Arcam CDS50 (Black)

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Arcam CDS50 (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 41.
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Arcam CDS50 (Black)

SACD Player with Music Streamer
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”…it will not only slip into a wide range of systems without problems, but will sound impressively rich and musical.” ’Hi-Fi News’ – Highly Commended.

Reference quality ESS Sabre DAC for first-class CD playback

Taking the CD player alone, the Arcam CDS50 is already amongst the best in its class. At its heart is an ESS Sabre 9038 DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Used in conjunction with a high precision clocking mechanism (for ultra-low jitter) and custom designed power supply, it delivers sensational sound quality.

Super Audio CD (SACD) – the ultimate version of CD
To hear the Arcam CDS50 at its very best, try it with Hi-Res SACD. These Direct Stream Digital (DSD) discs offer a far higher resolution than ordinary CDs and are similar in resolution to 24-bit music files. The result is a more natural sound, revealing subtle detail and texture in the music.

Stream your music
More than just a CD player, the Arcam CDS50 also includes a built-in streamer. Link to your system by wired Ethernet or by built-in Wi-Fi and compatible with UPnP and CIFS audio streaming standards, the CDS50 is the ideal device for listening to music stored on your NAS drive, laptop, PC or Mac. With the ability to handle a wide range of file formats, including FLAC, WAV, AAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, WMA, the CDS50 is flexible enough to handle all your music streaming needs.

Plus it’s also a stand-alone DAC
Thanks to the CDS50 featuring optical and coaxial digital inputs, it can also be used as a stand-alone DAC. This means that you can plug in other components, such as your TV, set-top box or games console and get access to the 32-bit, reference quality ESS DAC. More than just a CD and streamer, the CDS50 also gives your existing digital components a huge boost in sound quality.

MusicLife control app
Take full control of streaming music to your Arcam device with the MusicLife control app (now available for Android and Apple iOS devices). Working with the wireless system, it lets you stream music directly from your device as well as servers or computers connected via UPnP (Universal Plug n’ Play). The latest version brings Internet Radio, Podcasts plus streaming from TIDAL and Qobuz. Advanced features, such as library searching, sorting, shuffle and repeat playback are also catered for.

Studio quality XLR balanced outputs
In addition to regular RCA analogue, coaxial and optical digital outputs the CDS50 is also equipped with XLR balanced audio outputs. Connect to a compatible amplifier and you'll have a truly professional connection with ultra-low signal loss - even over longer runs.

Backlit remote control with learning ability
As standard, the Arcam CDS50 is supplied with a backlit, learning remote control. This makes it easier to use in low light levels and it will control other handy functions – such as your amp’s volume control. For effortless control as part of a home automation system, the CDS50 also features IR in, TRIG in sockets and a RS232 interface.

Get the very best from all your digital music sources, with the Arcam CDS50.
Smart Features
Smartphone control
Yes - Musiclife
Connectivity
Coaxial Digital Input
Yes
Coaxial Digital Output
Yes
Digital Audio Output
Yes - 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
USB
Yes
Wi-Fi Built In
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
Audio
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
Audio Formats
FLAC, WAV, AAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, WMA
Cd Memory
Yes
Cd Number Of Discs
1
Cdrw Playback Compatible
Yes
Gapless Playback
Yes
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
17
Weight
Weight (KG)
6
Accessories
Remote Control
Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound The SACD’s sound amazing on this player, highly recommend if you have a collection. Only thing I don’t like is the music life app for streaming needs big Improvement’s.
Date published: 2022-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound I bought this a couple of weeks ago and very impressed with the sound, it was recommended by a staff member as an excellent medium priced player and I very impressed by it.
Date published: 2022-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound I purchased this as an upgrade for my Arcam 73. Very pleased with it. Only one problem, difficult to pair with my computer to play music files from the external h/d, Amazon music and Apple Music library. On checking the manual (enclosed), there is nothing there to help and couldn’t get anyone to speak with me from Arcam.
Date published: 2022-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good system Bought this to go with my Arcam SA20 amp and Monitor Audio speakers. I was attracted by the fact I could stream in high quality from Tidal, Qobuz etc as well as still play my old cd collection. Took a while to work out how to get it all working properly as the instructions are a little vague but once I got it all up and running I am very happy with the result. The MusicLife app that you have to use to stream from Tidal etc might not be to everybody’s taste and it would great if in future you could stream directly from the main source as the interface would be much better. Finally, a slight pity the display is of a slightly different colour shade to the matching SA20 but I suppose it’s just a very minor point. Thanks to the guys in Richer Sounds, Reigate for great support.
Date published: 2022-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect with the SA20 The cds50 combined with the SA20 is beautiful, rich lush sound with my Kef's and Kube12b. I had a Cambridge audio 851 set up before these, the Arcam is a warmer sound of which I am in love with. Pink Floyd's The Wall and Dire Straits On Every Street sound perfect, if you loved the top Analogue sound of old you will instantly fall in love with this combination. I am in Music Heaven once again!!!
Date published: 2022-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent service Following very helpful discussion by email and then by telephone with Richer Sounds (Bournemouth) I decided to replace my old, faulty CD73 with the CDS50 rather than to pursue a repair option. I am delighted with the new model and its increased sound quality through my existing Arcam amp. Would return to the dealer for future purchases.
Date published: 2022-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had to be re connected to work but… Love this CD player, it did have a fishy connection - I am checking it’s ok now. Thought I may have to send back. Delivery was fab. Not sure how to stream as few instructions but I will learn
Date published: 2022-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Advice I had no idea what to buy and was well advised by Chris in online sales he gently suggested I revise my budget (upwards surprisingly) - I was seeking a way of setting up my old Thorens Deck - I had no idea what I was doing and so it was all on trust - I was not let down, apparent minimal design - fantastically easy to operate - and the sound imperfect - I know enthusiasts might not think so but for someone who is really more interested in the music than the delivery - the purity shocks me every time I turn it on - of course the amp is only one (vital) link in a great chain - Thanks Chris
Date published: 2021-09-10
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