Originally Posted by satboy
It's not the cost but the audience of such, plenty of used ones on the market too. It takes a company lots to produce something of such I just question the return on investment.
Must be a market segment or they wouldn't be making them right?
I read one article (I think at Sound and Vision) where NAD claims their CD player sales have gone up in recent years as other companies abandon them, so I would suppose so. I doubt it will be a big driver of revenue, but there are still a number of applications where a CD player, rather than a DVD/BD all in one player, can be attractive. For example, I have a Marantz DV6400 in my living room as my music disc player. It plays CDs, DVDs, SACDs and DVD-As (I've had it for 14 years). I use it regularly, though only for music these days. In my home office, I have a Cambridge Audio DVD99, for the same reason. In my main HT room, I have an Oppo BDP-83. Now, if any one of these machines stops functioning, I will replace it. If it is the Oppo, it will be with another MCH SACD/DVD-A capable player (though likely not another Oppo). And that could happen--the Oppo no longer plays Blu-rays reliably at all and it is getting finicky with DVDs. Still plays DVD-A and SACD, for now. If one of the other two players dies, I may not bother with SACD/DVD-A player replacements in their case. The living room is 2 channel only (and that will not change--might add a sub, but that's it). I buy SACDs and DVD-As for their MCH mixes above all else. I have very few SACD non-hybrid discs, so I could live without SACD capability in the living room or home office (the Marantz dates back to pre-HDMI days, the DVD99 was bought for its HDMI output and replaced by the Oppo for Blu-ray: each was chosen, at one time, for the main MCH rig and re-purposed).
One thing I appreciate about all my current music disc players rarely offered on new all in one players is the display screen. I have a basic Sony BD player (to take over from the Oppo's failing BD playback) and it has no display. As I only watch movies with it, that's fine. I use the OSD. But I don't want to have to fire up the projector to check track lists and playback time and etc. from my music players. Even so, each of my current multipurpose music players offers me info on a display screen, but it's not as extensive as I used to get from my dedicated CD players of old (and would get from the NAD). That has some value to me.
In any case, I guess I found it a bit extreme (in general) to have such reactions to a rather low-priced (in the overall scheme of things) piece of gear. CDs are not as popular as they once were, but they are still around and sold by the millions (far more than the vinyl everyone seems so excited about) and I'm hardly alone among people I know with CD collections in the many hundreds (I actually have several thousand) who still put a shiny disc in a tray and press "play".
If there's a market for new reel to reel players/recorders, 50,000$ turntables and vacuum tube monoblock amplifiers selling for six figures, I find it rather easy to imagine a 300$ CD player from a reputable company will sell well enough to make it worth their while.