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McIntosh MCD301 (£4195)

McIntosh MCD301 (£4195)

Is this a radiogram from the 1950s? No, it's a stunningly well-engineered CD/SACD player from the Harley-Davidson of hi-fi

Panasonic DMP-BD50 (£450)

Panasonic DMP-BD50 (£450)

The wait for the 'final standard profile' Blu-ray player is over, thanks to Panasonic's fully interactive DMP-DB50

Oracle CD2500 MkII (£10,000)

Oracle CD2500 MkII (£10,000)

Renowned for its beautifully crafted turntables, Oracle's compact disc players are equally stunning design statements. This latest Canadian creation is no exception

PS Audio PerfectWave (£2899 ea)

PS Audio PerfectWave (£2899 ea)

The PerfectWave was conceived as a seamless bridge between a traditional CD player and vehicle to replay hi-res downloads. We bring you the story to date, exclusively...

Wadia 381i CD Player (£8000)

Wadia 381i CD Player (£8000)

While its high-end DACs - 'Decoding Computers' in Wadia parlance - continue to evolve, this 381/381i is Wadia's very latest one-box player. It's just landed from the USA

Classe CDP-202 (£4750)

Classe CDP-202 (£4750)

Classe is so proud of its touch-screen menu display that it even has a dedicated video output for connection to a full AV system. But this is a two-channel CD player...

Accustic Arts Drive II/Tube DAC II (£6750/£6150)

Accustic Arts Drive II/Tube DAC II (£6750/£6150)

This heavyweight transport and DAC combo represents a high-end statement from Germany's Accustic Arts

Sony BDP-S5000ES (£1200)

Sony BDP-S5000ES (£1200)

The most affordable Profile 2.0 BD player with on-board HD Audio decoding hits the shops. It's a Sony, naturally

Meridian 808.2 signature reference (£7195)

Meridian 808.2 signature reference (£7195)

Packed with proprietary technology, Meridian's stunning 808.2 promises a new high in CD performance

Marantz BD8002 (£1800)

Marantz BD8002 (£1800)

Able to decode both Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, Marantz's new flagship Blu-ray player heralds the company's entrance into the hi-def high-end

dCS Puccini (£9500)

dCS Puccini (£9500)

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

Pioneer BDP-LX91 (£1800)

Pioneer BDP-LX91 (£1800)

With 4Gb of internal memory to support BD-Live downloads and the capacity to decode every HD audio bitstream, is this the best BD spinner yet?

Bel Canto CD-2 (£2399)

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)

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

Sony SCD-XA5400ES (£1200)

Sony SCD-XA5400ES (£1200)

The HDMI connection allows for the transfer of multichannel LPCM and SACD's DSD data, but jitter has always been an issue - until now

Sony BDP-S300 (£349)

Sony BDP-S300 (£349)

HD DVD hardware may have beat its Blu-ray rivals on price but those walls have come tumbling down with the impact of Sony's BDP-S300

Astin Trew AT3500 (£1150)

Astin Trew AT3500 (£1150)

Astin Trew by name... but is it true by nature? With 24/96 upsampling and a valve output stage, this player promises high performance at a sensible price

Leema Stream (£1195)

Leema Stream (£1195)

Based on the innovative multi-DAC analogue stage featured in the company's Antila CD player, the newer Stream player has also witnessed a technical facelift

Metronome Technologie Kalista Integrated (£29,950)

Metronome Technologie Kalista Integrated (£29,950)

High-end CD technology and avant garde styling collide in this French disc spinner. Prepare for 16-bits of Gallic charm...

Chord Electronics Red Reference (£13,345)

Chord Electronics Red Reference (£13,345)

Chord Electronics' first CD player to incorporate the DAC64's WTA filter technology also aims to be the ultimate source component, able to serve as an upsampling transport and standalone DAC

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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