CD PLAYER THAT LOOKS AND PLAYS WELL ABOVE THE COMPETITION IN PRICE AND PERFORMANCE! LOOKS LIKE $500.00 +
MARK B., Amazon
24 July 2014
Summary: Don't listen to those who have criticized this unit and said unfair things about it. This player cost a pathetic $140.00 and performs two to four times that price hands down. The unit looks like a high-end cd player without unnecessary buttons and each button feels incredible considering the price. The cd drawer opens quietly and at a steady pace. The headphone amp sounds awesome and makes my ears hear detail and analog warmth.
Summary: First off, Original list price WAS $249,but Onkyo now lists it at only $199. (Amazon needs to update their MSRP). That being said regardless, at the current sale price of $139 it is a STEAL! IMO there is not a single new player out there in the under $350 price point that can match up to this unit. It looks great, is very quiet in operation, and has a build quality that is pretty outstanding at this price point.
Summary: I've been a longtime audiophile, having had my first taste for better sounding hi-fi equipment listening to a classic FISHER 500C tubed receiver/amplifier with highly acclaimed German Telefunken tubes (circa 1965). This was my father's sacred stereo, and as a curious teen back in the 70's, I would sneak a few listens when he was away at work (since I wasn't supposed to touch/use his equipment)! The mold was set.
Summary: I love this thing..I was using a Sony CE275 5 disc that made so much noise when the music was not playing but sounded good otherwise.. Also used a Panasonic SA PM19 Micro System with 5 disc which actually sounded better than the Sony.. I researched the heck out of CD players wanting to find a really good one without having to spend a stupid amount.. All searches took me back to this model.. The only thing I had reservations about was it being a single disc..
Summary: The Onkyo C7030 is possibly the biggest bargain in audio today. Combining a Wolfson DAC and a quality of build that belies the modest price of the player, you've got a unit that should cost hundreds more. Don't look for any sonic embellishments from this player. It sounds true to the source material. If your disc is well recorded you'll hear all the nuances embedded in the music. The 7030 will also expose poorly recorded discs for the mud that they are.
Summary: This player works OK. It is just a CD player with zero special features. It sounded OK through the built in DAC which is supposed to be something special. However it sounded a lot better through a couple of external DACs I tried, which is the reason I tried it. The deal breaker, and why I returned it, is because it just cannot handle any bumps from the floor. It will hop, skip and jump as you walk in the room.
Summary: Finally, smart CD reviews! I just want to thank all of you who reviewed the Onkyo 7030. It is such a relief to read reviews written by people still purchasing both CD's and single disc CD players. I cannot tell you how much time I've wasted reading reviews of either carousel changers or players that play a gazillion formats in addition to CD.
Summary: I really wanted a decent cd player with a decent DAC. I looked at Cambridge Audio because it has a Wolfson DAC. After reading the reviews however I'd noticed that some owners had problems with the transport. The Onkyo had not only the DAC I was looking for but a decent build quality...including the transport. The unit is relatively heavy due to the power supply which is another plus. A great choice for the money.
Summary: I bought this to replace my old single-CD Sony unit from 1989. It appears to play whatever I throw at it, whether store-bought CDs, CD-Rs (recorded by me), or MP3 CDs. Does a good job, far better than the cheaper Teac CD-P1260 unit I previously bought from Amazon that refused to play any of my CD-Rs.