Digital sources

AYON CD-35 Signature SACD

AYON CD-35 Signature SACD

The CD-35 is one of the most versatile digital players available. In its “Signature” version (the one we used throughout this review) it replaces a CD and an SACD player, a highly capable DAC, and an excellent preamplifier. Thus the ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
91%
AUDIOLAB 8300CD

AUDIOLAB 8300CD

The 8300CD is a preamplifier, a CD player and a DAC (ESS Sabre), all in one neat package. Audiolab offers 8300MB monoblocks that are half-width of the 8300CD so the two monos and one source component create a compact high end system. ...

Recommended resellers

Horn Distribution, Praha, +420 272 656 485

Sound
44%
AUDIOQUEST Dragonfly Red

AUDIOQUEST Dragonfly Red

The original USB DAC of Audioquest happened to be a small revolution back in 2012. Four years later there are already more newborn dragonflies – v1.2, Black and Red. This review is focusing on the latest Red version that has ...

Recommended resellers

AQ s.r.o., Červenka, tel. +420 585 342 232

Sound
48%
ACCUPHASE DP-720 SACD

ACCUPHASE DP-720 SACD

Accuphase engineers further expanded on the features that had made their   DP-900/DC-900 transport/DAC combo so phenomenal - the result is the one-box DP-720. This player is built with almost fanatical attention to detail. The ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
94%
ACCUPHASE DG-58

ACCUPHASE DG-58

The Accuphase DG-58 is a 4th generation 'voicing equalizer' of Japanese manufacturer. The device won me over with its impeccable finish, top notch operation and a friendly user interface. It comes in traditional satin gold with high ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
98%
C.E.C. CD5

C.E.C. CD5

The CD5's biggest achievement is that you can listen to it without getting tired the whole day. And - I believe - this is quite exceptional. How many components that make an impression at a seller are found tiring and far from ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
66%
VAN MEDEVOORT CD460/DA468

VAN MEDEVOORT CD460/DA468

These devices do not employ breakthrough technologies or revolutionary topology, rather they are built around reliable solutions and with attention to detail. Such components can be found in a mastering studio rather than in ...

Recommended resellers

Audio Ranny, Praha, tel. +420 777 003 134

Sound
81%
SOULUTION 541 SACD

SOULUTION 541 SACD

After reading rave reviews I expected to be blown away by the digital solution from Soulution. My audio beliefs were supposed to be smashed, my benchmarks redefined and my mind left computing how much money I need to withdraw from my ...

Recommended resellers

RP Audio, Ostrava, tel. +420 737 366 831

Sound
90%
PRO-JECT CD Box - DAC Box RS

PRO-JECT CD Box - DAC Box RS

The boxes of Pro-Ject's Box Design are very compact and can be stacked like LEGO bricks: phono preamps, headphone amps, integrated amps, preamps and power amps, monoblocks, docking stations, D/A converters and USB DACs, media boxes, ...

Recommended resellers

AQ s.r.o., Červenka, tel. +420 585 342 232

Sound
50%
AYON CD-5s

AYON CD-5s

The Ayon CD-5s is not a revolutionary different CD player from Ayon CD-07s which we used as a benchmark. However, its topology and component base are fine tuned to perfection plus a bit of high-end attractivity is thrown into the ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
77%
AYON CD-07s

AYON CD-07s

Smooth liquidity is another typical element of the Ayon sound. The sound is analog-like, viscose, fluid, flowing, smooth. You may as well discard all these adjectives and replace them with the single formulation: the Ayon is a ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
63%
ESOTERIC K-05 SACD

ESOTERIC K-05 SACD

The K-05 SACD player is the show case of Japanese precision: beautiful proportions, slim sihouette, elegant casing and near to perfect physiology. In Japan they know exactly where to place a button not to spoil the elegance. They ...

Recommended resellers

Hifi Store, Praha, 603 460 675

Sound
75%
DEVIALET D-Premier

DEVIALET D-Premier

The square-shaped D-Premier (40x40cm) looks - with its thickness of only 50mm - like a modern bathroom scale, not like an audio device. And on closer inspection it proves that it  really is different from what we consider to ...

Recommended resellers

 BIS Audio, Zvolen, tel. +421 455 400 703

Sound
78%
PRIMALUNA ProLogue Classic

PRIMALUNA ProLogue Classic

Excellence is a habit, not a single act. The headline is borrowed from PrimaLuna’s promotional vocabulary, in this particular case it is not far away from truth, indeed. With the PrimaLuna ProLogue Classic CD player there is a lot of ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Kohut Audio, Košice, tel. +421 905 642 156

Sound
71%
LUXMAN D-05 SACD

LUXMAN D-05 SACD

The spell that the Luxman casts is irresistible. Stop, have a listen, touch its silver chassis, savour its craftsmanship - everything is balanced close to perfection. The D-05 is 40% cheaper than Luxman's D-06 SACD player yet it ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

 

Sound
74%
PRIMARE CD32

PRIMARE CD32

What we have here is a brand new Primare that can be characterized as a highly detailed device - almost studio-like - that can play back music with enthusiasm and passion. With an elegant nonchalance the player extract the ...

Recommended resellers

Platan Audio, Hlohovec / Bratislava, tel. +421 905 409 802

Sound
64%
T+A K8 BluRay HD Receiver

T+A K8 BluRay HD Receiver

The K8 is a very versatile piece of equipment. It works as a CD/SACD player, a video processor, a receiver, a streaming client, a surround decoder, an interface for iPod and USB media, a preamplifier, a multimedia control center and ...

Recommended resellers

Superhifi, Olomouc, tel. +420 608 752 475

Sound
90%
BMC Audio BD CD1/DAC1

BMC Audio BD CD1/DAC1

If you have a chance to start on a blank page, i.e. to build your system, start here. Out of the blue I was transported to a complete different universe, the universe with sparkling air, pure water, clear sky and the universe lit ...

Recommended resellers

Iryson, Kvetoslavov, SK, tel. +421 903 418 345

Sound
78%
EMM LABS TSD1/DAC2

EMM LABS TSD1/DAC2

Just to make sure that I was not just dreaming I used a mid-priced CD player to see whether there could be such a difference between two digital players. It was, the sound became detached, uninspiring and orchestral fortissimo turned ...

Recommended resellers

HI-FI studio TYKON, Ostrava, tel. +420 723 449 894

Sound
86%
BEHRINGER Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496

BEHRINGER Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496

The Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 is a mastering processor – its role is in fine tuning recordings before they are sent to a “printing” house. On top of that it is a very useful tool for concert PA systems as it helps suppress feedbacks, ...

Recommended resellers

Audiopro, Praha, tel. +420 777 238 283

Sound
87%
C.E.C. TL-51XR

C.E.C. TL-51XR

Perfection is a rule, not exception. This is how Japanese C.E.C. classifies itself. It is not that far away from truth. The player's sound is very alive and misses all the artifacts that are normally linked to 'digital'. ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
62%
LUXMAN D-06 SACD

LUXMAN D-06 SACD

The Luxman D-06 is like a music instrument feeding a listener’s ears with what they love: shimmering highs, ponderous lows, supersweet mids, spacious soundstage with ample details and expanding dynamics. It is tuned slightly towards ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

 

Sound
78%
YAMAHA CD-S2000 SACD

YAMAHA CD-S2000 SACD

The local Yamaha's dealer website contains one nice sentence: „Many music collectors recollect the old good stereo times with sentiment. The amplifiers used to have only 2 channel and listening to vinyl was a late night ritual, ...

Recommended resellers

K+B Expert, Praha tel. +420 272 122 259

Sound
31%
XINDAK Muse Deluxe 1.0 CD

XINDAK Muse Deluxe 1.0 CD

They advance fast in the 'land of tyger' so it is not surprise that also hi-fi brands like Xindak have already built credibility. Xindak does not try to copy others and since 1988 when the company was established it has earned good ...

Recommended resellers

HTP s.r.o., tel: +420 606346822, +420 222715959

Sound
31%
CANOR CD2 VR Plus

CANOR CD2 VR Plus

Some days are painted in shades of grey and do not induce a lot of happines. This year's winter is full of them. Therefore it is very pleasing to meet the devices that bring light and joy and that make life fun again. If the rear ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

CANOR, Prešov, tel. +421 517 710 396

Sound
52%
SONY XA-5400ES

SONY XA-5400ES

The Sony image fades like an old photography in the audiophile community. And this is pity as the XA5400ES is a very good CD player, great SACD player and amazing multichannel player. On top it is absolute bargain at its asking ...

Recommended resellers

Sony Czech, Praha

Sound
67%
USHER CD-7

USHER CD-7

The CD-7's sound is both attractive and addictive. Though it is still an entry-level player it does sound smooth and analogue. If your preference is listening comfort instead of sonic dissection the CD-7 may be the right player for ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

PP HiFi Studio, Otrokovice, tel. +420 603 581 305

Sound
36%
BRYSTON BCD-1

BRYSTON BCD-1

The BCD-1 is not an extravagant colourist like Musical Fidelity or Meridian - it does not deliver deep soundstage and rich tonality. Expect rather a lightning fast and accurate player that extracts the information from silver discs ...

Recommended resellers

HiFi Store, Praha, tel. +420 283 871 462

Sound
49%
COPLAND CDA 823

COPLAND CDA 823

The music is full of spark and energy through the CDA 823. Different percussive, ringing and rattling instruments are the right food for this player that also excels with voices. There are players that are more emotional than the ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
47%
AYRE Cx-7e

AYRE Cx-7e

This Ayre digital player is a very pragmatically designed device that does one thing particularly well: plays music. Originally conceived to complement the Ayre's amplfier catalogue the Cx-7e exceeded our expectations and maybe ...

Recommended resellers

Platan Audio, Hlohovec / Bratislava, tel. +421 905 409 802

Sound
71%
MUSICAL FIDELITY A5

MUSICAL FIDELITY A5

The A5 builds on success of Musical Fidelity's Nu-Vista range. The musicality and immediacy is what makes the A5 so involving - its sound is rich, colourful and smooth. I would not say it is 'high fidelity' as the sound favours ...

Sound
45%
BLUENOTE Stibbert Tube

BLUENOTE Stibbert Tube

The Stibbert's purpose is to make listening pleasure not to analyze music. It is a warm, round and ear-friendly player that brings back the old good days when vinyl was the king. However, its resolving capabilities left the Stibbert ...

Sound
41%
PIONEER PD-D9 vs PD-D6

PIONEER PD-D9 vs PD-D6

Pioneeru has made it again with both the players. Especially the PD-D9 can challenge successfully any player in the one-thousand-euro price level. I am convinced that the aspirations of the PD-D9 may in fact be even higher - not a ...

Recommended resellers

Basys CS, Praha tel. +420 234 706 700

Sound
43%
CARAT C57

CARAT C57

The French Carat represents the entry level of audio players. It is a well-thought device that performs better than its low asking price tag suggests and as such it has our highest recommendation.

Recommended resellers

Excelia HiFi, Chrudim, tel. +420 724 00 77 44

Sound
34%

AYON CD-35 Signature SACD

The CD-35 is one of the most versatile digital players available. In its “Signature” version (the one we used throughout this review) it replaces a CD and an SACD player, a highly capable DAC, and an excellent preamplifier. Thus the ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
91%

AUDIOLAB 8300CD

The 8300CD is a preamplifier, a CD player and a DAC (ESS Sabre), all in one neat package. Audiolab offers 8300MB monoblocks that are half-width of the 8300CD so the two monos and one source component create a compact high end system. ...

Recommended resellers

Horn Distribution, Praha, +420 272 656 485

Sound
44%

AUDIOQUEST Dragonfly Red

The original USB DAC of Audioquest happened to be a small revolution back in 2012. Four years later there are already more newborn dragonflies – v1.2, Black and Red. This review is focusing on the latest Red version that has ...

Recommended resellers

AQ s.r.o., Červenka, tel. +420 585 342 232

Sound
48%

ACCUPHASE DP-720 SACD

Accuphase engineers further expanded on the features that had made their   DP-900/DC-900 transport/DAC combo so phenomenal - the result is the one-box DP-720. This player is built with almost fanatical attention to detail. The ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
94%

ACCUPHASE DG-58

The Accuphase DG-58 is a 4th generation 'voicing equalizer' of Japanese manufacturer. The device won me over with its impeccable finish, top notch operation and a friendly user interface. It comes in traditional satin gold with high ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
98%

C.E.C. CD5

The CD5's biggest achievement is that you can listen to it without getting tired the whole day. And - I believe - this is quite exceptional. How many components that make an impression at a seller are found tiring and far from ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
66%

VAN MEDEVOORT CD460/DA468

These devices do not employ breakthrough technologies or revolutionary topology, rather they are built around reliable solutions and with attention to detail. Such components can be found in a mastering studio rather than in ...

Recommended resellers

Audio Ranny, Praha, tel. +420 777 003 134

Sound
81%

SOULUTION 541 SACD

After reading rave reviews I expected to be blown away by the digital solution from Soulution. My audio beliefs were supposed to be smashed, my benchmarks redefined and my mind left computing how much money I need to withdraw from my ...

Recommended resellers

RP Audio, Ostrava, tel. +420 737 366 831

Sound
90%

PRO-JECT CD Box - DAC Box RS

The boxes of Pro-Ject's Box Design are very compact and can be stacked like LEGO bricks: phono preamps, headphone amps, integrated amps, preamps and power amps, monoblocks, docking stations, D/A converters and USB DACs, media boxes, ...

Recommended resellers

AQ s.r.o., Červenka, tel. +420 585 342 232

Sound
50%

AYON CD-5s

The Ayon CD-5s is not a revolutionary different CD player from Ayon CD-07s which we used as a benchmark. However, its topology and component base are fine tuned to perfection plus a bit of high-end attractivity is thrown into the ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
77%

AYON CD-07s

Smooth liquidity is another typical element of the Ayon sound. The sound is analog-like, viscose, fluid, flowing, smooth. You may as well discard all these adjectives and replace them with the single formulation: the Ayon is a ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Sound
63%

ESOTERIC K-05 SACD

The K-05 SACD player is the show case of Japanese precision: beautiful proportions, slim sihouette, elegant casing and near to perfect physiology. In Japan they know exactly where to place a button not to spoil the elegance. They ...

Recommended resellers

Hifi Store, Praha, 603 460 675

Sound
75%

DEVIALET D-Premier

The square-shaped D-Premier (40x40cm) looks - with its thickness of only 50mm - like a modern bathroom scale, not like an audio device. And on closer inspection it proves that it  really is different from what we consider to ...

Recommended resellers

 BIS Audio, Zvolen, tel. +421 455 400 703

Sound
78%

PRIMALUNA ProLogue Classic

Excellence is a habit, not a single act. The headline is borrowed from PrimaLuna’s promotional vocabulary, in this particular case it is not far away from truth, indeed. With the PrimaLuna ProLogue Classic CD player there is a lot of ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Kohut Audio, Košice, tel. +421 905 642 156

Sound
71%

LUXMAN D-05 SACD

The spell that the Luxman casts is irresistible. Stop, have a listen, touch its silver chassis, savour its craftsmanship - everything is balanced close to perfection. The D-05 is 40% cheaper than Luxman's D-06 SACD player yet it ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

 

Sound
74%

PRIMARE CD32

What we have here is a brand new Primare that can be characterized as a highly detailed device - almost studio-like - that can play back music with enthusiasm and passion. With an elegant nonchalance the player extract the ...

Recommended resellers

Platan Audio, Hlohovec / Bratislava, tel. +421 905 409 802

Sound
64%

T+A K8 BluRay HD Receiver

The K8 is a very versatile piece of equipment. It works as a CD/SACD player, a video processor, a receiver, a streaming client, a surround decoder, an interface for iPod and USB media, a preamplifier, a multimedia control center and ...

Recommended resellers

Superhifi, Olomouc, tel. +420 608 752 475

Sound
90%

BMC Audio BD CD1/DAC1

If you have a chance to start on a blank page, i.e. to build your system, start here. Out of the blue I was transported to a complete different universe, the universe with sparkling air, pure water, clear sky and the universe lit ...

Recommended resellers

Iryson, Kvetoslavov, SK, tel. +421 903 418 345

Sound
78%

EMM LABS TSD1/DAC2

Just to make sure that I was not just dreaming I used a mid-priced CD player to see whether there could be such a difference between two digital players. It was, the sound became detached, uninspiring and orchestral fortissimo turned ...

Recommended resellers

HI-FI studio TYKON, Ostrava, tel. +420 723 449 894

Sound
86%

BEHRINGER Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496

The Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 is a mastering processor – its role is in fine tuning recordings before they are sent to a “printing” house. On top of that it is a very useful tool for concert PA systems as it helps suppress feedbacks, ...

Recommended resellers

Audiopro, Praha, tel. +420 777 238 283

Sound
87%

C.E.C. TL-51XR

Perfection is a rule, not exception. This is how Japanese C.E.C. classifies itself. It is not that far away from truth. The player's sound is very alive and misses all the artifacts that are normally linked to 'digital'. ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
62%

LUXMAN D-06 SACD

The Luxman D-06 is like a music instrument feeding a listener’s ears with what they love: shimmering highs, ponderous lows, supersweet mids, spacious soundstage with ample details and expanding dynamics. It is tuned slightly towards ...

Recommended resellers

CZ: Navrátil Audio, Havířov, tel. +420 737 821 360

SK: Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

 

Sound
78%

YAMAHA CD-S2000 SACD

The local Yamaha's dealer website contains one nice sentence: „Many music collectors recollect the old good stereo times with sentiment. The amplifiers used to have only 2 channel and listening to vinyl was a late night ritual, ...

Recommended resellers

K+B Expert, Praha tel. +420 272 122 259

Sound
31%

XINDAK Muse Deluxe 1.0 CD

They advance fast in the 'land of tyger' so it is not surprise that also hi-fi brands like Xindak have already built credibility. Xindak does not try to copy others and since 1988 when the company was established it has earned good ...

Recommended resellers

HTP s.r.o., tel: +420 606346822, +420 222715959

Sound
31%

CANOR CD2 VR Plus

Some days are painted in shades of grey and do not induce a lot of happines. This year's winter is full of them. Therefore it is very pleasing to meet the devices that bring light and joy and that make life fun again. If the rear ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

CANOR, Prešov, tel. +421 517 710 396

Sound
52%

SONY XA-5400ES

The Sony image fades like an old photography in the audiophile community. And this is pity as the XA5400ES is a very good CD player, great SACD player and amazing multichannel player. On top it is absolute bargain at its asking ...

Recommended resellers

Sony Czech, Praha

Sound
67%

USHER CD-7

The CD-7's sound is both attractive and addictive. Though it is still an entry-level player it does sound smooth and analogue. If your preference is listening comfort instead of sonic dissection the CD-7 may be the right player for ...

Recommended resellers

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

PP HiFi Studio, Otrokovice, tel. +420 603 581 305

Sound
36%

BRYSTON BCD-1

The BCD-1 is not an extravagant colourist like Musical Fidelity or Meridian - it does not deliver deep soundstage and rich tonality. Expect rather a lightning fast and accurate player that extracts the information from silver discs ...

Recommended resellers

HiFi Store, Praha, tel. +420 283 871 462

Sound
49%

COPLAND CDA 823

The music is full of spark and energy through the CDA 823. Different percussive, ringing and rattling instruments are the right food for this player that also excels with voices. There are players that are more emotional than the ...

Recommended resellers

High-End Audio Studio, Praha, tel. +420 224 256 844

Sound
47%

AYRE Cx-7e

This Ayre digital player is a very pragmatically designed device that does one thing particularly well: plays music. Originally conceived to complement the Ayre's amplfier catalogue the Cx-7e exceeded our expectations and maybe ...

Recommended resellers

Platan Audio, Hlohovec / Bratislava, tel. +421 905 409 802

Sound
71%

MUSICAL FIDELITY A5

The A5 builds on success of Musical Fidelity's Nu-Vista range. The musicality and immediacy is what makes the A5 so involving - its sound is rich, colourful and smooth. I would not say it is 'high fidelity' as the sound favours ...

Sound
45%

BLUENOTE Stibbert Tube

The Stibbert's purpose is to make listening pleasure not to analyze music. It is a warm, round and ear-friendly player that brings back the old good days when vinyl was the king. However, its resolving capabilities left the Stibbert ...

Sound
41%

PIONEER PD-D9 vs PD-D6

Pioneeru has made it again with both the players. Especially the PD-D9 can challenge successfully any player in the one-thousand-euro price level. I am convinced that the aspirations of the PD-D9 may in fact be even higher - not a ...

Recommended resellers

Basys CS, Praha tel. +420 234 706 700

Sound
43%

CARAT C57

The French Carat represents the entry level of audio players. It is a well-thought device that performs better than its low asking price tag suggests and as such it has our highest recommendation.

Recommended resellers

Excelia HiFi, Chrudim, tel. +420 724 00 77 44

Sound
34%