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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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.
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 more)
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