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Re: HiFi Kwestion- Single CD vs Multiplay Cd playe (archive)

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Posted by James on February 04, 2001 at 15:19:36:

In Reply to: HiFi Kwestion- Single CD vs Multiplay Cd players posted by Izzy on February 04, 2001 at 04:01:24:

In terms of performance gains or losses:

Unlike multi play CD units for home audio, multi disc changers for the auto do not sound substantially better than single disc units; in fact it is doubtful that anyone would be able to discern a difference in sound quality between the two.

This said, you must address the practicality issues:

1)If the CD section of the single disc (head) unit fails you will have NO music while it is in the shop being repaired.

2)Multi disc changers store several discs, saving clutter and making driving safer. Fumbling aroud with CD cases while you are driving is just plain unsafe.

3)Multi disc units DO IN FACT have better shock protection than single disc units--I have had several of both over the years and I know this is true. Of course, if your suspension is stock, it's not going to matter anyway.

4) You are not limited (with CD changer setup) to which head unit you can choose ie: the Pioneer head-only (CD changer compatible) unit might have a better tuner section or a better arrangement of preamp outputs or better specifications or just plain look cooler than the Sony head unit single disc player. Compare this philosophy to the high end home audiophile phiosophy ie: separate amp, preamp, CD transport, D/A converter, etc.

I cannot find, from my experience, any reason to select the sigle play head unit over the CD changer. I do recommend against getting one of those changers whose frequency is modulated over the lower frequency FM station, though. It is important to keep the signal path as direct (hardwired) as possible.

Hope This Helps


ok this is slightly off topic, but i plan to change systems and it's for my bimmer. Anybody have experiences to which is better for price and lasting- single cd players where u insert in the player itself, or multiplay cd players where u keep the changer in the trunk?
i hear people telling me that the single ones are not as good as they are prone to vibration, but i can say the same for the multiplay one.

thans in advance for your input.
E34 520i 1994
e28 518i 1987

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