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Well, I have three CD players - CAL CL-15, MHZS CD 88 and Cary CD 308 T. Each has its own coloration.
I know that one player is enough, but... I saw a Philips CD-101 CD player offered by a seller in England which is "in a showroom condition"...
I know that the Philips CD players are highly regarded among audiophiles, and I am considering to buy this player and sell CAL or MHZS player cheap.
Any opinions and comparisons will be appreciated.
Your Cary or Cal will stomp the Phillips. Try searching the Cary in this forum for tweaks used by other inmates to improve performance.
If you're finding your current players too warm, you might be better off looking at dacs - they have improved by the greatest margin in the last 10 years.
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.
is all they could do then - it sounded better than the 16 bit from Sony. Mostly - given the "produced" dynamic range of most recordings - the linear bit depth is not really an issue. The early CD player differences is really the time effect of the alias filters - and the quality of the Opamps used in the anti-image filter assigned to the DAC. There were rapid advances with the CD players in the first 5 years. by the late 1980's you would be hard pressed to be able to double blind any difference from what is available now.
The DAC's in a cheap $79 tablet today are better than the ones used "back in the dawn of the CD player.
Isn't technology wonderful...
"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat" - Confucius
Thank you for your comments. No museum, of course - I will stay away.
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