1. Marantz SA-7S1

    Marantz SA-7S1

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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Lyngdorf CD1

    Lyngdorf CD1

    The Lyngdorf pulls off the tricky feat of combining a weighty and powerful bass with class-leading agility: few rivals manage that

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  5. Cambridge Audio Azur 840C

    Cambridge Audio Azur 840C

    A fine player that offers detail and refinement, but one hard-nosed tune will leave it unsteady on its feet

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  7. Shanling CD-T300

    Shanling CD-T300

    This player certainly stands out, and offers impressive sound. But you'll either love or hate its unusual style

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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