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  1. Pioneer PD-D9 review

    Pioneer PD-D9 review

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    Pioneer used to be a major player in the budget and mid-market with some scorching amplifiers, like the A400, and some equally impressive disc spinners with distinctive stable platter transports.

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    Saxon CD300 review

    Saxon CD300 review

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    Launching a new hi-fi brand just now may seem a trifle rash, but Saxon isn't entirely a newcomer, as it's allied to an established brand, Talk Electronics. Saxon's products are intended to sit beneath Talk's own, and among them this is the most basic CD player.

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    Pioneer PD-D6 review

    Pioneer PD-D6 review

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    Pioneer is firmly back in the dedicated-audio-separates world, with this SACD player (one of the cheapest around) and a couple of amps in the 'G clef' range, all chock-full of audiophile credibility and tweaked at AIR Studios in north London

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    Cambridge Audio 740C review

    Cambridge Audio 740C review

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    Cambridge Audio surely has the most technologically equipped player in its class. It's the only one to offer 384kHz upsampling - indeed, few players at any price offer such a feature

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    Arcam DiVA CD73 review

    Arcam DiVA CD73 review

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    Arcam's CD players all look very similar. In fact, externally, this is identical to the CD192. It's considerably simpler inside, though, lacking the latter's upsampling function and highly specified DAC board

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    Advance Acoustic MCD-203II review

    Advance Acoustic MCD-203II review

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    Based in Toulouse, Advance Acoustic is yet another brand taking advantage of Chinese manufacturing to offer products with apparently astounding specifications for the price

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    Marantz CD6002 review

    Marantz CD6002 review

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    So new that our review sample was, at the time, the only one in the country, this model tops out Marantz's line of CD-only players, since all the dearer ones also play SACDs

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    Bryston BCD-1 review

    Bryston BCD-1 review

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    Bryston is a solid, dependable company that offers a 20-year guarantee with all its amplifiers, even though they rarely seem to require any attention during that time, if long-term owners are to be believed.

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    Chord Red Reference review

    Chord Red Reference review

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    Few modern hi-fi components create an impact that reverberates around the globe, but in 2001, a compact yet satisfyingly weighty lozenge of aluminum finished with an attractively ribbed top and bubble glass porthole that was softly backlit to show off the circuitry within, did just that.

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    Linn Akurate CD review

    Linn Akurate CD review

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    The Linn Exotik+DA was an excellent preamplifier and processor. And yet we were surprised to learn from Linn that it has already been replaced with a component called the Akurate Kontrol. The Kontrol forms part of a new range from Linn

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    Pathos Digit review

    Pathos Digit review

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    Pathos Acoustics has established an enviable reputation as a purveyor of ultra-smart audio equipment that performs to high sonic standards, while successfully treading the fine line that exists between style-driven and audio-purist kit.

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    Marantz SA-7S1 review

    Marantz SA-7S1 review

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    In the escalating product race between Denon and Marantz, both companies have introduced a range of high-grade disc players and amplifiers that have helped to push the boundaries of what's commonly referred to as 'state-of-the-art' in the world of hi-fi

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    SimAudio Moon SuperNova RS review

    SimAudio Moon SuperNova RS review

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    Not too long ago we looked at the Moon i-7, an integrated amplifier from Simaudio, a high-class Canadian manufacturer of considerable repute. This turned out to be one of the highlights of the recent reviewing calendar

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    Denon DCD-500AE review

    Denon DCD-500AE review

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    While Denon has long been a major name in component high fidelity in the Far East, it has only recently re-established itself as a source of hi-fi components in Europe. It started at the high end a couple of years or so ago

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    Cyrus CD8x/PSX-R review

    Cyrus CD8x/PSX-R review

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    Cyrus's CD players bear more than a little external resemblance to each other, but this is the company's top model among one-box players, mostly a CD8 but with the 'x' suffix, signifying that certain aspects owe much to the two-box CD Xt/DAC X combination

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    Rega Saturn review

    Rega Saturn review

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    Rega doesn't introduce new products on a whim and as such, there's been plenty of attention paid to the Saturn. Part of the reason for the fuss is that Rega has taken its involvement with the transport side of things a lot further than most

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    Meridian G06 review

    Meridian G06 review

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    The G06 may be Meridian's entry-level CD player, but it doesn't look like a concession to budget values. Indeed, in many ways, it's the most impressive-looking machine here. Apart from anything else, the reprogrammable 'soft keys' are great

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    Marantz SA-15S1 review

    Marantz SA-15S1 review

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    It must be one of the biggest and heaviest players around at this sort of price. The weight is accounted for not least by the thick steel panel screwed to the bottom which reduces audio-frequency resonance in the chassis, while the size.

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    Cambridge Audio Azur 740C review

    Cambridge Audio Azur 740C review

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    Twice now, we've had the pleasure of reviewing Cambridge Audio's superb Azur 840C CD player. At £750, it offers superb value. Now we've got our hands on the 740C, which appears to match its bigger brother feature for feature, but at a full £250 cheaper

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    Cambridge Audio Azur 640H review

    Cambridge Audio Azur 640H review

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    The Azur 640H follows in the footsteps of Cambridge Audio's acclaimed CD players but adds a capacious 160GB internal hard drive to centralise your entire music collection. Slip in a CD, and the 640H rips audio tracks

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    Audiolab 8000CD review

    Audiolab 8000CD review

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    Just in case you've been out of the hi-fi scene for a few years and missed it, the story with Audiolab is that it was a very successful amplifier brand, taken over and turned into TAG McLaren Audio, which, sadly, failed and sank

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    Vincent CD-S6 review

    Vincent CD-S6 review

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    Vincent Audio has its headquarters in Germany, but its products are made in China and imported into the UK by well-established speaker maker Ruark. Even if we didn't know it was Chinese-built, we'd have guessed...

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    Quad 99CD-S review

    Quad 99CD-S review

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    The 99 series from Quad includes two CD players, and you'll have trouble distinguishing them from the front. It's another story from the back, as the more expensive 99CD-P adds inputs and other goodies...

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    Naim CD5i review

    Naim CD5i review

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    There's minimalist and then there's seriously minimalist, and it's arguable that Naim has come close to crossing that line with the CD5i. Its display, that shows either track number or time, but not both...

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    Leema Antila review

    Leema Antila review

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    The Antila is the first CD player from British brand Leema Acoustics, acompany that came to the fore not so long ago with its own take on the compact monitor loudspeaker. More recently, Leema has expanded...

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