Sony CDP-XA2ES CD Players

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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



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by BAXTER STATON a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 19, 1999

Bottom Line:   
sony 222es cd player, i have own my a grat many ccd players, rotel,dennon, pioneer, and the sony 777es,the sony 222es is a great cd player, bass is very good , not as good as 777es . the mids and highs
are great withthis cd player you must use good cables ,oher equip. accupahse amp/pre amp, lexicon-cp-1+, carvertfm-42 amp, adcom-535-mk-2 amp
3bx-, pioneer-rg-1 range expanders, sony dat,sony cassette dk, speakers>> jbl4311 moniters, paradium moniter-5, cerwin vega-dx-9 , bic venturi-4,
i give the sony 222es a 4.50 for it,s analog like

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Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Kenneth Kim a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 4, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I also did extensive shopping/listening for a sub $1000 CD player and I was suprised to choose the SONY. Suprised since I'm not particularly fond of SONY products. There's very little the SONY adds to or subtracts from the music. I found it too be the most neutral among the Rega, Onkyo 7711, Cal Labs, and others.
I just purchased a Pioneer DVD player and when comparing 96k/24bit Chesky recordings the SONY and Pioneer, the SONY give up very little to the new conversion format. The SONY is a fine player with a really cool transport mechanism and a remote controlled variable out.

My system is composed of:
VTL DeLux 140 Monoblocks
Klyne 6PX Preamp
VPI 19jr/MMT Premier/AT-OC9
KD-KV7000 speakers
Kimber 8TC/PBJ/Cardas Quadlink

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