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-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 1/4 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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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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Legacy High-End CD Player Comparison – Part 1/2 premium
Wadia 861, Meridian 508.24, Krell KPS20i, CEC TL1x and Audiomeca Enkianthus X.
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