Published on March 12th, 2013 | by Malcolm Steward0
Audio Research Reference CD9 CD-DAC
The Audio Reserch Reference CD9 takes the place of the highly lauded Reference CD8, regarded as one of the best sounding CD players on the planet.
The key highlights of the CD9 include:
- Super high-resolution DAC incorporating top-loading CD transport
- Asynchronous USB 2.0HS, AES/EBU, RCA and Toslink digital inputs
- Compatible with data up to 24-bit/192kHz on all inputs
- Selectable sample rate conversion (upsampling) for CD playback and all digital inputs
- Selectable digital filter settings
- Valve-based analogue section and power supply regulation
- Excellent construction; build quality to last a lifetime
- Front panel available in black or natural aluminium
Says Audio Rsearch: “Sonically, the REF CD9 is in a class of its own, combining the magical musicality of valves with new levels of transparency and vitality. The REF CD9 sounds ʻfasterʼ with greater transient speed, improved dynamics from top to bottom, much greater resolution of inner detail, with a focus and purity that is captivating. Rhythm, pace and timing are better than ever, something you must hear to appreciate.”
The Audio Research Reference CD9 is available in the UK from March 2013, and is priced at £11,995 inc. VAT. It is sold exclusively through the Absolute Sounds’ high-end audio retail network.