Wadia Digital 23 CD Players

4.64/5 (11 Reviews) MSRP : $2950.00


Product Description

CD player, proprietary filter, 16x oversampling


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dr. Guzman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The Wadia 23 was the model that really started it all for Wadia in the 90's! Very well constructed, incredible big soundstage with a lot of presence in the mids. Unfortunately, it tends to be a little bit over-bright so you have to be careful with the ancillary equipment you'll connect it for. Excellent matching for tubes. The Pioneer stable platter transport is a little odd and sometimes "fragile" but it shouldn't give you trouble if you don't mess with it. High resale value and a very high esteemed reputation. Only problem is that the price is way too high. I mean, Wadia spend more on the cabinet itself than in the electronics inside. At $3,000 is not cheap, no matter what the "golden ears" tells you. Today, 2009, these models are old and you have to consider it when buying one at second hand market because it's almost sure that the laser is ready to go. Believe me...it happened to me!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997



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

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008

Bottom Line:   
After purchasing the Wadia 23 blind on recommendation, I was not the least dissapointed with the sound. The soundstage is huge: deep, wide and high. The sound tends to be a bit forward, but one is rewarded with lots of detail and dynamics. The player is the absolute opposite of dull. Replaying old discs is a joy, as one finds lots of new experiences, unknown to have existed on the disc before. I agree with other reviewers that if you have a chance to get this player, do so, it's a steal...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   second hand



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

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Hi.

I heard quite a lot "high end" audio during the years. I prefer to bild my own stuff due to I can not buy better sound - wherefore I build my own stuff. However, I play on a Krell KRS-2 preamp which I find fab. I also owned the Krell KRS in six parts, but prefered the "single ended" version. Okay, now for the topic, reviewing an old cdp from 94 entry lewel wadia 23. How does such performs? Well, I was not to optimistic due to I just owned the 861 and only sold this due to a new car. I was wrong, very wrong indeed. The Wadia 23 is a fantastic player in order to age, technology and entry level model. Soundstage is huge, smooth and has great texture. This player is awesome! I owned the Wadia 26 dac as well, and this is a better dac alone, but at that time I needed a fair transport to support it and at last I gave up and sold it. In fact, the sound has that tone I like. Is it perfect? No, not at all, it has some fault especially in the treble when pushed - after all it's not the fastest dsp anymore. Soundstage could be deeper and wider as well. Background quiter with instruments more clear. Treble, midrange and bass is not as big as the 861 - but I like the tone! Very natural tone, not uncolored compared to the 861 which sounds more like a mastertape, but the 23 has that "analog" sound. I recommend this player for anyone if you can get one for a fair price. The most comic and striking issue is really, that most modern "high end" cdp are very poor made and are far from this old player in performance. I'm impressed, a bass line from an acoustic bass is just right - wood, strings made of tarms etc. Voices - yes, just has that tonal caracter. Rating is due to age and price. You can get better as the 270/27is, but still, this is a giant killer to a small price! Highly recommened! thanks

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Purchased At:   private



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

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
It is hard to believe that Wadia could extract such excellent sound quality from a Pioneer Stable Platter-based machine. I have high-end separates that cost $6700, and the Wadia competes favorably with them. I cannot imagine at this point how their more expensive CD players could be any better. The Wadia 23 is simply the best-kept secret (and bargain) I have ever heard in digital.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J. Kulk a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Everything is already said.
Of course, compared to SACD it's competitive, but bare in mind, how many SACD's are there around ?
So, grep one if you can, solid mechanics, good design.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $3050.00




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