Sony CDP-XA555ES CD Players

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

Key Features
 Fixed Optical Pickup
 Current Pulse D/A Converter
 Triple R Core Power Transformers
 24-Bit VC Digital Filter

Features
 Class A FET Amplifier Configuration
 Digital Optical / Coaxial Outputs
 Brass Stabilizer
 Aluminium Panel and FB Chassis
 Slant-Mount PCB
 Off-Center Insulator Foot
 Multi Jog Dial
 24 Variations Program Play
 Headphone Output with Volume Control
 Remote Commander
 STACT Synchronous Time Accuracy Controller


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Bought this new for 600 EUR in Singapore. Beautifully crafted, nice machine. The mechanism is fantastic piece of engeneering, all metal. Has three mains transformers and all new stuff (frame and beam chasis etc.) from Sony.
The sound is very warm, rich and articulate. This player sounds like no Sony, it sounds like a good turntable. I guess that the secret is in the new DA converter.
In direct tests I have performed, this player beat Marantz CD17 in all areas... it is more musical, the bass and highs are much much better.

The only thing that I have found better is Sony CDP-X779ES (read my review on it). But, these two are two different worlds, and the sound that they make could be a matter of taste. 779ES has a better dynamic, bass and soundstage (although these are all little differencies) and 555 sounds warmer and softer.

Conclusion: extremly nice CD player, fantastic value for the money (much much better than Marantz Cd17 for example).

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Singapore



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jahonen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The player is very solid and gives you a "warm" feeling for it's construction. The sound that it produces is the best I've yet to test. Beats my DVP-NS900V hands down. Even I can hear the difference. On the negative sides I can think of only two issues: The remote sensor is quite picky about the direction of the remote and the extra weight plate for the CD is a small annoyance. You get used to it, but it never becomes unnoticable 8-).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $400.00



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

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Heavy weight champion - luxury player.
Sophisticated disk drive with clamp, which gives a kind of analogue feeling. Lots of features like max.peak level search. Smoother than the SCD 940 i used before - but i miss a little bit of its agility but not its nervousity.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $440.00

Purchased At:   ebay




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