1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  7. Leema Antila

    Leema Antila

    The Leema’s sound is rich without being sanitised, sparkly but never harsh, and punchy without being hard – a near-perfect player

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  8. dCS Scarlatti

    dCS Scarlatti

    This amazing Scarlatti is a strong contender for the title of ‘World’s Best CD Player’

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  9. Marantz SA-7S1

    Marantz SA-7S1

    Detailed, refined but a little too polite to firmly dislodge any fillings

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  10. Pioneer PD-D6-J

    Pioneer PD-D6-J

    Stereo imaging and focus are the Pioneer’s strengths – so despite a few shortcomings (overly polite sound) this is still a stunning performer

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  11. Audionet ART G2

    Audionet ART G2

    Almost monolithic build, yet inside the ART G2 is subtle and detailed. But could do with more character in its sound

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