I have a CD5x bought secondhand from Signals several years ago together with a Flatcap. I mainly use streaming to a Nac 272 with XPS DR, but it’s still good to be able to play CDs and I have never found out how to find classical music in a streaming system set up for ordinary music, so I use CD for classical, streaming for nearly everything else.
The CD player recently lost the LH channel, that’s both on the DIN output I normally use and the phono which I tested. Fault persisted with and without the FC, reinserting the jumper plug.
I reflected on my options and bought a s/h CD5x on ebay for £400, that way I get to not scrap the FC as well. Looks like £400 is the value of a working CD5x.
Question is: is the old CD5x serviceable at all, and given the age of it, is the cd spinning bit near the end of it’s service life anyway? Every other CD player I have owned started to skip on not play CD-Rs, indeed the replacement seems to search to tracks a bit faster than my original player, despite the latter being a higher serial number. That gives me a bad feeling about the cd spinning section of my original player, though in fairness it never skipped.