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Best High End CD Player – Expert Recommendations

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best High End CD Player. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Wave® music system IV

This product was recommended by Alex Magnin from AlexMagnin

Designed for surround sound, this portable and powerful speaker not only has a great design but is user friendly, easy to set up and can fit the smallest of spaces. Alongside a large display with adjustable lights is its added ability to allow alarms!’

Ruark R5 DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet Radio & CD Bluetooth Wi-Fi Wireless All-In-One Music System

This product was recommended by Alex Mastin from Home Grounds

The Ruark R5 will give you options for a plethora of other services apart from merely being a CD player. It can be used over the internet, via bluetooth, on wifi, has a magnificent sound system too and checks pretty much every box you’d want your CD player to check!

McIntosh MCD85

This product was recommended by Jonathan James from DJ Tech Reviews

We recently entered the world of the incredible McIntosh MCD85. A CD player with multiple digital inputs for external digital streamers. The MCD85 has an open chassis design and is a serious piece of audio hardware. McIntosh continues their line in distinctive looking retro-styled home stereo systems with the MCD85. The units can play SACDs and CDs as well as audio from homemade CDs DVD Data Discs and an assortment of file formats can be supported from these discs including FLAC, MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, and WMA. To top things off, the McIntosh MCD85 can be used to stream digital music from a computer or other digital audio devices. This is one for the serious audio fans out there but also it comes with a serious price tag.

Marantz CD6007

This product was recommended by Steve Johnson from Boot Mood Foot

It has a quieter power supply and improved HDAM amplifier modules, helped along by a sprinkling of higher quality internal components, not least of which is the change of DAC chip to an AKM 4490. That chip allows the CD6007 to process high-resolution files through USB-A on front socket, supporting PCM music up to 24-bit/192kHz. I have always been a loyal fan of Marantz they’re built like a tank and the sound is always refined, clear, warm and alive. With detail, dynamics and a beautifully pristine sound, this is the best CD player available at anywhere close to this money.

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