1. Rotel RCD-06

    Rotel RCD-06

    Crisp, detailed sound from a solid, though not amazing, player. But when compared to newer price-rivals, this falls short

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  2. Chord Electronics Choral One

    Chord Electronics Choral One

    Slick and stylish, this pricey player is near flawless, but for three grand it should be perfect

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  3. Arcam DiVA CD192

    Arcam DiVA CD192

    For the money, the Arcam is a sensational player with bags of sonic appeal. It’s more than capable of mixing it with the big-hitters

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  4. Naim CD5i (Mk II)

    Naim CD5i (Mk II)

    The CD5i gets a lick of paint in the shape of the MkII (actually called the CD5 'i' with an italic slant), getting even more refinement and dynamics

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  5. Naim CDS3/XPS2

    Naim CDS3/XPS2

    An undoubtedly high-end player, but this is the best money can buy – a sonic performance that almost exists on a different level

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  7. Onkyo C-7030 Compact Disc Player
    Available from £179.84