I have the Classic gold Cd, and Classic 45 LP. I no longer run a CD source in my system. This is by chioce, as I have added a second TT setup instead. IMO, the CD is excellent, having enjoyed it on players like The EAR Acute, and Audio Aero Capitole 2. I picked up the 45 RPM from an Amazon seller sealed for $110 several mos. ago. It is IMHO, one of the best sounding records I own. It is not up front or in your face, yet the detail is amazing. Frankly, I don't think about the sound when listening to it, I just get lost in the performance. Granted there is a difference between the 33 and 45rpm. I would think the 33 is at least quite good though. Sorry to hear you are not totally happy w/ it. Any other Junkies to want to chime in.