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#398041 - 10/21/13 05:52 PM Tabletop system for playing CD's
wschwartz Offline
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Registered: 12/29/02
Posts: 60
Can anyone recommend a simple, small tabletop unit for playing CD's, including amp and speakers? My gf wants one for bedtime listening to her 600+ CD collection. She does not want MP3/iPod/iPhone playing, just old-fashioned CD's. High fidelity not required (or possible) here, just decent sound.

She's had horrible luck with the usual commercial units. They seem to be forever breaking or ruining her CD's, and/or are unfathomable. Thanks for any ideas (it's her birthday!).

#398043 - 10/21/13 06:39 PM Re: Tabletop system for playing CD's [Re: wschwartz]
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Maybe something from Tivoli Audio or (gasp!) a Bose Soundwave Radio?
::::::: No disrespect to Axiom, but my favorite woofer is my yellow lab :::::::

#398068 - 10/22/13 02:03 PM Re: Tabletop system for playing CD's [Re: wschwartz]
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Not even based on sound quality, just based on their business ethics.
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.

#398075 - 10/22/13 07:13 PM Re: Tabletop system for playing CD's [Re: Murph]
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+1 for Tivoli radios - stylish and sound great. I have been using a Model One in our kitchen for a few years now and still marvel at how wonderful it is. I have not tried their CD players but have good faith in the brand name based on my experience so far.

On the Bose - I don't want to be a basher - but I am currently in a hotel in UK that has the Bose wave radio. I have my iPhone playing to it as I type this and I can tell you there are no highs, and grossly exaggerated lower midrange. I had no idea how 'off' these sounded before this trip. In fairness it does sound better than the speaker on my iPhone! :-)

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#398083 - 10/22/13 11:42 PM Re: Tabletop system for playing CD's [Re: wschwartz]
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Bill, the Tivoli models are excellent, but a bit pricy. If you're considering something less expensive, this Panasonic can be considered.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#398087 - 10/23/13 07:13 AM Re: Tabletop system for playing CD's [Re: wschwartz]
wschwartz Offline
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Registered: 12/29/02
Posts: 60
Thanks for all the ideas! That Panasonic suggested by JohnK might be a decent compromise between the very expensive Tivoli and the cheap junk. I didn't know about it.

Has anyone tried the Sangean model that plays CD's?


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