Seeking Budget CD Player Suggestions

I also posted this question in another forum. A friend of mine has an early 90s era Mac CD player which is on its last legs. Great player in its day, but he is on a budget (around $500) and needs to replace it, preferably new, dealer demo, open box, etc. Rotel CD-11 and Marantz CD-6007 have been suggested as top picks in that price range. Any other suggestions, ideas, reasoning for a particular model? If Rotel, would the Tribute or Mk. II edition be preferable? 


His budget is limiting, I would try hard to get the existing player back to good health.

Has your friend tried one of these lens cleaner discs?



Lasers do get old/weak, not age, but has it done a heck of a lot of play time?


If he finds a used model like his, with little use, then he would have his old one for parts. Perhaps find one with missing remote for lower price even.

Is he handy enough to take the cover off, look twice, perhaps a can of compressed air, a speck of white lithium lubricant on the laser rails and the drawer mechanism.

Some models still have lens assembly kits, what specific model does he have?



New belts are usually available for the drawer mechanism.

I highly recommend this Onkyo 3.4. 6 disc changer.

I searched and searched, got help here, and tried 9 different players (used), this was the best, I have it in one of my systems. Had it in my main system, sounded great, however it does not play SACD (I doubt any in your budget play SACD).



I have a Audiolab CDT 6000. It’s a really good transport, and reads many of my SACDs. They can be found on the used markets for ~ $350. Many are moving up to new transports like the Shanling ET3 $750 which I plan to upgrade to soon


If looking for a demo unit, I`d suggest watching for the ads put forth by the on-line dealers here.