Arcam CDS50 CD / SACD Player
Arcam's most advanced cd, digital audio, and network player yet.
GB Delivery 2-3 Days
Our most advanced cd, digital audio and network streaming player yet
In a sense, digital audio doesn’t exist. You’d have to be a particularly dull superhero to possess ears that can decode the millions of 1’s and 0’s that make up your CD collection or iTunes library. Whatever the source – be it a laptop, CD player, smartphone, USB stick – the result is just a vibration in your speakers. In other words, it all winds up analogue in the end.
Arguably, when playing from a digital format, the most vital component is the DAC, or Digital to Analogue Converter. We’ll spare you the bulk of the science, but this is what translates that otherwise lifeless binary code into audible sound energy. Bit-depth, meanwhile, is a key measure of audio quality.
So, if you’re listening to a 24-bit WAV copy of your favourite album through a DAC that only converts to 16-bit, there’s a good chunk of detail going to waste right there. That’s why we’ve included 32-bit DACs on the entire HDA range – the most commonly used bit-depth in digital recording – so you’re guaranteed the full aural picture of whatever the artist intended.
- Plays all disc formats, including SACD, CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW
- Supports audio file formats including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA
- USB input
- Superb 32-bit DAC built in
- Network playback through the music life app
- Total harmonic distortion + noise = 0.002%
- Please allow 2-3 Days GB Delivery on this item.
- This item is supplied with a 3-year warranty
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is a DAC?
A DAC is a Digital to Analogue Converter. Digital sources such as a CD player will usually have a DAC built in to convert the source data into analogue audio for your ears. AV Receivers & some HiFi amplifiers may also have an internal DAC to facilitate multiple digital sources. You can also purchase external DACs to further improve the sound of your system