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Audio Research CD-8 Reference CD Player (Rare) [Expired]

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Item Description

For sale the Audio Research CD-8 Reference CD Player. To date this is known as Audio Research's best CD player. First Released in 2008 this CD player has held it's value and of course it's name.

From the Brochure:

"We are proud to introduce a model that may be the most musical and musically accurate single-chassis compact disc player, the Reference CD8. It replaces a product that was still garnering five-star reviews three years after its introduction, the esteemed Reference CD7. With the advent of the CD5 and DAC7 in 2008, we knew that the DAC used in our Reference player needed a newer, higher-resolution version (The new 24-bit, 192-kHz chipset is not retrofittable to the CD7). And, our engineers found a way to physically incorporate the same power-supply regulation used in the Reference 3, using a single 6550C to replace two 6H30 triodes, giving better performance and longer tube life. Other enhancements include our newest output coupling capacitors and special damping tweaks. The playback mechanism continues to be the unsurpassed Philips
PRO2R — still the best dedicated CD mechanism available.

The Reference CD8 also features a new dimmable display, allowing five levels of illumination or completely off. A small LED indicator remains lit when the player is on, as a reminder to prevent the player from being left on inadvertently. In size, input and output configuration, —and in all other operational functions, the Reference CD8 is identical to the Reference CD7. But there the similarities end.

Sonically, the Reference CD8 stands in a class all its own. While retaining the lush, full embodiment of the CD7 sound, the CD8 adds new dimensions of transparency. It immediately shows greater transient speed top-to- bottom, purer resolution of low-level detail and expanded dynamic contrasts, with more bass slam, definition and extension. The soundstage is larger and more holographic because of the heightened ability of the R Reference CD8 to embody and locate instruments and voices. Rhythmically, the Reference CD8 also picks up the pace compared to the CD7, with improved timing cues and better rhythmic interplay. You will find other sonic dimensions to marvel as you spend time with this enticing player.
Quite simply, the Reference CD8 will have you rearranging your compact disc collection all over again as you rediscover and reprioritize old and new favorites. It really is the most mesmerizing, musically accurate CD player we have ever experienced — and what better way to bring enhanced value to a growing, and costly, CD collection."

Condition : 8/10 Due to age and for the the most particular of audiophiles. No seen visible scratches. (But there is some dust that could be cleaned from small hard to reach micro corners. No dents. No issues with original performance.

Originally Purchased at Progressive Audio in Columbus Ohio

This item is packaged like it was new with all original packaging and wrapping. It will ship safely anywhere around the world.


Purchase made in Ohio subject to local taxes

Credit Cards and Paypal Subject to 3% Charge (4% Paypal international)

You may audition this this item in our store (By appointment since it is back in original packaging and it takes about 30mins to carefully set up and re-install tubes)

Hanson Audio Video LLC
3140 Far Hills Ave.
Kettering, OH 45429