Pathos Digit review

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 Tested at £1995.00

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Our Verdict

Pathos’s entry-level CD player is a great one: it’s up there with the very best at this price

For

  • A sweet and involving sound
  • loads of detail
  • excellent build and finish

Against

  • Poor remote handset
  • odd proportions won’t suit all kit supports

Style and sound quality make uncomfortable bedfellows in the world of hi-fi. The best-looking kit usually doesn't sound great, while magical sonics invariably mean looks that only a mother (or the designer) could love.

Italian brand Pathos is one of the few that manages to combine style with real substance; the Digit CD player has the kind of understated elegance and visual individuality that most rivals would kill for. Placed alongside the company's Classic One III integrated amplifier – surely the natural partner – and you have a system with looks classy enough to have interior designers swooning.

Verve, bite and rhythmic integrity
And the Digit sounds great. This is a very sweet-sounding player. Like other Pathos equipment we've reviewed, this player never veers off into excess warmth, despite using valves. It's fast and detailed without ever becoming unnecessarily aggressive, even when provoked by rough sounding recordings like those from Arctic Monkeys.

Given a disc such John Williams's Jurassic Park OST or the hard-hitting Shock Value from Timbaland, this Pathos delivers a sound packed with verve, bite and a rhythmic integrity that's hard to better for the money.

Add the company's excellent build and finish and we can forgive small matters such as the crummy remote – most rivals are no better – and the lack of front-panel labelling. The Digit's narrow but deep proportions may make siting difficult on some of the smaller equipment supports, too.

This is a top-class machine. The established rivals should be worried.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.pathosacoustics.com
Brand NamePathos
Product TypeCD Player
ManufacturerPathos Acoustics
Manufacturer Part NumberDigit
Product NamePathos Digit
Product ModelDigit

Technical Information

Media SupportedCD-R - Play
Disc Capacity1
Formats SupportedCD-DA

Power Description

Input Voltage120 V AC, 230 V AC

Physical Characteristics

Width230 mm
Depth460 mm
Weight Approximate9 kg
Height85 mm
Dimensions85 mm (H): 230 mm (W): 460 mm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

Interfaces-Ports2 x XLR Audio Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Stereo Audio Line Out - Rear, 1 x S/PDIF Out - Rear