Thule Audio Spirit 150 B Digit CD Players

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

Fully balanced 4 pcs super D/A converter PCM 1702-K


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by skrats31 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the new CD-150B Digit 2 which was released late last year. The new Digit 2 board upsamples to 192 kHz. This CD player puts out an amazing sound - from the super deep, tight bass to the highly extended yet sweet treble. Never before have I heard such delicate and extended high frequencies from digital. Soundstage is huge, excellent rhythm and pace, air, bloom, etc, actually sounds like incredible analog playback. I compared this player side by side to the regular CD-150B, which itself was no slouch, but the difference was jaw-dropping. I've lost a lot of sleep since using this player - it makes you want to listen to every CD you own to hear what you've been missing.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



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

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Excellent CD player, high resolution and driving bass. Sonically compares favorably to the best Canadian products from Sim Audio and Classe. Detailed yet not fatiguing.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1400.00



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

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Very smooth sounding CD player -- has a very analogue feel. Great bass slam and pitch definition. Easily a player that you can spend hours with and draws the listener into the music. Nice midrange articulation. Sounds excellent when the volume is cranked. This player takes some time to appreciate. It's not for someone who will listen for 5 minutes just looking for sonic thrills.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Kruse a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2001

Bottom Line:   
After about a year I upgraded from the basic Thule Spirit 150B to DIGIT. The sound did improve but not much. I read an interesting article about the influence on CD players from acustic resonance ie. when you play a CD the sound affects the CD player. I played a CD (LOUD) and put my hand on the player and I felt a lot of uncontroled vibrations. I then bought a square-meter BITUMEN, cut it into pieces and put them on the surfaces inside the player. I also replaced the feet under the player with a large piece of BITUMEN. I played the CD again and.....WOW!! The sound was PHANTASTIC!! You have do this yourself before you believe it. Anyway the sound went from 3 stars to 5 stars - and the BITUMEN costed 10$!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   1200



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Petter Abrahamsen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 22, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I compard the Thule CD150B + DIGIT to NAD S500 and Rotel RCD 991 using my Thule IA150B amp and B&W speakers. The price is similar to the Rotel in Norway with the NAD slightly cheaper. Sorry to say the NAD and Rotel sounded nicer and more detailed. The beautiful design of the Thule and the easy to use remote (also used for the amp) can not compensate for the lack of detail. Although the DIGIT dac (4x Burr Brown 1702 ?) is a fairly expensive upgrade of the basic model it seems that either the potential of the dac's aren't fully used or the digital filter is not as good as it should be.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999




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