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    I was rather expecting to find another section for this question but didn't. So, here it goes. I would like to ask what you think is the best (best without spending two arms and a leg) CD player. Also, would a separate CD player be better than the combination radio/CD player?

    I know what I have does not qualify and I want to defeat its biggest problem. In compositions that have very quiet/soft movements, those become almost or totally inaudible no matter how the volume is turned up.

    I'll appreciate your ideas. Thank you.

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    Hi Hazel,

    For my personal tastes, I prefer having separate components as part of my audio setup at home. I've had a Pioneer 5 disk changer for years and it has always given me faithful service. I would venture to say that for a bit over a $100 (USD) you could have a very decent player unit.

    There are CD changer/players that have higher capacity, but those seem to be problematic at times, not to mention being more pricey.

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    Hi Hazel,

    For my personal tastes, I prefer having separate components as part of my audio setup at home. I've had a Pioneer 5 disk changer for years and it has always given me faithful service. I would venture to say that for a bit over a $100 (USD) you could have a very decent player unit.

    There are CD changer/players that have higher capacity, but those seem to be problematic at times, not to mention being more pricey.

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    Thank you. Would Best Buy sell it? If not, where would I find it?

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    BestBuy is an okay place ... just beware of their "up sell" tactic to get you to buy an [unnecessary] extended warranty.

    You might be able to better on price using Amazon (dot) com as an alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Welcome

    BestBuy is an okay place ... just beware of their "up sell" tactic to get you to buy an [unnecessary] extended warranty.

    You might be able to better on price using Amazon (dot) com as an alternative.

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    I have been turning down those extended warranties for so many years that I cannot count them. Now they are trying to entice us more by making the original warranty only three months. I recently bought a friend a weather radio. Warranty good for only three months. I think I scared the salesman when I said if the radio isn't built any better than that, maybe I shouldn't buy it.

    Anyway, will going this route enable me to increase volume enough to hear the quietest parts of a recording? Have you ever had that experience of the quiet part being inaudible?

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    I'm just going to add that inexpensive 'straight' CD players are pretty rare nowadays. Unless you have really good hearing and/or SACD/DVD-Audio discs, a low end DVD player - preferably by a reputable company - will do for you. I have used a Pioneer DV-250 in my 'second system' for several years, with no complaints. That model is probably obsolete, but their current low-end model ought to do the same job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    I'm just going to add that inexpensive 'straight' CD players are pretty rare nowadays. Unless you have really good hearing and/or SACD/DVD-Audio discs, a low end DVD player - preferably by a reputable company - will do for you. I have used a Pioneer DV-250 in my 'second system' for several years, with no complaints. That model is probably obsolete, but their current low-end model ought to do the same job.
    Thank you. I shall see what I can find in Pioneer. I have one CD in there that has a gap of some two or three -at least three, I think - minutes where I know there is music but nothing is heard. Admittedly, I have a cheap radio/CD and thought that might be the problem. Maybe I'll take the CD along to the store and let them demonstrate it on a model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel View Post
    I have been turning down those extended warranties for so many years that I cannot count them. Now they are trying to entice us more by making the original warranty only three months. I recently bought a friend a weather radio. Warranty good for only three months. I think I scared the salesman when I said if the radio isn't built any better than that, maybe I shouldn't buy it.

    Anyway, will going this route enable me to increase volume enough to hear the quietest parts of a recording? Have you ever had that experience of the quiet part being inaudible?
    In the UK manufacturers HAVE to offer at least one year's warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    In the UK manufacturers HAVE to offer at least one year's warranty.
    We are more "up-to-date" in America. We put a stop to guaranteeing our work to be good. We don't even screw the bolts tightly onto the wheels of the new car. Keep a good wrench handy.

    Seriously, I hope UK keeps it that way. Our guarantees used to be longer also. No more. Three months seems to be it. Gracious! Even Target and Macy's gives us three months and their products are consumable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel View Post
    We are more "up-to-date" in America . . . We don't even screw the bolts tightly onto the wheels of the new car . . .
    Which is why I bought a VW Jetta . . . even the "fit & finish" is far superior to any of the American manufacturers.

    My ancient Technics PD-887 (acquired new in 1995) 5 disk changer has always been able to handle both the highs and lows of the volume spectrum as well as the very critical sound qualities of the pipe organ. When new, it came with a 1 year warranty ... times have changed.

    The only thing that has gone wrong with it was that the remote went to la-la-land about a year ago, but I was able to find a replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Which is why I bought a VW Jetta . . . even the "fit & finish" is far superior to any of the American manufacturers.

    My ancient Technics PD-887 (acquired new in 1995) 5 disk changer has always been able to handle both the highs and lows of the volume spectrum as well as the very critical sound qualities of the pipe organ. When new, it came with a 1 year warranty ... times have changed.

    The only thing that has gone wrong with it was that the remote went to la-la-land about a year ago, but I was able to find a replacement.
    Shall we just say that manufacturers got too big for their britches? Competition is badly needed. I had a sudden thought the other day when reading about Barnes & Noble and Borders veering away from selling real books. Let them go. Then, maybe the little "mom-and-pop" booksellers will be able to come back.

    That said, where did you buy the Technics PD 887? Is that a different brand from Pioneer?

    Thank you. Hazel

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    Hazel,

    I'm all for the independent retailer ... it's the "mom-and-pop" shops who really deliver and back up their products.

    The Technics unit was a gift actually ... from a former Pastor at the church where I am employed. I'm assuming it was purchased locally, possibly from a retailer like BestBuy or the now defunct Circuit City. The Technics PD887 is no longer in production.

    Technics is another reputable brand name ... as is Pioneer ... and Sony. On the latter, some of their stuff hasn't been 'up to par' as before. My older Sony components are solid as a rock ... some of their newer stuff leaves a little to be desired, imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Hazel,

    ITechnics is another reputable brand name ... as is Pioneer ... and Sony. On the latter, some of their stuff hasn't been 'up to par' as before. My older Sony components are solid as a rock ... some of their newer stuff leaves a little to be desired, imho.

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    For the past several years, Sony players -both CD and DVD - have been quirky about playing CD-R and DVD-R discs. It seems to be a design issue, and probably deliberate, since it's been going on for such a long time. I 'retired' my Sony 400 disc DVD/CD player for this reason.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Hazel,

    I'm all for the independent retailer ... it's the "mom-and-pop" shops who really deliver and back up their products.

    The Technics unit was a gift actually ... from a former Pastor at the church where I am employed. I'm assuming it was purchased locally, possibly from a retailer like BestBuy or the now defunct Circuit City. The Technics PD887 is no longer in production.

    Technics is another reputable brand name ... as is Pioneer ... and Sony. On the latter, some of their stuff hasn't been 'up to par' as before. My older Sony components are solid as a rock ... some of their newer stuff leaves a little to be desired, imho.

    Kh
    I agree about recent Sony products. I am avoiding Sony like the plague. That is sad. They were once so very reliable and my first choice. No more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    For the past several years, Sony players -both CD and DVD - have been quirky about playing CD-R and DVD-R discs. It seems to be a design issue, and probably deliberate, since it's been going on for such a long time. I 'retired' my Sony 400 disc DVD/CD player for this reason.


    Their attitude doesn't help. When I tried to contact their technical support, I got a response back that said "sorry you don't like our product" and that was that. In other words, "tough".

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