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Technics caters for both streamers and CD spinners with new SA-C600 receiver

Technics SA-C600
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If you aren’t ready to choose between CDs and streaming – you want both, and that’s OK – let us tell you about the latest hi-fi offering from Technics. The SA-C600 is, by name, officially a ‘Compact Network CD Receiver’ – and that tells you pretty much all you need to know about this versatile little machine.

Joining the SB-C600 speaker system launched last September in the company’s now two-strong C600 Series, the SA-C600 combines a top-loading CD player with a generous suite of wi-fi streaming smarts, from built-in Chromecast to Spotify Connect to support for Tidal (MQA included), Deezer and Amazon Music. There’s AirPlay 2 for wireless playback directly from Apple devices, an integrated DAB/FM radio, and even an MM phono input for those who might like to connect their turntable to the receiver (plus an optical input for hooking up a TV or other source).

Technics SA-C600

(Image credit: Technics)

All you need to connect, however, is a pair of speakers, which the SA-C600 will drive with its 60-watts-per-channel amplification. The new receiver might follow a more ‘all-in-one’ ethos than most Technics components, but it still shares much of the familiar Technics DNA. Its proprietary full-digital amp technology is based on the company’s JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-Shaping Optimization) Engine, and Technics has added ‘Space Tune’ room compensation processing with an additional ‘in-shelf’ option to cater for different room placements too.

The Technics SA-C600 will be available in a choice of silver or black from February, priced at £849 (about AU$1600). For CD spinners who also like to stream music, it could well be the ideal solution.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.