Stereo Audio_Research_Reference_CD9

Published on March 12th, 2013 | by Malcolm Steward


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.

About the Author

Writing about audio professionally since the mid-1980s has been a fantastically enjoyable and satisfying task but also a hardening one: it has forced upon me an honesty that I feel compelled to share with my readers. This has not made me popular with those manufacturers who rate success and wealth above integrity... and there are a few of those! I can live with that, though, because the gear the 'good guys' produce more than makes up for all manner of ills! Stereo is still fun, even after forty years... Thank God!

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