Philips LHH1000 CD Players

3.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $4000.00


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Submitted by P Goodfellow a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 11, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Bought the Phillips at $1k secondhand because of the die cast 9 pro transport and ran it thru to my Theta Pro Gen D/A. Way disappointed. Typical diffused phillips sound with lacking bass.
Back to theTeac P2 and everything wasback in order.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. Allan M. Hunchuk a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 28, 1997

Bottom Line:   
About three years ago, my then girlfriend, now my wife of two years, gave mean amazing Christmas gift: the Philips LHH1000 CD Transport and separate LHH1000 CD D/A Converter. Together these components weigh in at 60 pounds give or take a few ounces. Of course, a girl friend with such good taste in stereo gear, is the girl to marry, meet mum and all that. Let's review the gear. The LHH1000 is phenomenal! It is the most musical CD player that I've heard and I'm very familiar with the lineup from Marantz, Rotel, Onkyo, Sony, NAD, Musical Concepts, dbx, Pioneer, and Adcom. Out of this list, I used to own a Musical Concepts CD player which was a modified single-play Marantz CD72 (perhaps the most accurate CD player that I've ever heard). I have always enjoyed the sound of the Adcom CD player--changer and single-play--and almost purchased one before I was seduced by the Musical Concepts player. My first CD player was a single-play deck by Onkyo which I purchased at a Discount stereo store. At that time I was purchasing stereo gear by how much it weighed, not by how it sounded. The heavier the gear, the better sounding the gear was my philosphy. This reminds me of when I would buy classical pre-recorded cassettes when I was in graduate school--I would see which one had the most time on it and then I would buy it. More time, more sound, for my money was my then philosophy. Anyway, the Onkyo was okay, the Musical Concepts fantastic, and the Philips LHH1000 phenomenal!!! First, musicality takes precedence over accuracy. I want digital drums to sound like real drums and the Philips makes this tranformation. One can listen to the Philips for hours without fatigue--it is a sweet sounding player. The soundstage is wide, lush, and full. Orchestral music especially sounds good on this player--of course, one has to take into account my stereo rig: Carver 200 watt a side amp, Carver pre-amp, BIC Venturi 830 speakers or AR 2AX's or AR M1's, and entry level budget 12 gauge speaker cable and better than average interconnects (the cheapies by Vampire Wire). In 1988, the Philips LHH1000 was one of the top CD players in the market with a list price of about 4 grand. The unit I have was refurbished by the Marantz factory in Japan and came with a full 1 year warranty. The remote control is a learning remote and is the precurser to what one reviewer calls the "Remote of the Gods" which is made by Marantz. The built quality of the LHH1000 is phenomenal! Champagne gold in colour. Marantz makes a whole series of components in the same style. I am simply delighted by the LHH1000 CD Transport and D/A Converter by Philips and if you can find a used one, consider it as a viable choice. If your girl friend gives you one for Xmas, marry her! A Philips LHH1000, a man and a woman make a pretty splendid menage a trois!


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