The £4100 Lector 707 CD Player, here with the top level power supply, the PSU-7T, is made in Italy, has a valve output stage and a top loading transport. Dominic Marsh and Lionel Payne. put it through its paces.   More »

Onkyo is continuing its tradition of compact hifi with the introduction of three new package systems comprising the flagship CS-N775D Multi-room Receiver System, CS-N575D Multi-room Hi-Fi CD System, and CS-375D CD Receiver System. Onkyo say that they “blend component-grade musicality with effortless operation for people of all ages, especially those less familiar with network audio”. More »

McIntosh has launched their new MCT80 SACD/CD Transport. They want you to “Enjoy your CDs all over again!” More »

T+A of Germany has announced the launch of its new CALA Receiver range – CALA SR and CALA CDR (with CD mechanism). An alternative to separates, the CALA range offers a range of features within a single receiver unit, including compatibility with streaming services (TIDAL, Deezer and qobuz), playback via UPnP network music servers and USB storage media, FM, FM-HD and DAB+ radio, SP/DIF and optical digital inputs, HD Bluetooth connectivity and analogue inputs (including a switchable aux/MM or high output MC turntable input). More »

Metronome of France are launching a new range of products in September. With this new line they are focusing on “high-resolution and network playing”. More »

Dan Worth takes a look at the Innuos Zenith MK2 an all in one streamer, CD ripper and SSD storage unit costing from £2299 depending on storage capacity chosen.   More »

Japanese cable and accessories manufacturer Furutech continue their assault on the various unwanted ‘intruders’ that can get in the way of peak hifi performance. The new destat III aims to eliminate dust and static from analogue and digital media, from audio and video components and, claim Furutech, from pretty much anything. More »

A recording by Astor Piazzolla “the single most important figure in the history of tango” will be the first MQA recording to be released on compact disc in Japan. The album is “A. Piazzolla by Strings and Oboe”, recorded by the UNAMAS Piazzolla Septet and mastered by respected producer and mastering engineer Mick Sawaguchi. More »

Bryston distributor PMC, is introducing the Bryston BCD-3 CD player to the UK audiophile market, to bring the benefits of its “class-leading” CD transport and digital to analogue converter technology to consumers who are still loyal to the CD format. More »

Japanese brand CEC’s belt driven CD transports are legendary in audiophile circles but have had traditionally been out of the reach of most people. The £2600 CEC TL5 CD Transport, sold by Definitive Audio in the UK, puts this exotica much more within the grasp of more people and Janine Elliot couldn’t wait to get her hands on it to review for Hifi Pig. More »

CDs

The CD was a revelation in its day and I even recall one very animated presenter from Tomorrow’s Worldsmearing jam, or was it marmalade, over one of the discs, wiping it off and then playing the disc…But are they worth bothering with now?
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