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Sony SCD-XE800

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  1. Testfreaks.33053966
    10/10
    Whodoyaluv
    9 July 2012

    This CD player was bought as a replacement for my 2002 model Sony CDP-XE570 which was a What HiFi 5 star rated product back in the early noughties and I am delighted with it because it sounds far, far better. It was not bought because I needed a SACD player (I only have 1 SACD) but to play my normal CD's and it does this superbly in comparison to what was a well rated CD player just 10 years ago. Vocals are particularly good and this CD player really does have good instrument separation quality to the sound as well as creating a very unfiltered and natural sound. This player comes across with a real authority and depth in its reproduction of what the artists original recordings really intended, avoiding the sterophonic hollowness present in many budget CD players, which employ it to conceal their average at best reproduction. If you frequently play compressed, lower quality copied CD's or downloaded music this player is easily good enough to unmask and reveal it and the sound you get may well disappoint.

    The remote control is short and broad with very few buttons which are well spaced but it is very low on funtions which suits me fine, the weakness of this product lies in its agricultural mechanism, which is very clunky and noisy in comparison to the Sony 570 it replaced and even the Technics 390 I had before that. It makes a clunky click as soon as power is put on at the wall and another when the power button on the CD player itself is pressed, upon the opening and closing of the CD tray sounds like a ultra budget DVD player clunking and noisily reading a disc.

    If you place sound quality above minor noises prior to playing then this may well be the CD player for you, it reproduces a depth of sound detail equalling if not bettering a few mid/higher end £300+ CD players I have heard (Nad, Rotel, Yamaha) and can be yours for around £150 if you are prepared to shop around. A no frills audiophile mega bargain with few vices musically but some rough edges in areas where it doesnt really matter anyway.

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Sony SCD-XE800

The Sony SCD-XE800 is a CD player that supports CD-R and CD-RW playback and has a multilevel SADAC digital analog converter. It also features a VC24 plus digital filter type, Multi Channel Management, 20 Music Calendar, 8 D/A Converters, Super Audio CD–Text, and supports a off centre insulator mechanism. It also features functions such as Custom Edit / Custom File, and has a one CD storage capacity. The Sony SCD-XE800 supports inputs and outputs such as coaxial Digital Output (only CD…

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Sony SCD-XE800

The Sony SCD-XE800 is a CD player that supports CD-R and CD-RW playback and has a multilevel SADAC digital analog converter. It also features a VC24 plus digital filter type, Multi Channel Management, 20 Music Calendar, 8 D/A Converters, Super Audio CD–Text, and supports a off centre insulator mechanism. It also features functions such as Custom Edit / Custom File, and has a one CD storage capacity. The Sony SCD-XE800 supports inputs and outputs such as coaxial Digital Output (only CD) for MD / DAT, optical Digital Output (only CD) for MD / DAT, gold plated line out, headphone, SACD Multichannel Out, Super Audio CD Output, and Super Audio CD Stereo Output. The Sony SCD-XE800 measures 11-5/8 x 3-3/4 x 17 inch and has a 25W power consumption (0W on standby). It weighs 7lb 12oz.

Features

The Sony SCD-XE800 is a SACD player that supports playback of CD-R and CD-RW media formats and is powered by a multilevel SADAC digital analog converter. The Super Audio CD (SACD) was first introduced in 1999, and the SCD-XE800 is specifically marketed as an entry-level device. The player supports both the SACD and conventional CD formats, and has a frequency response of 2Hz-40kHz for SACD format and 2Hz-20kHz for CD playback. The unit also has a dynamic range of over 100dB (SACD)/96dB (CD).

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