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Philips CD751
6 Reviews
rating  4.83 of 5
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Description: CD player with good error correction


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christian a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Philips cdc 751. The previous reviewer made a perfect point when he said he began to walk away after putting a cd in and turned around in disbelief in what he was hearing. I can notice the smallest inperfections in recording quality so have quite a trained ear. On every cd I've played with this unit, I noticed things I never heard before. The seperation and imaging is amazing and plays the music the way the artist meant for it to sound. I thought if it was a cd, it was better. I found out that now this is not the case.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 6, 1999

Bottom Line:   
When I first purchased this CD player I hooked it up and started to walk away and found myself turning around and going back! Why? Very simple I had put 5 CD's in the player that I had listen to often on another CD player and what a big difference the sound and separation that was coming from this Philips CDC-751 was just unbelievable! State of The Art is the only way any one can answer, Philips has done an outstanding! They are not easy to find, took me a while to locate this one but was worth the wait or search. I also want to thank the other people who wrote these reviews and the folks from Audio Review for making it possible. Thanks! Bottom line if you can find one grab it while you can, you will love it!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Walters a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The Philips CDC751 is a very fine Cd Player, the sound is excellent and price is very reasonable! It may not have all the Extras which means less things to go wrong and I never use them any way, but channel separation is breath taking on mine. This unit is as fantastic sounding as my Top of the line Pioneer, Sony, Teac or Yamaha. I guess you can say we are following the leader Philips.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Evert Smit a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I've now been using this machine for 2-1/2 weeks now. And recorded about 20 CD's, from:* vinyl (!), via a Thorens / SME III / Milltek Aurora MC
* old tapes via a Nakamichi BE 150
* or CD's from either the Philips' own deck or my old Denon DCD 910.
It's hooked up to other quite good (but pre-digital) stuff like a Sony TA-E 86B pre-amp and a Quad 405, on B&W DM2 MkII's. All cabling is I think pretty up to standard (pure silver, or similar).
Indeed, it's a very modern beast in the herd. And it's performing really excellent:
- On play-back: I dare say the CD-R deck sounds a little bit better than the CD deck part, especially in the lows. And both do a better job than the Denon! Funny is that I now hear things I never heard before that way. More detail. This is especially 'visible' with special recordings like Dark Side of The Moon, the MFSL ultra-disk. Somehow, it is so different that it sometimes sounds almost agressive! I think my Denon is just holding back things... All in all, I am very pleased with it's play-back, and it became my premier deck.
- On recording:
1) from it's own play-back deck, single-speed (dubbing, called "Dubb-1", I didn't try the double-speed yet, no need to): I hear NO difference between the original and the copy. So must be excellent. Actually, it should be like that, as it is a bit-copy, I really do not understand how it COULD be different...
2) from the Denon (digital, via RCA cable provided; the Denon has no optical link): again, no audible difference. I get the feeling the copy (played on the Philips) sounds better than the original played on the Denon. But that can be right, it's a bit-copy, isn't it? So it bypasses the older DA-converter of the Denon.
3) from tape (Nakamishi): some tapes are > 15 years old. This is an excellent test (as is the one from vinyl) for the Philips' AD-converter. I found it to be excellent! Preserves whetever quality there was in the original, no changes. Philips did an excellent job designing a very good AD-converter.
4) from vinyl (Milltek): see tape: outstanding job!
Then: user-friendliness: needs some getting used to. Not as straight-forward as tape-deck. One strange thing in the dubbing (Dubb-1 mode) is the need to program all tracks on the 'sending' CD, otherwise the copying stops after each track! The analog input can be copied in discrete levels only (up to + 6dB), but I have not found that to be a problem. It acts as a double-deck, so if you put in 2 CD's the play after one another, or random. But if the firstdisk has been played, the second one started, and you put in a new disk in the first, it does not continue. Strange glitch!
Selecting source is clear and easy, buttons are a bit small: you have to be very near, and they buttons are not replicated on the otherwise good, clear remote control.

Good thing is that 'finalised' CD's play very well on other CD players, like the old (Philips) CD-changer in my car, and an old portable Sony player (D33 or so).

And last: build quality. OK, it's no match for the Denon (beautiful sound when it closes its tray), but it is nice to look at, with a good display, although I miss the music calendar. It's a metal case which is good (it is carrying the heavy Quad!). It feel sturdy enough, the disk-trays are a bit fiddly (you must make sure the disks are put in exactly right, or it wont recognise them). The lack of gold-plated RCA-jacks... don't know, my cables have it, and we'll see. I can always put these in myself when the warranty runs out. (I did a complete rewiring of my Quad, and that really improved the thing, so now it'll have to last into the next milennium. It's now already > 20 years old!).

My overall rating should be 4.5 star (it's not perfect but better than I had). Sound-wise it's 5, use-wise it's 4. I will round to 5 because the sound is the most important and it is excellent value for the money. I love it!

Evert

By the way, I paid NFL. 1199,- = Euro 545,- = US$ 645,- (incl. VAT)

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by ce a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 7, 1998

Bottom Line:   
Since PHILIPS invented the CD and they make the laser assys for most other mfgs...my CD936 5 disc changer is fantastic..digital outputs (coax)..has been out of production for a few years, but it is flawless...made in Belgium..has all kinds of programable functions, taht I never used has a great remote, does all the functions I need to do from across the room...256x oversampling 1 bit the CDM12 assy..all athe qulity expected from the leader PHILIPS

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