Digital Classics

16 April 2015
Bang & Olufsen CD-7000 premium
Unlike the CD-X, the CD-7000 is a full B&O development, using only a version of the Philips CDM-4 transport and the TDA-1541A DAC.
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16 April 2015
Bang & Olufsen CD-X premium
The CD-X looks incredibly futuristic with its touch screen buttons even today - imagine how it was received back in 1982!
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9 October 2012
CD Mechanism Masterpieces premium
Remember when CD players were built immaculately and used heavy, smoothly operating CD mechanisms?
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15 October 2012
CD Mechanism Masterpieces – Wadia premium
Wadia 7 1992-at least 1996 Retail price 17.016 euro Wadia’s third player (after the WT2000 and WT3200) and basedon the Teac P-2S, the Wadia 7 is a legendary transport using the VRDS CMK-2 with KSS-151A laser, still sought after and fetching high prices, even if some critics say that it is outdated and not better […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – Part 1/4 premium
These oldies perform way beyond expectation and even have some special qualities that are rare in digital!
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – Part 2/4 premium
The Marantz players: Marantz CD16 Exclusive 1993. CDM-4 transport, TDA1547 Bitstream DAC. This player doesn’t really belong in this review because I didn’t review it at the same time. Nevertheless, I have a very good memory of how it sounded compared to the Audiomeca and Wadia players I had at the time. In retrospect, it […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – Part 3/4 premium
THE ORIGINAL 2008 REVIEW A more detailed comparison of the CD11LE, CD12LE, CD74, CD85, CD80 Marantz players that are added later can be found at the bottom of this review. For now, let’s move on to the original review. POWER All players showed sensitive to the position in the (serial wired-) extensionblock. The first position […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – Part 4/4 premium
Fast forward 3 years – Later addition to the original review – July 2011 Three years after the review above was written, after moving house and having quite a different system, I have bought a Marantz CD80. Little later I also came across a Marantz CD74 and CD85. Because I also still have the Philips […]
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Inside Pics of classic Philips and Marantz CD players premium
These Marantz and Philips CD players with their massive cast-iron swing-arm glass-lense mechanisms still produce excellent sound and are virtually indestructible. Here's a look inside some of the most interesting models.
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Marantz CD player DAC chipset and transport list premium
The most complete Marantz DAC/Transport Mechanism overview available, courtesy of Vasiltech.
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Marantz CD player Timeline premium
Timeline overview of the most interesting classic Marantz CD players.
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Marantz CD74 and CD84 premium
Near identical players, yet very different sound. Read about the two players being compared in detail.
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Philips CD player DAC chipset and transport list premium
The most complete Philips DAC/Transport Mechanism overview available, courtesy of Vasiltech.
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Philips CD player Timeline premium
Timeline overview of the large majority of classic Philips CD players.
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The almost complete Philips CDM range of Swing Arm CD Mechanisms premium
When CD was introduced around 1982, Philips' CDM transports were made extremely well, to the point of being almost over-engineered.
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