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Cayin Mini-CD MKII CD Player Review

Rate this CD Player:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 30 20.7%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 75 51.7%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 35 24.1%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 5 3.4%

  • Total voters
    145

Roland301

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$35 bought me a minidisc-era Discman with an optical out which works great as a small desktop transport :)
 

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Cool little piece of kit. I wonder how it compares to the Shanling CD80 or it's amplifier brother the Shanling CA80.

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antcollinet

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Anyone who wants a relatively good CD player.

Or how much do you think it is worth?
Well I got a very good CD player for £20 from a charity shop. Admittedly nearly 40 years old - but also apparently unused, or almost unused.
 

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Anyone who wants a relatively good CD player.

Or how much do you think it is worth?

$279 for a mere cd player? You can get many optical disc players for less....personally haven't bought a cd-only player in many years.
 

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$279 for a mere cd player? You can get many optical disc players for less....personally haven't bought a cd-only player in many years.
Yet the €400 Audiolab 6000CDT is a very popular CD transport. And all of their new lines have had matching CD transports as well.
Though you are right, the technology is fairly played out. So it's easy for manufacturers to add some extra value by adding a CD player. Or at the very least it fills in the front of the huge streaming boxes. ;)

Models like the Technics SL-G700m2 or the Marantz CD 50n are streaming boxes with CD players. And those are well over €1800.
 

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Yet the €400 Audiolab 6000CDT is a very popular CD transport. And all of their new lines have had matching CD transports as well.
Though you are right, the technology is fairly played out. So it's easy for manufacturers to add some extra value by adding a CD player. Or at the very least it fills in the front of the huge streaming boxes. ;)

Models like the Technics SL-G700m2 or the Marantz CD 50n are streaming boxes with CD players. And those are well over €1800.
I see less value in those units....
 

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I see less value in those units....
Then what do you value? You keep evading the question.

Technically you can get a USB disc drive for $20-30 and be prefectly capable to play most CDs (besides copy-protected discs).
But there is something to be said for the ease of use of a separate device. It does however cost money.

Vintage models can be as cheap as $5 but competing with the used market is never a fair comparison and heavily dependant on local markets.
 

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...But there is something to be said for the ease of use of a separate device.
With our connected homes in the 21st Century, 'ease of use' no longer only applies to 'a separate device'.
Why would a separate CD-player make it easier than transcoding that content to a NAS/cloud storage; in an effort to make it more accessible and for ease of use?

[I practice what I just preached above and pitched the CD-player from the system... along with all those d*mn jewel cases.]
 

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A few other companies in the chifi space have started working on CD players. Fosi is in concept dev phase right now working on one if folks here want to give input in their FB group.
 

antcollinet

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Why would a separate CD-player make it easier

Because:
transcoding that content to a NAS/cloud storage

I've got a stack of my most recent CD purchases/gifts here waiting to be ripped. Some have been waiting for over a year. They've become another annoying item on my list of things I need to do. Once I've done it I need to make sure album art comes into the correct location and often it doesn't resulting in a manual process. I have to maintain the file store in the correct location, and set up devices to have network access to be able to use it. When I change storage systems or location, it has to be set up again. I have to worry about backups and making sure I don't lose files over time. etc etc. Sometimes album art goes missing for no apparent reason and I have to sort that out again.

Then when all that is fine, when I want to play music I have to go searching for my phone to control whatever streamer I'm using - which inevitably I've left in a stupid place. I find it after pressing a button on my watch to make it ring. If I can find my watch :p


Meanwhile I can drop any of those CD's into my £20 Marantz, any time I like, and just listen.
 
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Mart68

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I got my CDs sorted by genre and alphabetically, doesn't take any longer to find something than on a screen.

If I don't know specifically what I want to listen to I prefer to browse the physical collection.

Also I'm too idle to be copying them all, doing back-ups, and sorting out I.T problems when it decides not to work, even though it was fine last time.
 

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CD -> Sony BDP-S380 -> coaxial -> FiiO K7 -> headphones or speakers.

That's my current setup for listening my CD collection :cool:
 
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