Audio Player Reviews (182 Reviews)


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Jan 11, 2009

Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

This special signature version of the highly-regarded CD-63II is jam-packed with every facility you'd expect from a CD player, including it's own separate volume control. It differs from the standard model with its over-sized toroidal power supply, anti-vibration chassis, and improved amp modules. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

An engineering marvel, the Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD player has RCA and BNC S/PDIF digital inputs so it can also serve as a DAC. With a Phillips CDM12 pro drive mechanism, the ZZ-Eight is designed to deliver "magical" sound quality without a trace of listener fatigue. Continue Reading
Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

YBA CD3a Player Reviewed

France's YBA CD3a player is a single-chassis unit that tries to emphasize the analog nature of digital music. This top-loading players has its share of Gallic quirks, but for those who insist on an analog sound the CD3a may be just the right combination of musicality and precision. Continue Reading
YBA CD3a Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Pro Gen V-A Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Theta has always offered outstanding service in regard to upgrades. Any Theta Pro Gen V can be made into a V-A by a trip to the factory. The new A version improves coherence, without compromising its virtues, which include its silky smoothness and lack of any noticeable electronic grain. Continue Reading
Theta Pro Gen V-A Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Copland CDA 266 Compact Disc Player reviewed

A single-box CD player from Copeland uses complementary class A analog circuit topology along with Pacific Microsonics PMD100 x8 oversampling filter and a pair of Burr-Brown PCM 65P 20-bit collinear converters to create a polite and refined sound that avoids being lean or hygienic. Continue Reading
Copland CDA 266 Compact Disc Player reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta DaViD DVD-Player Reviewed

It plays CDs as well as DVDs and does it in a special solid way that Theta has been known for. A buffered and re-clocked digital data stream benefits from special low-flux transformers and high-isolation power supplies. Used as a transport the DaViD will keep up with almost anything out there. Continue Reading
Theta DaViD DVD-Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Denon DVD-2500 DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Sort of a "poor man's DVD-5000" the DVD-2500 delivers all the performance of its larger sibling, with deliciously solid lower registers and a well-balanced harmonic texture that fits easily into a variety of systems, the DVD-2500 ranks as a great value in the Denon Line. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-2500 DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Bow Technologies Wizard Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Top-loading Bow Technologies Wizard looks like a natural metal sculpture than melds aesthetic with functional. Although it can be used as a transport, a good part of the Wizard's sonic allure is a result of it's fine D/A and carefully designed and built analog output circuit. Continue Reading
Bow Technologies Wizard Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

While LP enthusiasts will be horrified that Linn would use the number "12" for anything besides their beloved turntable, the CD 12 attempts to do for CDs what the LP12 did for LPs. The CD 12 represents a solid player that looks good and performs nicely with red-book CDs. Continue Reading
Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Carmen Universal Player Reviewed

Just to be clear, back in the days when the Theta Carmen was made "Universal" meant something different than today. The Carmen plays DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs and VCDs. No SACDs, no DVD-As, no DVD-HDs or Blu-Rays. No Internet connectivity. Still, built like a brick. Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2009

Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Your chances of running into a Wharfdale DVDS-750 in the US are slightly better than seeing Sasquatch coming out of the 7-11. But in the UK you might find one at a flea market, but with new players available for under 50 quid, why mess with an early generation DVD player? Still, a good read Continue Reading
Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Nakamichi DVD-10 DVD Player Reviewed

Made to withstand even day-in-day-out broadcast use, the Nakamichi DVD-10 player delivers pro-level build quality at a consumer-grade price. If you find one, chances are it will be working perfectly. The DVD-10 was built to last. Continue Reading
Nakamichi DVD-10 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Musical Fidelity 3D Compact Disc Player reviewed

The last CD player from Musical Fidelity that used nuvistors output tubes. A CD-only device, the 3D has digital outputs, but its analog outputs are where the magic is. Long of tooth? Yes, but still worthy of note as a very fine CD player. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity 3D Compact Disc Player reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

Krell's KAV-280 CD player has a level of build quality that makes you think it will still be around in 100 years. With its mechanically isolated transport mechanism and state-of-the -art analog circuits the KAV-280 still does wonders for Redbook CDs. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Krell DVD Standard DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Krell's first DVD player was built so beautifully that it almost doesn't matter that its performance has been eclipsed by Krell's newer offerings. Still solid, visually impressive and sonically spectacular, the DVD Standard ranks as a classic. Continue Reading
Krell DVD Standard DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sony 333 SACD Player Reviewed

The Sony 333 SACD player handles CDs, CDRs, and SACDs. With its reinforced chassis, twin R-core transformers and eight multi-level SA DAC D/A converters, the 333 qualifies as a well-built player that should last for years to come. Continue Reading
Sony 333 SACD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

Cute, portable, water resistant, and it sounds way better than you would expect, the Tivoli Audio PAL makes a fine addition to any kitchen, den, bathroom, or workout room. The PAL plays stereo through its headphone output and will take iPods via an auxiliary 3-d party dock. Continue Reading
Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Residing in the "where are they now file" (much like Spinal Tap when in Atlanta) Germany's T+A came and went in the American market pretty quickly. Perhaps some day they will be back but their K6 integrated amp had lots of promise. Read the full Ken Kessler review along with words on the matching T+A CD player. Continue Reading
T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tag McLaren DVD32FLR DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Now discontinued, the DVD32 FLR was part of Tag's complete line of home theater products. If you find one at the right price, as our reviewer did, the DVD32 would make a fine addition to your system, but be aware that support will be non-existent. Continue Reading
Tag McLaren DVD32FLR DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

With its classic minimalist look this two-channel CD player delivers excellent sound with no muss or fuss. While it has XLR analog outputs for balanced operation the CDA822 lacks any digital outs, so it cannot be used as a transport. Continue Reading
Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

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