Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 CD Player
The CD10 has been designed from scratch by our London-based design team, using our "Sound First" design principles to maximise audio quality and minimise cost and clutter, with no unnecessary elements and premium components throughout. The sole purpose of the CD10 is reproducing music from CD immaculately. RETAIL: $399.
$349 (open box)
The player is built around a top-notch Wolfson 8761 digital-to-analogue converter found in far pricier players. And we've added other quality components, including a two-pole Butterworth filter to cut out noise smoothly, as well as ultra-short signal path board design minimising noise, to create a true music-lover's machine.
Our "Sound First" principles even apply to the casing. While most budget CD players hide a plastic case behind their metal fronts, our audio-obsessed design team insisted on an all-metal case to match the minimalist front display, minimise vibration and maximise music purity.
For a truly fully-featured CD player, theCD10 can even extract maximum quality from MP3, MP3 Pro and WMA files on CD, plus there's a digital output to connect to a standalone DAC or soundcard.
By focussing solely on the things that make music sound so good that it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and cutting extra cost and clutter, we aim to deliver the best-sounding system at this price you'll ever hear. We believe, for instance, that multi-channel surround sound codecs and Blu-ray laser capabilities in a hi-fi disc player at this price adds complexity, introduces noise and reduces the budget for key components. That's why the CD10 is a pure stereo CD player. And that means better sounding music. After all, your music is our passion.
Our designers chose a solidly built, all-metal case, carefully damped to minimise vibration and maximise music purity. That's rare at this budget.
Wolfson 8761 DAC
This premium-quality digital-to-analogue converter draws incredible detail out of every type of music.
2-pole Butterworth filter
This kills high frequency noise, introduced by circuitry like DACs, without cutting out any of the good stuff that you do want to hear. It's also more consistent than rival filters, so it won't make some frequencies artificially louder or introduce time delays. The result, as ever with Cambridge Audio, is better, cleaner sound.
For recording from CD directly to digital media or even upgrading in the future by putting the signal through a standalone DAC like our DacMagic.
Ultra-short signal paths
Circuit boards and DAC stages use surface mounts on both sides, keeping signal paths as short as possible and eliminating wire links. This minimises noise or distortion introduced to the audio signal.
As well as audio CDs, you can play home-recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs packed with digital music in MP3, MP3 Pro and WMA formats.
Vacuum fluorescent display
These bright, backlit displays are readable from the other side of the room.