BBC Music Magazine

BUDGET PRICE CHOICE

Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 £200

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It’s a world away from the Marantz SA-10, but the CD10 is a supervalue entry-level player with a bold, enjoyable performanc­e thanks to an excellent Wolfson 8761 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). Paired with the £400 Topaz SR20 stereo receiver, it gave the BBC Music Magazine July issue cover CD of Rachmanino­v’s Symphony No. 2 (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) real punch and authority. Be warned, however, that it doesn’t offer gapless playback, so there’s a pause between each track – fine for pop CDS, but distractin­g for some classical music recordings. cambridgea­udio.com

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