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Hi everyone. I am yet another newbie looking to get into the world of better sounding music. I currently don't own anything that I can say it's good stuff. I am running an iPod into a PA2V2 headphone amp from Electric Avenues into a pair of M-Audio CX5 powered monitors. Nothing too exciting to write home about.
Things I listen to:
Beatles, Radiohead, Coldplay, Oasis, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Coltrane
I am just looking for a simple component that is a CD Player that has USB drive/iPod connectivity so that I can use my PA2V2 as intended rather that as a connection between my iPod and speakers. I should really use it with my Grado SR-60i's.
welcome aboard I'm not too conversant with what you are looking for, hope another member has some ideas for you
Welcome to the forum Centropolis! It's great to see another newbie getting in higher quality audio - based on your music playlist we seem to listen to a lot of the same stuff
There aren't very many, if any (to my knowledge), dedicated CD players that offer both a USB input and iPod connectivity. I believe that some of the less expensive Blu-ray players offer USB inputs... but I don't know about iPod connectivity. If you're looking for something with great audio quality (in a higher price range) you might want to consider one of the Cambridge Audio universal Blu-ray players like the 651BD Universal Blu-ray Player:
but again I think it only offers a USB input and no iPod connectivity. iPod connectivity is usually a feature that's offered in receivers, amps or preamps.
Perhaps you should consider getting a two channel receiver (which offers USB, iPod and other inputs) and a seperate CD player.
I am looking at something like a NAD C715. It plays USB thumb drives and connects to iPod (I think). But if the unit plays either from USB drives or iPod I am good. Now that I think about it, when I use it at home, I don't really need iPod connection. Besides, USB drives are much cheaper.
The NAD C715 is a kind of all-in-one two channel receiver with a built-in CD player, and USB port. However I don't see any indication that it offers an iPod input/jack.
You might want to take a look at the TEAC and Denon websites as they might also offer similar types of components. In fact, I did find a specific TEAC model CR-H500NT that offers both the features you're looking for:
Let us know if you find anything else on these websites that suits your requirements
Thanks! Although this unit comes with speakers, a few reviews sites says that the Denon D-M38 is the best system under $400. What is the general consensus on this unit considering the price point?
Originally Posted by Suave
I just saw the Denon D-M38 at Bay Bloor Radio a few days ago... and it looks like it's got both USB and iPod connectivity so it should be right up your ally too. I noticed that it can be purchase with or without speakers.
If you've read good reviews of this unit on other sites than it should be a safe purchase Personally, I would still find it somewhere in a store and listen to it first (unfortunately I didn't get a chance to listen to it at BBR).
Let us know if you end up getting it!