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Quad 99 CD-P
5 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
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Description: cd/preamp with 24/192 upsampling


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jandl100 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2005

Bottom Line:   
A difficult product to rate - it has a severely split personality. In a nutshell - the CD player half is truly excellent - the pre-amplifier half is mediocre.

Using the fixed output sockets, so bypassing the volume control, this is BY FAR the best CD player I have heard. Open, superbly transparent, real hear-into-tangibility, excellent soundstaging, beautifully judged tonal balance, great dynamics (micro and macro).
The digital pre-amp aspect is also excellent - 3 phono and 3 toslink inputs!! It's marvellous to use this excellent DAC with my MD player and DAB tuner.

BUT, switch to the volume controlled outputs and the transparency and focus just disappear. Gone !! If the CD side wasn't so wonderful, maybe the incongruity wouldn't be so obvious. You may read elsewhere that this is a transparent volume control - not so!

So, bypass the volume control and you have a truly great CD player and digital source selector.

I would rate the CD player half as better than all those listed below.
... mind you, that is to ignore the quite embarassing ergonomics of the CD transport ... you can't fast-forward/reverse when in pause, it's quite difficult to convince the beast you want to start anywhere but track 1 ... etc etc - But, who cares? when the CD player sounds SO good!!

Rest of system: Audiostatic DCI speakers, Papworth M100 valve monoblocks, BAT VK3i pre(rolled tubes), JPS speaker cables, RS Audio Duet palladium/silver interconnects.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Harry Alexandre a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The Quad Cd-P is a truely breathtaking cd player. Hooked up via the fixed vairable analogue output the sound is impressive, powerful, with real punch and drive when playing rock and pop discs, and lovely warmth with orhestral music without sacrifising any openess or clarity.
It is also a pre-amplifier so all you need is a power amp and speakers for a complete system. The remote control is a great design, with everything you need all on the one remote (very handy!) It also fits well in the hand and looks good.
I have the CD-P partnered with the Quad 909 power amp and Quad 21L speakers. The Quads are certainly designed to look and sound best with eachother.
Visit your nearest dealer and have a listen for yourself!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $700.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by henk3 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
wow.

this is a NICE cd player (and, believe me, I've had my share of one and two box things for the horrible digidisx). It makes the music, and is the closest I have ever heard to pretty analogue.

I also like the fact that it is small (minute?); I was never crazy about Quad electronics (LOVE the electrostat speakers tho). found it too mushy, gentle, uninvolving, soft. This thing is something else! As I am typing I've got the new Radiohead on the Stax headphones and it is loud and nasty and -well- like analogue, you know.

Did I say it is cute and small and my wife likes it, 'cause it is so simple to operate and so easy to understand.

BUY IT

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Raf, Amsterdam



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BigThistle a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I second the other review posted here - I find that this is a superb piece of equipment, accurate & detailed. An unsung hero here in the US.
I moved up (most reluctantly) from my faithful & excellent Quad CD67 - most difference noticed in added depth, and also more forgiving on early CD's (ahem, 80's rock..)
Spectacular with well produced CD's

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1499.00

Purchased At:   QS&D



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gmood1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This has turned out to be a great cd player ! For the money it will be hard to beat . The unit is a three in one product . You can use it as a preamp , cd player and a dac . With the 24/192 upsampling it is very smooth and warm with great detail . I almost bought a rega planet but after trying this thing out , I would say it's a better player for me. The Rega seemed a little harsh to me and with no real personality . But the Quad brings the music up close and personal ! It didn't start out that way , when I first plugged it up I could hardly listen to it.After a 100 hours of burn in it is as smooth as vanilla ice cream . The unit has 3 optical and 3 digital coax inputs for devices and also a optical output. This means you can hook a multi disc changer to it and get 24/192 upsampling ! There is also variable and fixed analog outputs so you can plug this unit straight to a amp or a preamp / processor. Remeber there are stand alone dacs that cost what this unit does . Retail is 1500.00 but you maybe able to get a deal on one thru a dealer . This unit is basically unkown in the United States but is a serious audiophile piece of equipment ! Avoid the hype and trust your ears , you will be amazed . And no I don't work for quad ,I just call em like I hear them . It also breaths new life into older recordings with upsampling and without making your ears bleed . It has an audiophile grade volume control and uses a high grade cs crystal dac ! It will compete with cd players twice it's price easy ! Good look hunting not an easy piece to find . Unless you leavein the UK !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1190.00




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