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RE: Philips Cd-101 CD player

Many years ago I owned one. Bloody awful. Philips DAC chips in general at that stage did not even achieve 16 bit linearity. You only got that with their top of the line players using specially selected chips. I suggest that any positive reputation stems from misplaced nostagia or lack of experience of anything better. This machine was built very much to a budget and the analogue output stage was, I guess, whatever they could get away with. I think my one cost me under 100 gbp. That was regarded as a bargain then. That is if audio induced headaches are a bargain.

My purchase of the CD-101 in, when, 1985?, brought me into the CD world and resulted in 15 years of disappointment with machine after machine. So glad that I never got rid of vinyl. Nowadays CD can be very good though.

Thinks: why is it in showroom condition? Answer: because it hasn't been used. No surprise.

Worthwhile purchase only if you are setting up a museum.


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