Sony CDP-X5000 CD Players

CDP-X5000

User Reviews (7)

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Dai Ito   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 26, 2001]
Strength:

Wide&deep soundstage. Smart design (both body and remote). Build quality. Analogue player-like manner to handle

Weakness:

None at this price range

This CD player has been my good partner for more than one year. I really like its simple design; quite different from other Japanese mass-products. It is also characterized by the moving turntable/fixed pickup mechanism. The Copernican revolution. The sound is of course excellent.

Answer to the previous reviewer: X3000s have digital filters, but X5000s do not. If you would like to have them, please try a Sony's CDP-MS1 which has more sophisticated (complicated?) ones.

Similar Products Used: Sony CDP-X3000, DENONs, MF Electra
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
K.C. Koe   Casual Listener [Jan 05, 2001]

I have a question regarding to this CD Player. It seems some of reviewers mentioned there is a digital filter for this CD player. Where is the digital filter switch or button? How to use the digital filter switch? Thanks in advance!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
C.H. Lew   an Audio Enthusiast [Dec 30, 1998]

Was looking around for CD-players, never really meant to buy anything. Went to audition Marantz-17 KI sig, Theta Miles, Sony XA50ES, even an exquisitely crafted 2nd-Hand Marantz-23. Bought the X5000 on impulse, must be love at first sight. Beautifully crafted on a compact box, and very fun to load in a disc. Detailed, and warm sounding, and very listenable. Spent many wonderful hours re-listening to all my cds.

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5
VALUE
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HORACIO E CARVALHO   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 30, 1999]

RARE PRODUCT SIMILAR TO THE CDP-X3000ES REVIEWED IN THE U.K MUCH BETTER THAN THE X20ES UNIT IS 11 INCHES WIDE ,FINISH IS GOLD.SOUND IS SMOOTH ,DECENT LOWS AND MIDRANGE WITH NO TRACE OF HARDNESS.UNIT IS BEING USED AS A TRANSPORT SINCE THIS IS ITS STRENGH.THERE IS TOSLINK, COAXIAL DIGITAL OUTPUTS WITH A ON OFF SWITCH.ONE THING ABOUT SONYS NO PROBLEM ON TRACKING SCRATCHED DISCS OR MANUFACTURING DEFECTS,SINCE I OWE ABOUT 600 CDS IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.TOP LOADING IS ACCESS TROUGH A CLEAR SLIDING DOOR SIMILAR TO THE C.E.C. SOUND WITH THE THETA PRIME- 2A IS BEYOND REPROACH BORDERING THE STATE OF THE ART.ONE OF THE BEST SOUNDS I HAVE EVER HEARD THROUGH MY ACOUSTATS 2+2 FIVE STAR AS A TRANSPORT AND 3 STARS AS A CD PLAYER!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
CK   an Audiophile [Aug 03, 1999]

The X5000 replaced the Theta Data Basic 2/Audio Alchemy DTI 2.0 and DDE 3.0. I couldnt be any happier. Great sound, great look.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Ng Hon Mun   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 03, 1999]

A good CD Player which can double up as a transport.

Warm, natural sounding and good soundstage.


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5
VALUE
RATING
Walter Manning   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 01, 2000]
Strength:

Excellent build and sound

Weakness:

Plays only 1 CD at a time

Sony CDP-X3000ES, X5000 CD Players have excellent build, appearance and sonic qualities.

I have owned the similiar Sony CDP-X3000ES for several years
which I purchased in Singapore. I only found out recently that it was never available in USA as the X30000ES and the X5000ES were very Japanese limited editions.

The controls on the unit are very basic and minimal in line with most high end audiophile CDP's. All fine controls and adjustments are made witht he comprehensive remote control.

The unit is made from die cast gold anodized aluminium chasis and cover and very atractive.

There are several features quite unique to these 2 units.
1. the DAC was four selectable Digital Filters that change the sound from a very warm/deep to a very high clarity sharp discrete sound. I change filters to suit the type of music from rock, classical and jazz.

2. It is a top loading unit and the physical lazer head is fixed and does not move like in almost all other units. The rotating CD moves back and forth over the lazer head.
All this happens in plan view under a clear lexan panel which always gets a lot of attention.

3. The CD is held / clamped down in place by a heavy stablizer disk placed on top of the CD that is also pulled down by heavy magnets in the drive spindle.

4. Both 2 & 3 above improve the stability of the disk and
reduce the mechanical movement and improve sound quality.

I have run direct comparison tests with the Rega Planet, Cal Labs CL-15 CDP, Sony XA20ES, and many other more hi-end units and prefer the X3000ES sonically over all except the
very hi end refernece units like the Wadia 850 costing many times more.

I value rate this unit 5 stars for its excellent sound / cost ratio and 4 stars compared to 5 star reference units.

Similar Products Used: CDP-X3000ES
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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