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Cambridge Audio CD5

“"UNA RIVELAZIONE" Cambridge CD 5.”

Written on: 19/05/2014 by CarlyDoherty (1 review written)

Il mio vecchio lettore CD Adcom dopo trent'anni si era rovinato ed ho pensato di sostituirlo subito uno nuovo ma volevo anche spendere molto poco. Mi sono rivolto pertanto ad un noto venditore di prodotti HIFI di Chieti(Italy) chiedendogli di farmi ascoltare il lettore molto economico che avesse. Così mi ha fatto sentire il lettore Cambridge CD5. Sono rimasto meravigliosamente molto impressionato dal buon suono che il lettore produceva! Veramente ha insignificanti differenze rispetto a… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Cambridge Audio CD5 V4”

Written on: 30/12/2013

My Cambridge Arcam eventually gave up the ghost. Checked out Richer Sounds in the sales and decided to go for this unit at £119. I didn't really know what to expect for this price but when I rigged it up to my Quad 34/405-2/B&W P4's I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised at the quality of the sound. The build quality is excellent and as the ad's say it looks more like a £300 unit. Would highly recommend this player for someone looking for a really good sounding player but doesn't… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“I like it”

Written on: 24/02/2013 by jeffthedog (1 review written)

Wanted a cd player that could play CDR which my old pioneer couldnt. Out of the box the case and unit look great , simple but purposeful. I like the simple display for track number and nice blue hue. One small issue was the remote wouldnt work after installing the battery . And no instructions as to which way the battery goes in but they tell you to make sure it goes in right way! lol. Then remote wouldnt work till I tapped it a few times. Now it works . Compared this directly to an older… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Problems from the start which just got worse in...”

Written on: 10/02/2010

Problems from the start which just got worse in reading the CD's themselves, only a few went in and read straight away, most took minutes of time before format recognised. Also eject did not work when I got fed up waiting on disk to read. I should have taken it back to Richer Sounds while still in warranty I guess, my fault… Read Full Review

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Quinine's Comment

Written on: 28/07/2012

My last brush with Cambridge was that their designers couldn't design the amplifier input to match the output of their CD players. Without intervention, the CD player output was so high that the amp volume control was stuck near maximum attenuation, messing the balance and everything. In reply to my complaint they offered me an attenuator kit to plug in the amp input. Cost about £50/pair. My thoughts have always been that their designers are incompetent or they're ripping me off with a deal breaker.

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Sorry to disagree with many on here, but I got a...”

Written on: 21/12/2009

Sorry to disagree with many on here, but I got a Cambridge Audio CD5 to replace an ageing Technics CD Player - PG-SL580 (or something like that!)- about 3 years ago because I wanted it to play MP3 compilation discs and the Technics doesn't have the technology. I was a bit disappointed initially with sound quality from the CD5 but persevered initially out of convenience and latterly because I just got used to the sound. However, recently I started out on the upgrade path and got a new amp, so I… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“An excellent entry level CD Player for the starter in...”

Written on: 01/02/2008 by henrybaldricksmith (1 review written)

An excellent entry level CD Player for the starter in audio hi-fi. Simple setup and controls, smooth, warm and clear sound. Remote has great range and nice feel to it. Very few bad points, the screen could be a bit brighter and the unit a tad prettier!… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Cambridge Audio CD5: I bought my CD5 for my birthday...”

Written on: 25/11/2004 by cambridge audio freak (1 review written)

Cambridge Audio CD5: I bought my CD5 for my birthday (15th) from Richer Sounds for £50. Best 50 pounds i've ever spent. Along with it I bought the Cambridge Audio A5 amplifier, they sound brilliant together and are of the same design so look very smart. Richer Sounds service was brilliant, I have also purchased a pair of Gale Silver monitors and am also very pleased with them… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Had my Cambridge Audio CD5 for a good 5 years now....”

Written on: 22/02/2004 by Jona223 (1 review written)

Had my Cambridge Audio CD5 for a good 5 years now. Been absolutely superb. The sound is excellent and it looks very smart - no fussy buttons. Mine is now coupled with an S700 Isomagic DAC. Also Cambridge Audio. Together they sound amazing. More like £500 - £600 than the £180 total! Better than a Marantz CD6000 KI signiture! I use it in a mid-priced setup and it performs brilliantly. Highly recommended if you can put up with tempramental CDR playback… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Player has provided great service for some 18 months,...”

Written on: 19/11/2002 by Nick Neptune. (1 review written)

Player has provided great service for some 18 months, and then decided it wouldn't read the TOC (Table of Contents) when loading a disc. The was traced to the spindle motor, the CD5 uses a SONY KSS-213C Mechanism. I traced a replacement mechanism without Laser for £20. But then found CPC electronics (www.cpc.co.uk) sell the original part for only £4.76 +VAT. The CPC part number is "AVMT11". The part number on the motor is "RF-310T-11400". The CPC sell this motor as a generic CD spindle motor… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Bought from Richie Sounds and the first two had...”

Written on: 06/11/2002 by John. (1 review written)

Bought from Richie Sounds and the first two had problems within a week. I got fed up and changed it for a similar priced Philips but that sounded lousy. I went back and got a third CD5 and this has worked great without problems. Huge thumbs up for Richie Sounds - very helpful and no questions asked in exchanging/accomodating me for three times. I use it with Cambridge A5 amp and Diamond Wharfdales and simply enjoy it… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“This CD5 CD player from Cambridge Audio blows away the...”

Written on: 28/06/2002 by Laurence. (1 review written)

This CD5 CD player from Cambridge Audio blows away the 8 year old £500 mini system it replaced. Good clarity.
Great Value for money at £69 from Richer Sounds.
VERY temperamental when it comes to playing CDRs or very slightly damaged discs, both of which play easily on a cheap player.
Coupled with a Cambridge A1v3 Amp and Mission 760i speakers makes a top budget setup… Read Full Review

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“Bought my Cambridge Audio CD5 DVD player from Richer...”

Written on: 31/01/2002 by The Servant. (1 review written)

Bought my Cambridge Audio CD5 DVD player from Richer Sounds (terrible service) and used with NAD 302 amp and Tannoy Mercury speakers. Sound is incredible: revealing dynamic and realistic. Classical music is reproduced with excellent fidelity. I'm fond of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and the CD5 reproduced their recording with such amazing clarity I was blown away!
But the player refused to play CD-R discs whereas my cheap old CD bought in Currys in 1988 has no problem. And the service I… Read Full Review

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60284_Richard.'s Response to 11185_The Servant.'s Review

Written on: 25/12/2002

If you were having problems with it reading discs, why didn't you take it back. Also you said the sound quality and fidelity was excellent, so why for the sound quality rating did you give it 4/10. In my opinion, this is a great CD player for the money, and you should ammend your review.

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Cambridgeaudio89's Response to 11185_The Servant.'s Review

Written on: 23/12/2004

argh

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Cambridgeaudio89's Response to 11185_The Servant.'s Review

Written on: 23/12/2004

I think you should carefully consider what you put for your review. I have a CD5 and it has given me superb sound.

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177998_Cambridge Audio Freak's Response to 11185_The Servant.'s Review

Written on: 25/11/2004

I cannot beleive that you thought Richer Sounds service was terrible! My friend bought a CD5 and it broke, so they replaced it. It broke again, so they replaced it. NO hassle at all. I purchased all my HI-FI from there and I received superb service, quality and price.

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Cambridge Audio CD5

“I bought the Cambridge Audio CD5 cd player from richer...”

Written on: 12/10/2001 by hopper. (1 review written)

I bought the Cambridge Audio CD5 cd player from richer sounds on special, £69 bucks...

The CD player has a basic design with no fancy lights or buttons/switches.

The sound from this little gem is beautiful, could not fault it, for an entry level machine.

using it with a marantz pm66 se ki amp and celestian dl5 speakers.
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Cambridge Audio CD5

“I bought the Cambridge Audio CD5 CD player on special...”

Written on: 29/07/2001 by Nick Mercury. (1 review written)

I bought the Cambridge Audio CD5 CD player on special from Richersound to replace an ageing Pioneer PD-S801 player that cost me £350 about 7 years earlier. The player RRP was £230 but i got mine for £100 (on special). As soon as i got it out of the box i was impressed with the fullness of the sound. The bass was deep and full, the voices projected nicely and treble was clear and not painfull. Generally a great purchase. By the way, my system is basically based around a "World Audio Design… Read Full Review

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