CD Players: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Editors of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine
Our AssessmentBritain's What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision reviews lots of CD players, though the emphasis is on high-end options. Many of the CD players discussed are not available in the U.S. Among those that are, the Marantz CD6004 earns Best Buy honors and is named the best inexpensive CD player for 2011. The European edition of the Oppo BDP-95 universal disc player earns a 5-star rating; while it is expensive, editors say that its build quality and performance match its price.
by Editors of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Our AssessmentThis is another site that concentrates on high-end CD players, although some moderately priced CD players are reviewed. The articles are incredibly detailed, perhaps more so than at any other site, and readers who aren't technically inclined can quickly become overwhelmed. The Oppo BDP-95 earns high praise here, including a Best of 2011 award.
by Steve Guttenberg
Our AssessmentCNET doesn't cover higher performing CD players or universal players as part of its typical review line up, but editor Steve Guttenberg does report on them more informally as part of this blog. Articles include reports on the Oppo BDP-95 universal player and the Emotiva ERC-2 high-end CD player, both of which earn praise.
by Contributors to Crutchfield.com
Our AssessmentCrutchfield.com is an established retailer of home and mobile audio/video gear. Users -- many of whom are quite knowledgeable -- can post reviews, and many of the CD players here get a decent amount of feedback. Customer-favorite, staff-pick and budget-friendly CD players are singled out, though the criteria for earning that recognition are not made clear. That said, t he Yamaha CDC-697 5-disc changer -- which is named the customer favorite CD player -- scores the largest number of customer comments, most of them quite positive.
by Editors of Stereophile
Our AssessmentStereophile magazine reviews CD players in detailed articles that include the results of extensive bench and hands-on testing. Like many reviewers of CD players, coverage is skewed toward high-end products priced into the thousands of dollars. That said, a few less expensive CD players sneak by on occasion, including the Marantz CD5004, which one reviewer compares quite favorably to a player seven times as expensive. The Emotiva ERC-2 also draws praise as a budget option that sounds terrific.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is among the better places to read user reviews of CD players. Lots of models are listed, and many get considerable feedback. Sorting tools let you see top-rated choices first, and each listing includes a comparison box featuring the most helpful positive and critical reviews. The biggest negative is that lots of discontinued models are listed, and there's no convenient way to sort portable CD players, table radios with CD players and similar products out of the list, which clutters things. Among CD players, Yamaha CDC-697 CD changers are notable for good ratings following a good amount of feedback.
Home CD Players
by Contributors to JR.com
Our AssessmentJR.com is another good place to read owner-written reviews of CD players. From the summary page, it is possible to see the number of reviews for each model and an overview of the reviews' pros and cons based on specific criteria. We also like that reviewers are asked if they would recommend a specific CD player to a friend. Among CD players, the Teac CDP1260 single-disc player and the Sony CDP-CX355 300-disc changer get the most positive feedback.
by Editors of AVGuide.com
Our AssessmentAVGuide.com is the home of several online and print publications, including Playback and The Absolute Sound. Some content is available free, while other content requires purchasing a PDF download. Reviews are generally well done and authoritative, but finding them can be a chore. Because of that, this is a site best saved for when you've narrowed your choices to a couple of CD-player models. While the site reviews more CD players than many other U.S. reviewers, the focus is squarely on high-end models. Among recent reviews of more "reasonably priced" disc spinners, the Oppo BDP-95 universal player draws a recommended award.
Featured Transport Reviews
by Editors of Audioholics
Our AssessmentAudioholics.com reviews all manner of audio equipment as well as DVD and Blu-Ray players. Though reviews vary greatly in quality, the site's positive evaluation of the Oppo BP-95 is thorough, though overwhelmingly technical at times.
Blu-Ray Top Picks
by Editors of Home Theater magazine
Our AssessmentHome Theater magazine does not focus on CD players, but it has reviewed a number of universal players in comprehensive single-product reviews. An at-a-glance section at the top of each review provides high and low points, and ratings are given for performance, value, features and ergonomics. Some well reviewed choices are stratospherically priced, but the slightly more earth-bound Oppo BDP-95 draws 5-star ratings across the board, gets a Top Pick award and is singled out for its "audiophile analog performance."
by Editors of Audio Video Revolution
Our AssessmentAudio Video Revolution reviews CD players on occasion. Reports are often -- but not always --detailed and backed by hands-on testing. Some, however, are clearly based on promotional literature. Otherwise, comments are balanced, though most of the players reviewed are found to be able performers. Like many sites still reviewing CD players, the focus is on high-end options, though some moderately priced players slip through.
by Editors of EnjoyTheMusic.com
Our AssessmentThis website reviews audio gear in detailed single-product reports. The emphasis is on high-end gear, but less expensive options get coverage on rare occasions. Navigation is difficult as there is no way to see how well a CD player rates or when it was reviewed except by reading the report itself. That said, the site's review of the Oppo BDP-95 as a high-end universal player for audiophiles is incredibly thorough, convincing and enthusiastic. It earns a Best of 2011 award.
CD Players Reviews
by Contributors to AudioReview.com
Our AssessmentAudioReview.com is an independent website where users can post reviews of equipment they own, including CD players. One downside is that while there are tons of players listed here, most have been discontinued. While some old CD players get lots of reviews, current CD players often get fewer reviews than at other sites, though a couple of stratospherically priced CD players do a little better in that regard. On the plus side, posters here can be very technically sophisticated, and the user reviews are well done on occasion, so a stop here could be worthwhile.
Top 7 CD Players and CD Changers
by Robert Silva
Our AssessmentRobert Silva, About.com's guide to home theater, lists his seven top CD players and CD changers. The criteria for making the list are not well explained, testing is not detailed and write-ups are brief, though the snippets are occasionally helpful. Elsewhere on the site, we spotted a more in-depth report on the Onkyo C-S5VL SACD/CD player, which rates well. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Compact Disc Players: Overview and Best CD Players Guide
Our AssessmentThis short review is light on details, but it is written by a classical music aficionado who seems to possess knowledge about a wide range of players. Though pricier players with better performance are available, whether they are worth their premium over the Emotiva ERC-2 is a "personal matter," says "Sebastian." He adds that getting the full advantage of high-end players (costing substantially more than $1,000) requires having the best possible recordings because such players will "ruthlessly" expose lesser discs -- making them sound worse than they do on less-expensive gear.
CD Players and Dedicated Music Transports
by Contributors to AVSForum.com
Our AssessmentAVSForum.com is home to lively discussions about all things audio and video. The CD player sub forum is among the quieter ones on the site, but you can still find some active and lively threads about specific CD players and CD players in general.