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Quad CDP Elite (£1199)

Quad CDP Elite (£1199)

Impressive sound and considerable flexibility thanks to six digital inputs

Soulution 540 (£17,850)

Soulution 540 (£17,850)

Swiss player combines SACD replay, digital inputs and sumptuous aesthetics to great effect

McIntosh MCD1100 (£10,995)

McIntosh MCD1100 (£10,995)

SACD capability and a clever variable output make the McIntosh a strong performer

Krell Evolution 525a (£12,000)

Krell Evolution 525a (£12,000)

The latest Evolution drops SACD to focus on CD

Philips CD100 - Vintage

Philips CD100 - Vintage

How does the original CD player stand up nearly thirty years after its introduction?

Abbingdon Music Research CD-777 (£3195)

Abbingdon Music Research CD-777 (£3195)

A heady combination of state of art digital and a valve output results in impressive performance

Cambridge Audio 650C (£330)

Cambridge Audio 650C (£330)

Well thought out and far more than simply a 'budget' product

Simaudio Moon CD.5 (£1350)

Simaudio Moon CD.5 (£1350)

A sophisticated design with many likeable features

Primare CD32 (£2200)

Primare CD32 (£2200)

A svelte Swede with performance to back up the looks

Densen B-440XS (£3250)

Densen B-440XS (£3250)

The Danish brand continues to be as unconventional in sound as appearance

Cayin CDT-17A (£1999)

Cayin CDT-17A (£1999)

Rugged construction, distinctive cosmetic design and the inclusion of a valve output stage combine to make this luxurious CD player stand out from the crowd

Luxman D-38u (£2395)

Luxman D-38u (£2395)

A CD player with a valve displayed in the front panel: Luxman references its own past for the D-38u, a machine that oozes retro, right down to its chunky wooden sleeve

Chapter Audio Sonnet-S (£6895)

Chapter Audio Sonnet-S (£6895)

Every one of its products has a literary title, so will the Sonnet-S with its massive power supply, custom clock and digital filter prove to be as lyrical as its name suggests?

Simaudio Moon 750D (£7950)

Simaudio Moon 750D (£7950)

From Canada comes an ambitious CD transport/DAC said to offer 32-bit processing of virtually any digital signal you care to feed it. Can it live up to the hype?

Cambridge Audio 650BD (£400)

Cambridge Audio 650BD (£400)

The cost of a fully universal CD, SACD, DVD-A and DVD-compatible Blu-ray player has just been decimated - literally - thanks to the Audio Partnership's Cambridge crew

Naim CDX2/DAC (£3390/£1995)

Naim CDX2/DAC (£3390/£1995)

It's been a long time coming, but Naim has finally unveiled its first standalone DAC, able to improve the performance of its CDX2 and promising zero jitter, to boot

Mark Levinson No512 (£12,000)

Mark Levinson No512 (£12,000)

Somewhat late in the day, and limited to two-channel, this high-end SACD player clad in sombre black nonetheless reveals a wealth of colour and musical nuances

Marantz UD9004 (£5000)

Marantz UD9004 (£5000)

Hi-Fi News carried the exclusive review of the world's first universal CD/SACD/DVD/BD player, from Denon. Now we have the second, and it's from the very same stable

Chord Red Ref MkII (£13,345)

Chord Red Ref MkII (£13,345)

Chord's monster CD player and DAC receives a nuts 'n' bolts revamp in the digital domain as the company once again seeks to offer the ultimate source component

Primaluna Prologue Eight (£1730)

Primaluna Prologue Eight (£1730)

Not only a full complement of valves in its line output stage, but in the master clock circuit too...

Top 5 CD / SACD / DVD / BD players

Cambridge Audio 650BD (£400)

The cost of a fully universal CD, SACD, DVD-A and DVD-compatible Blu-ray player has just been decimated - literally - thanks to the Audio Partnership's Cambridge crew

Bel Canto CD-2 (£2399)

This compact CD player offers variable output and switchable upsampling in a minimalist package. And its sound is pin-sharp...

Esoteric P-05 & D-05 (£4495/£4195)

A sublime SACD transport with clock-referenced i.Link and dual AES digital links to an upsampling DAC

dCS Puccini (£9500)

This stereo SACD/CD player with DSD upsampling shoehorns dCS' prized digital technology into a single box of delights

Abbingdon Music Research CD-777 (£3195)

A heady combination of state of art digital and a valve output results in impressive performance

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