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  1. Cambridge Audio Azur 840C review

    Cambridge Audio Azur 840C review

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    It's not easy to do something really new with CD replay, especially at a sensible price, but Cambridge seems to have achieved it with the 840C. The big feature here is 384kHz upsampling...

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    Astin Trew AT3000 review

    Astin Trew AT3000 review

    8  

    Astin Trew is still a pretty new name on the hi-fi scene, though the company's products are starting to enter the general consciousness. Designed in the UK, they are built in China and offer the typically generous parts and build quality...

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    Arcam DiVA CD192 review

    Arcam DiVA CD192 review

    8  

    If the number in this model's moniker rings bells, it is of course because it is a common frequency, in kHz, for upsampling converters to use (there's nothing remotely sacred about it, by the way - 193kHz would be just as good)

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    Krell Evolution 505 review

    Krell Evolution 505 review

    9  

    Although best known for its predominantly high-end, high-power amplifiers, Krell is a full-range manufacturer whose remit extends to AV equipment, loudspeakers and disc players of various types and levels of sophistication.

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    Gamut CD3 review

    Gamut CD3 review

    9  

    It's all change at Gamut! Since Lars Goller took over two years ago, the company has been launching new products at the rate of about two or three per year. And now, Gamut's top disc player - the CD1 - has been replaced by the CD3.

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    NAD M15 review

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    The M15 is an ideal cosmetic partner for the M55 DVD player and simply exudes an air of classy, timeless design that most battleship Japanese AV amps miss completely

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    Rotel RCD-06 review

    Rotel RCD-06 review

    9  

    The current Rotel range contains just two CD players: this new RCD-06 model and the RCD-1072 at £595, a tightly focused range from what was once one of the strongest names in budget hi-fi

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    Rega Saturn review

    Rega Saturn review

    9  

    It's not rocket science... Rega's new Saturn CD player runs rings around the competition

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    Classe CDP-102 review

    Classe CDP-102 review

    9  

    If you want first class performance at a business class price, this player is just the ticket

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    Vincent CD-S6 MkII review

    Vincent CD-S6 MkII review

    9  

    Vincent's product development and engineering is done in Iffezheim, Germany and the manufacture in China. This is a business model that has only recently gained a foothold in the aspirational market

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    Shanling CD-T80 review

    Shanling CD-T80 review

    8  

    The days are long gone when a 'Made in China' badge implied something flaky, but even by 2006 standards, this is an impressive bit of machinery.

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    Rega Apollo review

    Rega Apollo review

    9  

    Rega's products usually stand out from the crowd visually, and this top-loading player is certainly no exception.

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    Esoteric X-03SE review

    Esoteric X-03SE review

    9  

    The Esoteric X-03SE is a gorgeous CD player in all respects. It looks great, it is built to a standard that Rolls Royce itself would be proud of and on top of that, it sounds superb

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    McIntosh MCD201 review

    McIntosh MCD201 review

    9  

    The MCD201 is the new 'mainstream' McIntosh disc spinner. It's an SACD/CD player which, like many such introductions we have followed in the last year or so, is designed exclusively for stereo playback

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    Marantz SA7001 KI review

    Marantz SA7001 KI review

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    Surprisingly, this is the first SACD player from Marantz to receive the'KI' treatment, which as ever means tweaks from Marantz brand ambassador Ken Ishiwata applied to an established model

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    Naim NA 555ps review

    Naim NA 555ps review

    9  

    A top-notch power supply for existing owners of high-end Naim CD players

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    Creek Evo review

    Creek Evo review

    9  

    Creek's new entry-level CD player and matching amp kept us glued to our listening seat!

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    Acoustic Solutions SP150 review

    8  

    Here's a sophisticated device that does a straightforward task at a high standard: copying your CD collection to an internal 40GB hard disk. Unlike other digital jukeboxes with wireless bells and whistles, there's little extraneous fat

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