1. Wadia 581ISE

    Wadia 581ISE

    A breathtaking CD/SACD player – with an equally breathtaking price tag. As authoritative and cohesive a sound as you will hear

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  2. Cyrus CD 8 SE

    Cyrus CD 8 SE

    The clang the gauntlet made when the CD8se threw it down is still resonating

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  3. Classe CDP-202

    Classe CDP-202

    Does everything a £5000 CD player should, and with some panache

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  4. Marantz SA-11S2

    Marantz SA-11S2

    Thoroughly likeable in most ways and admirable in some, but a lack of bottom-end rigour hampers the big Marantz

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  5. Musical Fidelity X-Ray v8/X-DAC v8

    Musical Fidelity X-Ray v8/X-DAC v8

    Musical, Ergonomic issues aside, this is an excellent player for the money, and it’s a must-hear product

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  7. Accustic Arts Drive 1 Mk2/DAC 1 Mk4

    Accustic Arts Drive 1 Mk2/DAC 1 Mk4

    A great-sounding combination that just needs a little extra bite to become a total all-rounder

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  8. Marantz CD5003

    Marantz CD5003

    Marantz has replaced its CD5001 with the CD5003, a subtle but effective upgrade of the original player in a sharp new set of clothes

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  9. Arcam FMJ CD17

    Arcam FMJ CD17

    Arcam's FMJ CD17 is a CD player of many talents, namely detail and finesse but it's slightly lacking in excitement

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  10. Cyrus CD 6 SE

    Cyrus CD 6 SE

    This stunning player from Cyrus has a gorgeous sonic character all of its own

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  11. Advance Acoustic MCD-403 and MDA-503

    Advance Acoustic MCD-403 and MDA-503

    This DAC/transport combo is competitively priced, but struggles to impress

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