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Classé CDP-202 CD Player  Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Kahn   
Thursday, 01 March 2007
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The Downside
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.

Conclusion
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.
Manufacturer Classe
Model CDP-202 CD Player
Reviewer Brian Kahn





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