1. Cairn Tornado

    Cairn Tornado

    This French-built CD player delivers an exciting, dynamic sound but the treble can sound bright and build quality is a tad flimsy

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  2. Bryston BCD-1

    Bryston BCD-1

    The Bryston makes a strong case with both its ability to involve the listener and its versatility with music

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  3. Moon CD-1

    Moon CD-1

    What the CD-1 lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in power and drive. This is a bold-sounding player

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  4. Plinius CD-101

    Plinius CD-101

    This Plinius CD player/amplifier is pretty much unbeatable for the money. Dynamic, punchy and enthusiastic – this gets to the heart of the music

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  5. Pathos Digit

    Pathos Digit

    The Pathos can take on any hard-driving tune and leave the ring without a scratch. Well-crafted player with verve and a rhythmic bite

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  7. NAD C515BEE

    NAD C515BEE

    The NAD fights its corner convincingly: robust build, disciplined soundstage and stunning levels of depths. But it needs to learn to cut loose occasio

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  8. Classe CDP-102

    Classe CDP-102

    This is a very capable high-end CD player that need fear no rival. Add in excellent build, elegant styling and new-age usability – and it’s a must-aud

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  9. Cairn Fog 3

    Cairn Fog 3

    It’s weird, quirky and sometimes downright frustrating – but the Fog 3 is one of the most natural-sounding CD players you’ll ever hear

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  10. Cambridge Audio Azur 340C

    Cambridge Audio Azur 340C

    The Azur 340C's energetic delivery is one of its strengths, though it can go OTT at times, losing some detail in the process

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  11. Rega Apollo

    Rega Apollo

    With more style, sharpness and sense of timing than James Bond, the Rega Apollo has it all to give

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