CD Players

CD Player

Compact Discs aren't done yet, and strangely remain one of the great enigmas of Hi-Fi. 35 years after their introduction, we're still finding more ways to dig extra detail out of our CDs. Sure, everyone hears the Hi-Rez 192 super audio buzz words, but until you've actually heard a truly amazing CD player, you'll never know how good the humble red book can sound.

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  • Audio Research Reference CD9SE

    Audio Research introduced its first Reference series CD player in 2005 with the Reference CD7, then evolving into the Reference CD8. Both players received critical acclaim for their accuracy and naturalness. People still want to play their CDs, but they also want to add other digital sources such as computer audio and streaming to their music systems, so we created the Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC. It combines the best of both, a super high-resolution compact disc player with a super high-resolution digital-to-analog converter that is stunning in its musicality.

    What Hi Fi? love it ...

    https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/audio-research-reference-cd9-se

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    $27,995.00

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  • Audio Research Reference CD6SE.... CD Player - Dac

    Sonically, the CD6SE is a stunner, uncovering new musical detail in every corner of your recordings and providing startling dynamics, both micro and macro. The top end is extended, airy and pure, while bass definition and impact are precise and powerful. The recording venues are lifelike, broad and expansive or close-up and intimate, depending on what was captured by the recording engineer. Like great analog, listening to music through the CD6SE draws you into the performance, not just the notes, with resolution and transparency that are in service of the music. Experience your music in High Definition

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    $18,495.00

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  • Chord Blu Mk2 CD Transport ... worlds best CD and digital transport?

    Available for audition in-store, with the Chord DAVE. The Blu MkII is a compact, FPGA-based upsampling CD transport which offers the world’s most advanced filter technology. Used with DAVE, the combination delivers class-leading CD sound quality and technical performance. At the heart of the Blu MkII lies an enormously powerful Xilinx FPGA. Rob Watts’ (Chord’s Digital Design Consultant) has used this to create his exclusive WTA M-Scaler technology, which incorporates the most advanced filter of its kind in the world. The Xilinx FPGA has also enabled a key breakthrough in tap-length (the technical indicator of how complex the interpolation filter is) taking Blu MkII to an unprecedented 1,015,808 taps. Learn More
    $17,000.00

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  • Rega Isis

    Rega, usually so famous for their excellent turn tables, have launched their new reference class CD player and it is a thing of beauty. Moving away from a naming convention of heavenly bodies (and hence Roman deities) we have something distinctly more Egyptian in the Isis. Learn More
  • Audio Research CD6, EX-DEMO, Silver

    A top-loading CD player with immaculate pedigree. One of those CD players that will have you reaching for every CD in your collection over and over again.

    It also has a separate DAC with digital ins, very handy.

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    Regular Price: $13,995.00

    Special Price $11,000.00


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  • Marantz SA-10S1, Flagship Super Audio CD player

    CD is not dead ... it's merely resting a little. In my humble opinion you haven't heard how good digital music can be unless you have heard a Cd or SACD through a really good player like this ...

    Considered by many long term reviewers as the standard in SA CD and CD reproduction. The depth of musicality, extraordinary; The imaging, second to none.

    The amount of times hardened audiophiles have said to me with this CD player, 'I haven't heard that in that track before', countless. We've put this CD player into a whole range of different types of systems. We find it very versatile as to what it can be 'matched' with and that's also a testament to it simply being a REALLY good CD player.

     "Hi Fi News" on the SA10S1 

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  • Naim Uniti Star

    A killer all-in-one unit including amplifier, streamer and CD player. And this isn't just a thrown together assembly of various componentry. Each of its parts are in their own right, exceptional value and performance.

     

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    $8,600.00

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  • PS Audio PerfectWave SACD Transport

    This is the recently released version of PS Audio's CD Transport. And what sets this unit apart from anything that PS Audio has done before and also anything that's been done before by any other HiFi company, is their galvanically isolated output stage. That means that the data is being transfered from the input stage to the output stage via a type of very focused short wave radio frequencies. Any vestiges of interference that inevitably occur when these stages are hardwired, are completely eliminated.

    Input and output stages have their very own board and power supply to keep them completely separated as well. FPGAs (Field-Programable Gate Array; if you'd like to learn more about these very handy devices see Paul McGowan's video here) is utilised to ensure clocking and data buffering are spot on. 

    The best way to use this unit and unleash its full potential is to use the I2S output or the HDMI out put to a DAC (like the PS Audio DirectStream) that can handle it. In this respect you can hear a complete Raw DSD file...and that truly is another experience. A DSD file is what makes an SACD an SACD. Instead of sampling at a determined fast rate (bit rate) the sine curve of the musical file, a DSD file samples the whole sine curve. These raw files are bigger and have to be compresesd to even push it out of a transport. But not with this unit and the I2S...full blown raw DSD files streaming into your speakers. Heaven.

    Of course you can still use this unit without the I2S and it's still devastatingly good. A pair of BNC connectors will double a normal DSD output to make it DSD128 and this connection is particularly scintillating with a Chord Dave...

    Read theaudiobeatnik review of the unit here (he uses the I2S connection with a non PS Audio Dac with superb results)

    The PS Audio website has some extra reading on this unique product too

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    Regular Price: $10,495.00

    Special Price $8,396.00


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  • Yamaha CDS 3000 CD Player ... smooth angel disc spinner

    Every now and then you get a piece of high fidelity that oozes high class as soon as you touch it, The Yamaha 5000 series preampifier and power amplifier have this quality in spades and so does this the highest ranging CD Player in the range of Yamaha high fidelity kit.

    In the trade we can go a long way on the tactility of a product as a real assessment of its build quality, That and the less than minor matter of one's reaction to a component's particular sound quality are simply something that can never be realised via internet shopping. this is a device that begs to be individually auditioned.

    There is definetly a Rolls Royce feel to this device and it immediately reminds me of the original Yamaha Centennial CD Player the no compromise CDX10000 that was released in 1987 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yamaha music products.

    The CDS3000 is also an external DAC that is a 32 bit device ...

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  • Leema Antila IIS Eco (Quattro DAC)

    Available to Audition in our 164 Lygon st Showroom.

    The Antila IIS Eco CD player introduces many unique technical and ergonomic innovations to combine state-of-the-art performance with surprising ease of use.

    Leema's latest "Quattro Infinity Multi-DAC" employs multiple 24 bit / 192 kHz multi-bit delta-sigma data converters, specifically selected for their audio quality. These are driven from a fully balanced digital data stream. The result is significantly reduced levels of noise, distortion and crosstalk, thereby producing a breathtakingly real musical performance and a tactile panoramic image.


    Read more at https://www.whathifi.com/leema/iis-eco/overview#GSADEh4qRgClhfC8.99

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    $7,645.00

  • Roksan Blak CD Player

    This is that rare beast from the UK ... a high end CD Player that sits between the likes of the Rega Saturn at $3.5K and the multiple tens of thousand dollar devices like Chord and DCS. It does a very good job of providing the euphony and amiability of the Rega as well as the micro detail of the Chord. In spite of coming from the town of Vauxhall manufacture this is a beautifully engineered piece of kit.

    https://www.roksan.com/en/product-ranges/blak/blak-cd-player/ 

    https://www.hifiplus.com/articles/roksan-blak-cd-player/

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  • Marantz SA12SE CD Player and DAC

    Marantz CD players have often been the port of last call for that particular customer that is searching for music in a digital realm where everything measures well but is post apocalyptically sterile to the listening. There is also that small but significant in our fanatics base of people for whom SACD is the only answer. And for them these high end Marantz players are the go to product for real quality and realisation of the potential of the format.

    This new piece of kit has been voiced and refined by the Marantz dream team sound engineers and is an excellent external Digital to Analogue Converter for your other digital sources.

     

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  • Marantz SACD30N ... the Model 30 CD player and streamer

    This is something of a reincarnation product but with rather cutting edge digital disc and streaming tech . . Made in Japan with love. Physically the SA30 is actually gorgeous, the photos don't do it justice, it really exudes a quality aesthetic presence. In combination with the matching amp it is a piece of Hi Fi art that will make people who know nothing about stereo want to go and fondle it inappropriately ...

    StereoNet on the Model 30 release 

    Marantz UK site for the SACD30 

    "Hi-Fi News" loves the Model 30 

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  • Synthesis Roma 14DC+ Valve CD Player with Built In DAC (Made in Italy)

    Synthesis has just released a new Compact Disc Player ROMA14DC+. It uses a pair of  ECC88/6DJ8 on the output stage for warm sound characteristics. The particularly configuration is used to obtain a very low output impedance and extremely large bandwidth.

    The Roma 14DC+ has USB "B" type, DSD 5,6MHz and optical input. The 32Bits of resolution give you a fantastic sound stage and a perfect sound reproduction. The TEAC mechanism is specially developed for audio reproduction guarantee at this CD Player high quality performances.

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    $4,699.00

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  • Creek Voyage CD Player ... uber digital replay machine.

    Creek Audio Voyage CD Player can stream audio from the internet or local network, convert all your high-resolution digital data files into analogue, and play CDs on it's reliable Stream Unlimited CD80 slot-drive transport.

    This EU manufactured piece of slick and thick alloy has a fabulous diversity of inpts and outputs ... it is a multifunction and multiply connective device for serious quality digital music.

    Creek's own website on the Voyage CD Player 

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  • Musical Fidelity M6sCD

    A superior high quality CD player where no detail has been overlooked in the circuitry design. Extensive measures have been taken to make sure the inherent jitter from the loading mechanism doesn't reach other sensitive circuitry.

    A 32bit DAC is paired with 192KHz Upsampling capability giving tremendous results. 

    This high quality DAC can be used separately as well. This means you have a multitude of different options for your digital sources - 2 Coax, 2 optical inputs and Type B USB. You also have the option of RCA or balanced XLR out.

    Feature packed unit that doesn't disapoint musically.

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    $4,500.00

  • Cyrus CDt-XR, flagship CD Transport

    The brand new Cyrus transport CDt-XR builds on a lineage of exceptional reference CD players.

    Cyrus is a small brand in the HiFi world hailing from just outside Cambridge, UK where many heavy hitting HiFi players originate. Think Mission, Quad, Arcam and Cambridge Audio. Of course it's not really much of a surprise that such awesome HiFi comes from the University town where engineering excellence and ingenuity are in good supply!

    The master clocks of the old Cyrus SE models that are now incorporated into the XR models are what provide Cyrus CD players with their true magic. Timing and rythym is sorted - period.

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  • Cyrus CDi-XR

    At 9 years old, my first trip overseas was spent in the UK visiting family and friends.

    Dad (mis)spent most of his youth in Cambridge and we followed him around to his old haunts.

    But because he owned and ran Carlton Audio Visual a 'family trip' was always sprinkled with a bit of Hi-Fi. Somehow the family and friends we visited were conveniently located next to HiFi factories...and nestled just next to Cambridge is Huntington where the Cyrus factory still develops and produces its units.

    Needless to say after such an early introduction to the brand, our whole family has owned Cyrus gear. I think my brother currently has 6 cyrus mono blocks set up with his Dynaudio speakers - a great combination. I own a smaller stack with CD8SE, Phono Signature and PSX-R power supply.

    There is no doubt that this boutique English brand commands loyalty from its customers. It's a sound that is effortless and timelessly musical. Their CD players are quieter, letting you hear more detail and sound stage. And they get timing right. Attack on notes is precise & clean bringing you closer to that feeling of 'being there', with the musicians in your living.

    And now Cyrus has launched their new XR series. New casework and buttons reveal a new aethestic direction for cyrus. But improvements to power supply and DAC have elevated this unit beyond their older models.

    The CDi-XR is in stock now and ready to demo.

    Read a glowing review on the new XR series from Stereo Magazine here

    And more information on the Cyrus official website here

     

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  • Rega Saturn Mk 3

    This is the new version of a very dear favourite. A richness to the sound that does away with the brittleness and edge normally associated with the sound of cds. This CD player is the most 'vinyl' sounding CD player I've ever heard.

    The new unit has some updated aesthetics but keeps the same internals as the older Saturn R.

    We are expecting stock of the Saturn Mk3 in July.

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  • Rega Saturn R CD player ... warmth and musical maturity

    Is it a CD player, or a DAC in disguise? The latest iteration of the Saturn looks to the future, looking towards that day when CD is no longer top of the digital food chain. Thanks to a suite of digital inputs including twin coax, optical and asynchronous USB, the Saturn will still be producing music long after you stop spinning CD's. How does it sound? Rega's high standards are in full effect here, with a sweet lyrical mid-range and smooth tonal balance. We're quite smitten and we're sure you will be too.

    Rab uses a legacy version of this player on his personal Ambience loudspeake stereo system and found it to be an overwhelmingly positive upgrade when it was introduced to replace an older Cambridge model. The music was restored to warmth with body and engagement ... rather like a mythical Vinyl/valve expectation.


    "Hi-Fi Choice" on the Rega Saturn R.


    Rega Saturn R Official website.

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