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Compact Disc & SACD Players

Compact Disc & SACD Players

Compact discs have become the mainstay of our music recordings since 1982. Compact discs players have evolved over the last 30 or so years to do more than just play compact discs. Many modern CD players will allow the use of USB media to play MP3(compressed) and WAV(uncompressed CD quality) music formats, with many upper end models including the addition of external digital inputs to allow other devices to take advantage of the high quality digital analog convertor inside the player. Super Audio CD (SACD) is a high resolution disc format that will allow you get the most out of your hifi system.

One great way to get a fantastic sound is to purchase a more affordable Compact Disc Player, to use it as a digital transport. Taking the digital information to a DAC, the audio from the disc will be played with the same sound quality as the DAC.

Higher end units will include additional features as mentioned above, but will also have a design that will gve a better sound, and perhaps a longer life. The power supply in better units will be designed to filter noise from mains electricity better than a cheaper one. A higher quality DAC (and components around it) will give more detail and "life" to the sound of your music. A more accurate laser tracking mechanism, and smoother motor can make sure that every single 0 and 1 that exists on the disc gets read properly, to be passed on to the rest of the electronics.

Super Audio CD's work a bit differently to normal "Red Book" Compact Discs. On a standard CD, the information is stored as 16 1's or 0's (bits, the combination of these 16 bit's allows the waveform to exist on any of 65,536 different levels), and sampled at 44'100 times per second.
Super Audio CD's work in a Pulse Width Modultion. A 1 bit stream, sampled at about 2.8 million times per second. There is much debate to weather this is better than high resolution audio, as Super Audio CD's use a different method to play back music.

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  1. Audiolab 6000CDT CD Transport Player

    The 6000CDT is a dedicated CD transport incorporating the same slot-loading mechanism as audiolab’s flagship CD player, the 8300CD. Extremely robust and reliable, it uses a read-ahead digital buffer to reduce disc-reading failures, able to play scratched and damaged CDs that are unreadable by conventional mechanisms.

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    As low as $890.00
    $999.00
  2. AUDIOLAB 8300CDQ Pre Amp/CD Player

    To this specification the new 8300CDQ adds high-quality analogue preamp circuitry, coupled to three stereo pairs of line-level RCA inputs to connect analogue sources.

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    As low as $2,799.00
  3. CAMBRIDGE AUDIO 851C CD Player

    Our finest CD player and DAC, the 851C uses our extensive digital knowledge to become the cornerstone of your digital hub. No matter the source of your digital music, twin DACs in dual differential mode and 2nd generation Adaptive Time Filtering make the music sound as the original artist intended – extraordinary.

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    As low as $3,199.00
  4. MARANTZ ND8006 HEOS CD Player

    Introducing "The Complete Digital Music Source Player". The ND8006 delivers renowned Marantz sound from literally unlimited music sources, including online music services, HEOS multi-room technology, locally stored high-resolution audio files, CD audio playback, AirPlay, Bluetooth and more.

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    As low as $2,490.00
  5. PROJECT CD Box S2 Compact CD Player

    Compact CD player for high-quality CD playback in elegant S2 optics.

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    As low as $692.00
    $769.00
  6. ROTEL CD11 Compact Disc Player

    Rotel's CD player CD11 is ready to playback the 200+ million CD’s that been sold over the past 25 years.

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    As low as $584.00
    $649.00
  7. ROTEL CD11 Tribute Compact Disc Player - PREORDER

    Rotel's CD11 Tribute CD player was engineer with hands-on support from audio legend Ken Ishiwata.

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    As low as $649.00
  8. ROTEL CD14 Compact Disc Player

    Enjoy your CD collection investment with Rotel’s CD14 compact disc player. As with all 14 series components, it features a high performance power supply and intuitive operation.

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    As low as $791.00
    $879.00
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