Best CD players

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..so whether you want your disc-spinner to function purely as a transport, as a disc-player/streamer or as a multi-format do-it-all, there's a machine here to suit.

CD transport under £500

Cambridge Audio CXC

If you already own a DAC, you can buy this CD transport instead of a standalone player. Trust us, its sound will impress.

Reasons to Buy
Musicality and muscle
Well-built
Simple to use
Good remote control
Reasons to Avoid
It requires an external DAC to become a CD player

CD transport under £1000

Cyrus CD t

This Cyrus CD transport delivers tremendous bang for your buck. At this price, you'll struggle to find the same amount of detail and insight elsewhere.

Reasons to Buy
Superb, near-faultless performance
Exquisite detail, rhythm and precision
Excellent dynamics and cohesion
Backlit remote
Reasons to Avoid
Old-fashioned design and display
Requires external DAC to become a CD player

CD transport under £2000

Cyrus CD Xt Signature

The Xt Signature sounds cleaner, crisper, and more dynamic than anything at the same price. But it's a transport, so you'll need a DAC to partner it with.

Reasons to Buy
Class-leading sound when partnered with a suitable DAC
Superb dynamics
Reasons to Avoid
Agricultural-sounding loading mechanism
Fussy about disc quality

Money-no-object CD transport

Chord Blu MkII

Chord's upscaling CD transport doesn't come cheap, but it sounds fabulous with the right DAC.

SPECIFICATIONS

Upscaling to 768kHz | USB and BNC digital inputs | Top loading

Reasons to Buy
Exceptional insight, dynamics and overall transparency
Well made
Reasons to Avoid
A little clunky in use

CD streamer under £500

Onkyo C-N7050

This Onkyo has a foot in both camps, being both a CD player and music streamer. A truly versatile bit of kit.

Reasons to Buy
Dynamic, lively sound
Crisp detail
Smooth balance
Decent low-end weight and clear highs
Feature-packed
Great budget price
Reasons to Avoid
Limited app availability
Display could be more sophisticated

CD player under £500

Marantz CD6006 UK Edition

With a ton of detail, lots of dynamics and a beautifully clear sound, this is the best CD player available at anywhere close to this money.

SPECIFICATIONS

USB input | Improved components | Digital output off feature

Reasons to Buy
Detail, dynamics and clarity
Surefooted rhythmic drive
Refinement
Fine build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
Looks just like the 'ordinary' version

CD player under £1500

Cyrus CD i

Cyrus's best-sounding CD player to date sets a new standard for sound quality at this price.

Reasons to Buy
Dynamic expression
Rhythmic ability
Entertaining listen
Hugely detailed
Upgrade path
Modern remote
Reasons to Avoid
Dated display
Noisy loading disc

CD player under £2000

Roksan Caspian M2 CD

This Roksan player boasts excellent timing and dynamics, making it one of our favourites.

Reasons to Buy
Combines refinement, bite and rhythmic ability better than anything else we’ve heard at this price level
sonic composure
excellent build
Reasons to Avoid
Some may not like the revised looks

Money-no-object CD player

Marantz SA-10

Not outrageous money by high-end standards, but as accomplished a no-compromise CD player as we've heard.

SPECIFICATIONS

SACD/CD playback | Digital inputs | Balanced XLR output

Reasons to Buy
Refined, informative sound
Fluid dynamics and excellent stereo imaging
Superb DAC section
Excellent connectivity
Terrific build and finish
Reasons to Avoid
iPhone compatibility is limited