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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good., August 17, 2011
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This review is from: Onkyo C-7030 Compact Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)
I found nary a decent review on this model... in fact the ONLY thing I found on the c7030 was the same regurgitated marketing copy re-pasted on differant websites. Annoying. One thing that stood out about this unit's specs besides its budget pricetag was its weight. To me that meant a decent power supply and good build quality (it is fairly heavy for a cd player). So because of this, along with its other intersting features (for the price) I decided to order it.

Connected to my budget HK3490 it has an unbudget sound. Clear highs. Smooth mids. Tight bass. Realistic soundstage. Uncolored. Listening to Nora Jones as I write this and she sounds like shes in the room with me. I initially had my sights on the HD990 to match my receiver but they recently upped the price on that unit and I was left with the distinct impression that there were skipping/build quality issues from some reviews despite the audiophile sound quality specified in most reviews.

Aesthetically, the c7030 looks more expensive that it is. In fact, I could mistaken this cd player for something built by Arcam, and the remote looks like something made by B&O. Good tactile feel for buttons on both the player and remote. What more can I say? Another for-the-price-it-cant-be-beat purchase.
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2012 12:36:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 12:37:43 AM PDT
nef says:
Based on your review and several other positive review i went ahead and purchased this unit the highs all ran together awful sound. I happen to have the harmon kardon 3490 also. Beware. i returned it..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 12:35:06 PM PDT
Did you give sufficient time for the unit to burn in? Mine sounded fine out of the box but the sound has improved with use. Most hi-fi stuff does that.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 8:33:29 PM PST
JesseeCat says:
Does this CD player need to be hooked up to speakers or is there a speaker system on it already?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2015 5:32:54 PM PST
You will need to hook the CD player to receiver/amplifier with speakers, that has a CD or line level input jacks. You can also use the digital outputs if your amp has those inputs.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 5:30:22 AM PST
why a single drawer over the 6 please advise?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2015 2:39:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2015 2:41:00 PM PST
This and many other Single Disc CDP's have the best transports and DAC's in them. I also own a 5 disc carousel CDP that is 20+ years old. It is great for playing mellow music for sleep at low volume. This Onkyo has a first rate transport and DAC(Wolfson) and for critical listening you would have to spend 2 to 3 times to equal the OVERALL quality of this unit. Still impressed several years after purchasing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2015 4:01:15 PM PST
Which one would you pick the single tray player or the six cd player from Onkyo I was told the single tray player is better that's from Onkyo fyi please help me make up my mind. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2015 5:07:00 PM PST
It would help if you could give me a idea of what equipment is in your system. If multi-play convenience is important, or a must, get the 6 disc from Amazon. If you want the best sound quality, get the C-7030, it is a great CD for the money. When you first pick up the box it comes in, your brain says this thing is built. Then after about 100 hours of use this CDP really sings.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2015 6:55:07 PM PST
I have a Onkyo TXnr 626 receiver and a Bose Acoustimass 10 system which I just added two Bose 301's too and I have a top of the line blu ray dvd player from Samsung (3d) its the latest one out from them .

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2015 3:14:55 PM PST
Does your blu-ray play CD's, mine does but it is a Panasonic.

With your equipment my recommendation would be as in my last post. Your gear is good enough to hear the difference after about a hundred hours.
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