My new "old" CDP...

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  1. Celt

    Celt Super Maude Staff Member Super Mod

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    I ran across this the other day for cheap and couldn't pass it up. Other than a few light scrapes along the top front...it looks like brand new...and plays like new too!
    Well...as good as any 34 year old CDP could hope to. It's cool seeing the disc spin...kind of like watching the laundry spin around. :p
    If the chipsets are any clue...I would say this was built by Yamaha for Soundesign. Built April 1984.

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  2. bimasta

    bimasta Super Member

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    The "Wow factor" of early CD designs. But you don't comment on the sound quality Celt... I'm curious.
     
  3. N8Nagel

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    Wow, a Soundesign that might not suck.

    I have a Yamaha about the same age that works pretty well. Doesn't track quite as well as some of my other ones but a) it didn't stop tracking completely like my Luxman and b) I haven't done squat to it except replace the two belts and clean up the associated goo.
     
  4. Celt

    Celt Super Maude Staff Member Super Mod

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    It sounds pretty damn good. I know it sounds better than the early Sony players....(I had one)... But like early CDP's....it doesn't deal with discs over 70 minutes in length and pretty much it reading any CD-R is hit or miss. It's also sensitive to bumps...like most early players.
     
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  5. bimasta

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    I'm curious because many first-gen players were slammed, when it was the early CDs that were at least equally to blame — most of those still sound awful, even through today's better CDPs. I wonder how it sounds with the better sounding CDs that came later, when they learned how to remaster properly.
     
  6. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    I would say that is a nice piece .
     

     

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  7. Celt

    Celt Super Maude Staff Member Super Mod

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    I'm playing some Bela Fleck on it right now...sounds very dynamic and engaging.
     
  8. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Hey Celt, something I do on older cd players like that, I leave it on for about 3 days straight. Always seems to make things a little better. Of course, lube, clean, etc.

    I'd totally rock that!!
     
  9. spicer

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    I remember top loading Magnavox players... among their first and watching the disc spin was kind of neat. We used to repair them, they sounded very good, had a die cast chassis. They sounded far better than most other units at the time and we had them to compare. It wasn't long before most CD players started to sound the same, that is, much better.
     
  10. Yamaki

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    That's cool! Congrats on a great vintage find!
     
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    Love looking at those verticals Cool find.
     

     

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  12. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz Lunatic Member

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    I have a boom box with vertical cd player and it's cool to watch.
     

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