EMMLabs XDS1 CD playerEMMLabs Digital
The Emm Labs XDS1 plays both CDs and SACDs and significantly raises he bar for what digital playback should sound like. This player does not add a layer of warm ‘goo’ to the music in the attempt to make it sound ‘analog’ [i.e. palatable] like so many other solid-state and tube players. It, instead, is a digital playback that sounds like very, very clean and clear music. In effect, this is a whole new approach to solid-state playback, one that finally makes digital playback relevant to any extreme high-end audio system. The incredibly black background / low noise floor is kind of nice too.