Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10
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Excellent products and fantastic knowledgable technical staff.
Pros: Everything works perfect
We're not certain how Cambridge Audio squeezed so much performance and great sound into a player at this price, but when it sounds this good, who's asking questions? The CD10's handsome brushed aluminum faceplate is built around a sturdy, all-metal chassis equipped with top-notch hi-fi circuitry. You get a precision transport, dual-sided circuit boards for ultra-short signal paths, and a premium Wolfson digital-to-analog converter (DAC) — all geared to extract every drop of information from your CD library.
"From the first disc to the last the CD10 went about its business without a hitch. Tonally neutral but with a slightly forward middle range, it has enough smoothness and detail to make you think you might have stolen something. Some players convey a flatness, perhaps best described as a lack of color or rhythmic energy. But this player just had an engaging liveliness that kept me focused on the music rather than the clock...the Topaz CD10 is a real standout — a potential MVP".
—Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, September 2010
You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. The full-function remote gives you command of the basics like "play" and "stop," plus direct track access, repeat, random, and program modes from the comfort of your favorite chair. It can even control other Cambridge Audio components, including the Topaz AM10 integrated amplifier.
Perfect for my CD collection. Easy set-up
Jon, Iowa City, IA
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Excellent products and fantastic knowledgable technical staff.
Pros: Everything works perfect
First off this is the third CD player (dedicated to stereo playback) I have owned. The first was an entry level single CD player like this CA Topaz CD10. The second was a Harman Kardon 5 disc player that sounded fine when the tray wasn't malfunctioning. The Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 is a phenomenal player that excels sonically despite it's "bargain basement" price. All the details of any CD are crystal clear, with each voice/instrument being heard. Like it's stablemate, the CA Topaz SR20 receiver, the build is rock solid and in a well crafted metal case. A minimalist player with precise controls and simple remote. I like the fact that the tray comes out and loads slowly; it tells me that I shouldn't have issues with it for a long time to come. There might be gains in CD players costing a great deal more, but I believe they would be barely discernible at best. The unit's DA convertors work as well as the 1 Bit converters on a Phillips laser disc player I owned years ago. Bargain hunters, look no further as you have found your sonic match!
Pros: See above review.
Cons: None as of yet.
Perfect for my CD collection. Easy set-up
Pros: Easy set-up
Cons: There's no. - "on" button on the controller. Not a huge issue.
Good sound for the price ...
Pros: Good sound
Cons: No optical port!!!
It was easy to set up. It works fine. It sounds fine. If anyone asks about it, or needs a new CD player, I will recomend it at Crutchfield. I have good luck with things I have bought at Crutchfield before.
This player inserts a pause between tracks in all play modes. This is fatal for classical music. Think of the transition from the first to the second movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, or, sticking to violin concertos, the transition from the second to the third in the Schumann. The music is continuous, so if the movements are tracked separately it is really just a sort of index. It should still play without interruption from one to the next. With this player, however, the music comes to full stop as one track ends, then resumes a moment later as the next track begins.
Good sounding unit, it does not properly play cd's that have continuous songs etc. it will "skip" or jump to the next track, which is very distracting. Some of my fave cd's are ones tha continuous play so it's very distracting to have that skip happen.
Pros: Good sound, value
Cons: Skips continuous playing cd's
Delivered in three days. Very simple machine with high quality sound reproduction and easy operation. Nice size and looks good, too! Very satisfied!
Pros: Looks good, sounds great, easy to operate
Have you heard of "gapless playback"? Me neither until now. This player will insert a gap (no sound) for a half second in between tracks of music that are meant to segue into each other. I find it very annoying. I've owned many CD players for 30 plus years and never encountered this "feature" until now.
Love the simplicity of this CD player which is paired with the CA Topaz AM10 integrated Amp and a pair of Klipsch KG1 speakers (circa 1991). Basic 2-channel stereo with great sound continues.
Better than I hoped. I've heard people talk about hearing things they couldn't hear before ,now I'm one .Easy to use,and with the price I couldn't happier.
What a disappointment! I had purchased this on a recommendation and was looking forward to getting out my old CD collection. Upon hooking it up, I listened to a song for 1 minute and 14 seconds before it stopped playing. The player read "no disc" for 6 different CDs. I called Crutchfield and they were extremely helpful in emailing me a return slip for UPS. I was just hoping for much better quality after spending so much on a player.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Broke down after 1 minute of playing. Reads "no disc" for each CD I used...my CDs are in great shape and are not in a weird format either. Sad!
Great CD player!!
Sounds good but I had problems with disc sticking. I have to top it on top or the side at times to get it to come out. I did some searching and found may others had the same problem. I contacted Cambridge and they referred me to the seller and wanted nothing to do with supporting the player. My first and last Cambridge purchase. Crutchfield is outstanding as usual.
Pros: Sounds great.
Cons: Disc gets stuck.
With all the (bad) advice to just use my DVD player I was thrilled that the unit recommended by my sales consultant at Crutchfield turned out to be the best simple AND sound decision.
Great CD player and easy to hook up to my Integra receiver.
Pros: Easy to hook up...great sound...
Cons: Moves somewhat slow
Best bang for the buck in a CD player. Second Cambridge Audio CD player I have owned. Pure true sound.
Simple design not a lot of bells and whistles. Sounds great and seems well built!
Sounds good, but is fussy about playing MP3 discs by stopping in mid-play and will not tolerate even slight mars on any disc surface by skipping and eventually shutting down. Your tech referred me to Cambridge support who did not return my calls. Other than that, it is a fine product.
Pros: Fine sound.
Cons: Some glitches in play.
EASY TO OPERATE
Love the Topaz CD10. Simple no extras CD player. Great quality build and great sound. Highly recommend.
First things first, The Crutchfield sales staff is always outstanding. When I started my quest in rebuilding my home stereo system, It was an easy process with the help from my sales team. Its nice to deal with sales people that actually have a good knowledge of the gear they sell.. I started with a pair of mid priced Polk Audio floor standing speakers, Because I simply love the sound and quality that ya get from Polk Audio speakers from past experiences, then I moved into a Cambridge Topaz SR 20 100 watt per channel stereo receiver and naturally I went with the Cambridge Topaz CD 10 disk player. Especially sense I fell in love with the sound that my Cambridge Receiver kicked out. Cambridge audio gear is top notch especially for the price, the build quality and of course there gear sounds fantastic. I'am also using very high end speaker cable by Tara Labs. I already had it, otherwise I'am sure I would of bought my cable from Crutchfield. And yes, great speaker cable does make a difference!! With my new receiver and my new Cambridge Topaz CD10 player, my CD's came alive, outstanding dynamic range and fantastic sound. Hearing things in the recordings that I never experienced before, unbelievable the difference in what quality Hi Fi can make......Thanks to the Crutchfield team for turning me on to GREAT QUALITY HI FI ONCE AGAIN.
Pros: Crutchfield customer service is the best!!! Cambridge audio gear is top notch!!!!!!!!!!! And combinding the two creates magic in my home!!! Thank you very much!!!
For those of you who have considered that CD players are all the same because they are working with a digital signal. NOT TRUE!! The Cambridge D/A converter will change your mind. This player will create a totally new listening experience. Dynamics are more balanced, imaging dramatically improved, and you will hear a blending of all frequencies. This player will make you want to replay all the CD's you have collected. As an entry level machine, the impact of what you will experience is dramatic. I currently run McIntosh amp/preamp and Bozak Symphony speakers. They love this improvement!!
Pros: A great CD machine
Needed to replace a much older Cambridge Audio CD player with a malfunctioning tray door. Got many hours use out of that unit. Have used Cambridge Audio for years. Currently have a 6.1 home theater set up. Quality construction, reliability.
Pros: Superb sound. The DAC brings out every detail the CD has to offer. Excellent build quality.
I got this to replace a Sony CD player that was on its last legs mechanically, and the sound is so much better. I'm delighted with this quality at a very fair price, and am considering another unit for another room in the house.
Pros: Great sound, fair price
I needed to replace a CD player that finally died after about 15yrs of use. The CD10 got onto the short list because I needed a CD player with analogue connections as my amp has no digital inputs. Who needs digital connections. The sound from this CD player is fantastic, especially for the price. Simple to use, no unnecessary bling unit with great sound at a good price.
Pros: Great sound, good price, analogue connections
Cons: A little slow to fire up
great basic CD player. no unnecessary bling buttons to nowhere.
We were looking to replace our 5-disc CD changer which skipped and jumped whenever our young children danced on our (wooden) floors. The Crutchfield Customer Service team was excellent and knowledgable: they guided us toward a single-disc machine (sturdier) and the problem has been eradicated. This Cambridge Audio model is simple and clean, which I love. The open/close/load time is a bit slow, as noted in other reviews, but, honestly, that troubles me not at all. This machine is a step up from the one we previously had, and I wondered if we would hear the difference, even with our same old--old!--speakers. We do. We are really happy with this purchase.
Pros: sleek simple sturdy
I used to think all CD players were about the same. You just needed a laser and a turntable for the disc. Wrong! This one takes the cake, much better than any other CD player I've owned. The DAC is outstanding and makes a clearly audible difference.
While I feel this CD player is a little over priced, it does have better sound and build quality than other budget priced players. I have owned a CA 740C for about 6 years and have been impressed with its performance so decided to go with the CD10 for my Rec room system. While some people are not impressed with the remote I find it easier to handle than the Azur remotes of the more expensive CA units
Pros: Good sound and build quality
Cons: a little over priced
This is an exceptional CD player. Clean, crisp sound. It is well built and very simple in design. A good deal.
Pros: Great sound quality, simple, very small in size.
Cons: The remote is a little flimsy.
The Cambridge Audio CD10 is a quality player with sound beyond the low price. The fit and finish is superb and pretty much unheard of in this price range. I have two stereo systems in my listening room and I bought this cd player as a replacement for an ancient Fisher AD-Z1 that is having some disc reading and playback problems that I was using in a setup containing a Pioneer Elite A-35R and a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 601 S3 speakers. The interconnects are Chorus II and the speaker cables are Soundstage both by Straightwire. I initially used Audioquest Golden Gate interconnects that I bought to work with another system and found them to contribute to a richer sound than that exhibited by the Straightwire cables. So at least to my ears the CD10 responds differently based on what kind of interconnects you use. I know that some people do not like the basic remote but I love it. It is small and no frills which is what I like. It would have been nice to have a brushed metal finish to match the front of the player.
Pros: Quality Construction Good Looks Sounds Expensive
Cons: Noisy tray mechanism Slow to identify discs
This CD player has excellent sound and nice build quality. I like the simplicity and style of the remote.
Pros: Sound, build quality, price.
My old cd player bit the dust so I looked for a moderately priced quality CD player. The improved delta of the specs of significantly more expensive units, just did not justify the added costs. The specs and the price of the Topaz met my criteria. I am very pleased with the sound, the simple function. The process of loading the CD is a bit long..but not really troubling.
Pros: Quality sound, reasonable price
Cons: slow loading of the CD
Player has good sound, big improvement over my old one. Remote came with a dead battery. Remote very flimsy, and I have small hands. Player opens with a long delay and very "jerky" and noisy. My old player (10 years) opens very smooth and can hardly hear it. Expected more sophistication. would recommend it to a friend with reservations.
The difference in the sound in my system was immediate. My brother, a professional musician, walked in and said, "What did you do to those speakers?" I pointed to the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 player, and he said, "Makes those $340 Polk Audio speakers sound like they cost $700." And they built quality into it, the CD drawer opens and closes quietly and discretely. I've owned far more expensive CD players that wore out before their time because the drawer flew open and slammed shut, and the moving parts just quit working. I'm very impressed with this piece of equipment.
Pros: Value, how much you get for the price you pay.
The player has exceptional sound, well pleased so far, but it is only been 2weeks.
|CD Transport Only||No|
Single Disc |
|Direct Track Access||Remote|
|Direct Disc Access||N/A|
|Multiple CD Player Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|CD Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||95 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||---|
|Analog RCA Output||Yes|
|Analog XLR Output||No|
|Digital Optical Output||No|
|Digital Coaxial Output||Yes|
Overview: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player adheres to three core value principles - stunning performance, ease of use, and incredible value. The Cambridge Audio CD10 features a single front-loading tray and rugged chassis. The CD10 utilizes a Wolfson 8761 DAC and double-sided surface-mounted PCBs for premium sound quality. It offers both analog (RCA) and digital (coaxial) outputs. An IR remote is included for wireless operation.
Rugged Chassis Design: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player has been carefully designed with a brushed aluminum front-panel, rigid metal chassis, and dual-layer damped feet to prevent resonance and improve sound quality.
Wolfson 8761 DAC: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player employs a Wolfson Microelectronics WM8761 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for exceptional audio reproduction.
Double-Sided Surface-Mount PCBs: All PCBs (printed circuit boards) use double-sided, full surface mount technology, eliminating wire links and giving ultra-short signal paths for optimum sound quality.
Compatible Discs: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player supports playback of CD-Audio and finalized CD-R or CD-RW discs (8 or 12cm).
MP3/WMA Playback: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player also supports playback of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.
LCD: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a front-panel alphanumeric character LCD which displays CD playback information. When inserting a disc, the CD player will take a few seconds to read the Table of Contents information from the disc. The display will then show the number of tracks on the CD and the total length of the CD.
Direct Track Select: Using the supplied IR remote control's numeric keypad you can select a desired track for direct track access.
Program: Fully programmable CD playback allows unique sequence of up to 20 tracks from one disc.
Skip/Scan: The Cambridge Audio CD player lets you skip (previous/next) between tracks and scan (fast-forward/rewind) within a track.
Repeat/Random: The Cambridge Audio CD10 offers both Repeat (one/all) and Random (on/off) playback functions.
Remote Control: The Cambridge Audio CD10 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The IR remote lets you control playback and search functions of the CD player. The remote control also supports volume and source select functions for Cambridge Audio Topaz receivers and integrated amplifiers.
Analog Output: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a rear-panel analog stereo RCA output for connecting a home stereo receiver (such as the Cambridge Audio SR10), or integrated amplifier (such as the Cambridge Audio AM10).
Digital Output: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a rear-panel S/PDIF coaxial digital output for connecting a digital receiver or an external DAC (such as the Cambridge Audio DacMagic, sold separately).
Detachable Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio compact disc player includes a detachable 6' AC power cord.
D/A Converter: Wolfson Microelectronics WM8761
Filter: 2-pole Butterworth filter
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz (+/- 0.4dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion:
S/N Ratio: >95dB 'A-weighted'
Output Impedance: <500 ohms
Maximum Power Consumption: 15 watts
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