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REAL SOUND / CD PLAYERS & RECORDERS

Audiolab Brings New CD Players To Oz

By Mendelson Tiu | Thursday | 02/12/2010

Audio Visual Revolution announced that it is now selling two new CD players from Audiolab.

Unlike other players designed purely for CD playback, Audiolab's 8200CD and 8200CDQ are designed as 'DAC + CD' players. According to the company, the DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) is the cornerstone of their design, which is why it has chosen the Sabre 32-bit audio DAC from ESS Technology to carry out D-to-A conversion.

The 8200CD comes with a USB port that can be used to enhance the quality of digital audio playback from a PC or Mac. The port even allows the player to be upgraded via firmware in the future. In addition, any PC/Mac media player can be controlled via the Audiolab's remote control, while four selectable digital filters enable the user to tailor the sound to his/her own taste.

The company also launched the 8200CDQ, a CD player that sports the same specifications as the 8200CD with the addition of a complete digital/analogue preamplifier in an identically sized chassis.

The provision of digital inputs - optical, coaxial and USB - means the 8200CD and 8200CDQ can be used to deliver top-quality sound from all kinds of digital sources, including audio files from computers and other media devices. Thus, all music benefits from the superb sound quality produced by the players' DAC and discrete Class A output stages.

Both the 8200CD and 8200CDQ incorporate a clock-locked CD transport, while all digital music, whether from CD or an external source, benefits from four selectable filter settings:

·    Slow Roll-Off (delivers a smoother style of sound)
·    Fast Roll-Off (delivers a crisper style of sound)
·    Optimal Spectrum (delivers a flat response and optimal lab measurements)
·    Optimal Transient (enhances transient response, thus promoting sonic pace and flow)

John Westlake said, "After many years of seeking a CD player that can bring me the level of musical emotion inspired by great performances on vinyl, I feel I've finally discovered, in the Audiolab 8200CD, a player that can do full justice to the music I have in my CD collection. At last I can forget the source and just listen to the music."

The Audiolab 8200CD and 8200CDQ is now available in Australia for $1599 and $1999, respectively. Both models are solidly built with all-aluminium casework and are available in a choice of silver or classic Audiolab black.

See: www.avrevolution.com.au for more information.

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