CD Players: Stop breaking down

Curious if anyone has this issue: In the past 5 years I have had 2 cd players that have been well-regarded, if not expensive: Onkyo DX-7555, and Cambridge Audio 640C. The Onkyo died after a year -- perfect condition, but it won't play discs, just clicks. Now the Cambridge is exhibiting the tell tale signs, skipping a lot and flashing the NO PLAY message at times. Funny thing is I also have a streaming setup so I don't even use the cd players that much. Am I doing something wrong, or are CD lasers just that fragile? Of course in this price range they are not worth getting fixed, so the Onkyo sits in its box in my attic, with the Cambridge soon to follow, I fear.

My thought was to get a universal player (e.g., Oppo 105) when the Cambridge dies; now I'm questioning that $1200 investment if the pattern is going to continue.
I am having the same issues with my 640C (V.2). Very low hours on the player. I moved a Denon DVP-2200 semi-universal player (no Blu-Ray)to my stereo with much better results. I have an OPPO 93 in my home theater system and have also been considering the 105 for the 2 channel. This seems to me to be the best option at this time. I will steer clear of any more Cambridge products. Yes this a rather large investment, but with the vast collection of cds you probably have, I think it would be a viable option. I have been very happy with my OPPO.
I have owned CD players which lasted a LONG time. One failed duee to the little ribbon cable connecting the sled to the body. It was a 5 disc changer, so the laser tilted every change of disc. It lasted around 100,000 hours.
I had a nice single disc player which a big cap self destructed. And that was why it stopped.
IMO all the talk about lasers, most of the CD player failures are the typical stuff, like capacitors.. Just no one will repair or search for that little stuff to fix it anymore."Now worth thier time" as most repair folks are just parts changers. (just like car repair guys)
Typically though Cd machines are not worth paying someone to fix them. Primarily because the cost involved, then the claims of cannot get parts.. here is the $300 bill ANYWAY for looking..
Since 1983 I have had a LOT of machines.. And not one failed due to the laser going dead.

So I do not buy expensive CD players. Now I buy used players. cheap. Then I can throw them away when they break for real. And use them with a DAC.

One of the BEST things you can do to stop players malfunctioning is the brush EVERY DISC before inserting it. Clean off the disc with a fine artist flat brush, Or a cosmetic blush brush to remove the near invisible dust and particles from the disc surface.
You have seen pics of the laser/cd gap? Then an invisible to the eye boulder of cigarette smoke next to the gap.. So ANY dander, human or animal, bit of eyelash hair, and dust from anywhere is invisible but ON the disc. add up the endless dust shoved into you player caught on the laser lense?? You get problems.
Like I wrote I brush off EVERY Cd or DVD i insert into a machine with the brush (and I keep the brush clean too!)
I never have any problems with that stuff.
I see a lot of complaints lately regarding the Cambridge Audio CDPs. Check the archives or google.
My Oppo BDP-95 works fine, but the transport, while fine for the price, does not inspire great confidence in me that it is built for the long haul. There are probably threads about which transports last longest. You could also see if you can buy a spare transport or two for the Oppo.
The 'look' of a transport has nothing to do with how long it will last. Plenty of heavy solidly engineered transports bite the dust while flimsy $300 Cd changers keep on running year after year.
This is from reading stuff here and at other sites, plus my own experience with changers..
It is way more chance than construction technique
I recommend the Oppo 103. Solid performer on its own and a great transport. Great company and great service. You can buy an extended warranty if it makes you feel better. Or as Elizabeth says go with a cheaper unit like the Sony SCD 595 changer from Sony refurb.
I too had nothing but problems with the two Cambridge 640 series cd player's lasers I had in the past. The Marantz SA11S1 I had also became an unrepairable boat anchor when the laser assembly failed the for SECOND time and Marantz couldn't provide repair parts anymore. I'm hoping the Luxman D-05 I'm using now will prove less problematic.
Add me to the list of dissatisfied Cambridge 640-C owners. Mine bit the dust after 4 years of moderate use. One thing I hated about it was the buttons. I always had to hit them extra hard and/or multiple times to get the player to start. Very aggravating when you're recording!
I have had my Oppo 95 for a long time, purchased when they first came out and never had a problem. Oppo stands behind their products and the support is 5 star
I went through 3 NAD's (still under warrantee). Started at entry level and kept upgrading and told myself the upgrade would be more reliable. Got off that treadmill and bought an old 20 lb hk 1988-92from a agon seller who had kept it in storage--had always wanted one--the tray slides in and out like butter--and use it for a transport. Found a second one on ebay NIB. I'm good until the moters die. They stopped making the moters.