Esoteric, the high-end arm of TeAc, has been making some serious inroads into the audiophile disc player market recently. It has done this by starting with a small portfolio of highly aspirational and extremely expensive players and then slowly trickling down the technology developed for those, er, esoteric models to more affordable options.
After four years in the wilderness, Sony is back with an incredible new flagship CD/SACD player, the SCDXA5400ES. It bristles with technology, much of which is new, or new at least, to Sony. At first glance, it's a dead ringer for Sony's previous SACD player, the SCD-XA9000ES. From the front they look practically identical, although the control functions have been shuffled around.
Marantz has an enviable history of keeping on top of the audio separates game, which these days means a pretty active programme of new product development. Indeed, it doesn't feel like very long since we saw the SA7001 and now we're testing its replacement.
Denon has announced the arrival of its latest range of luxury audio goods, the all-in-one CX1 stereo system.
Arcam has recently revamped its entire flagship FMJ range (see HFC 308 for full details). First seen at Munich’s High End show, the line-up has something for everyone in terms of both specification and price. At the very top of the CD player range, is the subject of this review; the FMJ CD37, an SACD-compatible disc spinner that reflects all of Arcam’s CD player know-how in one box.
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With news this week that vinyl is the technology that most Brits would like to preserve, we look back at the hi-tech formats we'd like to revive... and another two we wouldn't