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Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

Single-disc CD player

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Overview

Our take on the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

An amazing value in a CD player

We're not certain how Cambridge Audio squeezed so much performance and great sound into a player at this price, but when it sounds this good, who's asking questions? The CD10's handsome brushed aluminum faceplate is built around a sturdy, all-metal chassis equipped with top-notch hi-fi circuitry. You get a precision transport, dual-sided circuit boards for ultra-short signal paths, and a premium Wolfson digital-to-analog converter (DAC) — all geared to extract every drop of information from your CD library.


Praise for the CD10

"From the first disc to the last the CD10 went about its business without a hitch. Tonally neutral but with a slightly forward middle range, it has enough smoothness and detail to make you think you might have stolen something. Some players convey a flatness, perhaps best described as a lack of color or rhythmic energy. But this player just had an engaging liveliness that kept me focused on the music rather than the clock...the Topaz CD10 is a real standout — a potential MVP".
—Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, September 2010


You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. The full-function remote gives you command of the basics like "play" and "stop," plus direct track access, repeat, random, and program modes from the comfort of your favorite chair. It can even control other Cambridge Audio components, including the Topaz AM10 integrated amplifier.

Needed to replace a much older Cambridge Audio CD player with a malfunctioning tray door. Got many hours use out of that unit. Have used Cambridge Audio for years. Currently have a 6.1 home theater set up. Quality construction, reliability.

DAVE, BROWN CITY, MI

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-CD5/CD10)
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • User's Manual

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
    • does not support gapless playback
  • Wolfson Microelectronics WM8761 digital-to-analog converter
  • all printed circuit boards use double-sided, fully surface mounted components for ultra-short signal paths and optimum sound quality
  • two-pole Butterworth filter reduces AC line noise for quieter operation
  • brushed aluminum front panel with wrap-over lid assembly controls resonance
  • RCA coaxial digital output
  • 1 pair RCA analog outputs
  • remote
  • signal-to-noise ratio (A weighted): >95 dB
  • detachable power cable
  • weight: 9.5 lbs.
  • 17"W x 2-15/16"H x 13-13/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

14 Reviews

Cambridge Audio CD10

Written by: DAVE from BROWN CITY, MI on January 2, 2016

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Needed to replace a much older Cambridge Audio CD player with a malfunctioning tray door. Got many hours use out of that unit. Have used Cambridge Audio for years. Currently have a 6.1 home theater set up. Quality construction, reliability.

Pros: Superb sound. The DAC brings out every detail the CD has to offer. Excellent build quality.

Cons: None

Superior sound

Written by: Cassie's Dad from Arlington, Virginia on January 2, 2016

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I got this to replace a Sony CD player that was on its last legs mechanically, and the sound is so much better. I'm delighted with this quality at a very fair price, and am considering another unit for another room in the house.

Pros: Great sound, fair price

Cons: None

Great basic unit

Written by: Sean H from Melbourne, AUSTRALIA on September 25, 2015

I needed to replace a CD player that finally died after about 15yrs of use. The CD10 got onto the short list because I needed a CD player with analogue connections as my amp has no digital inputs. Who needs digital connections. The sound from this CD player is fantastic, especially for the price. Simple to use, no unnecessary bling unit with great sound at a good price.

Pros: Great sound, good price, analogue connections

Cons: A little slow to fire up

CD Player

Written by: artsforme from California on May 10, 2015

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great basic CD player. no unnecessary bling buttons to nowhere.

Pros: simple

Cons: none

very satisfied

Written by: M.J. from Connecticut on March 30, 2015

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We were looking to replace our 5-disc CD changer which skipped and jumped whenever our young children danced on our (wooden) floors. The Crutchfield Customer Service team was excellent and knowledgable: they guided us toward a single-disc machine (sturdier) and the problem has been eradicated. This Cambridge Audio model is simple and clean, which I love. The open/close/load time is a bit slow, as noted in other reviews, but, honestly, that troubles me not at all. This machine is a step up from the one we previously had, and I wondered if we would hear the difference, even with our same old--old!--speakers. We do. We are really happy with this purchase.

Pros: sleek simple sturdy

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Excellent!

Written by: Richard W. from Roanoke VA on February 27, 2015

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I used to think all CD players were about the same. You just needed a laser and a turntable for the disc. Wrong! This one takes the cake, much better than any other CD player I've owned. The DAC is outstanding and makes a clearly audible difference.

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Great sounding CD player

Written by: RichJ from Waterbury, CT on February 1, 2015

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While I feel this CD player is a little over priced, it does have better sound and build quality than other budget priced players. I have owned a CA 740C for about 6 years and have been impressed with its performance so decided to go with the CD10 for my Rec room system. While some people are not impressed with the remote I find it easier to handle than the Azur remotes of the more expensive CA units

Pros: Good sound and build quality

Cons: a little over priced

Outstanding!

Written by: 2ch Bear from NJ on November 8, 2013

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This is an exceptional CD player. Clean, crisp sound. It is well built and very simple in design. A good deal.

Pros: Great sound quality, simple, very small in size.

Cons: The remote is a little flimsy.

Solid Player for the Price

Written by: JeffA from Bolivar, MO on September 1, 2013

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The Cambridge Audio CD10 is a quality player with sound beyond the low price. The fit and finish is superb and pretty much unheard of in this price range. I have two stereo systems in my listening room and I bought this cd player as a replacement for an ancient Fisher AD-Z1 that is having some disc reading and playback problems that I was using in a setup containing a Pioneer Elite A-35R and a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 601 S3 speakers. The interconnects are Chorus II and the speaker cables are Soundstage both by Straightwire. I initially used Audioquest Golden Gate interconnects that I bought to work with another system and found them to contribute to a richer sound than that exhibited by the Straightwire cables. So at least to my ears the CD10 responds differently based on what kind of interconnects you use. I know that some people do not like the basic remote but I love it. It is small and no frills which is what I like. It would have been nice to have a brushed metal finish to match the front of the player.

Pros: Quality Construction Good Looks Sounds Expensive

Cons: Noisy tray mechanism Slow to identify discs

Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

Written by: Chris from long Island, NY on March 16, 2013

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This CD player has excellent sound and nice build quality. I like the simplicity and style of the remote.

Pros: Sound, build quality, price.

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Cambridge audio Topaz

Written by: BobZ from Bridport, Vt on February 9, 2013

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My old cd player bit the dust so I looked for a moderately priced quality CD player. The improved delta of the specs of significantly more expensive units, just did not justify the added costs. The specs and the price of the Topaz met my criteria. I am very pleased with the sound, the simple function. The process of loading the CD is a bit long..but not really troubling.

Pros: Quality sound, reasonable price

Cons: slow loading of the CD

Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

Written by: BerndM from Amherst, NY on December 24, 2011

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Player has good sound, big improvement over my old one. Remote came with a dead battery. Remote very flimsy, and I have small hands. Player opens with a long delay and very "jerky" and noisy. My old player (10 years) opens very smooth and can hardly hear it. Expected more sophistication. would recommend it to a friend with reservations.

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Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

Written by: GordieW from Yakutat, AK on November 15, 2011

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The difference in the sound in my system was immediate. My brother, a professional musician, walked in and said, "What did you do to those speakers?" I pointed to the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 player, and he said, "Makes those $340 Polk Audio speakers sound like they cost $700." And they built quality into it, the CD drawer opens and closes quietly and discretely. I've owned far more expensive CD players that wore out before their time because the drawer flew open and slammed shut, and the moving parts just quit working. I'm very impressed with this piece of equipment.

Pros: Value, how much you get for the price you pay.

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Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

Written by: Jeff from Greer, SC on April 16, 2011

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The player has exceptional sound, well pleased so far, but it is only been 2weeks.

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What's in the box?

Download the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 manual

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-CD5/CD10)
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • User's Manual

Product Research

Overview: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player adheres to three core value principles - stunning performance, ease of use, and incredible value. The Cambridge Audio CD10 features a single front-loading tray and rugged chassis. The CD10 utilizes a Wolfson 8761 DAC and double-sided surface-mounted PCBs for premium sound quality. It offers both analog (RCA) and digital (coaxial) outputs. An IR remote is included for wireless operation.

Features
Controls
Connections
Specifications

Features

Rugged Chassis Design: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player has been carefully designed with a brushed aluminum front-panel, rigid metal chassis, and dual-layer damped feet to prevent resonance and improve sound quality.

Wolfson 8761 DAC: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player employs a Wolfson Microelectronics WM8761 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for exceptional audio reproduction.

Double-Sided Surface-Mount PCBs: All PCBs (printed circuit boards) use double-sided, full surface mount technology, eliminating wire links and giving ultra-short signal paths for optimum sound quality.

Compatible Discs: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player supports playback of CD-Audio and finalized CD-R or CD-RW discs (8 or 12cm).

MP3/WMA Playback: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player also supports playback of MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

Controls

LCD: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a front-panel alphanumeric character LCD which displays CD playback information. When inserting a disc, the CD player will take a few seconds to read the Table of Contents information from the disc. The display will then show the number of tracks on the CD and the total length of the CD.

Direct Track Select: Using the supplied IR remote control's numeric keypad you can select a desired track for direct track access.

Program: Fully programmable CD playback allows unique sequence of up to 20 tracks from one disc.

Skip/Scan: The Cambridge Audio CD player lets you skip (previous/next) between tracks and scan (fast-forward/rewind) within a track.

Repeat/Random: The Cambridge Audio CD10 offers both Repeat (one/all) and Random (on/off) playback functions.

Remote Control: The Cambridge Audio CD10 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the CD player. The IR remote lets you control playback and search functions of the CD player. The remote control also supports volume and source select functions for Cambridge Audio Topaz receivers and integrated amplifiers.

Connections

Analog Output: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a rear-panel analog stereo RCA output for connecting a home stereo receiver (such as the Cambridge Audio SR10), or integrated amplifier (such as the Cambridge Audio AM10).

Digital Output: The Cambridge Audio CD10 compact disc player features a rear-panel S/PDIF coaxial digital output for connecting a digital receiver or an external DAC (such as the Cambridge Audio DacMagic, sold separately).

Detachable Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio compact disc player includes a detachable 6' AC power cord.

Specifications

D/A Converter: Wolfson Microelectronics WM8761

Filter: 2-pole Butterworth filter

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz (+/- 0.4dB)

Total Harmonic Distortion:

  • <0.006% @ 1kHz 0BFs
  • <0.01% @ 1kHz -10dBFs

S/N Ratio: >95dB 'A-weighted'

Crosstalk:

  • < -98dB @ 1kHz
  • < - 95dB @ 20kHz

Output Impedance: <500 ohms

Maximum Power Consumption: 15 watts

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