POLL: Do you want your Blu-ray player to be able to play CDs? - AVS Forum
View Poll Results: Should BD player be able to play all disc formats?
I would like one player to play all my disc formats 115 63.89%
I like having a separate player for all my discs 65 36.11%
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post #1 of 41 Old 02-08-2007, 05:55 AM - Thread Starter
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Some current Blu-ray players are not capable of playing CDs. Is this inability important to you? Do you want a player capable of playing all your disc formats, or would you rather have a separate player for each disc format (BD, DVD, CD and perhaps even HD DVD)?
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For me CD playing was a necessity. I have over 1000 CDs that I like to listen to in my living room. Luckily the PS3 plays CDs.

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Mine plays CDs but I would never use it for that; I can't imagine that anyone with a bunch of CDs doesn't have a jukebox/cd changer since they are so cheap now.
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Nope. I have a dedicated CD player. I've never used the CD player on any of my DVD players and won't on my Blu-Ray ones either.
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Although I have a dedicated CD player, I still want my BD player to be able to play audio CD. Heck, at that price it should wash my dishes too!

PS: I have yet to find jukebox/CD changer that can fit about 2,000 of my CDs.

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Although I have a dedicated CD player, I still want my BD player to be able to play audio CD. Heck, at that price it should wash my dishes too!

PS: I have yet to find jukebox/CD changer that can fit about 2,000 of my CDs.

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Yes. I rip all my CDs with WMA lossless audio. It sounds excellent. But I only have around 600 CDs. I bought most of them between 1985 and 1997 then DVD purchases took over and now HD DVD/BD.

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I haven't played a CD in my PS3 yet. I use a 5 disc carousel for them instead.
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It's a not a dealbreaker since I don't buy too many CDs these days. I haven't played any CDs on my PS3 yet (I did rip a few to the hard drive though).
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How about a poll option that says:

I could care less because the other 10 things hooked to my TV can play cd's

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Mine plays CDs; where's that poll option?
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I got to admit, the sound quality coming out of my HD-A1 is comparable to a $1000+ CD player. I recommend you try it with the PS3 and the other standalone players that do it.
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Oh yeah, no doubt....

My PS3 plays CDs like... like a $50,000 CD player! It's incredible.
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Well I intend to get a PS3 sometime this year. That thing plays SACD too. Nice.

The poll and this thread should be closed because the poll is not wide enough in its options of answers.

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I already have a dedicated CD player, with superb sound, so why pay for a feature I
don't need. I prefer all the money I spend on my BR player to go towards the best
possible DVD/BR disk playing capabilities.

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This poll is biased. "I like having a separate player for all my discs" doesn't cut it as a response. Many of us have no problem with a player playing DVDs and BDs/HD-DVDs. That doesn't, however, mean that we want it to play CDs, especially those of us who already have better CD replay than we're ever going to find in a DVD/BD/HD-DVD player.
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Oh yeah, no doubt....

My PS3 plays CDs like... like a $50,000 CD player! It's incredible.

Have you tried the the HD-A1 and compare it to a $1,000+ CD player? I do own a (then) $1,700 CD player and the A1 sound is comparable to that player.



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Have you tried the the HD-A1 and compare it to a $1,000+ CD player? I do own a (then) $1,700 CD player and the A1 sound is comparable to that player.

Ugh.

Don't worry about it David, the point was completely lost on you.
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apparently that guy, myself and a lot of people cares. Just because you don't care doesn't mean the entire world doesn't care. Last time I checked the world does NOT gravitate around you. Unless you do have your own gravitational pull.

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apparently that guy, myself and a lot of people cares. Just because you don't care doesn't mean the entire world doesn't care. Last time I checked the world does NOT gravitate around you. Unless you do have your own gravitational pull.

And *my* point is that the PS3 plays CDs - and SACDs to boot - if you're in an audiophile mindset. So... don't you think there should be a provision in this poll to provide an answer indicating that your BD player does indeed play CDs?

That's a question I'd like answered by the way.

And of course I have my own gravitational pull - all objects do.
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I don't know why it sparks so much debate amongst people; some people don't want to pay more for something that they have no need for while others want an all-in-one machine.

There are different payers that serve the needs of different consumers.

Decide what you want and purchase accordingly. If a product doesn't offer what you want, skip it and buy one that does instead of complaining that every player doesn't cater specifically to your own preferences.

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Jeeze guys, I didn't want this to turn into a "my di@# is bigger than yours" contest. And I'm sure the PS3 may be just as good or even better. All I'm saying is this additional feature is a great bonus.
I'll admit part of my re-discovery of quality music is partly a result of the HD-A1'a ability to play CD's. Part of it is my unfortunate gravitation to MP3's over the years. I think it's a great feature.
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My PS3 does play CDs/SACDs and DVDs fine, however I intend to use a dedicated Pio universal player instead. I simply try to reserve PS3 for Blu-Ray and occasional games.

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I have a PS3 and don't care if it plays CD's or not.

I put all music on a Music Serever (Squeeze Box), it's the best thing since sliced bread.

PS3 is not great for a CD player because you often have to use the TV to browse the CD.

Anyone with a 1000 CD's only using a PS3 to play them should really rethink things.
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It's not really THAT important to me, but I'd probably prefer one quality player to do it rather than have a separate dedicated deck. PS3 fills fine in this regard.

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Uh, yea.

It's why Sony PS-3 was my purchase and not the Pio Elite.

CD/DVD/SACD (DVD-A though it's never going to happen on a Sony product kinda like VHS was a big no no for them - but see where that went?) and Blu-Ray is a minimum.

Now if Pioneer or Onkyo or another would produce one that does
CD/DVD/SACD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD (all features and all fully functional advanced features) and a burr-brown converter or two with 7.1 analog outs, 2 HDMI 1.3 or better, and a great build with excellent Ethernet connectivity, I am there with my $1000.00 to $1500.00 in hand.

CDs aren't dead folks. CD-R is not dead. I for one have 600+ of them I still use in the car in the house in the office etc. Sound is still significantly better than downrezed compressed MP3 AAC etc.

Why - unless you have Krell or higher quality DACs and Transports would anyone want to have a unit that plays DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray discs but not play CDs. Do we all really have that much rack space and power plugs left?

Isn't it time someone promoted quality as value?
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Personally, CDs aren't a big priority for me which is why my optical disc format has to be able to play them. Not a chance I'd buy a standalone CD player just to play an occasional CD.
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And *my* point is that the PS3 plays CDs - and SACDs to boot - if you're in an audiophile mindset. So... don't you think there should be a provision in this poll to provide an answer indicating that your BD player does indeed play CDs?

That's a question I'd like answered by the way.

And of course I have my own gravitational pull - all objects do.

What's the point of a poll asking an objective question like "Does the PS3 play CDs?". This is a poll trying to guage the importance of CD play on your optical component not asking people if they have the capability, or not.

You should answer "one player" if you're glad your PS3 plays CDs - or answer "separate" if that capability isn't a big deal to you.
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It's a deal breaker for me, 6000 cd's in my collection 50 DVD-A and 50 SACD's. No way I can afford to convert them to lossless PC files and no way I'm compressing them to crappy mp3 quality.

I'm probably going to be on the fence for BLU-RAY till a BLU-RAY/DVD-A/SACD player comes out but the Panasonic has me curious right now as it does DVD-A.

I have no more room in my rack and no more inputs in my system so if I get a BLU-RAY player it has to handle audio duties and do it well.
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I think I have about 8 cd's. So, no big deal, but I want the ability to listen to them when I want to on one machine, considering the price you pay.

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