Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport - Dreamedia AV
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Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport

Seamless Hi-Fi CD Transport for EVO Amplifiers
$1,199.00
$1,199.00

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Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport

Elevate Your Audio Experience

In the world of high-fidelity audio, the quest for purity and clarity of sound is eternal. The Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport is a testament to this pursuit, offering an exquisitely engineered solution for the discerning audiophile. With a design philosophy that marries form and function, the EVO CD is more than a device; it's a gateway to aural nirvana.

Uncompromising Sound Quality

The heart of the EVO CD lies in its custom-designed S5 Servo, a marvel of engineering that ensures your CDs are read accurately, providing an error-free playback experience. This precision allows for the retrieval of every nuance in the music, delivering crystal-clear sound that stays true to the original recording.

The Pinnacle of CD Playback

  • High-Quality Audio CD Transport: Designed exclusively for EVO all-in-one players, ensuring a synergy that brings out the best in your CD collection.
  • Servo Design: The cutting-edge S5 Servo is tailored for perfect disc speed, ensuring your listening experience is free from errors and full of detail.
  • Digital Output: The custom connection to the main Evo unit maintains the purity of the digital audio signal, for sound that remains uncolored and true to its source.
  • Playback Features: Enjoy multi-format and gapless playback, allowing for a seamless transition between tracks and an uninterrupted listening experience.

Designed to Complement Your EVO System

As a companion device for the EVO 150 and EVO 75 Network Amplifiers, the EVO CD is meticulously crafted to complete your audio setup. The synergy between the EVO CD and its companion amplifiers ensures a harmonious audio experience that's both rich and immersive.

Key Details

  • Companion Device: Tailored for the EVO 150 and EVO 75, creating an integrated system that elevates your home audio environment.
  • Pure Digital Connection: Utilizing a unique 2.5mm balanced umbilical connection, the EVO CD communicates flawlessly with your EVO amplifier.
  • Metadata Display: The EVO CD reads the disc's table of contents and displays CD metadata on the EVO 150/75's front panel color display, enhancing your interaction with your music collection.
  • Efficient Power Consumption: With a low max power consumption of 20W and less than 0.5W on standby, the EVO CD is as energy-efficient as it is powerful.

Customization and Aesthetics

The EVO CD isn't just about performance; it's also about personalization and style. With changeable wooden side panels, you can tailor the look of your EVO CD to match your EVO all-in-one player, ensuring that it blends seamlessly into your home decor.

Build and Design

  • Chassis: The acoustically dampened metal chassis houses the CD tray, isolating components to deliver peak musical performance.
  • Customization: Wooden swappable side panels allow you to personalize the appearance of your EVO CD, making it uniquely yours.
  • Compact Design: Measuring just 317 x 89 x 352mm, the EVO CD's minimalist design ensures it fits comfortably in any space without compromising on functionality.

Seamless Control

Managing your EVO CD is a breeze with multiple control options. Whether you prefer using the EVO amplifiers' front panel, the remote, or the intuitive StreamMagic app, you have complete control over your listening experience at your fingertips.

Effortless Integration

  • StreamMagic App: Seamless integration with the StreamMagic control app offers you the convenience of managing your music library with ease.
  • Control Options: Choose between the EVO amplifiers' front panel, the remote, or the app for a customized control experience that suits your preferences.

Pros

The EVO CD sets new standards for CD playback with its array of features designed to enhance your listening experience:

  • Crystal-clear Sound: Relish in the pristine audio quality that brings every detail of your music to life.
  • Responsive Playback: Quick and intuitive track skipping and scrubbing for a listening experience that keeps pace with your demands.
  • Compact Form Factor: Space-saving design that complements your living space without intruding on it.
  • Integrated Display: A neat feature that showcases CD metadata on the EVO 150/75's front panel color display, connecting you closer to your music.
  • Robust Construction: Made from carefully selected materials, the EVO CD is built to last and perform at its peak.
  • Pure Digital Signal: The custom digital output to the Evo ensures that your audio signal remains untouched, delivering sound as the artist intended.
  • Acoustic Isolation: The metal chassis is designed to dampen external vibrations, ensuring that nothing interferes with your audio experience.

The EVO CD Experience

The Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport is not just a product; it's an experience, a statement, and a commitment to audio excellence. It's a device that understands the language of music and translates it into an auditory experience that's as close to perfection as it gets. With the EVO CD, you're not just listening to music; you're living it.

Embrace the Future of Sound

In a world where streaming often takes center stage, the EVO CD stands as a beacon for those who appreciate the tactile and timeless nature of CDs. It's an invitation to revisit your cherished collection and rediscover the depth and detail that only a dedicated CD transport can provide.

Your Music, Your Way

With Dreamedia's expertise, designing your home theater system with the EVO CD at its core is effortless. We understand the nuances that make a good system great, and we're here to ensure that every chord, every melody, and every beat resonates with the clarity and passion it deserves.

Step into a new era of audio fidelity with the Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport. Rediscover your love for music in its purest form.

Our Review

Cambridge Audio EVO CD Compact Disc Transport Review

Introduction

With the revival of physical media in a streaming-dominated market, there's a growing appetite for devices that cater to the audiophile's desire for tactile interaction and pure sound. The Cambridge Audio EVO CD transport is a testament to this trend, designed to bridge the gap between the nostalgic allure of CDs and the sophisticated demands of high-fidelity audio systems. Specifically tailored to complement the EVO 150 and EVO 75 Network Amplifiers, this piece of equipment promises a listening experience that honors the original recording with minimal interference.

Design

The Cambridge Audio EVO CD is a statement of intent in contemporary audio design, boasting a compact and minimalist approach that doesn't just blend into your living space but elevates it. The device's aesthetic is a nod to the modern listener who appreciates both form and function.

Form Factor

Measuring 317 x 89 x 352mm, the EVO CD's form factor is thoughtfully considered, ensuring it doesn't demand excessive real estate in a home theater setup. Its size is a harmonious match for the EVO amplifiers, creating a symmetrical and visually pleasing stack or side-by-side arrangement.

Build Quality

Cambridge Audio doesn't skimp on build quality. The EVO CD's acoustically dampened metal chassis is a fortress for its internal components, guarding against vibrations and external interferences that could color the audio output. This robust construction underlines a commitment to peak musical performance that's expected from high-end audio gear.

Features

The EVO CD stands out as a dedicated CD transport, intentionally lacking a built-in DAC to leverage the superior conversion capabilities of its EVO amplifier counterparts. This choice is a clear statement that Cambridge Audio believes in specialization, allowing each component in the audio chain to excel in its specific role.

Connectivity

While the EVO CD's back panel is sparse, featuring only a proprietary CD out and an AC power connector, it's this simplicity that ensures a pure digital audio signal is fed to the EVO amplifiers. The unique 2.5mm balanced umbilical connection is engineered for pristine two-way communication with the EVO 150/75, creating an almost symbiotic relationship between the devices.

Control Options

Control of the EVO CD is versatile, with options ranging from the front panel of the EVO amplifiers, their remote, or the intuitive StreamMagic app. This flexibility in control ensures that users can manage their listening experience with ease and convenience.

Compatibility and Playback

The EVO CD's compatibility is laser-focused, designed to work in concert with the EVO 150 and EVO 75 Network Amplifiers. It supports CD-DA, CD-R, and CD-RW disc formats, catering to both commercially produced and personal compilations. The transport's commitment to gapless playback reinforces its audiophile credentials, ensuring an uninterrupted listening experience.

Performance

The EVO CD's performance is anchored by the custom-designed S5 Servo, a mechanism that promises improved error correction, faster disc detection, and enhanced detail retrieval. This level of precision is paramount in delivering the high-resolution audio that discerning listeners demand.

Sound Quality

Sound quality through the EVO CD is nothing short of stellar. When paired with its EVO amplifiers, the transport delivers a crystal-clear audio experience, faithfully reproducing the nuances and dynamics of the original recording without any perceptible coloration.

Responsiveness

Track skipping and scrubbing are executed with impressive responsiveness. The EVO CD's quick reaction to user input means less time waiting and more time enjoying the music, which is a subtle yet significant aspect of user satisfaction.

Integration with EVO Amplifiers

The seamless integration with EVO amplifiers is a highlight, with the CD metadata displayed on the EVO 150/75's front panel color display. This feature not only provides valuable track information but also enhances the user experience through its sleek visual presentation.

User Experience

Daily interaction with the EVO CD is thoughtful and rewarding. Its operation is intuitive, catering to both the tech-savvy and those who prefer a straightforward listening session.

Setup and Installation

Setting up the EVO CD with the EVO amplifiers is a straightforward affair, thanks to its plug-and-play design and the intuitive guidance provided by the StreamMagic app. Users can expect to be up and running within minutes, not hours.

Usability

The usability of the EVO CD, especially in conjunction with the StreamMagic app, is commendable. The app’s interface is clean and user-friendly, ensuring that navigation and control are as enjoyable as the listening experience itself.

Limitations

Despite its many strengths, the EVO CD is not without its limitations. Its exclusive design for use with EVO amplifiers means that it's not the right fit for every system, and the absence of industry-standard digital outputs can be a deal-breaker for those who require more versatility in connectivity.

Compatibility Concerns

The EVO CD's limited compatibility is a double-edged sword. While it ensures a tailored and optimized experience for EVO amplifier owners, it also excludes a broader audience who might have different components in their audio setups.

Connectivity Limitations

The lack of industry-standard outputs is a significant caveat. For those who already own a DAC or an amplifier with a superior DAC, the EVO CD's proprietary connection could be viewed as a restrictive choice, limiting the potential for system expansion or integration with other high-end audio equipment.

Final Thoughts

The Cambridge Audio EVO CD is a niche product with a specific audience in mind. Its construction, design, and performance are indicative of Cambridge Audio's commitment to high-fidelity sound. The EVO CD is a compelling choice for those already invested in the EVO ecosystem or those planning to do so. However, its exclusivity and connectivity limitations must be carefully considered before making the investment. For those who meet its criteria, the EVO CD will be a source of pure, unadulterated audio pleasure that rekindles the romance of CD listening.

Specifications

Technical Specifications

  • Output: Custom connection to main Evo unit
  • Compatibility: CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW only
  • Total Correlated Jitter: <140pS
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
  • Servo: Cambridge S5
  • Gapless Playback: Yes
  • Connection: EVO Link
  • Dimensions: 317 x 89 x 352mm
  • Weight: 5 Kg
  • Max Power Consumption: 20W

Features

  • Audio CD Transport: High quality, designed exclusively for Evo all-in-one players
  • Servo Design: Custom designed S5 Servo for perfect disc speed and error-free playback
  • Digital Output: Custom to Evo for pure digital audio signal
  • Playback: Supports multi-format and gapless playback
  • Chassis: Acoustically dampened metal with CD tray
  • Side Panels: Changeable to match your Evo all-in-one player

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