Sony CDP-XA2ES CD Players

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ferenc a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2016

Bottom Line:   
Bought it after reading the positive feedbacks here, and I am not disappointed for the price I paid.

It is a nice, cheap used CD player, well built, but not as well as older " built like a Tank" Sony ES CD players.

The sound is smooth, (it could be a bit more firm and a tiny bit more dynamic for my taste) and close to natural.
Detailed, with even frequency response, and has good soundstage, but not as good as Sony's higher range ES CD players (XA5ES, X303ES, X505ES).

Compare to them, they have better sound, the instruments has richer and fuller bodied presence on the stage, and has more musicality and refinement, but the rest is ( detail, smoothness, tonality, naturalness) basically the same, and the higher category Sony players also lack a bit of crispness and dynamics to me, but I have a feeling, I would only get these lacking things from much-much higher priced "audiophile" CD players that I won't pay for.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2016

Bottom Line:   
Bought this for less than 100ukp delivered in a dusty state and after a good clean including the laser it's a great player.

I'm not a great believer in subjective audiophile terms, but suffice it to say this sounds very good indeed!

SNR 117db & THD 0.0023% are very good specifications.

Grab one while you can, this is a player from when true audio performance still mattered.

Worth noting this is one of the few ES models you can still buy lasers for too.

My Denon DVD 2900 is on a par with this, and my newly acquired Denon DCD S10 now beats it, but not by much!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



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

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2015

Bottom Line:   
one of the best kept secrets among CD players world wide,what first of all really matters with CD Players ,is the SOUND, and XA2 is playing in a range even rarely reached nowadays by any brand!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter Glattauer a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   
one of the best cdplayers by sony ever

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: December 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
For 350UKP, this is a seriously good player. The transport is rock solid and for a budget Japanese player, it is surprisingly free of digital nasties. Though the Sony is probably best matched with a lush-sounding interconnect in a neutral-sounding system.

It easily bettered the "reference" Marantz cd63se with a smoother yet more dynamic sound. Not dynamic in the 63se sense, i.e. compressed and in-your-face, but graduations between soft and loud are more readily apparent.
Perhaps the Sony ES brand does not have the pretend-audiophile appeal of the Marantz (the Marantz ad... watch by cartier, suit by cerruti and cd-player by marantz; how aspirational); however it is a far superior player, tonally and rhythmically. Headphone users will appreciate the sony's headphone output, which will not cause a headache after 5 minutes of use unlike the cd63se.

Comparison with the rotel 971, again showed the sony to be smoother sounding. The rotel offered more in dynamic bite, uncompressed with excellent timing . However, the bass and treble with the rotel can be rather detached and prominent, lacking the easy-going nature of the sony. In the wrong system it'll be rather lumpy-sounding, whereas in the sony the bass, midrange and treble play together. For budget CD replay, best go for the sweeter sound.

The xa-2es will most likely better the current non-ES and probably most other players at what should be now a discounted price.

If you can forgive the sony label, have a listen and enjoy the music.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1996




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