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Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade?

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GOLLUM

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I currently have a phillips cd 165 player(audio only) bought it around 10-12 ( maybe more ) years back. I also have a standard philllips dvd 642k used for movies and mp3

I recently bought a norge 2060 and millenium speakers and I am happy with it :clapping:

Now the cd 165 player is much better than the dvd player for obvious reasons (audio cd's) . I have been reading for quite some time that one can buy a DAC or perhaps buy a good CDP ( good is relative but something I can afford and sounds good say like marantz 5003)

Eitherways before I decide to upgrade want to know how good or bad my current CDP is from the specs. I ask this as if I want to arrive at a go/no-go decision only after being reassured it will indeed make a difference ( has to be substantial as this implies a sizable investment )

If I am indeed living in pre-historic ages and the marantz's / DAC's are far better then an upgrade is essential.

CD 165 specs are as follows:

Number of channels 2
Output Voltage 2Vrms +- 3 dB
Output resistance 1 K
Dynamic Range (-60dB) min 85 dB from 20 Hz- 20 KHz
Channel Separation min 82 dB from 20 Hz- 20 KHz
Signal To Noise Ratio min 90dB from 20 Hz- 20 KHz
Freq Response +/- .55dB from 20 Hz- 20 KHz
Phase Linearity +/- 7.0 20 Hz- 16KHz
automatic switched de-emphasis with time constants 15/50 Us
Outband attenuation min 35dB above 40kZ

Please provide your feedback on the overall query.
 

hemantwaghe

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Re: Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade

had this player 2 years back
very good thing volume control on remote - audiophile or not - useful!
anyway if yo want manual you can download from

CD165 CD PLAYER - Philips Support
 

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Re: Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade

If you are not planning a major overhoul and your CDP/DVDP are working fine, then imo may be all it needs to put new life in your faithful music companion is adding a decent entry level DAC like the Beresford 7520. I'm not familiar with your players, but I believe they got digital outputs that can be routed to the DAC. On top of that you will have a USB input and a not so bad headphone amp as well!

I read somewhere in the forum where Stan was offering waving off the shipping charges for members here. You can write to him and see how that goes.
 

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Re: Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade

Hemant,

which cdp do you have currently? does it really sound better than the phillips cd 165 , the issue is that I was quite happy all these years with this model untill I started reading about DAC's , marantz cd players ( which seem to be overall fav budget Cd player) etc.

since it would not be poss to carry the amp and speakers for a demo , I am solely relying around the advice around here.

Regards
Paresh
 

murali_n

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Re: Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade

Hai Gollum,

See what is the Output OP AMP chip, try replacing them with LM4562 or OPA2134 you can feel the sound improvement , the soundstage will be more open and dynamics will improve.

N.Murali.
 

keith_correa

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Re: Current CD player(CD 165) specs provided ,need advice on whether should I upgrade

buy LM4562 here
 
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