Advice on CD players please

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Message 15438 · 11 Jan 1999 05:10:07 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I would definitely look for a CD player with variable-speed capability. If
you use it on tapes, there is no reason to suppose you do not need it with
CD. We use a JVC karioke box, with CD and cassette, both with variable speed
control, and are so spoiled by it that we feel very frustrated when using
someone else's equipment, for instance when we are doing a demonstration
where they have their own sound system set up for all the entertainment,
which does not have that control. The available microphone has also come in
very handy in larger settings.

We find the remote control is very useful when teaching. One spends
less time trotting across the room to start/stop/reset the music, and can
pay more attention to the dancers from various positions in the room.

Our unit will play any selected track, without having to scroll through all
of them, but the one thing it does not do which would sometimes be useful is
pause and re-start at the same point in the music. When we stop the music,
it re-starts at the beginning of the selected track.

The unit is 12 watts, which is enough for a small classroom (up to four
sets) but for halls any larger, we have to wire it to an 85-watt keyboard
amplifier, which we have used successfully in church halls, gymnasiums, and
on outside demonstration platforms, or we have wired it to available sound
systems already set up at demonstrations and games. It lacks a line-out jack
for sending the sound through an amplifier, so we get around this by using
the headphone jack. We use a second-hand keyboard amplifier because they
have better sound quality that ordinary guitar amplifiers, but they are
readily available at musical equipment stores that cater to popular
musicians. (When we asked for a sound demonstration, the guys in the store
had a good time with the piping and dancing music we put on their player.
One had to go show us an electronic keyboard with a "bagpipe" voice. It was
<<not>> what they usually hear blasting from their speakers.)

Like Jack, we got our system through TACSound, and it is, sadly, no longer
available. You might browse the Supreme Audio web site
(www.supreme-audio.com) . I do not know if they ship to the UK, or if it
would be worth the cost, but if not, they could perhaps refer you to a
British company which handles the equipment you need. They certainly ship to
Texas, however.

It is also useful to keep tape capability, and a combination unit obviates
the necessity of carrying two separate machines, and finding yourself
leaving one at home because it is so much to haul around. Not many people
have a need for a computer that can edit and write music to CD, which is
expensive both in time and equipment. While CDs are far
easier to use with the right equipment, and sound much better, there is a
lot of music that is not available except on records, which are growing
increasingly scarce, or cassettes. We have been collecting all the old LPs
we
can get our hands on, and transferring the music to CDs, but some was never
issued on vinyl; it is only on cassette. We have recorded a few
cassette tapes on CD, but tapes are much more noisy, and you seem to notice
the hiss much more when it comes off a CD, with is clear transmission of
whatever sound it finds.

Dawn Dorsey & Bob Messner
Tucker, Georgia, USA

>Three particular questions concern me:
>We are presently using a tape player produced by the same company. This
>has variable speed playback, and we have found this useful, whereas the
>proposed new box does not. Do other clubs find this to be necessary with
>CDs? Is it commonly available?
Ian Brown
>Harrogate
>
>
>--
>Ian Brown <xxxx@xxxxx.xx.xx>

>
I'm interested in the same info but for the U.S. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Dianna Shipman
Houston, Texas

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