Wadia Digital 21 CD Players

4.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $5250.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Strain a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   

In the audio store, hooked directly to a Classe' 2 channel amp, it was outstanding. I could hear the brush setting on the symbols, getting ready to play. So, got it home, hooked it through a lower quality Rotel HT controller and a lower quality Adcom HT amp, it sounded darn good too. Brush was still there. The home A/B comparisons with girlfried stopped at about 10 bars of music from 3 CD's--there was no use continuing.

I must say, if the source signal isn't very good, what follows won't be either. Still, to really report on what the Wadia sounds like, I'd have to pick up a quality two channel amp, hook the Wadia directly as designed, and then report in. But, even as compromised, it's outstanding.

I did find disappointment in some of my favorite CD's. Some don't open as much up with the Wadia, many others did, to the point of sounding like a totally different cut.

If you find a used Wadia anything, buy it. Immediately.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Audio Insights

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ron Ploeger a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Had the 21 for quite some time,and found it a reliable very
good performer at that time.
always been a Wadia adept, but i'm more into Analog now.
[read my words on this at the one on one discussion]
still a player which i would want to have, but i must say
that the Wadia 16 did impress me more..
if i could choose between a 21 or a 16 at the used market,
I would go for the 16 !
it is more dramatic, lively, has more resolution, is firmer
in its presentation.. though it is said in the brochure
that the 16 is just the 'same'player as the 21 exept for
a fully digital pre-amp function for the 16..well not so.
What's even more interesting is that i was able to compare
the 16 to the 860, and i prefered the 16 still ! but this
is a preference in my situation, so not to absolute terms.
The 860 sounded smoother, easyer, polite in a way, so the
16 may have better suited my rig at that time..
Despit a stressed market because of all new formats, i
would buy a pre owned 21 wadia with great confidence.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995

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