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Wednesday, 01 September 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Wadia 860 CD Player
Introduction The Wadia 860 is a $7,450 CD player and digital preamplifier housed in one complete, highly refined package. Seven inches tall by 17 inches wide by 16 inches deep, the Wadia 860 is an all-in-one, high-power front end that needs only an amplifier, loudspeakers linked with a pair of speaker and interconnect cables to make beautiful music. The Wadia 860 has an elegant and simple design throughout its chassis. The philosophy behind the 860 is to keep as much circuitry as possible out of the signal path in order to reproduce a traditional 16-bit CD (or other future sources via digital input) with the highest level of resolution and emotional impact possible. Wadia, a leader in cutting-edge digital playback since the late 1980s, uses three unique technologies in the 860 which make it truly special. The Wadia Digital Volume Control challenges the ...
Saturday, 01 May 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Pioneer PD-F07 CD Player
Introduction Long ago, a myth was sold to the audiophile community that CD changers were not at all good for real music lovers. After listening to a first-generation CD carousel, you could understand this myth: the early changers sounded brittle on the high frequencies, limp in the bass and lacked any sense of depth. To compound the damage, most of the early units didn’t even come equipped with a digital output to resurrect their sound via an outboard digital to analog converter. Today, CD changers are loaded with technology and features that make a strong argument for why even a hardened audiophile should consider owning one for his or her music and film playback system. The Pioneer Elite PD-F07 at $500 is one of the best values in today’s AV market, in that it is a very well-built 101 CD changer loaded with many of the slickest features and packed with advanced laser and transport ...
Sunday, 01 November 1998 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Pioneer CLD-79 CD Player
Introduction Unlike many manufacturers who are dropping laserdisc players from their product mix in favor of DVD, Pioneer still offers several models. The most notable are the three carrying the prestigious ELITE designation. Sitting firmly in the middle, is the CLD-79. While it incorporates a well designed 1-bit DLC D/A Converter (DAC), this, unfortunately, becomes irrelevant in a state-of-the art home theater. To take full advantage of Dolby Digital and DTS encoded Laserdiscs you must bypass the CLD-79's internal DAC and use the DAC incorporated in other devices such as digital processors, decoders and A/V Receivers. For this reason, I didn't do an extensive review of the CLD-79's sound quality. I wish Pioneer would just offer a laserdisc transport at a lower price, though I can understand why they feel it is necessary to cover all the bases. The CLD-79 provides two digital outputs (one coax and one optical), in addition to the RF (AC-3) ...
Wednesday, 01 July 1998 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Philips CDR880 CD Recorder
Introduction Magnetic audiotape's days are numbered as CD recording enters a new phase of affordability. While CD Recorders are far from new, the Philips CDR880's $649.00 price tag is impressive. Early adopters are going to love the Philips CDR880, though blank media costs aren't as low as they'll need to be for magnetic tape to vanish into oblivion just yet. The CDR880 not only records CD-Recordable (CD-R) media it also records CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) media. Rewritable discs, however, only playback on the CDR880 or other CD-Rewritable machines while CD-R's are completely backward compatible with all other CD Players. Evaluation If you can handle the hook up of a tape recorder you'll have no problem installing the CDR880. Both analog and digital (coax and optical) I/O's are provided. You can run a direct line from another CD player (analog or digital) to the CDR880, particularly if all of your material is coming from the one source. If you're ...
Wednesday, 01 April 1998 ,  Written by Bryan Southard
Audio Research CD2 CD Player
Introduction The Audio Research CD2 is a single-box CD player from a company best known for their analog products, but many enthusiasts have equal respect for Audio Research’s digital wares. Lets take a look at what this player is all about. On the surface, this player sports the look that Audio Research has made their trademark. The chassis measures 19 inches wide, 11-3/4 deep, five-and-one-quarter inches tall, and weighs in at a lean 17 lbs. It is dressed with the traditional industrial faceplate and black handles, which span vertically on either side of the front face. It has control buttons that are recessed, arranged horizontally across the lower portion of the chassis. The buttons are approximately one half inch square, with a slightly spongy feel. Symmetrically on the face of the chassis are the drawer to the left and the display to ...
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