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 £400. Of course, if you want to spend more and get an even bigger lift in performance, you can...

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Marantz CD6006

Reviewed on 21st September 2016 at
£400

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 CD6006 is the latest model in an illustrious line-up. Despite a significant price hike, it is still a fantastic player and proves that Marantz remains the master of making affordable CD players. This 2016 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner is the best entry-level CD player on the market.

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CD streamer under £400
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Under £1000
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Cyrus CD i

Reviewed on 17th February 2014 at
£975

Another exceptional CD player from Cyrus that will make the most of your disc collection. The Cyrus CDi – 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. That's why it's our 2016 Product of the Year.

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Roksan Caspian M2 CD

Reviewed on 5th November 2010 at
£1,650

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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CD transport under £2000
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Cyrus CD Xt Signature

Reviewed on 23rd April 2015 at
£1,750

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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Burmester 069

Reviewed on 12th November 2013 at
£35,840

£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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