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2008 Views 40 Replies 22 Participants Last post by  apricissimus
I know everyone is going digital these days, and I do use streaming music services, but I am wedded to my CDs and have no intention of getting rid of them.

My question is about CD players and their built-in error correction facility. I seem to remember that when CDs were first produced, one of the selling points was their longevity and how most CDs could ignore any surface scratches and still play the CDs. I have a Cambridge Audio CD player, which I've now owned for around 10 years. Recently it has refused to play certain CDs, even when I can't see any scratches on them, though it's a bit temperamental (sometimes it will, sometimes it won't) probably meaning that the error correction facility has stopped working.

Modern CD players don't seem to be as good as old ones and indeed I remember that when I purchased this one, it was a replacement for a model that didn't support gapless playback. Nothing in the technical specs prepared me for that and none of the specs for many of the CD players I am looking at now say anything about error correction. I can't afford anything high end. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I still have a mountain of music on CD. I don't really have a fancy CD stand-alone audio set-up so no fabulous CD player. But I do still like a portable CD player I can carry around.
Right now I am satisfied with a KLIM Nomad rechargeable portable CD player (about $60), which I like to amp up a bit by running it through a DAC/headphone amplifier unit. The one I have is Aimpire AX50 - low cost but quite effective. With a nice pair of headphones, I think most people would be satisfied with the sound.

One issue, which you do refer to Tsaraslondon, is that there is no setting for gapless playback. This can be occasionally annoying since some recordings seem to be broken up into numerous tracks at incomprehensible and inappropriate points in the music. Seems to me many of the online digital file music players (VLC, MediaMonkey) used to have a selectable gapless playback setting, but I no longer see (or can find) them anymore either. Perhaps I am just using the wrong online digital player?
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