Best CD player
It isn't cheap, but if you're a CD devotee, the Emotiva ERC-2 single-disc CD player is earning raves for delivering sound quality that outshines other models at or near its price point -- and some say it holds its own against players costing much more. The slot-loading mechanism looks like those in automotive and portable CD players but is designed to handle discs with care. Reviewers say build quality is solid, and the player is backed by a five-year warranty. Disc-format compatibility is limited, however, to CD audio, HDCD, CD-R and CR-RW. This boutique-brand CD player is only available directly from the manufacturer.
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