1. 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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  2. 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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  3. dCS Scarlatti

    dCS Scarlatti

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

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  4. Marantz SA-7S1

    Marantz SA-7S1

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

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  5. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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