Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Quality Construction Good Looks Sounds Expensive
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Value, how much you get for the price you pay.
Summary: Recieved this as an agreed exchange for a marantz cd player which broke under Richer sounds warranty. I've had a sort of love/hate relationship with it. It recognises cds and obeys commands more slowly than it should, and is noisy when loading. This is a shame, as the sound is very decent for the price, and the case is very solid. If I was buying afresh I'd perhaps go a little upmarket (and test the tray mechanism in store).
Summary: My Arcam CD player had reached the end of its life (20 years of good service) and not wanting to spend too much on it's replacement i was persuaded to go with Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10. The exterior of the player is exactly what i want, nicely clean and simple. The disappointment begins as soon as i switch it on and start playing discs. 1) The drawer loads in a very clunky way. 2) It takes nearly 10 seconds to recognise a disc and then another 8 seconds to play it.