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Project CD Box DS
The Project CD Box DS is a very compact CD player. Featuring a high quality PCM1796 Burr Brown DAC, this diminutive players is excellent for those people who are limited for space or simply looking for a well priced player.
With a high quality dot matrix display, slot loading mechanism and remote control, it’s a joy to use.
It is available with either a silver or black fascia and features a coaxial digital output so it can also be used as a CD transport.
Project CD Box DS CD player £399.00
The Apollo has a new look, designed to match their new family appearance, it has a curved fascia and matt finished top loading lid. Performance is unchanged from the previous version, which is good news as it’s an excellent CD player which has had a lot of attention paid to the power supply stages and with the same Wolfson DAC as used in the Rega DAC.
It’s a refined and musical performer, nicely balancing openness and liveliness with easy long term listening making it a very enjoyable player at a very reasonable price.
Designed from the outset to primarily be a CD transport, the XM CD actually also has a good quality inbuilt DAC (the PCM 1716), making it ideal as a either a stand alone player or as part of a two box setup.
Housed in the neat half width aluminium XM series enclosure, it features a top loading mechanism with magnetic puck and analogue outputs, as well as coaxial BNC and optical digital outputs.
This is a great sounding unit, both as a stand alone CD player and as a CD transport, making it ideal for a really wide variety of systems.
Exposure XM CD in with black or silver brushed fascia: £1,395.00
Rega Saturn mk3 CD-
The Saturn mk3 is due to be launched in 2022, we have no formal details of the unit at the time of writing, so the pictures and text below are of the older Saturn-
You can clearly hear the Rega DNA in the sound of the Saturn-
Rega Saturn mk3 £2,00.00
Audio Note CD Zero
The CD Zero is Audio Notes smallest CD player, but don’t be put off by its unobtrusive dimensions, this is a real giant killer of a CD player. The recipe is as you’d expect from Audio Note with their winning combination of a valve output stage and multibit DAC convertor. A 6111WA long life sub miniature dual triode valve forms the output stage and it connects to the classic TDA1543 DAC convertor which is being used without oversampling and with a digital filter.
If you’ve not heard an Audio Note digital product then you’re in for a treat. Despite being the entry level model the performance on offer is quite remarkable. It has all the important elements that make their products class leading-
Finishes: Black Acrylic Fascia, Brushed Silver Aluminium Fascia (pictured below) or all White fascia and chassis.
Dimensions: Width 300mm, Depth 260mm, Height 96mm
Audio Note CD Zero CD player: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note CD1.1x
The CD1.1x is the first full width CD player within the Audio Note range. The extra space inside over the smaller CD Zero featured elsewhere gives room for a second transformer to help keep the digital and analogue stages separated, as well as Audio Notes own tin in oil output coupling capacitors (the two silver cans visible in the picture below). There are more sophisticated power supplies and improved component quality too.
These changes primarily bring upgrades to refinement and tonality, even further reducing the ‘mechanical’ sound that digital sources invariably impart to a degree. The classic combination of a multi bit DAC (in this case the TDA1543) used without oversampling and filters running into a triode valve output stage (the remarkable sub miniature 6111WA dual triode) has such a sense of rightness that you will wonder how you ever enjoying CDs any other way.
Finishes: Black Acrylic Fascia or Brushed Silver Aluminium Fascia.
Audio Note CD1.1x CD Player: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note CD2.1x/II
The CD2.1x/II is essentially the same as the CD1.1x detailed above, but in keeping with Audio Note philosophy is features upgraded components including tantalum resistors, electrolytic capacitors and superior copper film in oil coupling capacitors. The performance of this player is superb, it has even more texture and naturalness, almost reaching the giddy organic heights of their two box combinations. It is available with either a silver aluminium or black acrylic fascia.
Audio Note CD2.1x/II CD Player: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note CD3.1x/II
The CD3.1x/II is a substantial CD player measuring 142mm tall. Inside is a modified Philip laser mechanism and the special Analogue Devices AD1865 convertor running without oversampling and without a digital filter. The output stage uses ECC88 dual triodes, Audio Note copper foil paper in oil capacitors and tantalum resistors. It is available with either a black acrylic fascia (as shown above) or silver aluminium (below)
Audio Note CD3.1xV2 CD player: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note CD4.1x
The CD4.1x is a top loading player which effectively combines the CDT Two/II transport and DAC 2.1x digital to analogue converter into one box (please see the separate pages which detail these products more thoroughly). To reduce the problems inherent in one box players great attention has been invested in the power supplies to ensure that there is minimal coupling between the various stages. This makes the CD4.1x the ultimate one box solution for those that don’t have the space for a separate DAC and Transport. It is available with either a black acrylic fascia (as pictured) or brushed aluminium.
Audio Note CD4.1x CD player: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note CD5.1x
The ultimate one box CD player from Audio Note. The substantial chassis is jam packed with many of the goodies normally seen in their upper level stand alone DACs.
The top loading mechanism is a Philips Pro2LF which Audio Note have modified to increase its already impressive performance. The chassis is jammed with transformers, both for the power supply as well as in the digital and analogue stage -
The output stage features 5814a and 5687 valves which are fed from a valve rectified and regulated power supply (6X5 and ECL82). As you’d expect, the player uses selected high grade parts including tantalum resistors and Audio Notes own electrolytic and oil capacitors.
If you are looking for the ultimate one box CD player then you really should consider the CD5.1x!
Finishes: Black Acrylic fascia or brushed silver Aluminium fascia
Audio Note CD5.1x CD player: £POA at manufacturers request