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Replacement for Denon DCD-1290 (1990s hardware)

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Yes. I'm looking for a way to replace a CD-player from the early 90s. I do not own the system. I'm helping find a replacement for it.

The owner has a fairly high-end hi-fi system (Denon DCD-1290 cd-player, AVC-1020 amp, 2x B&W 604s?) - entirely from the early 1990s. As a result of the hardware being ~22-23 years old, and being used literally every day for several hours, it has started to degrade. Most notably is the CD-player, which simply refuses to play certain discs (which at one point it DID play - discs work fine elsewhere). As a result, I'm looking for some sort of solution to replace it; either a new CD-player, or something similar.

There are basically three limiting factors:
1. It MUST be able to feed into the AVC-1020 - i.e. have 2+ Coax outputs (only needs stereo)
2. Sub-$1000
3. Must be of equal or greater sound quality + build quality (i.e. last ~20 years)

The music being played is essentially 100% classical music - EQ has more or less been at default. It will be used EXCLUSIVELY for playing CDs. I'm really looking for a model name to look for, so no need to specify where to buy it, sales, etc. It likely won't be bought for the next few months.

I'm really not sure how to approach this. My 'suggestion' was to basically build an HTPC of some sort - the main reason being that the owner has over 600 CDs, so having them on an HDD would make life easy; however I have no idea if it would last ~20 years. It would be preferable if it were a Denon as well (but it doesn't matter too much), but I simply have no clue on how they are these days, in terms of quality.

Any ideas?



*Note: I'm not 100% sure on model names. I know the brand names, the era when they were bought, and what they look like. The models listed are simply what google images shows that looks similar/the same. I may be slightly wrong.
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Originally Posted by doomlord52 View Post

Most notably is the CD-player, which simply refuses to play certain discs (which at one point it DID play - discs work fine elsewhere)..

Those symptoms are usually caused by a dirty laser lens. Easy to fix. Just gently clean the lens with a Q-tip and some (90%+) rubbing alcohol. Often, just blowing on it will help.

Tell your friend to join the real world. While older CD players will often rival newer players costing 2-3 times as much (I know, I have a Denon CDC-1560), their problem is the digital-to-analogue converters. There are much better ways to play digital music now.

A CD player (with digital outputs) connected to a DAC (ie. just using the CD player as a CD transport).
A CD transport and a DAC.
Ripping the CDs to a computer hard drive (in a lossless format) and playing those through a (USB) DAC.

Any of the above will yield better sound quality than even a modern, high end CD player.
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Thanks, I'll pass on that info to the owner. I'll give the lens-cleaning a try when I can (next week?).

As for the whole DAC, etc. Do you have any recommendations on specific models to look for, provided I can't fix the existing player?
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As for the whole DAC, etc. Do you have any recommendations on specific models to look for, provided I can't fix the existing player?

There are a thousand different of DACs. But that's a whole other thread.

Personally, I'm saving my nickles and dimes for a Wavelength Brick.
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