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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: No CD Player

November 18, 2013

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

Our $71,664.40 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has 3 USB inputs, Bluetooth audio and satellite radio controlled by Chevy's MyLink system. It does not have a CD player as I found out after a relatively successful trip to Amoeba Records.

It's 2013, do we care that a car doesn't have a CD player even if they do offer better sound? (In before "Who needs a radio when you have the sound of the engine!")

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 2,980 miles


  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    That's a little surprising - I guess it's a cost cutting measure. People still like to listen to books on CD and systems that rip your CDs are often popular: its nice to do that on our 13 Pilot so we can put on "sleepy" music without having to fire up the iPhone. My 2000 Miata still has a factory tape deck :)

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    The secret is to rip your music in Lossless.

  • An option, I would hope. I'd order it, as I am not a big MP3 guy. Why would I buy songs if I have the CD and who has time to load all of them onto my phone or whatever? And, I'm certainly not gonna pirate them, so I'd have to order the CD player option.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    If it supports lossless playback, then there is no issue with sound quality. Even with low-compression with 320 kbit/sec for example, there should be no loss of apparent fidelity with even a very good quality car system. My GTI has a single-disk player, and in 32,000 miles I think I have played two CDs in it. Everything is on SD cards.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    You do realize that an automobile is a considerably less-than-ideal place to enjoy the details and intricacies of a good piece of music, right?

  • boff_ boff_ Posts:

    The CD players in our recent cars have never been used. Not one time. Getting equivalent-to-CD sound quality is hardly a chore, anyways...although the difference would probably not be apparent while the car is in motion.

  • goaterguy goaterguy Posts:

    I was a little surprised too but I haven't used a CD in about 8 years. The only reason I use the CD slot is to use my Mountek cell mount.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @markinnaples: Pop the CD in the computer, import the files using whatever format you prefer (I'll echo the suggestion on lossless) and do whatever you need to get done while they're importing, then simply click and drag to your USB, phone, ipod, or whate

  • This might be a good choice for all of us but I'm wondering if its a good choice for the corvette considering its historic market (i.e. old guys)

  • speednet speednet Posts:

    People saying you should play lossless music in a sports car have lost their minds, and apparently value the concept of lossless over reality. There is no excuse for CDs anymore. Aside from the useless gesture of carrying around just 10 songs on a large, easily-destructible piece of plastic, CDs offer no sonic improvements -- even subjectively -- because it's digital music, not analog. The "needle on vinyl" people could muster a point because it is an analog device that can have subjective differences, but not so with CDs. You want "lossless" music? Apple offers lossless music. (As do other companies.) But in your Corvette or other sports car? It is 100% unnecessary, because the high-quality "lossy" music downloaded from iTunes or other service will be indistinguishable from lossless music in that environment. Your car would have to have a nearly silent ride and your audio system would have to use extremely high-end parts and speakers to notice a difference. In a reverse analogy, why not rip on an Audi A8 because it doesn't offer a stick shift? Seriously, it's just dumb. Even if you have a large CD library, it is inexcusable these days not to have your library ripped to hard drives, even to avoid the possibility of losing your music to aging discs, which can self-destruct due to "disc rot". And if your disc library is ripped to hard drives, then you no longer have a reason to cart around a stack of CDs. These days it is truly ludicrous to slap a negative on the C7 for skipping the addition of a CD drive. Maybe the blog author misses his 8-track too?

  • goaterguy goaterguy Posts:

    LOL, I'm not even 40 yet and I had to google "lossless music"...

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