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Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10
Single-disc CD player
Our take on the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
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.
Sounds good, but is fussy about playing MP3 discs by stopping in mid-play and will not tolerate even slight mars on any disc surface by skipping and eventually shutting down. Your tech referred me to Cambridge support who did not return my calls. Other than that, it is a fine product.
Anonymous, Baton Rouge, LA
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
- 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
- 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
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Features and Specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
|Direct Track Access||Remote|
|Direct Disc Access||N/A|
|Multiple CD Player Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|CD Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||95 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||---|
|Digital Optical Output||None|
|Digital Coaxial Output||1|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
- < -98dB @ 1kHz
- < - 95dB @ 20kHz
Output Impedance: <500 ohms
Maximum Power Consumption: 15 watts
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Why did you buy this?
Cambridge Audio has a stellar reputation for quality sound reproduction. It should really make my CD's sound exceptional with the Harmon Kardon reciver and JBL speaker system (Towers & sub) it will be connected to. [ Leonard Jun 20, 2017 ]
To match my SR20 [ clifford May 18, 2017 ]
Already have a Cambridge 651a integrated amp and am pleased with the quality of construction and the performance. Good experience with Crutchfield in purchasing the 651a. [ Leigh Oct 18, 2016 ]
Impressive build quality. Simplicity. [ Annemarie Oct 15, 2016 ]
Superb help from advisers Zac and Hunter! Thanks guys! Zac's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=142 Hunter's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=51 [ Michael Mar 29, 2016 ]
analog sound from a cd player [ James Mar 19, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
This IS a standalone unit. It has line (audio) outputs, or a digital out which will connect to your receiver. I am not certain, but I do not believe it will decode HCCD's. Someone else will have to verify that. [ Charley May 08, 2017 ]
I do not recommend this player! I had two of them and both had the same audio anomaly. When playing a CD the first selection, whatever track it might be, starts with a loud "SNAP!" in the speakers just before the music starts. I traded them for a Marantz 5005 which I'm also sending back due to a severe malfunction. Doesn't anyone make a decent CD player anymore?...help me Spock! [ Mr. Keeper of pets May 07, 2017 ]
The CD player is 3" high. 17" wide, and 12" deep. Hope that helps! [ NEELA Jul 07, 2016 ]
Frank dimensions are 85x430x305mm (3.0x16.9x12.2") Its a great solid CD player with an DAC onboard! [ Kenneth Mark Jul 05, 2016 ]
Dimensions are: 17" X 12" X3" [ Charles Jul 05, 2016 ]
frank, the crutchfield page gives the numbers as roughly 17W by 3H by 14 W----it fits into my rack with room to spare. I would definitely recommend the topaz player, which replaced and ancient carver. it sounds good through my old klipsch kg speakers and 2 old apt power amps running dual mono. if you like it simple, I recommend it highly. if you like lots of bells and whistles, get something else. [ gary c. Jul 03, 2016 ]