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Comprehensive Sony CD player list

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by scott1019 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:33 pm

Comprehensive list of ALL Sony CD players to look for.   All of these are reference level players, of course some are better than others, but overall there are no disappointments amongst this list.  This list is for standard RBCD playback only.   Some of these players can playback DVD's and SACD's, this is irrelevant for this list.   Also, some are only available in Europe, but many were imported to the US.    They are not listed in any particular order.

X779ES, X777ES, X555ES, X77ES, X55ES, X707ES, X303ES, X202ES, X7ESD, 707ESD, 705ESD, 608ESD, 558ESD, 557ESD, 555ESD, 508ESD, 507ESD, 338ESD, 337ESD, 333ESD, 307ESD, 228ESD, 227ESD, 222ESD, XA9000ES, XA777ES, XA77ES, XA7ES, XA555ES, XA30ES, XA20ES, XA3ES, XA2ES, XA1ES, CDP-970, CDP-950, CDP-710, SCD-1, NS999ES, NS91000ES, S9000ES, S7700, S7000.  

Please feel free to add to this list or make any comments on the players listed here.  I am sure I have missed some.   Any information on the type of DAC used, transport, and any pictures would be appreciated.  I hope to make this a comprehensive thread of the greatest Sony CD players ever.  

Below is a list of recommended 5-disk changers, since I have owned all but a couple of these I felt the need to put them in order of personal preference.  Again this is for standard RBCD playback only.  I would consider any of these reference level players as well and worthy of the class of players listed above.  

CDP-C801ES/701ES, C8ESD/C7ESD, C89/79, C87ES/77ES, C85ES/C75ES, DVP-NC555ES.
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by Danglerb » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:12 pm

I bought one of the first Technics CD players, but was primarily vinyl oriented for some time, then fell into great digital by accident. My nearest Sony ES dealer was an hour or so drive and nasty traffic away in Los Angeles and they made a mistake in an ad for the first separate DAC the Sony DAS702ES, posting the price of the old PCM or something box. I called to check, and was assured that was the correct price, so I drove out, questioned them about the price again, and bought it.



Got home and found out it didn't work with ANYTHING except the new CDP 650ESD. The next day the store called and told me I had to return the unit or pay an extra $1000 due to a pricing error, and I said no thank you. Next call they begged me to return it, we negotiated, and I kept the DAC and bought the 650 at a 30% discount.



Simply put the CDP650ESD was at the time head and shoulders the best digital player in the world. The sound was amazing, clearly a step above anything else, and more amazing, coupled with the 702 the sound was clearly yet another step up. Unfortunately within a year or so the 650 developed a common, but apparently incurable skipping problem and Sony bought it back from me after three attempts at repairs.



The CDP X707ES was the first player to tempt me away from the 702 used with a Magnavox transport, and I spent many hours listening to it, but $2000 was just too much to spend at the time. I remember coming back from the first time I listened to it and thinking, I've finally heard flawless digital audio. I never really lost the itch for one, but I would be somewhat wary of any older CD player having age issues impractical or impossible to fix.

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by scott1019 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:13 am

Without a doubt the 650ESD should be added to this list.   Its not a player I was aware of up until now.  Thank you!
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by Danglerb » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:59 am


On 2011-09-29 11:13, scott1019 wrote:
Without a doubt the 650ESD should be added to this list.   Its not a player I was aware of up until now.  Thank you!


A great player, important spot in history, but with the caveat that many developed a skipping problem that Sony was never able to fix, so maybe not a good choice to buy as is.

Double caution as the skipping only occurred on a few discs out of the hundreds we owned, but it happened 100% with them, and all other players had no issues with them.
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by RickeyM » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:55 am

I think the Sony DVP-S7000 should at least get an honorable mention. At the time of it's introduction it was Sony's flagship DVD player. It has the high level ES level build quality and it even has the ES CD player audio section in it. They had not yet given the ES designation to any video components tho'.
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by scott1019 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:16 am

Its included on my list and I completely agree.
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by RickeyM » Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:26 am

oops, hadn't noticed that. The great thing about these is that they can be had for a fraction of what a TOTL ES class CD player goes for.
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by scott1019 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:39 am

Yep, I know I failed to include a lot of the X-series players, but all of them were good too. If anyone knows of any that I missed in this same category, please let me know!

Luckily I have a S9000ES which is every bit as good as the S7000/7700 and also has world-class 2-channel SACD performance.
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