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Cambridge Audio CDプレーヤー CXC SLV [Silver]
Delivers stunning CD playback;Works in perfect harmony with the Cambridge CXA60 and CXA80 integrated amplifiers;Engineered to play audio CDs brilliantly;Minimal disc jitter and excellent error correction for the most precise and accurate playback of CDs;Layers of detail and clarity from your disc collection that you've never heard before
I was skeptical that the CXC could sound better than my old Cambridge CD player: it’s just reading 0s and 1s from the CD and sending them to the DAC. But professional and user reviews of the CXC were very positive, and I was impressed by Cambridge’s explanation of the tech that goes into making their newer CD players and transports.
I bought the CXC a month ago, hoping it would get me back into CDs.
I was really impressed with the CXC’s sound. It sounded great out of the box and great after 50 hours of break-in. I thought I could hear great detail in my CDs, especially the particularly well-recorded ones. I thought I could hear more space between the instruments. I was super happy with my purchase decision.
But then I did A/B comparisons between the CXC and my older Cambridge CD player: both used as a transport, both with the same coax cable connection to the integrated amp, listening to the same tracks on both machines.
Guess what? The 2004 Cambridge CD player sounded great, too! I hadn’t really listened to it very closely since acquiring the turntable and the ability to feed FLACs directly to the amp’s excellent DAC.
After lots of A/B comparisons, I think the CXC might sound slightly better on some tracks, but I’m straining to hear the difference.
I’m keeping the CXC and I’m listening to CDs more than before. The CXC mates well with the CXA integrated, being from the same product line and company.
But I caution prospective buyers to beware of the possible bias in reviews (both professional reviews and reviews written by me and my fellow Amazon customers). People who say the CXC sounds incredible maybe have better, more sensitive hearing than me. But another possibility is that they are not comparing the CXC to other options that sound just as good. Or maybe there’s some placebo effect from the fact that Cambridge Audio makes great stuff and the CX line packs a lot of impressive technology and is getting very strong reviews. Or some placebo effect from getting a new component that we’re predisposed to believe is really great.
So, enough about the psychology. Here are some concrete details, they are minor, but you should know about them before making your purchase decision.
A few other reviews say the tray is a bit flimsy. I have a different perspective. The tray in the CXC is exactly the same as the one in my 2004 Cambridge Audio Azur 640C. After 12 years of fairly heavy use, the tray in the 640C continues to work perfectly. So I am not worried about the tray in the CXC at all.
There are some annoyances about the remote included with the CXC.
First, it’s the same remote that’s included with the other components in the CX line, and it has buttons to control them, too. Cambridge is thinking this will be a great convenience to people who buy 2 or 3 CX components. But it makes the remote larger and heavier. And if you buy only the CXC, all these extra buttons are a waste of space and weight.
Second, there are fewer CD playback controls on the CXC remote than on many other CD player remotes. For example, there is no way to jump more than 1 track at a time. On other CD players, the remote has a number pad. If you’re listening to track 2 and you want to jump to track 9, press 9 on the remote. But the CXC remote only has next-track and previous-track buttons. Some classical CDs have more than 2 dozen tracks. That’s a lot of presses to get to the next symphony. Also, the CXC remote has no “remain” button, so you can’t see how much time is remaining in the current track or the disc.
The CXC CD transport is very well-made and sounds very good, to be sure. If you have another component in the Cambridge CX line, the CXC is particularly worth your consideration. The annoyances about the remote shouldn't be a deal-breaker for most people.
But don’t be overoptimistic about how much a transport will improve the sound of your CDs. Whether your CDs sound great or not depends less on the transport and more on the DAC, the amp, and the speakers in your setup.
Some people have commented on the tray. The tray on mine is perfectly aligned and opens / closes perfectly. It is also very quick to start play. All of my CD's have been recognized and will play on the CXC.