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CD Players

CD Players

If you’re reading this, you know the truth: CDs are still an excellent music format. I love my phone’s music capabilities but CD's still offer a superior sound especially when connected to a dedicated HiFi integrated amplifier.

What makes one CD player sound better than another...

The digital-to-analog converter (DAC)

Any device that can play digital music files — from CDs to MP3s — has a digital-to-analog converter inside. It converts those encoded 1s and 0s into an analogue audio signal that can be played through speakers.

Not all DACs are created equal. The DAC found in your smartphone is going to be inferior to the DAC found in a £1000 audio component.

High-quality CD players have high-quality DACs. This results in a sound that is lush, detailed, and smooth –— especially compared to the harsh sound of low-grade DACs in phones and laptops. Some players even have separate DACs for the left and right channels, for greater accuracy.

Build quality

This is an important factor in the sound of any audio component. High-quality CD players are solidly built, with rigid transports to hold and spin the discs. They also have a reinforced chassis with large feet for support. This rugged construction helps prevent vibrations that can distort the audio signal. Some players have large toroidal power supplies to deliver plenty of clean current for high-performance sound.

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