A used Jvc1050 is an excellent cd player very well built used price around 150.00. It also has a headphone jack.
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I used Marantz headphone output before and it sounds very good. I did not have any problems with disc reading. It is very good player for the price.
I bet you wont find anything better under 1000.00$
You can always buy used one here and resell it if you don't like it. Should get your money back.
I second the still amazing JVC XL-Z1050 CDP which was their classic, early effort to showcase JVC's new ideas about playing back CD's. They also went on to revolutionize the art of making a better CD.
The Grado headphone line has a knack for sounding special even when plugged directly into the humble headphone jack.
The problem is getting someone to sell this unit since it can be easily upgraded using its digital coaxial output into any of the many fine outboard DAC's out there.
Just don't let on how little you paid for the JVC and no one will ever suspect.
I third the Minimax. Used to own it, only sold it because I got two VERY nice separates (Eastsound CD-E5 player, and DIY Kevin Gilmore design Dynai headphone amp) to replace it; at over twice the price!
A tube swap to put NOS in there, and this player SINGS! And it drives almost any phone - I played Sennheiser 650's as well as Sony CD-3000's, two vastly different loads. Both sounded very musical.
Seems a bit unnecessary to buy a tube player (Jolida) if the tubes aren't used in the headphone output.
The Eastern Electric seems to be a little over $1,000 unless I'm looking in the wrong place.
Has anyone here used one of the pro CD recorders made by Marantz, HHB, Denon, etc.? They all seem to have headphone jacks. But I would imagine the emphasis on these machines would be in the recording, and not necessarily in the playback. Anyway, just another possibility to consider.
I thought the retail was still 900, but I see it listed now in the classifieds at 1099. With the Senn. 650's it replaced a 1500 cd player and a well regarded 1000 headphone amp. and you can roll tubes to your liking.
I am not connected to any sales-just excited about finding this player. also only 12 inches wide so my wife lets me keep it on a side table.