Summary: The Arcam blows away my previous Sony, JVC, and Technics CD players. I am hearing details through my stereo that I completely missed with the Japanese units. Specifically, the high frequencies are balanced instead of being etchy and bright. Also the bass response is is tight and much less muddy. All told, these advantages free up the midrange (where most of the musis resides).
Pros: The Arcam brings the music to life without excessive highs.
Excerpt: I recently had the good fortune to aquire an Arcam 7SE at a very favourable price. So good in fact, that I figured I couldn't afford NOT to buy it. I wasn't looking for a new CD player, in fact I was perfectly happy with my Marantz. Neither have the rather dowdy old-fashioned looks of the Arcams ever appealed to me. So you can trust me when I say that I didn't run home, frantically rip the beast out of it's box, and listen in eager anticipation.
Excerpt: How does such a small company achieve such worldwide appreciation? Simple, Buy this CD player and you'll know! The Alpha 7SE has received praise since it's launch and is still going! I bought mine in a package deal from Richer Sounds, after the 'What Hi-fi' Awards in 1999 in which it achieved the best in category award.
Summary: Habe ihn seit mittlerweile 8 Jahren und hat sehr gute Dinste geleistet. Nach deutlichem Lautsprecher und Verstärker-upgrade ist er aber jetzt das "schwächste" Glied in der Kette. Trotzdem tolle Ware.