Huh...long time ago I sunk into the dark side and gave away my TTs. Power of the dark side was so strong that these days i have several CDs.
The real star (alas fading) is Philips 104.
All these years flawless performance without mods. Recently it started to have some glitches, probably because of infamous vertical tin 'wires'.
Philips 202 is OK inside but worn out look. Still it amuses me a lot when listen ripped discs (WAV out FLAC) and I am able to hear all these crackles picked up from vinyl without mercy.
Both were NOS modified. Since i didn't notice difference i resold everything the way it was.
Philips 930 is already good machine. Has digital out I only damped chassy with some selfadhesive 'rubber' disconnected headphone jack and it more dynamic.
NAD 521 is ok, precise. Digital out too. No mods.
Denon 680 was the cheapest one around 30 euros. It is giving headache sound. I bought it just to prove above mention attitude that 'every1 CD is the same'. So far experimenting with it but cannot force it to play sweet music. Too harsh.
The real gem belongs to my son (but he already plays his DUAL 505-3). It is b'stard of CD and HDD, Sony HARD1000 or something. Either you play music from its CD or HDD, it sounds sweet and detailed.
1. In the fading world of CD players the best products or most honest (if it is possible to state that way) came from Sony, NAD and Philips. Philips made variety players for other companies. First decade of CD, for my taste, belongs to Philips and Marantz.
2. Kids are smarter than parents