Audio Player Reviews (176 Reviews)


OPPO Digital UDP-205 Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Player Reviewed

OPPO Digital UDP-205 Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dennis Burger reviews OPPO Digital's audiophile-oriented UDP-205, a UHD universal disc player with high-quality DAC/preamp/headphone amplifier functionality. Continue Reading

Audio Player Reviews

Pioneering audiophiles such as Linn's Ivor Tenenbaum all agree that the source is the most important part of a system. Our review archive of source components includes the latest in digital audio players/streamers, as well as more traditional source components like audio servers and SACD/CD players. Check out the archive below.

Audio source components from some of the most fantastic audiophile brands in AV history are reviewed on this page.

Audio Player Reviews Archives

Feb 13, 2017

ELAC DS-S101-G Discovery Music Server Reviewed

Steven Stone auditions the DS-S101-G Discovery Music Server from ELAC, which can unite your personal music files with streaming options like TIDAL and uses the Roon Essentials control interface. Continue Reading
ELAC DS-S101-G Discovery Music Server Reviewed

Nov 16, 2016

Questyle QP1R Portable Audio Player Reviewed

Brian Kahn explores the $899 QP1R portable audio player from Questyle. This well-built player supports a variety of file types (including DSD), can hold over 400 GB of music, and can drive a wide range of headphones. Continue Reading
Questyle QP1R Portable Audio Player Reviewed

Jun 29, 2016

Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Steven Stone explores the DP-X1 portable hi-res audio player from Onkyo, which is built on an Android operating system, features balanced output, and carries an MSRP of $899. Continue Reading
Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Jun 08, 2016

Sony NW-ZX100HN Portable Player and In-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Steven Stone reviews the Sony NW-ZX100HN portable hi-res audio player, which comes with a pair of Sony in-ear noise-canceling headphones. See how the duo performs. Continue Reading
Sony NW-ZX100HN Portable Player and In-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Feb 01, 2016

Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center Reviewed

Anyone who has tried to find a local shop that still sells CDs knows that CDs are going the way... Continue Reading
Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Jun 17, 2015

Yamaha CD-S2100 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Bob Barrett recently reviewed the Yamaha A-S2100 integrated amp. Now he covers its partner in the company's HiFi component line, the $3,500 CD-S2100 CD/SACD player. Continue Reading
Yamaha CD-S2100 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Jun 10, 2015

Arcam UDP411 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Following up on his review of the Arcam AVR750 AV receiver, Dennis Burger now explores the company's UDP411 universal disc player, which (like the receiver) has an audiophile emphasis and a unique sound. Continue Reading
Arcam UDP411 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

May 06, 2015

Calyx M Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Steven Stone reviews the $999 Calyx M hi-res portable audio player to see how it compares with competing models from the likes of Sony and Astell & Kern. Continue Reading
Calyx M Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Jan 28, 2015

Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman Reviewed

Sony's entry-level NWZ-A17SLV hi-res music player supports 24/192 music playback, has a 64GB hard drive (expandable via MicroSD card), and includes an FM tuner and video/photo playback. How does this $300 player perform? Sean Killebrew finds out. Continue Reading
Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman Reviewed

Jan 26, 2015

Cocktail Audio X10 Music System Reviewed

Brain Kahn reviews the X10 music system from Cocktail Audio. This $580 product combines a 2TB music server, a network audio player, a CD player, and a stereo amplifier in one petite, easy-to-set-up package. Continue Reading
Cocktail Audio X10 Music System Reviewed

Sep 10, 2014

Astell & Kern AK240 Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

The Astell & Kern AK240 is the most expensive portable music player on the market; but, as Steven Stone discovers, its performance and features make a strong case for that $2,495 asking price. Continue Reading
Astell & Kern AK240 Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Aug 18, 2014

Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC Reviewed

Brian Kahn explores Marantz's NA-11S1, a well-built, well-featured network audio player and DAC that resides in the company's Reference Series lineup. Continue Reading
Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC Reviewed

Jul 21, 2014

Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Streaming Music Player Reviewed

Streaming music is the next big thing in audio, according to many industry insiders, but the sound quality of streaming... Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Streaming Music Player Reviewed

Jul 14, 2014

Autonomic Mirage MMS-5A Whole-house Hi-Res Music Player

Hi-res audio is certainly gaining momentum, as audio manufacturers, industry organizations like the CEA and DEG, and record companies like... Continue Reading
Autonomic Mirage MMS-5A Whole-house Hi-Res Music Player

Jun 09, 2014

NuVo Wireless Audio System Reviewed

If you don't already have some type of wireless audio system in your home, then you're at least considering one,... Continue Reading
NuVo Wireless Audio System Reviewed

Apr 14, 2014

Sony HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Sony is one of the companies that's currently leading the charge to encourage music lovers to embrace hi-res music products and content. Sean Killebrew spent some time with the HAP-S1 music player and server and came away extremely impressed. Continue Reading
Sony HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player Reviewed

Mar 12, 2014

Control4 Wireless Music Bridge Reviewed

As part of my recent review of the Control4 HC-250 control system, the company sent me the Wireless Music Bridge... Continue Reading
Control4 Wireless Music Bridge Reviewed

Dec 02, 2013

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Oct 14, 2013

Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD Universal Disc Player

Cambridge Audio's Azur 752 BD universal disc player put Dennis Burger in a quandary. During the course of his review, Burger found the objective and subjective measures of the Azur 752 BD coming into conflict. Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD Universal Disc Player

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