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    Default I just purchased a vintage CD player!

    I have always wanted one of these since seeing their ads in "Stereo Review" back in my high school/college days during the 80s. While not as old as the vertical loading CD players, this Technics SL-P550 goes back to 1988. Yes, you can actually watch the CD spin as it plays. Here's a photo of what I am getting....



    I will post more photos once it arrives.

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    I had the SL-P1200 (?) in the day. Cool players, and very smooth sound as I remember....

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    Nice looking player. Have fun listing to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    I had the SL-P1200 (?) in the day. Cool players, and very smooth sound as I remember....
    This CD player?


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    No, mine looked closer to yours but the front skirted out more....can't remember the model...SLP...somethun'

    Kinda cool watching the CD spin, gives you a turntable feel
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    Maybe this one? Damn my memory is gone
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    Maybe this one? Damn my memory is gone
    Most buttons I've ever seen on a CD player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    This CD player?

    That is one cool looking CD player....can I have one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    Most buttons I've ever seen on a CD player.
    I remember the buttons were on a canted front panel; I've a picture of that bad boy somewhere---I'll see if I can find it tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    This CD player?

    That is a neat looking CD player. The base and feet look identical to my SL-1210 turntable.

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    Cool...you have just made me flash back on some of my old players...my first one was a Magnavox 1010 top loader...and I have my old Magnavox CDB-650 in its box downstairs...I should get it out and see how it's doing... :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash21 View Post
    and I have my old Magnavox CDB-650 in its box downstairs...I should get it out and see how it's doing... :)
    Ahhh....the audiophile Magnavox CD players. Those still command good money on the second hand market.

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    I also like old CD palyers. I am still looking for Revox B 226 S player to complete my system of Revox equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    Ahhh....the audiophile Magnavox CD players. Those still command good money on the second hand market.
    IIRC the CDB-650 sold for $349.99 in ~1986 (at least at the store I worked at)...according to an inflation calculator I found, that is about $679 in today's dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    That is one cool looking CD player....can I have one?

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    That was the digital version of the SL1200 turntable. A friend had 2 of them as a DJ. It had a super quick cue/start up and the slider on the right was a pitch control so if you were mixing you could vary the pitch on the fly. The big rotary dial allowed for extremely precise cue points within a second if I remember correctly.

    They were cool as hell and expensive........we sold audio together at the same store and the accomidation pricing helped out a lot. he may even still have one.

    Not sure how "audiophile" they are/were but they served a purpose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    This CD player?

    Thats sure is a nice cash register.

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    I started out with an SL-P7.
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    Since when did we start calling CD players vintage? By the way I was 5 in 1988.

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    I had a vertical loading Kyocera a few years ago and it was cool but sounded awful.

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    CD players have been around since a bit before you were born. When they first appeared they were outrageously expensive..kind of like the first Blu-rays were. It took QUITE a while before they dropped below 250 dollars?

    If I'm not mistaken Sony introduced the first player in 1982--the CDP-101? That would make the CD player 27 years of age this year....old enough to be 'vintage'...I think!

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    The SL-P7 was far from fine. What a difference when I replaced it with the Denon DCD-660 (I've still got it).
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    Just last night I listened to my "Classic Yes" CD, I was a bit surprised to see it was dated 1981, although I probably didn't buy it until the mid '80s...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash21 View Post
    Just last night I listened to my "Classic Yes" CD, I was a bit surprised to see it was dated 1981, although I probably didn't buy it until the mid '80s...
    That was the year that the album/recording was released, not the year the CD was released. Many of my CD's have dates on them from the 1960's.

    In 1982 or early 1983 when I first got a player, there were only about 30 titles available, none of them were Yes.

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    I had a vertical-loading TOTL Sanyo from around 1986. It didn't have a scratch and weighed a ton. That thing was around $900 when new. Motorized front door and all.

    I had a modified Magnavox CDB-650 and that thing weighed a ton. Dark, yet pleasant sound. I had a Magnavox CDB-473 that I wanted to have Van Alstine mess around with. He wouldn't and called it a "Maserati w/Sears tires" because it had a remote volume feature. I have some kind of Sony ES in the Magic Closet that weighs more than both of them together. So does the Sony ES I use for a transport in my He-Man Rig.

    The first cd player I ever bought was an ADC-16/1, purchased from Crazy Eddie around 1985. I stuck it in a closet cause I didn't have any cd's. I started using it in 1987.

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    Crazy Eddie...now there's a blast from the past. Does anybody remember those T-Giving Adds with the dude dressed as the Turkey and speaking turkey throughout the commercial. A friend of mine bought his first real stereo system there--I tagged along and listened to a number of speakers. Can't remember what he got, it was the late 70s early eighties maybe. A Kenwood integrated amp, nice turntable and speakers--too long ago to remember well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    In 1982 or early 1983 when I first got a player, there were only about 30 titles available, none of them were Yes.
    CD was not officially introduced in the US until 1983. The first CDs available to consumers were those from CBS/Sony of Japan, released on 10/01/1982. Here're some pics of my stash from these releases....notice all of them carried the catalog number "1"



    Hmmm....I wonder how these CDs sound on that Technics. Will I need vintage speakers too? :D

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    You may need "digital-ready" speakers. A phrase at least one or two manufacturers employed during the transition period from vinyl/cd. Koss and Cerwin-Vega come to mind.

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    Now since George mentions it, yes, "digital-ready" was the big tag line to get people to go out and buy new speakers. Kind of like how antenna manufacturers are currently saying "HDTV ready" (or something like that) and other material implying your current antenna might need replacing.

    I remember auditioning a CD player for the first time. It was late 1983. A buddy and I came across one in Sears and had to try it out. It went for, as I recall, over $900 and was hooked to a stereo. They had 3 or 4 CDs just lying loose to use, as there was little fear someone would steal them. CD player ownership was simply too scarce for this to be a concern. I recall being blown away by the dynamic range and overall better sound than what a standard vinyl LP offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    You may need "digital-ready" speakers. A phrase at least one or two manufacturers employed during the transition period from vinyl/cd. Koss and Cerwin-Vega come to mind.
    I also remember Jensen having speakers that were "digital ready".

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly61 View Post
    I recall being blown away by the dynamic range and overall better sound than what a standard vinyl LP offered.
    Generally, CD players can run rings around the typical vinyl setup found in vast majority of homes. And this was before factoring in conveniences such as direct track access and remote control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    Crazy Eddie...now there's a blast from the past. Does anybody remember...
    cnh
    I remember Crazy Eddie. They would advertise that "his prices are insane!" And George Carlin did a bit about him asking if it was ok to take advantage of a mentally unstable person who sold electronics priced below market value.

    I also remember they had a policy where you could haggle prices. And one day I figured out that the stock number on each component included the lowest selling price poorly encrypted in the number... which made it easy to shop there and cut to the chase of the lowest possible price and not feel that you were overpaying.

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