Posted on 6th February, 2019


“CD is not dead!” screams the press release from Arcam's Cambridge, UK headquarters. The brand has vowed to continue supporting the format which has delivered high-quality musical fidelity now since 1982.

The compact disc was revolutionary at the time given that the 120mm plastic disc could store 80 minutes of uncompressed audio (or 700Mb of data), which by comparison, the typical computer hard drive could only store 10Mb! 

CDs can now be picked up brand new at crazy prices, often for as little as $1, and just like when people started dumping their LP collections with the introduction of CD, now's the time to browse Gumtree and eBay for those big collections. As the resurgence of vinyl continues, we can't help but think about the irony of it all!

Which is why Arcam's new HDA range of integrated amps, and SACD player is good buying right now!

When it comes to hammering out value-for-money amps and an SACD player the calibre of its new SA10 and SA20 integrated amps and CDS50 SACD/CD player, we'd say Arcam has nailed it!

The latter is a well-endowed machine and will handle network streaming duties as well as making sweet sounds spinning SACD or CDs.

Arcam say it's combined SACD/CD CDS50 is the brand's finest spinner it's ever produced, period! 

Arcam backs up this claim by pointing out that an ESS Sabre 9038 Reference DAC technology lurks inside along with a precision re-clocking system and a specially designed power supply.

It will play all disc formats, including SACD, CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW, supports audio file formats including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA, combined with a USB input, and allows streaming through the music life app.

It also features both single-ended and XLR output connections. Other handy features include two digital inputs, one optical and one SPDIF. 

The perfect match for the two new integrated amplifiers comprising the HDA range, the CDS50 is available now for just $1,499 RRP.

Right now, there's a promotion that offers even further savings by bundling the CDS50 with either of the two Integrated Amplifiers.

Bundle 1 includes the CDS50 and SA10 Integrated Amplifier for just $2,795 (Normally $3,190), while Bundle 2 includes CDS50 and more powerful SA20 Integrated Amplifier is only $2,995 (Normally $3,490).

Drop into your nearest Arcam dealer to take advantage of this special offer.

For more information visit Arcam.

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Marc Rushton

StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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Tags: arcam  advance audio 

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