I got this because the cdp(changer) section of my mini Onkyo setup giving up the ghost last week...
I've never been a big fan of changers but I must admit I realized I have become quite fond of the CD changer we had, my wife especially.
So in order to resolve that problem AND to cover the need for an upconverting dvdp (for the HDTV that i expect to get in 6 mo. or so), I decided on going with a refurb Onkyo DV-CP704 dvd/cd changer...The main use I wanted is a good quality cd changer
, and that this is one of the few affordable dvd changers
that actually upconverts
upto 1080i (HDMI)...I saw the added benefit that this would be compatible with my mini Onkyo amp's remote also...
with the Onkyo points I had and shoponkyo's special new yr price, I was able to get it for $92.00 shipped
! I was pretty happy with that
So I got it today, and it looks and feels brand new, not a single thing to show that its a refurb, with all the accessories, depsite onkyo stating that refurbs may not have cables, manuals etc...the unit feels very well built; solid, and tough to the touch; front panel buttons operate smoothly.
The pics are not that great...sorry about the ghetto set up, and wires/cds mess, due to the thing not fitting in the entertainment center:
this thing is DEEP, I mean, it's 17" deep
, and doesn't fit in the rack, so for testing i set it up ghetto like on the box, and put 6 cds in (orginal and burned CDRs)...and hit play..
it's so deep, looks like a perfect square! :
The mini cdp i had was a 1bit and this is a 24 bit, and probably has different/better DACs etc, but I didn't think it would make much difference, but man it does! first thing i noticed was that the output level is higher and that the music had so much more depth...it sounded more..."massive" is the term i think, and at the same time, I felt that the music is more clearer than I remember from the mini cd changer..absolutely wonderful vocals...and pretty much everything...This may be mainly a dvdp, but the Audio CD quality it truly superb. I guess I can see why there are hi-end cd players out there!
The 6-disc carousel is pretty smooth, and changes discs quickly with a bit of noise (only during the change); probably normal. The load times for CDs was pretty short, but I will have to see how it does with dvds...
this changer plays tracks in random mode across ALL 6 discs...(I've heard many cd/dvd changers doing the random mode only within the current disc, which people have complained about a lot in reviews of other dvd/cd changers)... I know that this unit has some kind of bass management too...but i don't know if it works with CDs or not...haven't played around much...
There's a "party mode" button, haven't used it yet...have to go thru the manual to see what that does..
I have not played any dvds yet...our entertainment ctr is such a PITA to work with, I will have to connect this later to the TV, and see how it compares to the Pioneer dvdp we normally use...if there's a difference in PQ etc...How good the upconverting of this dvdp is, i will have to wait to see when we get the LCD...(From what I've read on AVS, and 1 member from here, it does a great job of upconverting.)
I like that the blue light above the tray that provides illumination when changing discs, etc...that blue light can be turned off and the whole display can be dimmed 2 steps. The display is green, not blue like my receiver, but at least it is not a whole lot different.
Anyway, main thing right now is: we're happy we have a CD changer which looks like it's pretty solid and dependable, and has excellent SQ. Considering it was $92.00 shipped, and gain of another $15 in shoponkyo points for buying it, I think I can be happy.
~Thanks for reading.(will update how its dvd performance after watching a dvd in a day or two)