Philips CD721 CD Players

CD721

User Reviews (9)

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bargainhunter   AudioPhile [Aug 08, 2017]

I am refering to the Philips CD 723 not the CD 721. The difference is just marginal, I believe the remote control and/or the digital output(s). Sound will be the same, it's acceptable, a little rounded and agreeable, if not with the best for sub-300 $ CD-players. Upper midrange can sound explicit ! Its strongest point is the reliability of the disc drive, absolutely top and typical for philips drives (that are no more manufactured nowadays). So the Player works now for 15 years and shows no signs ot tiring. Built otherwise sufficient. Can safely be recommended for use of smaller, simpler hi-fi systems, where amp and speakers determine 90% of how it sounds. A used one under 70 $ could perhaps be a good deal.

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3
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4
xpert   AudioPhile [Jan 20, 2010]

It is a very bad,bad idea.it sounds good,but the signal in the begining of the tracks is awful!!its functions are very bad.doesn't do even the basic things right.sorry-just a garbage

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1
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1
Dairybeat   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 21, 2002]
Strength:

Fade out and Level control.

Weakness:

None for that price!

This is the Philips CD 723, with a remote control and a coax. digi. out. It has a very handy fade out, on both digi. and analogue signals, and a volume control on headphone AND signal output! With a discount card I only paid 94.00 for it and for the price the quality is brilliant, for sound and built. With good quality cable, both digi. and analogue, through my Yamaha DSPA1 amp., the analogue connection won by far. This will tell you something about the very good built in DAC in this player compared to the Yamaha's. Very recommended.

Similar Products Used: Sony SACD 555ES
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5
VALUE
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5
Mariusz Sterna   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 20, 2000]
Strength:

Detailed, crisp sound, price.

Weakness:

Not the best built quality, remote lacks time button.

In my humble opinion one of the best, most accurately sounding players arround for the price! I paid $199AUS, and it sounded better then most players double or even triple the price. Thesound of the 721 could be a little warmer, but at the price the mid-range and treble clarity is astonishing.

Similar Products Used: Sony, Yamaha
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5
VALUE
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5
Rory   Audiophile [Nov 27, 1999]
Strength:

Reasonable sound

Weakness:

Crap Build

Got the cd711 which is the same as the 721 but w/out the h/phone socket and r/control. Still got the remote though. Don't ask why. Long story. Yep, surprise surprise it sounds very good for a £120 machine. Bordering on hifi even. Things which hold the bugger back are phono leads actually attached to the unit so you can't upgrade them and the mains cable is also moulded onto the back so the previous comment applies to that as well.
however, the biggest problem is one which I've found with all philips and marantz machines where the actual transport mechanism wears down very quickly indeed. Usually lasts Ok for about 3 years then track 1 on every disc is cut out by about 1 minute and it wears down like that.
So, good sound for the money and you've got 3 years to save up for a non-Philips based machine. I've got a Pioneer Precision at the moment which has cracking sound and build!
good luck anyway!


Rory

Similar Products Used: Er...oh, a Sony midi system. Does that count?
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3
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5
Jeffrey   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 20, 1999]

Analytical. That's the word that describes the sound of the Philips. Though one cannot fault it for lack of details and transparency, one can easily criticise its laidback nature. The soundstage possess moderate depth, but is very stifled, giving one the impression of a lifeless and unexciting appeal. Midrange is crisp though, so is the treble. So ultimately, whether this cd player sings or croaks will depend very much on the amplifier. Coupled with a warm amplifier like the NAD 310, the effect is surprisingly enjoyable; but change that to a neutral Cambridge Audio, and the result is exactly what I've mentioned above.
Conclusion : Need to couple with a warm amp for best results.

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3
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Chris Ringwood   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 17, 2000]
Strength:

Using my AMC amp has a nicely balanced sound for a CD player: only have to put the treble control to 0.

Weakness:

Remote is a bit fiddly to use. Captive leads. No external output. Non-upgradeable by the amateur.

Before I rigged my Systemdek up on my Boat, this was my main source of Music. MUCH better than the Rotel - which was Rotels' 1st attempt - and I tracked it down on the basis of it being a What HiFi mag. "Best Buy". I concur with their findings. I find it very dependent on the CD playing as to how it sounds. Get a well-produced CD, and it's good listening indeed (for CD that is!) and I can spend longer than an hour in listening to music I don't have on LP. Nevertheless, decidedly inferior to my Vinyl set up from every criteria. But at the price I got it at a pedal-to-the-metal bargain indeed. I think if CD was the single source I would be ticked at the lack of upgradeability. But it's a great piece of kit nonetheless and so far, has proven reliable with no problems (fingers X'd!).

Similar Products Used: Rotel RCD 355
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4
VALUE
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5
Axels   Audiophile [Jul 15, 2000]
Strength:

Does basic things right

Weakness:

Captive signal lead

Marantz sound - quite warm and open. Good soundstage , detail and rhytmical capabilities. Initialy it was a bit harsh with revealing HK 620 amp. Get rid of captive signal lead, cut in phono sockets, exchange output
opamp ( there is only one on circuit board, if remember correctly, JRC 4560 ) to higher quality Burr-Brown OPA 2604,
and you have unmissable product for it's price.

Similar Products Used: Denon1650AR, HK 720, SonyES
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5
VALUE
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5
Jon Bond   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 15, 2000]
Strength:

Gd detail, neatral sound, gd bass weight, price

Weakness:

no optical/coaxial output, less soundstage

I got this player from my brother who bought it at just SDG$180. CD721 sounded musically gd with gd clarity, fair amount of bass and the treble was crisped. It sound much better compared to my Marantz cd63se which had a better soundstage. The downside of this player was the lack of digital or coaxial output. For budget wise, Cd721 is a gd buy.

My system consists of:
Rotel RCD951
NAD C340
TEAC T-R400
Dynaudio 40
Transparent Musiclink Plus
QED Qnect2
Kimber 8TC


Similar Products Used: Marantz cd63se, Rotel RCD951, Harman Kardon HD710, Philip CDR880, NAD 520
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
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