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