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In Reply to: RE: Need to replace my dead Philips CD-880, looking for suggestions posted by BobK_MN on July 26, 2017 at 12:40:22
Many thanks for the responses - I'm going to spend some time looking into the various suggestions. Here's where I'm at right now:
I'm going to open up the CD-880 again and recheck the CDM1 drive in case I missed something, like a connector not fully seated and a look for any broken solder connections. (Had that in the past with the player on the power supply board.) As for getting it repaired, if it were to be brought back to life I'm not sure how long the laser or other components will last since I have given it a lot of use over the years. And I'd feel bad if I did sell it and it failed shortly afterwards.
Pick up a donor CD player with a compatible transport. Hmmm, have to do some checking around to see if I can find one that will work for my Philips. That could be a way to keep the CD-880 going for a while longer for less money than a new player.
For my home network I was planning on moving to a network attached storage solution for my computers and eliminate the Windows Server in the basement when its OS is end of extended support, but that won't be for a long time (2023). The NAS would have redundant drives and I would have a backup strategy to recover from failure. (I've worked with servers/storage for the past 20 years so I'm twitchy about not having the ability to restore data or single points of failure.)
The whole DAC/convert CDs to audio files to a USB drive and have backups - still thinking about this since I have some time right now but I have a lot to learn about that along with obtaining hardware.
I guess if I can't find a donor player with a working drive then I may just pull the trigger and purchase the Marantz locally from one of the hi-fi stores here in the Twin Cities, probably the same one where the Philips came from in 1988 and have a return option if it doesn't sound good. And a reality check, my ears turned the big 6-0 this year so I know my hearing isn't what it was back when I was upgrading the stereo system back in the day and is not going to get better with age.
Again, many thanks for the suggestions and options.
I am located in the Twin Cities also..... Best thing I have done in Audio in the last 40 years. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been giving this a lot of thought over the weekend and looking at my 'server', backup drives and finances I've come to a solution.
For now I'm going to see if I can either get a replacement transport or get my Philips CD-880 fixed locally and if not then I will look at purchasing the Marantz CD-6006 after hearing it at a store since it is in my price range.
My Windows 2012 R2 server in the basement only has a 750 GB data drive and the external backup drives are 500 GB (long story) so I'm not going to do the convert to storage at this time. However this is something I will start working on to convert my CD collection to disk once I'm working again and can procure some larger external drives to store multiple backups in anticipation of moving to a NAS, computer and DAC to replace the CD player down the road.
Cut-Throat - I really appreciate the local offer for assistance and I'll reach out to you to get some ideas/suggestions on doing the conversion of my CD library. Expect to see an email from an @yahoo address in the next day or so.
And to everone who have responded with ideas and suggestions, many, many thanks and I hope I can return the favor to others here on Audioasylum.
For Starters.... I can show you how to have access to Spotify and their 30 Million tracks of music for about $10 a Month with a Player for about $150. I rarely use my 5000 Album CD music storage.... Most everything is on Spotify anyway.
I too, am 60 and find the convenience and flexibility of access across multiple systems enormously valuable.
The NAS would have redundant drives and I would have a backup strategy to recover from failure. (I've worked with servers/storage for the past 20 years so I'm twitchy about not having the ability to restore data or single points of failure.)
I'm also an IT guy as well. Rather than constantly spinning lots of rust, I keep backups of both the OS and data drives. The former is a 128 GB SSD that maintains a current image of the OS and have multiple copies of my conventional 2 TB data drive via a collection of offline USB hard drives.
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