Stereo Compact Disc Player (1995-99)
Disc format: CD
Digital converter: CXD2562Q
CD Mechanism: KSS-213B
Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic range: 100dB
Total harmonic distortion: 0.0023%
Line output: 2V
Digital outputs: optical
Dimensions: 430 x 125 x 345mm
Accessories: remote commander
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Reviewed Jun 19th, 2016 by tjs129
Although this was the entry level ES player for its year, it is a very high standard CD player & perhaps one of the last of a golden era.
The THD/SNR specs for the whole ES range were something pretty special, especially compared to a lot of the players that were passed off as hi fi from 2000 onwards.
Build quality is also stellar despite being lower than early 90s ES.
Open up some of the Arcam stuff of the same era and the whole power supply sits on a PCB with everything else - here it takes up 1/3 of the case and is properly separated.
The transformer itself weighs over a kilo - probably more than many amplifiers!
These players are probably a little bright for some tastes, but they bring out detail in spades.
At first it seems as though bass is lacking too, until you realise the player is true to the source - modern mixes have plenty of bass while with older music the effect is more subtle.
I also own a Denon DCD-S10 which is supposed to compete with the legendary XA7ES.
At first it was magic compared to the 2, but I put in bigger Nichicon caps throughout the power supply, faster diodes, and a big fat mains cable & now it's pretty close!