Exposure introduces CD player with DAC and unique loader

In 2017, Exposure Electronics launched the ‘XM’ series of hi-fi components, growing to include a phono stage, integrated amplifier, preamplifier, mono power amps and a headphone amp. Allegedly thanks to customer request, the XM line-up now features a CD player. Who said the CD spinner was dead?!

The half-width Exposure XM can be used as a fully-fledged CD player, or solely as a CD transport connected to a preamp or integrated amp thanks to its (24-bit) DAC and digital coaxial and optical outputs. 

Either way, the user doesn’t have to feed their CDs into a slot loader or slide-out tray. Instead, they’re required to place them on the top-loading mechanism that sports a sliding lid and comes with a magnetic clamp. The tactility of playing a vinyl record? Not far off. We just hope potential buyers don't have a rack with short shelves...

Exposure has implemented engineering to get the optimum sound quality from its design, including a crystal clock reference and dedicated power supply regulator for the transport and audio stages, ensuring low jitter performance. 

A large toroidal power transformer has separate windings for CD transport mechanism and audio stages, and the all-aluminium casework and extruded front panel help to control unwanted resonance. The CD display can be turned off using the supplied remote control, too.

The Exposure XM CD player is available now in a choice of black or titanium finishes, costs £1200 and has a 3 year warranty. 

We don't get many CD players through our test rooms doors, but we're always keen to add to our recommended list. Here's hoping the Exposure can make an impression when up against the class-leading Cyrus CDi, then.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, 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 Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.