Great CD Sound at a Budget Price
You don't have to shell out an arm and a leg for a great sounding CD player, especially if you're looking for a player for that second system in your den or office. Cambridge Audio's Topaz CD10 proves that budget gear can compete with much more expensive components.
With a premium Wolfson digital-to-analog converter, a superior servo system and precision transport, the CD10 will harness every drop of information from your favorite discs and deliver uncompromised signals to your matching Topaz amplifier.
"Even in the face of a daunting reference player like the Audio research CD 5, the $399 Topaz CD10 hardly capitulated," reports Neil Gader in his The Absolute Sound magazine review for September 2010. "Even tasked with feeding source material to a speaker like the $37,000 TAD CR1, its subtractions are essentially benign."
Short Signal Paths for Precision and Clarity
The CD10 is simply poles apart from its rivals thanks to genuine hi-fi circuitry to truly enhance your music experience. Key to these is double-sided surface-mount technology, which has enabled Cambridge Audio's engineers to employ much shorter signal paths for improved precision and clarity.
The Wolfson Microelectronics 8761 is a highly regarded stereo DAC, a sophisticated chipset which is designed to support data input word lengths from 16 to 24-bits and sampling rates up to 192 kHz. Its implementation in the Topaz ensures superb sound quality from both standard CDs and various media files.
The Topaz also uses a two-pole Butterworth filter for signal processing, creating a flat frequency response for highly musical sound.
Plays MP3 and WMA Files, Too
The Topaz plays standard CDs and will read files on CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM discs. It will play your MP3, MP3 Pro, and WMA music files, which allows you to access hours of musical entertainment off a single disc without your having to first convert your computer music files to uncompressed CD format.
The CD10's analog RCA outputs are augmented by a coaxial digital output. The included wireless remote control gives you full armchair operation of the Topaz.
"Even in the face of a daunting reference player like the Audio research CD 5, the $399 Topaz CD10 hardly capitulated. Even tasked with feeding source material to a speaker like the $37,000 TAD CR1, its subtractions are essentially benign."
"Both Topaz are rock solid units that provide a rewarding array of the musical thrills and finesse you'd expect when getting started in the high end. No little leaguers here."
- Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine, September 2010
|Write Your Own Review|
|Manufacturer's publicity lived up to it's promises.|
I was hoping for the best as I purchased my CD10 sight and sound unseen. I'm more than impressed......so far. Singers' voices sound so clear and more 'up front' than I'm used to hearing. The background music is just that and all of the nuances of the vocals are heard with such clarity it blows me away. That's not to say the instrumental tracks are anything less in clarity when it's their turn to have a go. At the price point for the CD10, it's hard to imagine a better buy anywhere and I'm fussy.
|- Raph K, INT|
I wrote the review below. There is something I need to add, because you need to know this before you buy this player. It is programmed to give a couple of seconds of silence between tracks; you can not over ride this. So if this is something you would not like, you need to know this before you pull the trigger. But if you need a player that will do more than red book CD, this is a good one.
|- Marc B, NM|
|Unbelievably well made, for the money...built like a TANK!|
Picked this up for my wifes desktop system. She required something that would play WMA and MP3 files, so she could hear her own recordings. This one fills that bill; no fuss, no muss. No searching for files...you just pop the disk in, it reads the TOC, and starts playing. 1st thing I noticed when I uncrated this thing was how heavy it was! The aluminum front plate is a full cm thats 3/8 inches! thick! The front panel is clean, simple, elegant. No unnecessary buttons or clutter. And the SOUND! It made my wifes little Korean HMD integrated system SING like Ive never heard it! Relaxed, even sound quality with very natural timbres. WHY couldnt entry level CDPs be this good 30 years ago? Good enough, to be considered for your big rig. Id like to steal it and place it in my system to hear how it fares, but I dont think Im going to get it away from her! Make sure you order a Pangea power cable for it at the same time, to save on shipping. Im giving this thing a 5 because it is gives much for so little. Highly recommended.
|- Marc B, NM|
|TOPAZ CD10 BEST IN CLASS|
I was suprised by how well made this budget player from Cambridge is. Thick metal faceplate and the switches are very solid and tactile feeling. Remote is very small but does the job. Sound is excellent in all respects. I was astonished how well this player sounds. With the best sounding CDs there is very little digital fatigue and listening sessions can go on for hours. Soundstage is deep but sound is a little up front. Again with the best recordings you really wont care. I would put this player up against players at around $1000. I am sure that the TOPAZ CD-10 will give them a good run for their money. Highly recommended! *****
|- Ross J, MN|