cd33 0r cd36

phil grimes

Standard Member
is there much difference between these cd players?
is the cd33 better than the cd23?
I miss my cd23 and am thinking of returning to it after trying another well known brand but would prefer something newer under warrenty
 

oceanrower

Active Member
Many people would say that the CD33 sounds as something between the CD23 and the CD36.

The sound from a CD source is something that YOU must be happy with. Regardless of what will be written in this thread, go and have a listen for your self.

Personally I perfer the CD33 over the CD36. They sound similar but the CD36 is better in most technical terms. From my listening preferences, I could not find a CD that I liked as much as the combo of my A85 and CD33. The CD36 and a 50% more costly Meridian were on the shortlist but I ended up getting a second hand CD33. I know I made the right choice for me.

I listen to lots of Knopfler Guitarrs and they do not sound as good on the CD36 and the Meridian. Why spend a fortune on mainsconditioners, hifiracks, cables, amps etc.. and then choose the cd that you do not like the most.

There is only one way to find out! Listen to different players with your gear or the gear you intend to purchase within the next 8 months (so that they still will be manufactured).
 

andym

Active Member
is there much difference between these cd players?
is the cd33 better than the cd23?
I miss my cd23 and am thinking of returning to it after trying another well known brand but would prefer something newer under warrenty

When the CD36 was first released I did a prolonged (two hours +) single-blind, level-matched trial to see if I could distinguish it from the CD33. I could not. Neither could the dealer with whom I conducted the tests. The rest of the kit was C31, 2 x P1 and B&W 802Ds (cables etc being irrelevant). I've stayed with my CD33.

One caveat: the CD36 we used was audible during the load phase i.e. it made some mechanical noise. My guess is that this is not a generic problem with the CD36 but I've not researched it further.

Andy
 

RonCH

Member
I'd get the CD36 just because, it annoys me that the CD33 can't be switched to stay by using the remote - whereas the CD36 can.
 

Shaggybert

Active Member
I'd get the CD36 just because, it annoys me that the CD33 can't be switched to stay by using the remote - whereas the CD36 can.

Yea, I used to think the same thing when I first had my CD82, so i tried a CD73 and later a CD192, both of which have a standby function. I never really got into the sound from either of these players and ended up selling them both and going back to the 82.
Finally I got my hands on a second hand CD33. I enjoy the sound from this player so much that it put my need for a certain function in perspective and I have never looked back. The fact that it hasn't got standby doesn't worry me in the slightest anymore.
 

Crustyloafer

Distinguished Member
Arcam: CD33, T61, DV78, A85 & P85
PMC: FB1+
Panasonic: 28" CRT, DMR-EX75, SL1210 mk2 (x2)
Pioneer: DJM600, CDJ1000 mk2

I have to commend you on a fine choice of speakers there Bert. The A32 sounds fabulous with them too, even better with a P35. :thumbsup:
 

oceanrower

Active Member
Crusty - You always seems to praise the PMC speakers. So do I with the Audiovector Mi1 Avantgarde! (developed using Arcam FMJ) As a retailer, have you done comparisons? PMC's are hard to listen to in Sweden. The Avantgarde tweeter is truly special...
 

Shaggybert

Active Member
I have to commend you on a fine choice of speakers there Bert. The A32 sounds fabulous with them too, even better with a P35. :thumbsup:

Cheers crusty! I see you have outstanding taste as well! :thumbsup: I bet those OB1s sound even better than they look!

I've got to admit, the A32 is probably the next upgrade on my list! :rolleyes: I'm not in a rush though, because my set-up is sounding pretty spot ot to my ears!
 

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