Arcam CDS27 SACD Player with Music Streamer

Arcam CDS27 (Black)

SACD Player with Music Streamer

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A top quality CD/SACD player and music streamer in one, the Arcam CDS27 is a complete digital entertainer.

Reference-standard CD quality

As a simple CD player, the Arcam CDS27 is one of the best in its class. At its heart is a Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Used in conjunction with a linear phase Bessel output filter and high precision re-clocking system, the level of precision and realism is first-rate. Separate power supplies for digital, analogue and transport sections ensures each part works free from the potential interference from the other, for lower levels of distortion and enhanced resolution.

Super Audio CD (SACD) playback
In addition to making a great CD player, the Arcam CDS27 also replays SACDs. 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 via UPnP and CIFS
More than just a CD player, the Arcam CDS27 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 CDS27 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 and HD audio right up to 192 kHz/24 bit quality, the CDS27 is a flexible bit of hi-fi.

Improved MusicLife iOS control app
If you've got an Apple iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad, then you can take full control of streaming music to your Arcam device with the new MusicLife control app. Working with the wireless system, it lets you stream music directly from your device as well as servers or computers connected via UPnP. 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.

Plenty of connection options
In addition to regular RCA analogue, coaxial and optical digital outputs the CDS27 is also equipped with 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.

If you've been pondering whether to switch from CD to streaming or not, with the Arcam CDS27 you can have the best of both worlds - and all at the best possible quality!

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A top quality CD/SACD player and music streamer in one, the Arcam CDS27 is a complete digital entertainer.

Reference-standard CD quality

As a simple CD player, the Arcam CDS27 is one of the best in its class. At its heart is a Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Used in conjunction with a linear phase Bessel output filter and high precision re-clocking system, the level of precision and realism is first-rate. Separate power supplies for digital, analogue and transport sections ensures each part works free from the potential interference from the other, for lower levels of distortion and enhanced resolution.

Super Audio CD (SACD) playback
In addition to making a great CD player, the Arcam CDS27 also replays SACDs. 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 via UPnP and CIFS
More than just a CD player, the Arcam CDS27 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 CDS27 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 and HD audio right up to 192 kHz/24 bit quality, the CDS27 is a flexible bit of hi-fi.

Improved MusicLife iOS control app
If you've got an Apple iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad, then you can take full control of streaming music to your Arcam device with the new MusicLife control app. Working with the wireless system, it lets you stream music directly from your device as well as servers or computers connected via UPnP. 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.

Plenty of connection options
In addition to regular RCA analogue, coaxial and optical digital outputs the CDS27 is also equipped with 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.

If you've been pondering whether to switch from CD to streaming or not, with the Arcam CDS27 you can have the best of both worlds - and all at the best possible quality!

Click here for link to our blog review

Cd Memory Yes
Cd Text No
Cdrw Playback Compatible Yes
Coaxial Digital Input No
Coaxial Digital Output yes
Dimensions WxDxH 433 X 276 X 75
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 433 x 87 x 278mm
Gapless Playback Yes
Optical Digital Input No
Optical Digital Output yes
Remote Control yes
USB Yes
Weight (KG) 5.2
XLR Balanced Outputs Yes
Brand Arcam
Colour Black
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sounds good, but clunky UI. A good-looking and substantially weighty SACD player which looks very cool on the shelf. As you'd expect from Arcam, the audio sounds good, being particularly smooth when playing SACDs, but I find there is sometimes a tendency for the sound to be a touch clinical and not so involving, probably due to the very good D-A and filtering keeping colouration and distortion to a minimum. What really lets the CDS27 down is the poor user interface. Firstly it's very slow to respond to commands from the remote control so you can, for example, press the eject button, think nothing is happening and press it again whereupon the drawer opens and shuts again! Navigating around the menus is not particularly intuitive and takes a while to get used to, and setting up the wifi connection is laborious. Arcam have always produced lovely analogue kit, but it seems they've been dragged into the digital world rather reluctantly and aren't very comfortable with it, like someone's dad who's had to learn to break-dance. Whilst the machine will play single-layer, hybrid and surround-sound SACDs, it will only ever output the 2 track SACD layer and although there is a button on the remote which is supposed to switch between the SACD and CD layers on a hybrid disc it doesn't seem to have been implemented. You might ask why you'd want to listen to the 16 bit PCM version when you've got a lovely 24 bit DSD available, but it would be nice to compare them sometimes. I don't have a surround sound system but, and I may be wrong here, it appears you can't output the 5.1 stream from the digital outputs either, which would be a disappointment. As this is a network streamer it plays a good selection of file formats and I find it works well with my external NAS drive, but sadly it doesn't display track info, and another big let-down - it doesn't do gapless replay between tracks, a massive oversight. It happily plays files (and displays track info) on a USB device as well, although the USB socket is inconveniently located on the back panel. Note this unit does not do internet radio. So to summarise - a good looking and sounding machine, but not without a substantial number of foibles. You should consider carefully whether you can live with all of those, especially as I'm given to believe this model is about to be superceded.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good sound-flimsy build Had the player for nearly two years now. Enjoyable natural and detailed sound. Low on facilities. Build quality is flimsy.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arcam cd 27 Had cd player for over week,now happy with purchase so far ,great sound and much more detail in presentation.principality
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb sound and great streaming. Sacd as well!, I recently purchased the CDS27 to replace my aging Alpha 9 player. I wanted this so I can thin out my CD collection by ripping them toa NAS and also play the few SACDs I have. I was a bit sceptical whether it would sound as good because the Alpha 9 was a highly acclaimed player due to it’s renowned ring DAC. I have been pleasantly surprised. The sound is different but still a very absorbing sound. Greater channel separation and a lot more clarity. I guess technology has improved a lot since 1998 when the Alpha 9 was released. Streaming sounds just as good as a CD and SACDs sound superb. I give 4 stars for 2 reasons. 1. No gapless playback streaming so no good for live albums. 2. Not able to program a CD. These are minor niggles that I can work round.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks and sounds good The player is let down a little by somewhat erratic software.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A CD Player for musicians I bought this CD player as a replacement for my 20+ year old Arcam Alpha 5 which finally died. The delicacy and translucency of the sound is wonderful - a truly musical experience.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent sound quality, but does not do gapless playback Bought as a replacement streamer to replace my Unitilite during a major upgrade of my naim system to a NAC202 and NAP200Dr. The Arcam with the naim Pre/Power amplification is a significant upgrade to the Unitilite and NAP 200Dr. However, there is one major gremlin and that is the Arcam does not do gapless playback and I have been informed by Arcam that it never will! This is not a problem if you do not listen to live recordings. IF you listen to live recordings it can be a bit dscincerting when there is a moment od silence between tracks.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Early Christmas present Bought this to go with arcam amp my first jump into high end hi fi will not be sorry excellent kit
Date published: 2016-12-02
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