Some may consider CDs as 'old school' now – after all, the format has been around since 1982 – but there are still millions of discs out there and if you have a large collection, a dedicated CD player or transport will ensure you get the best out of them.

The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get true high-fidelity sound, with our Best Buys starting from a penny under £300. Of course, if you want to spend more and get an even bigger lift in performance, you can...

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We’ve lost count of the gongs the Marantz 6000 series has scooped over the years, yet Marantz shows no sign of losing its touch.

The CD6005 is a fantastic player and immense value for money (it can now be yours for under £300). This 2015 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner is one of the best budget CD players on the market.

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Best CD player under £500
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The enticing Onkyo C-N7050 is a CD player and music streamer in one box, making it a versatile addition to any home hi-fi system. It’s a clever, feature-packed performer that we urge you to consider.

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A CD transport that impresses with the musicality of its sound. If you already have a decent DAC, then we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this transport over a standalone CD player.

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Best CD transport under £800
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An exceptionally talented transport for the asking price, the CD t delivers a performance that’s difficult to criticise.

There's a level of transparency, clarity and insight that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere at this price.

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Best CD player under £1250
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Another exceptional CD player from Cyrus that will make the most of your disc collection. The Cyrus CD i – the successor to the Cyrus 6SE and Cyrus 8SE – is another gleaming example of the company treading the right path.

In fact, Cyrus says this is its best-sounding CD player yet. And, as much as we’ve loved the company’s previous models, we’re more than happy to back that claim.

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Best CD player under £1500
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Plenty of players offer sound-per-pound scale and detail at this price, but few are as musical as the K3 CD Di. It’s a player that promotes the character of your music and for that reason you’ll never tire of listening to it.

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Another Roksan player that emphasises the character of your music, the Caspian M2 CD might be a little long in the tooth, but it’s showing few signs of its age.

There's still more than enough in terms of timing, dynamics and authority to make to make the M2 a superb buy.

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Looking for a top class transport? The Xt Signature doesn't disappoint with a sound that’s cleaner, crisper and more dynamic than anything we've recently heard at the money. Partner it with a suitable DAC and you’ll be in hi-fi heaven.

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£35,840. Yes, you read that correctly. This CD player is the price of a very good car. But if you want the best CD player money can buy, then we haven't heard one better than this.

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