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Philips CD380 CD player



Philips CD player of 3nd generation with excellent performance, made at Philips in Belgium.

Aristona version CD1380 ^


Special futures:

CDM-4 turntable mechanism

early versions with TDA1541 internal DAC
later versions with TDA1543 internal DAC

Remote jack

Headphone jack



User Manual:

Click here to download the user manual of the CD380 PDF format





Philips CD380

Disc format: CD

Digital converter: TDA1543

CD Mechanism:  CDM-4/19

4x oversampling with SAA7220

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 96dB

Channel separation: 93dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%

Line output: max. 2V

Dimensions: 320 x 86 x 300mm

Weight: 3.5kg

Year: 1987




Schematic & service manual:

Click here to download the service manual of the CD380 in PDF




TDA1543 DAC & heatsinkt SAA7220 ^



This is a good CD player with no flaws.

After many years there are some electrolytic capacitors to exchange, the blue Philips 47µF/25V caps are way out of specs.
All other caps usually are still within specs and do not need to be replaced.
On the servo-pcb there are also one to three of these blue caps to replace, depending on the version.
Some voltage regulators are not heatsinked and need a small heatsink for best performance.
In some CD380's the used SAA7220 version can get quite hot and can do better with some heatsinking.
The power supply caps need to be checked and replaced if out of specs.
Some CD380 have broken leds in the display, below you see a photo of a after-market unit for the display that will solve that problem.
The CDM4/19
version is one of the best Philips ever made, the CDM4 in several versions is the most widely produced and most reliable Philips ever made. The CDM4/19 takes CD-R's easely.
The TDA1541 is a very good DAC used in early versions.
The TDA1543 is a very good DAC: small sized 8 pin chip and specially designed by Philips for light portable audio gear.



^ main pcb


^ Audio part with LM833



^ CDM4/19


^ CDM4/19 bottom view


^ Excellent DAC TDA1541 in early versions


^ This kind of "upgrade" is not needed, it does not help since the CD380 is not high-end.


New display unit if the old one is broken ^





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