CD players


£ 1995

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

£ 230

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

£ 2950

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

£ 1995

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

£ 150

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

£ 2495

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

£ 475

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

£ 33000

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

£ 5000

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

£ 350

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