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RE: inroduced in ~ 2010, $1-2k, used CD player: worth?

A cheap CDP will give you a cheap sound, so stick with good quality - or rip your CDs and play from hard drive - or subscribe to stream service in CD quality.

A really good and well made old CDP will offer good service if it's in good condition and you can see for yourself that it's been lightly used and well looked after. My Mark Levinson 390S CDP is in perfect working order and I'd expect it to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I'd expect to sell it for about 1/4 of its original £6400 price.

The biggest improvement in CDP design over the last 20 years or so has been the DAC. Despite this, my ML stands up very well against the DAC in my new digital preamp. If buying old-technology CDP, look to pay about 25% of its original price. There are lots of good players around as more people are abandoning CDs as their source of music.


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