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RE: CD player with vent holes: bad in the long run?

The CD player you are showing is a top loader.
Usually the transport portion of a front loader will be separate from the rest of the unit.
As others have said, those with a tube output stage, will need more ventilation than solid state. To vent or not may be just a design element, or during the design they found a component that was failing due to heat.

I had a preamp that had a component that would fail every six months or so. I had the wood cabinet modified originally to give me easier access to the tubes, but decided to leave the top off. The component never failed again. Once in a while I would take a soft paint brush, and the vacuum to remove the dust.

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