CD Player Reviews

Accuphase DP400 CD Player premium
No doubt the DP400 is a fine looking unit. But how does it compare to the Mark Levinson no.390s?
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Accuphase DP410 CD Player premium
Successor to the popular DP400, the DP410 promises improved sound and adds USB input.
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Audio Aero Prestige Signature SACD Player premium
How does this beautifully crafted player stack up against the Audiomeca Enkianthus and the Mark Levinson 390S?
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Audiomeca Mephisto II CD Transport – Mini Review premium
A very special CD transport, developed by Pierre Lurne in cooperation with Rene Boonen...
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Ayon CD-10 II CD Player premium
The CD-10 II impressed me enormously. Regular readers will know that I am used to listening to very esoteric gear but somehow Ayon always manages to stir my music-loving soul, and, as it turns out, even with their entry-level products.
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Ayon CD-T CD transport – Mini Review premium
Truly excellent CD transport with S/P DIF and i2S connections
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Ayon Stealth DAC and CD-T II Signature CD Transport premium
There is no way around it. The Ayon Stealth DAC/Preamp and CD-T II transport play with a level of musical involvement not matched by any solid state combination that I tried so far.
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Ayre CX7 CD Player premium
The CX7 was meant as a temporary replacement for my defective Levinson 390s. Soundwise the two players couldn't be more different.
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Bryston BCD-3 CD Player premium
Never less than fully engaging and always ready to boogie, the Bryston BCD-3 CD player is a sure bet!
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 1 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 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 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 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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Consonance Reference 2.2 CD Player – Mini Review premium
Incredibly lucid and airy sounding player that has a tube output.
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dCS P8 SACD Player premium
P8 - dCS' first all in one SACD player.
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Denon DVD-2910 DVD/SACD player – Mini Review premium
Average as a CD player but not bad with SACD's...
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Emotiva ERC2 CD Player premium
Highly affordable player that performs admirably well.
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Esoteric X03 SE SACD Player premium
CD/SACD player with VRDS-NEO drive and tank-like build.
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Jay’s Audio CDT-2Mk2 and DAC-2 Signature premium
Chinese-made products have not always enjoyed the same reputation as well-known western brands but, based on recent experiences in general and based on how these Jay's Audio products perform in particular, I am confident in stating that it is about time to change our collective minds about this.
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Lector CDP-707 + PSU-707 and Digicode S-192 + PSU-DC 192 premium
The CDP-707 is an integrated Tube CD player, powered for this review by the company's best PSU-707 unit. The Digicode S-192 is a Tube DAC, powered by the company's best PSU-DC 192 unit.
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Legacy High-End CD Player Comparison – part 1 premium
Wadia 861, Meridian 508.24, Krell KPS20i, CEC TL1x and Audiomeca Enkianthus X.
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Legacy High-End CD Player Comparison – part 2 premium
Mark Levinson no.390s, CEC TL1x and Audiomeca Enkianthus
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Linn Sondek CD12 CD Player – Mini Review premium
Much like the Sonic Frontiers Transport 3, the CD12 is a real eyecatcher.
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Linn Unidisk 1.1 Multi Disc Player – Mini Review premium
This player reminded me strongly of the Weiss DAC2/Minerva da converter for its clean, tight, fast, open, business-like and dry sound.
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Marantz CD 14 cd player with Feickert modification – Mini Review premium
Difficult to say if it's the Feickert I'm hearing or the intrinsic sound of the CD14...
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Marantz CD4000 CD Player – Mini Review premium
ot highend by any stretch of imagination but neutral, rhythmic, lively and fast.
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Marantz CD94 mkII (used as transport) and CEC TL-1x premium
CD Player Transport Comparison.
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Mark Levinson No.390s CD Player – Mini Review premium
This is the first 'S' category Levinson that I've had in the system and I have to say that it seems to really make a difference.
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Meridian 506.20 and 506.24 CD Players – Mini Review premium
Very relaxed, fluid and creamy sounding players.
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Meridian 507 CD Player – Mini Review premium
Very natural and neutral player with plenty detail and pace.
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Meridian 508.24 CD Player – Mini Review premium
A very different animal from the 506-24!
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Meridian 602 CD Transport – Mini Review premium
A Beautiful Classic Even though this was a reference combo-player, I was disappointed by its sound. The transport uses a Philips swing arm mechanism which is usually a guarantee for musicality but in this case, I found the transport-dac combo decidedly gray and lacking vitality. Sure, there was no grain, hardness or other nastiness to […]
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Meridian 808.3 Signature Reference CD player premium
Sooloos products had me hooked right from the start
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Musical Fidelity X-Ray CD Player – Mini Review premium
Very clean, dynamic and lively player.
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Naim CDX CD Player – Mini Review premium
Very fluid, creamy-warm and relaxed player.
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Naim NDX, CDX2, DAC and XPS2 premium
After being so enthusiastic about the UnitiQute and Uniti, I was curious to find out how much more there would be in the Naims higher up on the scale.
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Nakamichi Dragon CD Player – Mini Review premium
This three-piece collection together formed a Nakamichi reference CD player, so expensive that few people purchased it.
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Panasonic DVD RV32 DVD Player – Mini Review premium
Pretty standard DVD player that is still musical and enjoyable playing CD's.
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Proceed PDT-3 CD Transport – Mini Review premium
Odd but interesting CD transport.
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Rega Jupiter CD Player – Mini Review premium
Technically better than the Planet but still somewhat masked compared to the Sony XA50ES.
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Rega Planet CD Player – Mini Review premium
Natural, lively and entertaining player.
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Sonic Frontiers Transport 3 – Mini Review premium
The T3 looks amazing with its unique lense-like CD loader on top, but the mechanism isn't exactly quiet...
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Sony CDP-X707ES CD Player with Swoboda modification – Mini Review premium
Even more accurate and dynamically expressive than even the XA50ES with LC Clock...
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Sony CDP-XA50ES CD Player – Mini Review premium
For the secondhand money this is simply a brilliant player.
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Sony CDP-XA5ES CD Player – Mini Review premium
It has the same transport as the XA50ES but its dac is less open sounding.
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Sony CDP-XA7ES CD Player – Mini Review premium
Sounds a lot like the XA50ES but more natural and fuller, perhaps thanks to its discrete output stage?
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van Medevoort CD350 CD Player – Mini Review premium
Although this player was just visiting and was only listened to briefly, it was immediately evident that it has a very different character than the resident Mark Levinson no390s.
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Vincent S3 CD Player – Mini Review premium
A very affordable player that turns out to be much better than you would give it credit for.
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Wadia 581 SACD Player premium
Successor to the famous 861, the 581 uses a more basic transport, but is the first Wadia to offer SACD playback.
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Wadia 781i SACD Player premium
Beefed-up 581, but more than the sum of parts!
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Wadia 861 CD player premium
A true reference player, but one that divides opinion. There are people who say it's the most real sounding player and there are those who find it square and "digital" sounding.
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Wadia S7i CD Player premium
Wadia S7i is compared to the Wadia 861, PS Audio PWD MKII and Linn Klimax DS/0.
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Yamaha CDX-930 CD Player – Mini Review premium
A beauty to look at, with pretty good sound to match.
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