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Review - McIntosh MCT80

McIntosh MCT80

McIntosh’s MCT80 SACD/CD transport brings disc playback to its compact lifestyle components
T he new McIntosh MCT80 a CD and SACD transport introduces SACD/CD playback to McIntosh’s bijou MXA80 system and joins streaming, vinyl and headphone amp add-ons, to deliver the full McIntosh experience from a compact system. Price is £4,495.



Review - Oppo UDP-205

Oppo UDP-205

Oppo launch the UDP-205 - Universal Player
O ppo describe their top of the range Universal player, and at £1,399, the big brother to the award winning UDP-203 as a 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc Player. As well as Blu-ray disks the UDP-205 can play DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD disks and function as a network streamer and even a standalone DAC. Sharing a huge feature set with the UDP-203, the 205 offers an improved DAC section, based around Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs as well as balanced outputs. As the flagship of the ESS SABRE PRO series, the ES9038PRO sets a new benchmark for audio excellence with its best in class 140 dB of dynamic range.



Review - McIntosh MCD350 CD/SACD Player

McIntosh MCD350 CD/SACD Player

McIntosh launch the MCD350 CD and SACD Player
T he McIntosh MCD350 SACD/CD Player delivers a pure playback experience from SACDs and CDs. It features a balanced 2-channel, 32-bit/192kHz DAC. Fixed output (no volume control) RCA and balanced stereo outputs are present along with coax and optical digital outputs. There are no digital inputs. All analogue outputs plus the digital coax outputs are gold plated for superior corrosion resistance. The MCD350 features 2x read speed so that all discs placed in its rigid aluminium die-cast tray are read at higher speeds, allowing their data to be stored in a buffer memory for a better error correction and tracking. A twin laser optical pickup uses a single objective lens with two laser units each employing different wavelengths that are optimized for SACD and CD playback. The classic McIntosh black glass front panel with an illuminated logo and aluminium end caps complete the unit.



Review - Chord Blu MkII

Chord Blu MkII

Chord launch the Blu MkII - CD transport
O f the three new products unveiled by Chord Electronics at CES 2016, the Blu MkII might have been the easiest to predict, as the recently released DAVE DAC has dual high speed digital inputs, one per channel, described as for use by a future Chord Electronics product. Traditionally these high speed digital inputs have been used by CD transports, going all the way back to the Chord Choral Blu and DAC64. So the Blu MkII.



Review - OPPO UDP-203

OPPO UDP-203

The Oppo UDP-203 is now available
T he Oppo UDP-203, currently available at £650, is a universal player that can play just about any disk imaginable. The UDP-203 has been primarily designed as a Blu-Ray player for use in home cinema systems but it can also function as a network streamer in a HiFi system. As a streamer, the UDP-203 can connect to a network both wirelessly via Wi-Fi and via Ethernet, and can also play music from USB hard drives and thumb drives up to 16TB in capacity (16TB is some music library !). The UDP-203 offers Hi-Res Audio decoding up to DSD64/128 or multi-channel DSD64, as well as 192kHz/24-bit PCM used in hi-res res lossless formats such AIFF, ALAC, APE, FLAC and WAV.



Review - Denon DCD-1600NE SACD player

Denon DCD-1600NE SACD player

Denon launch the DCD-1600NE SACD player
T he Denon DCD-1600NE is a CD/SACD Player that can also play Hi-Res audio from DVDs. The DCD-1600NE is based on and is the smaller brother of Denon’s flagship the DCD-2500NE, and replaces the DCD-2010AE. In the DCD-1600NE, Denon have focussed on the basics of ultra-high precision reading of discs and supplying the highest-quality audio signal as output. This has been achieved by short signal paths, a redesigned disc transport, and the use of Advanced AL32 Processing Plus circuitry.



Review - Marantz SA-10

Marantz SA-10

Marantz Launch The SA-10 - SACD Player And USB DAC
T he Marantz SA-10 is a CD and SACD player, a Hi-Res audio capable USB DAC and dedicated headphone amp all in the one box. The SA-10 is Marantz’s top of the range SACD player and has seen Marantz take a step back from CD Player design (something they’ve been in some time now going back to the original CD-63) and rethink and redesign a whole player. The redesign starts from the CD transport mechanism, which is Marantz’s brand new SACD-M3 transport mechanism. The SACD-M3, as well as playing conventional CD and SACD disks can play DVD-ROM disks. A user then can burn Hi-Res Audio files to a DVD disk and can then use the SA-10 to play 24 bit FLAC files from 32 kHz to 192 kHz, resolution, and DSD64 and DSD128, as well as ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF and MP3 files.



Review - Roksan blak CD Player

Roksan blak CD Player

Roksan go upmarket with their Blak series CD player
T he new CD player is the pinnacle of Roksan’s CD replay and tops their range, trumping the Caspian M2. The new disc player is a highly sophisticated design with striking aesthetics and an audiophile reference standard performance.



Review - OPPO UDP-203

OPPO UDP-203

"It"s coming !" OPPO UDP-203 it's 4K Blu-ray player
C alling all Oppo fans. Their 4K/UHD Blu-ray player the UDP-203 will be arriving in late 2016.



Review - Marantz HD-CD1

Marantz HD-CD1

Marantz Launch The HD-CD1 - CD Player
T he Marantz HD-CD1 is a CD Player with digital (optical and coax) and analogue RCA outputs coupled with a headphone amp. No digital inputs to the DAC section or SACD replay though. The HD-CD1 complements the recently released HD-AMP1 and HD-DAC1. The new HD-CD1 CD Player is expected to be available in September 2016 for $599, UK price is T.B.A. The HD-CD1 also features a solid aluminium front panel, double-layer chassis for vibration isolation and retro-style side panels.



Review - Astell&Kern PEM14 AK-CD Ripper

Astell&Kern PEM14 AK-CD Ripper

Astell&Kern Launch The PEM14 AK-CD Ripper
T he £299 Astell&Kern PEM14 AK-CD Ripper has slipped under the radar a bit as its been available on amazon since January 2015. The AK CD Ripper uses trickle down technology from the much more expensive AK500N such as the 'Perfect Extractor' and the error correction. The AK CD-RIPPER easily rips CDs to your Astell&Kern music player with only a single touch of a button. The user can set the ripping speed (normal / fast / very fast) and file format (WAV / FLAC) through the settings menu.



Review - Cambridge Audio CXC - CD Transport

Cambridge Audio CXC - CD Transport

Cambridge Audio CXC - CD Transport More Info From Cambridge Audio
A short video and transport from a training session that Cambridge Audio held in the USA that looks at the CXC, a CD transport. As a CD transport the CXC can only supply a digital signal to a DAC. Cambridge Audio has DACs in both their CXA60 and CXA80 integrated amps. They point out that one of the reasons for having the DAC inside the amplifier is that the amp is more flexible for those with a wide variety of digital sources. Also this arrangement keeps the digital signal in the digital domain as long as possible where it's converted to analogue at the very last minute by the DAC inside the amplifier. And that minimizes analogue signal deterioration which can happen with an analogue audio connection from an external DAC.



Review - McIntosh MVP901 - Blu-Ray and CD Player

McIntosh MVP901 - Blu-Ray and CD Player

McIntosh Reveal The MVP901 - Blu-Ray, CD And Network Audio Player
T he McIntosh MVP901 is a Blu-ray player with CD replay and streaming capabilities. and will retail at around $5,500 in the US in August 2016 – UK availability and price will follow.. Audio Video Player Blu-ray players are an integral part of any home theatre system and the McIntosh MVP901 is designed to provide years of home entertainment enjoyment. With its ability to upsample 1080P and lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD, it can breathe new life into a vast movie library and is a perfect complement to the 4K compatible McIntosh MX122 or MX160 home theatre processor. Built in decoding of Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ will put the viewer in the centre of the action. The MVP901 can also pass the latest object-based 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X™ and Auro-3D® to the compatible processor for truly encompassing surround sound. It fully supports 3D Blu-ray discs while state of the art processing power allows for ultra-fast playback start speeds. A variety of advanced adjustments can be made to colour, image detail and video performance to improve picture quality. Not limited to just movies, the MVP901 is also great for listening to music. CDs, SACDs and DVD-Audio discs can be enjoyed via an 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz DAC that’s used in stereo quad balanced mode to produce high fidelity audio. The HDMI output can be used for multi-channel music playback. A triple laser optical pickup uses one objective lens for the different wavelengths and is optimized for various disc types. Three USB ports allow playback of audio and video files from flash drives. Network streaming and BD-Live is available through the Ethernet connection.



Review - Sony BDP-S6700

Sony BDP-S6700

Sony Launch The BDP-S6700 - Blu-Ray And CD Player
T he Sony BDP-S6700 is a new for 2016 Sony product which functions as a Blu-Ray player, CD Player and wireless streamer, offering streaming via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and also Bluetooth. Recommended retail price for the BDP-S6700 is just £150.



Review - Marantz CD6006 - CD Player

Marantz CD6006 - CD Player

Marantz Reveal The CD6006 CD Player
T he Marantz CD6006 CD Player, USB DAC and Headphone amp will retail in the US at $499 and replaces the Marantz CD6005. The new CD6006 is a fine-tuned model with even more specially selected components and new layout circuits compared to the CD6005 predecessor. The oversized power supply feeds the digital and analogue circuitry of the player, where the high-quality CS4398 DAC handles the digital decoding. The signal is ‘pushed’ to the gold-plated cinch outputs by Marantz’s own small signal amplifier, the HDAM-SA2. For those who like portable music, it comes with iPod-digital connectivity. The CD6006 plays back MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC files from a connected USB storage device and directly plays back users iDevice music through its high quality DAC. The CD6006 features a newly developed, complex headphone amplifier with Headphone amp gain setting for a wider range of headphones. To further eliminate vibration the CD6006 has a feet upgrade !, sturdier and more rigid feet were added to the CD6006. Th CD6006 and the matching PM6006 integrated amp share the same remote control unit.



Review - Denon DCD-2500NE - SACD Player

Denon DCD-2500NE - SACD Player

Denon Launch The DCD-2500NE - SACD Player
T he Denon DCD-2500NE is currently Denon's top of the range SACD and CD player. The DCD-2500NE can also playback Hi-Res Audio recordings up to 24 bit / 192 kHz for PCM and DSD up to 5.6 MHz if the computer audio files are recorded on a DVD R/RW. The DCD-2500NE focuses on the two essentials of an disc player - (1) ultra-high precision in reading discs and (2) supplying high-quality audio signals to the amp. To achieve the second of these, the signal paths are as short as possible and the whole circuitry is minimized. To achieve the first the disc drive mechanism brackets and the chassis have been designed to eliminate vibration, the great enemy of disc players, and achieve ultra-vibration-resistant performance.



Review - Roksan blak CD Player

Roksan blak CD Player

Roksan Reveal The blak CD Player
T he Roksan blak CD Player (top box in the picture) is described by Roksan as the perfect partner for the blak integrated amp. The blak pairing was first seen at the Bristol HiFi Show 2016 under the name "Black". The Recommended Retail Price for the blak CD Player is £2,500. The Roksan 2016 Product catalogue continues about the blak CD Player with :-



Review - Meridian 808V6

Meridian 808V6

Meridian Launch The 808V6 - CD Player
T he 808V6 £11,000 is the latest version of Meridian's 808 CD Player and USB DAC (a member of the Meridian 800 Reference Series). Key upgrades made by Meridian in the 808V6 are the incorporation of a built-in MQA decoder and upgrades to both the S/PDIF and USB Inputs.



Review - Cyrus CD t - CD Transport

Cyrus CD t - CD Transport

The Cyrus 2015 Hat Trick By Audio Affair
T he Cyrus 2015 hat trick refers to the fact that the CDi CD Player - CDT CD Transport and the Stream Xa Digital Streamer / DAC all won What Hi-Fi awards in 2015. Audio Affair go on to look at all three products from Cyrus and explain why they think the awards were justified.



Review - Marantz SA-14S1 Special Edition

Marantz SA-14S1 Special Edition

Marantz Launch The SA-14S1 Special Edition - SACD Player + USB DAC
T he Marantz SA-14S1 Special Edition retails at £1,799 and is a SACD and CD Player as well as a USB DAC. The DAC section is taken from the NA-11S1 Network player or streamer. (Infact Marantz says it’s almost identical but the NA-11S1 currently retails for £2,500). The DAC section has optical and coax digital input as well as an asynchronous USB type B input for direct connection to a computer. The USB connection benefits from Marantz’s latest ground/signal isolator technology, to virtually eliminate electrical noise coming from the computer down the USB cable. The USB input can decode up to 24 bit 192 kHz PCM computer audio and also both DSD 2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz or DSD128. For lesser resolution files from an iPod or iPhone there’s a USB input on the front to play MP3, WAV, and AAC formats.




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