkyo model is that a lot of reviewers claim it will skip on a lot of CD's even if you walk near it while it is playing. Had a similar problem with a Cambridge Audio CD player I bought in 2003. Replaced the NAD in fact.

    I have a Yamaha S300 which is currently working fine. But I am wondering if that by buying a different model for my second system, I will see an improvement in the playback quality of some of the CD's I own. Or perhaps I should say a bit of a different sound?

    I just dug out a cheap Teac CDP 1250 that I've owned for almost 20 years to use while I decide which new CD player to buy. Doesn't sound that bad even when up against the Yamaha. Perhaps if this tides me over for a few months, I can scrape up a little more money to use towards a CD player that is the next step up from the entry level. Might be able to budget around $500 if I am lucky but I won't know for a couple of months.
     
  13. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    I've been told the new NAC C538 CD player has a newer Wolfson DAC which I would imagine is an improvement over the 516Bee. Waiting to see if any professional reviews show up along with user reviews before I decide which CD player to purchase.
     
  14. Tim64

    Tim64 Super Member

    Messages:
    1,192
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Buy it where you can get the extended warranty I think max is 4 years. Mine died shortly after the factory warranty expired and mine was sensitive to vibration as in walking to the extreme.
     
  15. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    Tim. That makes sense if I can get an extended warranty. Did you purchase it? Many people that have compared the Onkyo 7030 to the more expensive Yamaha and NAD models think it sounds every bit as good. I think I'd have to spend at least $500 or more to see even a small improvement in the audio quality and probably more if I want to find a unit that won't potentially have mechanical flaws or other problems. A real crap shoot when you buy entry level gear in terms of the reliability.

    Also, when did you purchase your unit? I've read that they've changed the DAC in the Onkyo and it now uses the same one as the the entry level Pioneer CD player. AK or something like that and NOT the Wolfson now. Happened a couple of years ago. Wondering how this impacts the sound?
     
  16. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

    Messages:
    16,060
    Location:
    Fairfax VA
    C-7030 is a bargain. Buy it from a reputable dealer and if it gives you a problem send it back. I have ordered 3 and did get one that skipped. Sent it back and am listening to it right now.
    I used to not like CD's, much preferred records due to the "harsh" sound cd's had. The Onkyo changed all that is a big way.
     
    Roadrash likes this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  17. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    People really rave about the Onkyo 7030. I have a Tube amp and after swapping out the pre amp tube, I don't hear any harsh sound even from CD's now unless I turn up the treble on the pre amp on poorly recorded CD's. Some stuff I have from the 60's is pretty bad quality but sounds a lot better with tubes.
     
  18. Roadrash

    Roadrash AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    St.Louis MO
    I've never had any of my C 7030s skip from walking past them, as a matter of fact my 85 pound dog ran into the rack one day while a CD was playing and it didn't skip.
     
  19. Billiam1962

    Billiam1962 Member

    Messages:
    71
    I'm seeing a lot of reviews on Amazon from people that said skipping is a real problem. I am wondering if Amazon gets B stock or returns from Onkyo and then resells as allegedly being new units? I will check some other sites like Crutchfield to see if about the same percentage of reviewers as Amazon reviewers are claiming they have this problem.
     
  20. 7.62

    7.62 Gearhead Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,648
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Do you believe everything you read on the internet ?

    You've got plenty of guys here including myself that are having a lot of fun with the 7030, if your that worried it's gonna die, skip whatever, hell any machine can do that regardless of cost. It's not like your out 1000's of dollars.

    Just sayin.
     
    Mojo Warrior and Roadrash like this.

Share This Page