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Philips CD582

Stereo Compact Disc Player (1988-89)

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Philips CD582

Specifications

Disc format: CD

Digital converter: TDA1541A

CD Mechanism: CDM-4/19

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic range: 90dB

Signal to Noise Ratio: 96dB

Channel separation: 93dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%

Line output: 2V

Dimensions: 420 x 288 x 85mm

Weight: 3.5kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1989

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Reviewed Dec 01st, 2017 by ilkkasuni

It's the TDA1541A. Spotted this player on the internet, a week ago. Some 30 bucks for this old CD player, postage included. Was it a bargain, or was just I kidding myself.

Not only was the player fully in tact, the front panel appeared as if the player never been used. Now alright, this is a very basic Phlips player from the '80s. But as you all know, there just is something to these early Philips players, even to them basic, cheap models. I own and have owned several CD players equipped with especially one of the three Philips DA converter types, I consider worth listening to.

I bought this very model out of curiosity, as I never owned one. And I was mentally prepared to either do some component updating on the player, or even rip off the chip, for my projects. My instant reaction to the sound, after having listened to a couple of hours was, there was something lacking to the upper mid-range tones, and the upper bass to low mid-range field sounded a bit dull, lacking some punch. What I instantly just loved, was the TDA1541A smooth high tones, just like velvet.

Now that I have listened to the CD582 for three days, I just cannot decide. The CD582 sounds lacking some of the dynamic depth and punch, I am used to with my CD players. Then again, the sound is very, very analogue. As if I was listening to a vinyl record, through a '70s Marantz or Pioneer amp, receiver.

What I absolutely dare not do is rip off the chip. I kind of like the sound, especially them smooth high tones. Concluding, I am likely to replace a few components with more advanced ones, and play the CD582 for keeps.

The player display comes with comfortably, one might say exceptionally large digits. The display does not tell the remaining time, neither the track sequence. No fancy functions. Then again, them early CD players were not built for fancy gadgets. They, with especially them certain Philips DAs, were made for reproducing analogue kind of sound, even on them early, mid-'80s poorly mastered CDs, to match up and even replace the vinyl record sound.

2017-12-02
Ilkka Suni
From Finland, independent for 100 years, on Dec. 6th

 

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