Online music services such as YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music recently took over the market, but if you are one of the few that still likes to listen to CD’s, then listen what i have to say. In this article, i will recommend the 5 best cd players that you can buy and enjoy your music. I tried to keep the list as short and as budget-friendly as possible. Let’s take a look!
1. Sony CDP-CE500
The best CD player in the market this year is a pretty old product by today’s standards, it is the Sony CDP-CE500 released many years ago now, but it is still one of the best CD players you can buy topping every category. It is essentially a 5 disc player that is capable of playing various discs form various file formats, it is extremely easy to use, an incredible fool-proof package.
It is capable of playing CD-R and CD-RW, in different playback formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC files and many more. With a boatload of features, amazing sound performance that was top of its class, and sleek and streamlined design that will fit your audio corner.
The Sony CDP-CE500 looks pretty good indeed with its brushed metal black body, it is very streamlined and looks substantial. It is a little large measuring about 16.9×16.7×4.3-inches in total and weighs about 11.4-pounds, carrying a heft and it will require its desk most definitely, however, most buyers already have an audio desk in their home so it won’t be a problem. It has an aluminium front panel that looks amazing and houses the controls, with its exceptionally intuitive design.
The buttons of the device consist of the power button, 1 to 5 disc selector buttons, forward-backwards buttons, USB Menu button, Enter, CD/USB, Ex-Change, playback buttons, and the Rec USB and Disc Skip button which have interesting functions.
On the front panel, you will also locate the huge disc tray that houses 5 discs, in a circle and you can change the tray by pressing the Disc Skip button. The device also has a USB port, which can be used as a playback source, but by pressing the Rec USB button, you can copy the songs from your CD to your USB.
The disc changer mechanism works excellently and very reliably, it didn’t lag anytime. Once you connect an adequate pair of speakers to this CD player, the fun begins instantly. This CD player delivers Hi-Fidelity sound consistently without missing a beat, the frequency was pretty balanced and I didn’t notice any kind of weakness in the sound.
The perfect CD player with the most value for its price, great job from Sony.
2. Bose Wave SoundTouch
Right from the first glance, you will notice that the Bose Wave SoundTouch is a special CD player, with its excellent design and attractive nature. It essentially is an advanced sound system, that is somewhat portable, with its built-in speakers, lightweight and small size.
On top of all this the Bose Wave SoundTouch delivers one of the best Hi-Fidelity sounds you can achieve in your home, that is extremely immersive and soul moving. Compared to its predecessor, the aforementioned Wave, the SoundTouch delivers plenty of connectivity options, including an AUX port, USB, and Bluetooth.
Furthermore, there is the CD player, AM/FM radio, WiFi connectivity and an Ethernet port, a pretty complete package.
In the design department, this device rocks a pretty modern and streamlined design, which I can comfortably say that it will look good in any room. There are also no controls on the front panel of the device, just an LCD, and the speakers, for the control you have the excellent remote control that is included in the package.
However, you also have the option to control the device from a touch-sensitive pad on top of the device. This CD player can also act as an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and you can also set two distinctive ones.
If you wish you can control the device from the smartphone app, from which you can connect to your favourite music streaming services, such as Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and many more. On the remote control, you have excellent buttons that make the listening experience excellent, such as the like and dislike button.
The major selling point of the Bose Wave SoundTouch is its sound quality, it is where it shines the most. With amazingly clear audio, that showcased excellent definition between the frequency ranges, and the ability to get pretty loud without a sign of distortion, this CD player will replace all your sound devices in your home. The soundstage of the Bose Wave SoundTouch is also pretty wide and huge, comfortably filling a room, with its meaty bass.
One of the most versatile CD players you can get right now.
3. Onkyo C-7030
The Onkyo C-7030 is an excellent CD player that does its job excellently well, delivering great fidelity with an amazingly attractive package, that is also very affordable for today’s standards. It is aimed at those people that want excellent sound quality and want to relive the exact emotions from their old CDs and those who want to enjoy their new records as well. It delivers those qualities by keeping the audio signal as clean as it can be, Onkyo has delivered amazing quality with this one, as it is always expected from them.
First off, I want to talk about the excellent quality of the Onkyo C-7030, and I can comfortably say that this device is built to last. It has an aluminium front panel that also very attractive and houses all the controls of the device, and throughout the body, it has a 1.6mm thick anti-resonant metal that is extremely resistant against vibrations.
It is also worth stating that this CD player is one of the most reliable devices you will ever own, as there are many reports from buyers using this product for many years without any fail.
On the front deck of the device, you will spot the pretty basic controls, the headphone jack and its volume knob, the disc tray and the LCD showing you playback info. You will also get a remote control with this CD player which has a slim, long and attractive design and does a good job of providing you playback controls.
On the back you will locate the connectivity ports you will need as this CD player doesn’t have internal speakers, thy range from analogue audio output, digital optical and coaxial outputs, and remote control outputs.
The sound quality of the Onkyo C-7030 is tremendous, delivering one of the most open and wide sound stages I have ever seen. It has a balanced sound throughout, with crisp and sharp highs, maybe too harsh for the general masses, a thing that can be negated with warmer speakers or headphones.
However, for the trained ear this is one of the best CD players on the market.
4. HOTT CD611
Portable CD players were a big part of our growing up process in the late 90s and early 2000s, as it was the only choice to take your music on the go. There is a sense of nostalgia that comes when finding that these devices still exist and are equipped with modern features and capable of producing good music wherever you are.
The HOTT CD611 is an excellent portable CD player that will provide amazing experiences on the road or home, you can easily listen to your CD collection old or new, thanks to the exceptional features of this product.
The HOTT CD611 has a really small footprint as it measures just 5.6×5.6×0.6-inches in total with its round shape and weighs just 7.2-pounds. It also is the best looking portable CD player in the market with its smooth and refined appearance, it is covered with a black glossy plastic body throughout, except the copper-like CD tray and its outer band.
On top of it, you will spot the LCD that is excellent and shows you metadata about the song, there you will also find the playback controls that will deliver you adequate control over your playback. They consist of play/pause button, stop button, next track and last track button that also act as forward and backwards seek if you press and hold, you also get five sound effects you can choose with this CD player and four playback modes which make it very versatile and convenient to use.
On the sides of the device, you will find the volume adjust dial, the open switch to open the tray which goes hand to hand with the HOLD lock and this was one of my favourite features of this product because when activated you can’t open the tray accidentally. Apart from that on the sides, you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your headphones or speakers, and the power socket to recharge the device.
In the package of this device, you will get a pair of stereo headphones that were of decent quality and provided good sound, a USB power cable to recharge the CD player, the CD player itself, a testing CD and the user manual.
5. Bose Wave
CD players may sound counterintuitive in today’s technology, however, modern CD players are so much more than their name would suggest, delivering interesting features, amazing sound performance, quality, and versatility. The Bose Wave promises just that, with the best audio quality and performance on the market, versatility, and tons of features as it looks to replace all the audio devices in your home, and it will most likely achieve its goal comfortably.
The Bose Wave has an interesting design and it is a behemoth, with its large dimensions and all-plastic black body. It measures about 16×12.6×12.5-inches in total complete with the multi-cd changer accessory and weighs about 14.8-pounds, so it will need its area to operate. It has the same iconic design as its predecessor had, with speakers on each side of the front, its display in the middle showing metadata from the song and CD compartment on its main part and 3 CD compartments on its multi-changer accessory.
On the back of the device, you will spot the BoseLink port for the accessories, such as the included Multi-CD changer, but there are two more accessories you can buy for this CD player if you wish to enhance its functionalities. They are the Wave Connect Kit that is a dock for your iPhone or iPod and the Wave Bluetooth to add Bluetooth connection to your device as its name implies. Other than that the ports consist of an AUX port, Headphones in port, and FM antenna port.
The sound performance of the Bose Wave is trademark Bose, with powerful bass and warm mid-range, extremely clean throughout no bleeding was apparent from the bass to the mid or high-range. The treble was sharp and detailed enough to keep the sound together and well balanced. Amazing sound quality, everybody is impressed with it.
However, the Bose Wave doesn’t utilize a digital to analogue converting from the external sources, which essentially degrades the sound a little, holding the full potential of the product.
With minimal downsides besides its premium price, the Bose Wave is a great addition to your home audio system.