Best CD Players and CD Changers

The selection of CD players is dwindling but there are still some good choices

About thirty-five years ago the CD came to the market as the "ultimate" means of music reproduction. The CD displaced the Vinyl record and the Audio Cassette as the dominant form of listening to recorded music, but now the CD is being overtaken by the iPod and internet streaming.

However, there are still hundreds of millions of CDs out there that need to be played, and even though almost all DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players also play CDs, many prefer a decided CD-only player for dedicated music listening from a disc. If you are looking for a CD player, check out my current favorite picks for moderately-priced CD players and changers.

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Onkyo DX-C390 CD Changer

Onkyo DX-C390 CD Changer
Onkyo DX-C390 CD Changer. Images provided by Onkyo

While most CD carousel changers are of the five disc variety, Onkyo employs a 6-disc carousel, giving you an extra hour of music without interruption. However, there is more. Weighing in at 15lbs, the transport is substantial and stable. Add a 1-bit D/A converter, 8x oversampling, and analog/digital audio outputs, you just might want to put this CD changer one on your shopping list.
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Yamaha CD-C600 5-Disc CD Changer

Yamaha CD-C600BL 5-Disc CD Changer
Yamaha CD-C600BL 5-Disc CD Changer. Image provided by Yamaha Electronics Corporation

The Yamaha CD-C600 is more expensive than most CD-only changers on the market, but is still a good value. This changer uses a 5-Disk carousel design and supports CD, CD-R, and CD-RW playback. Several practical features include a USB input for playback of MP3 and WMA audio files from flash drives or iPods, both analog and digital optical audio outputs, wireless remote control, and both RS232 and wired remote output options for custom installations. If you are looking for a CD-only changer that has a lot of flexibility, and can be integrated into a custom installation, check out the Yamaha CD-C600.
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Marantz CD6006 Home CD Player

Marantz CD6006 Home CD Player
Marantz CD6006 Home CD Player. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

While dedicated CD-only players has given way to DVD and Blu-ray Disc players that also play CDs, Marantz still makes an impressive line of CD-Only Players. The CD6006 a signal tray CD player, with ability to CD-R/RW(CD/MP3/WMA/AAC) discs, as well as the ability play MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC audio files from flash and iPod/iPhone/iPads via its front mounted USB port.

While most CD players have 16-Bit Digital to Analog audio converters, the CD6006 has a Cirrus Logic CS4398 192kHz/24-Bit converter (However, although this DAC can work with SACD playback, the Marantz CD6006 does not offer that feature). However, the sound from standard CDs has more depth than from a standard CD player using standard DACs.

The CD6006 also provides several connectivity options. In addition to standard 2-channel analog outputs, player includes both digital optical and digital coaxial output options, as well as a standard 1/4-inch headphone output with an independent volume control.

If you want a higher-end CD for a moderate price, this unit is worth the listen. Buy from Amazon »

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Onkyo C-7000R Audiophile Reference CD Player

Onkyo C-7000R Audiophile Reference CD Player
Onkyo C-7000R Audiophile Reference CD Player. Images provided by Onkyo, USA

If you are looking for a higher-end CD-only player, you might check out the Onkyo C-7000R. It is a straight-up CD player that is compatible with standard audio CDs, as well as CD-R/RW, MP3, and WMA-CDs. The C-7000R employs heavy duty anit-vibration cabinet construction as well a physical separation of digital and analog circuitry.

On the connection front, the C-7000R provides analog, and optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU XLR-style digital audio outputs. Headphone listening is also accommodated via a front-mounted headphone jack. Also, let's not leave out the fact that this player incorporates separate TI Burr-Brown 192Khz/24 bit Digital-to-analog converters for each channel and DIDRC (Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry) for optimum sound reproduction.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that this player only loads one disc at a time. Buy from Amazon »

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TEAC CD-P650-B Compact Disc Player

TEAC CD-P650-B CD Player
TEAC CD-P650-B CD Player - Front and Rear Views. Images provided by TEAC

If you are looking for a quality CD-only player for a reasonable price, you might check out the TEAC CD-P650-B. This player is a signal tray design and is with standard audio CDs, as well as CD-R/RW and MP3-CDs. On the connection front, the TEAC CD-P650-B provides analog, and digital optical audio outputs. Headphone listening is also accommodated via a front-mounted headphone jack.

One interesting added feature is the ability to not only play MP3 files from both MP3/CDs and via a flash drive connected to its provided front panel USB port, but it also allows users to burn CDs to a connect USB flash drive.

This is definitely a CD Player to check out. Buy from Amazon »

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Onkyo C-7030 Single Tray CD Player

Onkyo C-7030 CD Player
Onkyo C-7030 CD Player. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

If you are a discriminating music lover but can't afford a high-end audiophile CD player, Onkyo may have just the solution. The C-7030 is a single tray CD player that is compatible with standard audio CDs, as well as CD-R/RW and MP3 CDs.

On the connection front, the C-7000R provides analog, digital optical, and digitial coaxial options for connection to an external stereo or home theater system, as well as a built-in headphone jack for private listening.

To optimize what you hear, the C-7030 also includes Onkyo's VLSC noise-reduction circuitry, and for physical sturdiness, the player has a solid aluminum front pand and over-sized power transformer. Buy from Amazon »

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Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc CD Changer

Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc CD Changer
Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc CD Changer - Front and Rear Views. Image provided by Sony Electronnics

Sony's CDP-CE500 is an affordable 5-Disc CD changer that does the job. Featuring CD, CD-R CD-RW, and MP3-CD playback utilizing 1-bit DA converters, the sound quality is great for a budget player. This unit also includes both analog and digital optical outputs, USB port, and can be control directly or from the provided remote control. The USB port provides the added flexibility to either play back music files (AAC, MP3, WMA) stored on a USB or other compatible USB storage device. You can also use the USB port to burn your Music CDs to a USB flash drive. Buy from Amazon »

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