Doorway CD Player

Why doesn’t anybody make a Doorway CD player (< $300) with a USB port capable of playing FLAC files? I know, because the market for CD players is shrinking. So why am I looking for a new CD player? First, my current player is old and having a few issues. Second, when I considered ripping all my CDs to FLAC files, I discovered after a little research that I have no desire to set up any type of network storage or computer to play music. Finally, I still enjoy pulling out and playing my CDs for some of the same reasons many others like to play LPs. Call it nostalgia, or being more intentional with listening to the music when I have to physically interact with the medium, it all leads to the same thing for me; enjoying music. Oh, and I’m finding some really great used CDs at bargain prices these days.

Looking at the Yamaha CD S300, it would be a perfect fit. It retails for $300, and has a USB port for playing from a USB flash drive. Alas, the port is limited to playing MP3 and WMA files. Why? The Sony BDP-S3700 Streaming Audio Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player, will play CDs and stream FLAC files from its USB port. And it retails for $80. I know, it doesn’t have a DAC, but for $100 I could add a Schiit Modi 3 and still only be at $180. Problem is there is no display to use it properly, and I’m not looking to add a TV to my little Doorway bookshelf system. I’m just pointing out that it is possible to have a Doorway disc player with the capability to play FLAC files from a USB storage device. And that’s all I want.

Okay, I’m done whining. If anybody has a suggestion that doesn’t include a computer for playing FLAC files, I’m all ears.

P.S. I have decided to keep my 33-year-old Yamaha receiver in my system because it brings me joy using it. So no new integrated amp with USB FLAC streaming capabilities is being considered.

P.P.S. If I do have to give up on the idea of stream FLAC files from a CD player, then this looks interesting as a streamer/server combo,:
And after the pain of setting it up, the interface on a mobile device would be far superior for streaming files.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
Thanks for the video, will be building my own endpoint/server with the hat.
To your original topic, one can get audiophile grade SACD/CD players for peanuts.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
I dunno, the NAS route is even simple enough for me to do it.
It is also delightfully scalable and flexible (although the elderly NAS I was kindly given by one of the local vacuum tube gurus is... well... elderly in computer hardware terms -- perfect for me, though).
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Fortunately, I already have a decent (if somewhat aged) DAC.
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I dunno, the NAS route is even simple enough for me to do it.
It is also delightfully scalable and flexible (although the elderly NAS I was kindly given by one of the local vacuum tube gurus is... well... elderly in computer hardware terms -- perfect for me, though).
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Fortunately, I already have a decent (if somewhat aged) DAC.

Yeah. The more I think about it, the more I am likely to do something like in the video I posted. I was really trying to keep my little system as simple as possible, but the user interface with the Pi running Squeezelite and LMS looks really nice.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member

I've fiddled with a few things, but for the time being (and FWIW) I am just using the app that Synology provides and it's perfectly adequate. I wouldn't call it really nice, but it works and I understand it! The latter is not a given ;)


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In fact, lately I've been fiddling with using a little tablet that we happen to have as a controller (so to speak) for playing music. Another story for elsewhere, though.
 
Why doesn’t anybody make a Doorway CD player (< $300) with a USB port capable of playing FLAC files? I know, because the market for CD players is shrinking. So why am I looking for a new CD player? First, my current player is old and having a few issues. Second, when I considered ripping all my CDs to FLAC files, I discovered after a little research that I have no desire to set up any type of network storage or computer to play music. Finally, I still enjoy pulling out and playing my CDs for some of the same reasons many others like to play LPs. Call it nostalgia, or being more intentional with listening to the music when I have to physically interact with the medium, it all leads to the same thing for me; enjoying music. Oh, and I’m finding some really great used CDs at bargain prices these days.

Looking at the Yamaha CD S300, it would be a perfect fit. It retails for $300, and has a USB port for playing from a USB flash drive. Alas, the port is limited to playing MP3 and WMA files. Why? The Sony BDP-S3700 Streaming Audio Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player, will play CDs and stream FLAC files from its USB port. And it retails for $80. I know, it doesn’t have a DAC, but for $100 I could add a Schiit Modi 3 and still only be at $180. Problem is there is no display to use it properly, and I’m not looking to add a TV to my little Doorway bookshelf system. I’m just pointing out that it is possible to have a Doorway disc player with the capability to play FLAC files from a USB storage device. And that’s all I want.

Okay, I’m done whining. If anybody has a suggestion that doesn’t include a computer for playing FLAC files, I’m all ears.

P.S. I have decided to keep my 33-year-old Yamaha receiver in my system because it brings me joy using it. So no new integrated amp with USB FLAC streaming capabilities is being considered.

P.P.S. If I do have to give up on the idea of stream FLAC files from a CD player, then this looks interesting as a streamer/server combo,:
And after the pain of setting it up, the interface on a mobile device would be far superior for streaming files.
I have one of these and it may work for you. I used it to stream from an iPhone.

 

John Frum

Secret Society Member
I have one of these and it may work for you. I used it to stream from an iPhone.


I've seen these, and the recent BT version. They make me wish Tascam still offered the bare bones CD-200, which I have a low-key eye out for, despite wanting my next spinner to be a dedicated transport.
 
I have one of these and it may work for you. I used it to stream from an iPhone.

Yeah I’ve been looking at the Tascam but because of my desire for something that would take up less space on my desktop, I’ve been looking for something smaller. There’s not much out there in the Doorway price range when it comes to small CD player/transports. I have found this being sold through Walmart online via Onkyo-USA. Like the Tascam, it won’t play FLAC files, but it does support WAV files. I may just give it a shot.
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Tedrick

Junior Member
Although a little above your nominated price range at $499, the Marantz CD6007 has a front-panel USB input and supports WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC HD, ALAC, AIFF and DSD files.
 
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