Portable CD player.
I am looking for a high quality portable CD player and a good amp that can go along with it. Any suggestions? I am aware that the market had shrinked considerably since the dawn of mp3 players, but I would prefer to listen to music from my CDs and not ripped mp3s.
Apologies if you've already considered and rejected this, but many MP3 players can take lossless files which are identical to the original CD (ie no loss of sound quality as with an MP3 or iTunes download). For example the iPod can take ALAC, Cowon's players and a few other brands can take FLAC.
With the iPod (though it's not liked much by audiophiles), you can get lineout by plugging a PocketDock into the dock connector, and then from there attach your choice of gizmos.
I just bought a new in box old stock Sony D-121 with a line out. with enough watching you should be able to come up with some decently priced quality product. As headcase mentioned the D-25 is top notch, ALO Audio has some new old stock if your willing to pay. D-25 New Old Stock
There're still many advanced portable cd players can be selected.
According to sound quality:
SONY D555 D10 D15 D25 D303 D35
DENON DCP-150 100 (150 maybe the best among all these players)
PHILIPS CD10 CD10MKII CD15 CD207 AZ6808/6819
KENWOOD DPC-R7 DPC-92
Any one of them can satisfy your ears.