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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Bel Canto Design CD3t Disc Transport Review
Bel Canto Design, out of Minneapolis, has an the envious reputation of making a full line of very well reviewed Class D amplifiers, preamps, DAC’s, CD players, and transports.  Their products have a unique and stunning appearance. They also have a loyal customer base, and their products are designed and manufactured in the USA. The company is small but manages to distribute its products through a nice sized dealer network domestically and in thirty five countries worldwide. John Stronczer, Bel Canto’s head honcho, founded the company in 1990. He has a serious technical background, having worked as a research scientist in some very high tech environments.  Interestingly, when Stronczer founded Bel Canto, he was making tube amplifiers. Ironically they are best known for digital products and switching amplifiers. ...
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Cary Audio CD 500 CD Player Review
It's no secret that stand-alone CD players have lost ground with consumers looking for “universal” solutions to home theater and audio needs. Although the digital domain still reigns, portable media players along with DVD and Blu-ray players have taken a lot of wind out of the CD player's sails. Still, a dedicated CD player offers the best potential for high-fidelity performance. If you've invested into compact discs and want to keep enjoying your collection, then a dedicated disc spinner is still the way to go. If you want to take your disc collection to a new level, Cary Audio's CD 500 CD Player may be the last player you'll ever need. Design & FeaturesThe CD 500 retails for $2,995, and for that price you get a machine that's built rock-solid and complemented with top-grade components. The CD 500's digital-to-analog converter ...
Monday, 01 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Marantz CD5004 CD Player Preview
Aimed at Audiophiles who like their CD players simple, well made, single tray, and optionally rack mountable, Marantz has announced the CD5004 CD Player.  The CD5004 plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs and will play CD-DA (PCM) alongside MP3 and WMA formatted files at 42, 44.1, and 48kHz sampling frequencies.  Though this is not a networkable machine, the CD5004 does have the ability to read metadata on MP3s and WMA files as well as text-data encoded CDs.Marantz's CD5004 has a very impressive 0.002% THD (total harmonic distortion) rating thanks to its "SACD-quality" digital to analog converter, though sadly the machine does not support that format.  This means you won't find distortion due to resistor matching errors, performance drift over time and temperature, or excessive clock jitter (aka time-domain irregularities).The CD5004 also features HDAM-SA2, the company's proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules which ...
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Bryston BCD-1 CD Player Review
When I reviewed the Bryston BP26 preamplifier and 2BSSt power amplifier last year (link), I was impressed with overall level of performance, build quality and value. I concluded that Bryston had been in business, serving the pro audio and home audiophile markets well since the early 70's for a very good reason. They deliver the goods. They have been, and clearly are still, an engineering driven company.I was offered the chance to evaluate their very well received BCD-1 Redbook CD player. Even though Bryston is a relative new comer to digital playback devices, they quickly are taking the market by storm. Their BDA-1 DAC also has garnered quite a following. Now word has it they are coming to market with something they call a network music player as seen here: Link.I received a brand new unit in with a black ...
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Naim CD5 XS CD Player Review
U.K. based Naim has had a steady following since their inception in the mid 1970's. They have been a constant on the high end audio scene and are known worldwide for their broad product line that includes amplification, CD players, loudspeakers, cables, DAC's and Music Servers. They are also known for making long-lasting products as many Naim legacy products are a decade old and still strong. Naim is also known for only discontinuing products if they feel the design can be improved upon; not for marketing purposes.Naim is famous for being quirky, for lack of a better term. For years their components were produced with only DIN connectors.  Instead of the usual phono or XLR connectors, they believed in the superiority of the DIN connector. They also prefer customers utilize an all Naim system. They finally relented a few years ...
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