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Shanling CD300 CD Player
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  1595.00
Description: A masterpiece of sonic excellence, the Shanling CD 300 offers a stunningly outstanding musical portrait in an elegant and classy design. It is a true dual mono design with separate power supplies, upsampler, DAC and output buffers for each channel. The result is a warm, rich, and detailed soundstage with subtlety and finesse.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by trumpetbri a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Cold out of the box this is the most incredible CD player I've owned! Purchased from Walter Leiderman of Underwood hi fi with hesitation due to a bad review from TNT which I found to be totally inaccurate! This player has more depth and realism than any of the many others I've owned! It's also built like a tank, and much more attractive than pic's reveal.
Emotional and enveloping is how I would describe its sonics. I'm enjoying hearing the whole system disappear with clear huge carve outs of the performances I listen to which include classical, jazz and vocals. Never heard a CD player do what this does, and to think I delayed due to the TNT review. The soundstage is HUGE and so incredibly separated! Musicians stand before me it seems if my eyes are closed.

This will most likely be my last CD player. I'm just blown away beyond words. No harshness or digital sound. Most analog I've heard. I too am another musician like the other Gent who posted here. I am also VERY critcal, and this machine passes with flying colors! This is actually the USA version... same machine as his, but called CD 3000 instead for USA version.

Previous players owned: NAD M5, Audio Research CD 2, Mcintosh MVP 831 w/PS Audio DAC 3, Cambridge Audio Azur 840 to name a few.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009

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

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I was due for a new CD player and deided to compare the Cambridge Azur 840 and the Shanling CD300. I borrowed both from different Audio stores and on the advice of the Cambridge dealer let it burn in for 2 days. I first listened to the Azur extensivly to get familiar with the "sound". I then compared it to my set up ( Phillips 963 SE w/ MSB Link Dac "Full Nelson" edition w/MSB out board power supply). The Azur did not sound any better or different than my Phillips set up. I was some what taken aback at this after hearing all the hipe in the audio rags " equals the sound of $5000 dollar CD players etc.". Then I set up the Shanling, same cables etc. and could not believe how much better it sounded than the Cambridge! Bigger sound stage, more open sounding, more well defined bass and smoother. The Azur sounded more "Hi-Fi", the Shanling much more real. With upsampling set to 24/192 it was no contest ( the Azur upsamples to 24/384 if memory serves corrrect and that's how I auditioned it). I am a professional muscian and am very in tune with "live" music, jazz and fusion to name a few. With the Shanling cymbals sound like the real thing, on the Barber CD referred in the previuos review the upright bass has lots of wood in the sound, the drums very real sounding and Patricia's vocals and keyboards exceptional! I believe the 300 with its tubed output stage and balanced outs (for an intermediate priced player)is definately worth a listen! I bought this player "new", not from a grey market source and have owened it for almost 2 years now and no problems!. My system consists of: MG 1.6QR's, Cary SLP-308 Pre-amp, highly modified Hafler DH-220 ( aka Musical concepts P3-C boards, Black Gate caps, torodial transformer and Cardas binding posts). Speaker cables: Paul Speltz " Anti-Cables, Kimber "Silver-Streak" inter-connects, Shyunata Taipa and Kimber Power Cords and Monster HTS-1000 power conditioner. The description as written for the CD300 is absolutely true. The Shanling CD-300 is highly recommended!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007

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