The CDX is not exactly a cheap player when all it offers is an analog output and the option to upgrade its power supply via an external XPS supply which adds another $4,000 to make it a $8,250 two piece CD system. Even control buttons are kept to the basic minimum on the front fascia. But when you measure it based on its sonic attributes alone, the CDX will rival many other similarly priced or even more expensive players for its musicality. The design intent, keeping it simple and have the technology and design focused on sound is what sets it apart from the competition. It was smooth, balanced, detailed and revealing. We didn’t find it particularly fussy with the match up of different amps and speakers but the higher up you move in terms of pairing, the better the whole system sounded. This is a player that will match nicely in a system that cost $15,000 to $20,000. We had it paired to a pair of Proac 3.8s and a Naim Audio NAC32.5 preamp with HiCap and NAP135 monoblocks with excellent result.
The CD player looks good overall with just a tiny edge “chip” just under the CD drawer opening as the only “major” mark. A pair of Chord DIN 5-pin to male RCA cable, CD puck and original remote is included. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.