Classe CDP-100 CD Players

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Four Layers, Two Systems
  • PDXB D/A conversion
  • Power Supply
  • TFT touchscreen display

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by multihifi user a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2011

Bottom Line:   
BIG,SHARP,DETAILED is basically what it does.
And with alot of RESOLUTION.

If you are the type that likes this, then okay, this is probably the best thing that can do thoose few things.

I don´t like it.

Sounds the opposite of true analog and 3d like sound.

It´s missing alot of personality and texture, and the price is a joke.
The touch screen is cool, but very slow.

Drive is a bit irritating, does not read really bad cd´s like for example Lyngdorf.

I would give it top grades if it only costs 2-3000 dollars new in my country.

It just doesn´t. (they are asking about 5000 dollars, and that is why it is not a cd that wil last will bedazzle you in all eternity)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stevenk a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Truly enjoyable listening to this Cd player. My or the units break-in did take 300+ hours to fully settle down. This piece of equipment did replace my existing Rotel 991 after many hours/days of careful listening. CDP100 is a better player by 3x. It is simply decribed as many times more delicate and deeper in layers, the finest details revealed, soundstage accurate, and never overwhelmed by busy or complex tracks. My older Rotel unit really did sound excellent though, I kept it for many years and enjoyed it thoroughly but I was somewhat surprised to finally convince myself that the Classé is not just better, its a new level of listening. I had to start listening to all my CD all over again once it was ready. It reproduces the source to amazing levels, as if I were listening to really real instruments and not just a great imitation.

This player demands that you have a better than just good preamp, amp, wires, speakers to get all the detail out. Anything else and you loose its potential.

Unfortunately, a year after its release they discontinued it but I hear it was still in demand. Many people like myself who enjoyed having a HDCD decoder for a large CD collection will need to keep their existing players or get a decoder. Then again HDCD chips were also discontinued after HDCD was sold by the manufacturer. Another tech war casuality.

In summary, very amazing player with very few gitches. Still future ready with software updates to support the standard CD format.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Purchased At:   Authorized Dealer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marcej1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The Classe Delta CDP-100 CD player is a beautiful piece of equipment. It's style is very appealing and the touchscreen adds a new dimension to access all the features of the player. It's sound quality is top notch, very smooth and I would qualify it as being almost "tube-like". It can play CDs and HDCDs but not SACDs. I have to say the HDCDs are reproduced in a fantastic way, it is easy to tell the difference when the player switches between normal playback and HDCD playback.. the sound gets highly detailed and it makes it easy to interpret the recording's room signature.
Even though I enjoy this CD player a lot, I have experienced a few glitches : randomly, the device will not recognize CDs and I have to open the drawer and try again until the CD can be read. Also, the player would sometime freeze for half a second on playback and then resume even with unscrathed discs. From the information I have gathered from the manufacturer, these problems are software related and a new operating system version is available on their website. There is a serial port on the back of the player allowing such software upgrades. However, since most computers don't have serial ports anymore it is not exactly easy to do for everyone (considering I don't have a serial port on my computer, I did not perform the upgrade yet). Would have it been so complicated to put a USB connection on it instead?

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   ebay

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