Thoughts on CD changers?

Need to get a new (to me) changer for the main rig. Don't worry, I'm getting a single disk player for dedicated listening (most likely an SACD unit if for nothing else but to have the option). Looking at units with digital outs, been eyeballing soney ES pieces, but also saw a Marantz that can handle mp3 as well (the ES units don't have that option that I saw).

So, I pose the question: which brand/series to go with? HQ is desired, but not required as this will be used for general listening throughout the house for chore work.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,143
    Years ago I had a sony 5 disk changer, played sacds as well. Decent sq, easily upgradable. Bought a squeezebox III from @AsSiMiLaTeD. Sold that changer and never looked back...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Parasound HCA-1000A, PSB Imagine B, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 652
    I have a Sony at work I can part with. PM me if you are interested.
    It's a five disk changer but I don't remember the model off the top of my head.
    It does SACD. I find the SACD really nice on these. The redbook is just so so.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    I'm not after another member's equipment (hey-o!), just informed opinions. :)
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 652
    No problem, really.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,063
    I have a 300 disc Sony Jukebox. Had it for 15 years and love it. For storage along its perfect but it plays decent too.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    joecoulson wrote: »
    I have a 300 disc Sony Jukebox. Had it for 15 years and love it. For storage along its perfect but it plays decent too.

    Been thinking along those lines as well, if I can find an ES fir a good price, I think that'll be my huckleberry.
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,045
    Remember not too long ago when 5 disc changers were at almost every yard sale for chump change? Now you very rarely see them much like the older silver faced gear that's also disappeared.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,969
    Remember not too long ago when 5 disc changers were at almost every yard sale for chump change? Now you very rarely see them much like the older silver faced gear that's also disappeared.

    Unfortunately, I don't think the paucity of 5-disc changers at garage sales is correlated with a spike in their prices :p If it were -- I could be a rich man ;)
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,142
    Skip the changer, rip to NAS, stream from NAS. Best thing I ever did to expand the enjoyment of my collection.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    DaveHo wrote: »
    Skip the changer, rip to NAS, stream from NAS. Best thing I ever did to expand the enjoyment of my collection.

    I like that idea, except there's another person in the house to consider...
  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    FestYboy wrote: »
    DaveHo wrote: »
    Skip the changer, rip to NAS, stream from NAS. Best thing I ever did to expand the enjoyment of my collection.

    I like that idea, except there's another person in the house to consider...

    I have a Pioneer 25 disc changer in the Living Room rig for that reason. Easy to operate, decent quality. :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,272
    Yikes....so 15 years ago!
    There are far better ways to digitally manage a huge music library.
    Lsi15, Lsi9, LsiC,Rta11t,M5jr+,M4,SDA 3.1TL, SDA SRS 2.3TL, Rti6....Still listing stuff, a work in progress.
    B+W-Sold
    Epos-Now gone
    Infinity-Sold
    Advent-Now gone
    Yamaha A-S801
    Yamaha RX-V377
    Yamaha RX-A860
    Yamaha RX-A3060
    Harman Kardon Hk-350i
    Harman Kardon Hk-........
    Harman Kardon PM-665
    Harman Kardon HK-775
    Pioneer.......Stereo Receiver

  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    Stock image, here's my baby. PD-F505.
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    ^ currently eyeballing a F407 on the 'Bay
  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    Nice! I stand corrected! I have 507! Yeah I had to go look! Has a remote, and I just checked it also has a digital out, although not hooked up as a transport, yet! :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 870
    Gotta be careful a lot of those don't play HDCD or SACD.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    800 Va Dreadnought- Speaker Interconnect
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    edited February 24
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Gotta be careful a lot of those don't play HDCD or SACD.

    Yup. But the Mrs doesn't even know what those are! This is really her rig! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,063
    I’m with you Dave. I like some of the older nostalgic pieces. Love my jukebox. Listening to it now.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    Some of the mega changers do SACD and MP3... Hmm.
  • I have my old Pioneer Elite PD M53 with digital out (6 disk changer with a handful of 6 disk cartridges to go with it)
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,969
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    Y'all can guess where those two came from...
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 934
    FestYboy wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    I have a 300 disc Sony Jukebox. Had it for 15 years and love it. For storage along its perfect but it plays decent too.

    Been thinking along those lines as well, if I can find an ES fir a good price, I think that'll be my huckleberry.

    Do these "juke boxes" play SACD? I've too have been eyeballing these.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,063
    Sony made a couple DVD one’s that played SA CD
    I had the 400 disc non-ES version, but it crapped out a few years back
    I’ve had the 300 cd one for 16 years. I had to replace the belts inside but other than that it works great.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    Sony made this guy (400 disc) universal disc changer, and others in the carousel type. There are others that make a universal player sliding tray style.
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    With that many discs loaded, how do you know what you got in there? :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 934
    verb wrote: »
    Sony made this guy (400 disc) universal disc changer, and others in the carousel type. There are others that make a universal player sliding tray style.
    jdikww9tnk16.png

    With that many discs loaded, how do you know what you got in there? :smile:

    I'd guess I'd make a cheat sheet to know where everything was???
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,063
    This:

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    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • verb wrote: »
    Sony made this guy (400 disc) universal disc changer, and others in the carousel type. There are others that make a universal player sliding tray style.
    jdikww9tnk16.png

    With that many discs loaded, how do you know what you got in there? :smile:
    My dad kept a small binder with all the discs Alphabetized and the associated slot number. One page per letter so you could add stuff as we added discs. We only had the CD version, can’t remember exactly how many discs. I had pretty strict rules that I could not touch the physical unit unless he was in the room to supervise.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    Harman Kardon HK 3770 > JBL Studio 580 + SVS SB12-NSD or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    The unit I currently have (cx-850D) has non volitile memory that you can program with a keyboard and monitor so that you can search without a binder or cheat sheet. It just won't do SACD or MP3. Oh, and it's full of DVDs...
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 870
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    800 Va Dreadnought- Speaker Interconnect
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,379
    ^ lol, it's already on my watch list :D
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