My Top 6 CD players. These are as good as it gets….

My Top 6 CD players. These are as good as it gets….

If you are still looking for a CD player in these times of downloads and streaming, then take a look at these beasts.

Download and streaming still has a long way to go, to offer any real high quality sound.
Physical medium are still the best, with CD and Vinyl leading the pack.


  1. Matthew Bagley on December 27, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Flac is superior to CD audio

  2. MetastaticMince on December 27, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    best one for me is the Pioneer LX800…

  3. NEW - KNOWLEDGE on December 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I am still happy with my old Denon DCD-900 that I purchased in 1987.

    Denon DCD-900 specs
    Frequency response is 4 – 20,000 Hz.
    Dynamic range is 95 dB.
    Signal to noise ratio is 96 dB.
    Harmonic distortion is 0.004%.

  4. NTH Welding on December 27, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Dcd1800 does look nice

  5. GvR on December 27, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Sorry …. Alpine was the best car audio cd players in the 90’s. Kenwood’s top of the line was also very good. I had one which used balanced line processors with pioneer class a amps.

  6. zulumax1 on December 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    The best sounding CD player from the 80’s that I had was a Denon DCD-1560. Weighing 18kg or 40 lbs. you won’t be picking one up with one hand. Motorized volume control for output level, which meant I could use it in the bedroom hooked strait into a power amp. Suspension has sagged and the player will no longer spin, stored for repairs now.

    Second place would be the Sony CDP-302es which used the BU-1 sled linear drive mechanism which is the fastest at locking in and playing, and can move from any position in milliseconds. Huge magnets and motor to drive the optic sled.
    Power supply is overbuilt and provides bass slam and punch like no other. Midrange and treble sounds dated, but it was 1985 when it was built. Some countries it was labeled as the CDP-302, but looks like the same unit. There was also the CDP-502es.

  7. Donbusto Arigato on December 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Denons are nice. Most CDPs list their freq. response as 2-20Khz as the standard. Many models do that, regardless, so it’s not a significant factor. For example, a 1992 Pioneer PDM 501 claims a 2Hz-20Khz range? My JVC XLF256BK changer also lists this spec, 2-20,000Hz.

  8. Mike Love on December 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks Straight Ahead

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