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Arcam CDS50 (Black)

SACD Player with Music Streamer
£649
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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A noticeable improvement in CD sound quality I can hear the difference in sound between this player and my "old" CD player. My CDs are now much more on a par with the quality of sound from my turntable. The music streamer side of the CD Player did not seem that good from the spec and other reviews, which was confirmed by Richer Sounds staff.
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound from Arcam CDS50 I Bought this mainly for the cd player which sounds real good, quality build as you would expect from Arcam, i did hear some horror stories regarding the streaming side, but i have had no issues with it, i linked it to my Mac using Firestream server and can send my audio files direct, i use a apple tv to the digital dac of the arcam if i want quick link to phone and ipads, you could also link a bluetooth device to the digital dac of the arcam, so connection is easy, so far so good and the usual excellent service from richer sounds at a competitive price
Date published: 2021-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, shonky streaming app... Bought this after my NAD M5 died and couldn't be repaired (shocking for an £1800 player). I have a large SACD collection I wanted to be able to play, and this is now the cheapest stereo SACD player on the market. As other reviews mention, the sound is terrific, it really has a good DAC built in. For standard red book CD's it's a revelation, much better than my NAD was. With SACD's it's perhaps not as detailed and spacious, but very musical and listenable nonetheless. The streaming side sounds equally good and I've found myself using it a lot more than I expected, I have been using a Mac Mini through an Arcam irDAC for high Res streaming, and the CDS50 does sound better. it is a bit of a pain to set up, and forgets the WiFi password if the power is switched fully off, so I'm going to switch to ethernet. BUT, the reason I've given it four stars is that the MusicLife app you have to use for streaming is pretty crummy. I use Qobuz for streaming, and MusicLife lacks most of the features from Qobuz's own app, including hapless playback. There's a good two to three second gap between tracks, which is extremely irritating in continuous pieces of classical music. It's like using iTunes in about 2005. It also doesn't support Apple Muaic or Spotify, presumably as they're not high-res, though radio is played either same bit rates as DAB, SO 6Music is at 128kbps, when BBC Sounds is at 320. Mind you it STL sounds good, much better than lousy DAB. So all in all a great sounding player rather let down by a shonky streaming app.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound The CDS50 was bought to replace an Arcam CD72, now there’s a blast from the past! The difference is amazing. Instruments are brought to another level and listening to CDs it’s like listening to a new album. The speakers are Linn Ninkas so the CDS50 complements them very well especially in the midrange. Richer sounds price matched when I showed them another price, that and saying that I would rather buy from Richer Sounds...flattery gets you everywhere! All in all very happy with product, price and Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and good looks In both streaming and CD modes it sounds really detailed and lush. The player looks good with its smooth lines and simple appearance and the remote control is a real pleasure to use. After having the Arcam Amplifier recommended by a friend the CDS 50 was the natural Arcam partnerMy only drawback is that I now feel I should update my old speakers!
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality CD/Streamer Purchased to replace my geriatric cd player on the basis of known Arcam quality, attractive sleek looks & an "in" for me into streaming the CDS50 does not sonically disappoint given enhanced detail, soundstage & rhythm. Only gripe (and loss of a star) relates to streaming setup for an old grizzly streaming newbie as the manual is sadly deficient on this aspect and the MusicLife control app is not intuitive, The manual really warrants a "Streaming for Dummies" section, which would have saved me a few hours of grief. For some its incompatibility with Spotify could also be unfavourable.
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skeptical but very suprised I bought this a couple of weeks ago to replace a FMJ27 Arcam CD player, that I've had since 2001. I wasn't sure if it would live up to my expectations, as the FMJ had performed very well, but it sure has, as I use it more it just seems to get better & better ( because of the burn in period that all hi-fi benefit from).
Date published: 2020-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete new Hi Fi I bought an Arcam SA20 Amp, Arcam CDS50 CD Player and a beautiful pair of Bowers and Wilkins Anniversary Edition 630 Speakers plus connection leads and speaker cable. The guys at York provided great , knowledgeable advice . I originally ordered an unboxed pair of standard Bowers and Wilkins 603’s but when boxing them up to collect the manager noticed they were damaged. They were the last pair so he discounted a pair of anniversary edition ones which was a great deal for me and shows their commitment to service . Happy customers return.......and I will.
Date published: 2020-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing Sound!! I wish I could relive my life over again because my cds sound as though they come from another dimension!! Absolutely top notch kit . Incredible!!Thank you Arcam and Richer Sounds.Speechless.
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super quality sound and great features but.. This CD player has a wonderful natural clarity about it to my ears, and the network features are great. Great detailed balanced sound with great clarity in the higher frequencies. But... One unfortunate flaw for me. My entire music collection is ripped to lossless .Wav files. The network player played them but without the ability to fast forward or rewind. MP3 was ok no problem. Not sure about the other lossless formats. Such a shame for me as the player was otherwise everything I wanted with great quality hifi sound too.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arcam at it's best My Alpha9 cd died a month ago and an old cd player didn't match up, so went and tested a couple of cd players and the CDS50 was our choice.
Date published: 2020-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Revelation! Bought this to replace an old Cambridge Audio player. It’s been like rediscovering my CD collection. The detail this player extracts is staggering. It also streams from Tidal and Qobuz in hi res via the MusicLife app, so for me is the perfect all rounder.
Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great box A very good value machine. Very happy with the sound quality. It is NOT compatible with Spotify which led me to upgrade to Qobuz which is actually superior.
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arcam CDS 50 Great product, good sound quality, good features including the ability to play SACD, XLR outputs to connect to suitable equipment, plus digital in and out connection and well built.
Date published: 2020-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Price for SACD and Up-sampling I bought this to go along with the new ARCAM AVR10. I was aware that there were higher priced and better spec CD Players, but went for the fair price and matching aesthetic. I have been very impressed with the sound quality of both SACD's but even more so with the up-sampling of standard CD's. As with all ARCAM products, there is some investment needed in set up (only for streaming, not SACD/CD's) but always worth it in the end.
Date published: 2020-02-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound Having had a Marantz CD and Sony AV receiver for many years I thought it was time for a revamp. I purchased this Arcam CD player plus a Denon AV receiver and new Dali Speakers and so far all going great.
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound quality from both CD's and SACD's I bought this player as I have both a large CD collection and a large vinyl collection. I have a decent vinyl front end but an old cd player so i found i could not listen to CD's due to the harsh inferior sound quality. The Arcam CDS50 has evened up the playing field somewhat. In fact in some good cd recordings where i also have the vinyl there is very little difference. SACD playback is even better but I didnt have any and have had to find used ones which are more expensive than normal cds and not as much choice. I have bought a few but will just get the odd special purchase when i can. The streaming side is a bit fiddly to set up but when its working the sound quality from radio is great. Overall a very good addition to my set up and although not cheap it is good value for what you get.
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good sound, very good looks My previous Arcan amp and CD player was bought in 1987 so it was time for some new ones! I bought them from Richer Sounds because I was impressed by the attitudes and policies of the owner.
Date published: 2020-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful sound Having upgraded from my previous Arcam 6 series purchased some 20 plus years ago I couldn’t be more delighted with this latest addition. The only slight niggle arose with the delivery. Despite receiving email confirmation of the date etc the equipment was delivered to the store rather than my home.
Date published: 2020-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-experience your collection, stream in hi def I bought the Arcam CDS50 in Oct & am thoroughly impressed! I have to give full credit the Chelsea team in steering me to the Arcam as i was originally looking at the Marantz CD6006 but on the basis on wanting a player that fully supported SACD I decided to re-think my budget ... & I'm so glad I did!. The sheer upscale experience from my rejuvenated CDs & to a whole new level with my limited but prized SACD's has been a revelation! Now onto the streaming capability.. initially i struggled with the set up & connectivity with the MusicLife IOS app but but after a quick call with Arcam (worth mentioning that it fixed after reloading the token with the app settings) I'm now accessing my TIDAL hifi a/c to access & playback audio in hi def FLAC & loving it! From my ears & senses this Arcam has taken my hifi playback capability & experience to whole new level whilst opening up the world of hi def audio at my fingertips! If this is within your budget i would highly recommend!
Date published: 2019-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great clear 3D sound, very pure I bought it a few weeks ago and so happy. My CD and SACD collection has a second life. So moved, can’t stop listening to it.
Date published: 2019-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Very pleased with the versatility of this machine. It has many outlets to connect with any amplifier and can act as digital converter for other items in a system. The appearance of this well constructed CD player especially alongside the Arcam current amplifiers graces any living room.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent sound via Optical Reciever input. Very happy with it, my old DVD/ Blue ray player would not play some of my SACDs! This plays all, much better quality and especially bass and stereo/ 5:1 separation. Std. CDs sound great too.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound but connectivity could be better I compared this with a Marnatz CD player and the sound from the Arcam was richer and more detailed. However, the connectivity for streaming is not intuitive and the instructions limited.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good musical sound, operationally quirky The good news : This player has a great DAC with a good natural sound quality. Midrange is full and helps make digital radio/files sound anaemic. Reminds me of the decent Arcam CD players that came out in the 90's that made digital sound a bit more analogue than a lot of other players. Generally well built and comes with a decent back-lit remote control. I like the digital inputs which allow me to connect my TV and streamer so I can use Spotify and bluetooth (not supported by the CDS50 itself). The bad news : Operationally this player isn't the most intuitive and comes with a poor quick start guide and not much more information on Arcam's website. I don't bother to use the MusicLife app on my iPhone as this seems lacklustre. Despite the operational 'quirks', I would recommend this player for it's sound quality.
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nightmare to set up, great once working This machine works well once you have gone beyond the difficult set up (streaming). This is widely reported elsewhere - I only noticed after purchase. The on-screen instructions are scant, and there is no further information on the Arcam website. I spent a week going through the operation permutations and failed. Eventually had to pay the additional cost for the RS installations guy to try and he had no idea - but was lucky to sort the streaming by accident (although did not know how). Wifi was no good, password loading is extremely painful and it 'forgets'. Used ethernet cable, machine also 'forgets' it is hooked up when on standby. So a reset of the connection and it sort of works, then becomes visible to Arcam phone App. Not the best. I am somewhat stunned that this is not an intuitive set up that the average person can achieve within a reasonable time. If a professional installation engineer is baffled (in his frustration he advised I return the unit) then it cannot be right. Anyway, now eventually up and running. The CD is great. The USB allows me to search/play files from my cloned car's flash drive (this is really useful and a load quicker than looking on the CD rack). And the streaming is, for me, a revelation. So a multi-functional unit that will also accommodate my old record deck, but one that has a massive installation challenge. Shame. Remember the Krypton Factor?
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm sound with good depth and detail My Music Fidelity had CD player (A5) had finally stopped working. I wanted a good quality replacement with similar sound without spending thousands. I looked on the web and spoke with the trusted team at Richer Sounds Reigate and the Arcam fitted the bill. Very good sound with detail and depth. As an added bonus it can stream music. This works very well. Build quality is excellent. Very happy.
Date published: 2018-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be warned...! The Arcam Music Life app does NOT do gapless playback! Pathetic for a HiFi company.....
Date published: 2018-10-26
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