Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP CD Player Reviewed

By |

Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP CD Player Reviewed

Page 1 Page 2

Electrocompaniet_EMC-1UP_cd_player_review.jpgFor any high-end company to keep the same reference piece in production for more than a few years is rare. Yet, Electrocompaniet has been manufacturing the EMC-1UP CD player for over ten years. This Red Book CD player was revised from the original EMC-1 to the EMC-1UP when 24-bit / 192 KHz up-sampling technology was implemented in 2001. The price of this player is $7,295, but is it is worth the high price of admission in today's throwaway component market?

Additional Resources
• Read more source component reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's writers.
• Find a receiver to pair with the EMC-1UP in our AV Receiver Review section.

The EMC-1UP is a top-loading player that uses the latest version of the Phillips CD Pro Top-Loading Drive unit. It is visually quite attractive looking with its acrylic front and gold and black scheme. The EMC-1UP can be controlled with its front panel buttons or with its dedicated remote control. It has the size, with a width of 19 inches, a depth 17.3 inches and a height of four and a half inches with a weight 44 pounds, to possibly pass as a power amplifier -yet we're talking about a CD player. The EMC-1UP has both XLR and single ended outs, along with a single ended out for its transport.

The build quality is superlative inside and out. There are two special aspects that are applied to the EMC-1 approach to getting the most sonically out of the red book format. First, Electrocompaniet has developed a proprietary "mechanical filter" that dramatically reduces internal and external vibration from entering the laser pick-up. Secondly, the EMC-1UP features this company's latest, fully balanced symmetrical circuit design powered by a Floating Transformer Technology power supply.

If you are looking for a CD player that gives you powerful dynamics, micro-details, resolution, and a great large and layered soundstage, the EMC-1UP might be just what you are looking for. What I find quite special, without a tube in sight, is how the EMC-1UP offers the timbres, warmth, and palpability of an analog front end without giving up any of the above stated sonic virtues. To use very subjective terms - this player is one of the most "musical" and "natural" CD players I have ever heard.

Read about the high points and low points of the EMC-1UP CD player on Page 2.


  • Comment on this article

Post a Comment
comments powered by Disqus

HTR Product Rating for Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP CD Player

Criteria Rating

Performance

5

Value

3

Overall

4

Disagree with our product rating? Email us and tell us why you think this product should receive a higher rating.


Latest Audio Player Reviews

Feb 27
Marantz ND8006 Network CD Player/DAC Reviewed I have to admit that I was somewhat lukewarm to the idea of reviewing the Marantz ND8006 Network CD Player/DAC...
Marantz ND8006 Network CD Player/DAC Reviewed

Dec 10
Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards Here at the end of 2018, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from budget favorites to aspirational flagship products.
Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Nov 07
HiDiz AP60 II Portable Mini Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed Steven Stone says this little pocketful of high-res bliss is perfect for workouts and travel, assuming you don't need streaming app support.
HiDiz AP60 II Portable Mini Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Sep 19
Roon Nucleus Music Server Reviewed Roon is one of the world's leaders in software and metadata management, and their platform has taken the audiophile community...
Roon Nucleus Music Server Reviewed

Jul 16
Cary Audio DMS-500 Media Center Reviewed Steven Stone puts Cary Audio's DMS-500 Media Center through its paces and comes away impressed by its "stunningly good sound" and "smooth-running ergonomics."
Cary Audio DMS-500 Media Center Reviewed