|Classé CDP-202 CD Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources CD Players|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Thursday, 01 March 2007|
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The CDP-202 is one of, if not the, finest CD player I have had in my house, and it is hard to criticize. I wondered if HDCD would have provided further sonic benefits with HDCD-encoded discs. My experience with other players indicates that this is quite possible. My other wish is that the player would accommodate SACDs. Over the past few years, I have collected a few SACDs that have great stereo tracks, and I was sorry that the CDP-202 could not accommodate them.
The CDP-202 at $6,500 is not inexpensive, but it is far from being the priciest CD playback system on the market. The player greatly benefits from a balanced system and I would definitely use it with a balanced preamplifier to get the most out of the CDP-202. As with the great debate between tubes and solid state, everyone has their own sonic preferences; some people prefer an iron grip, whereby the component exercises its complete command authority, while others prefer warmth and liquidity. I found the Classé to be more or less a careful proverbial blend of solid state and tube components. The CDP-202 displays wonderful balance and poise with all types of material, providing plenty of detail while getting out of the way and letting the music capture your soul.