November 2022

Home Audio CD Players: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of CD Player rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 4 Nov 2022, Onkyo DXC390 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed cd player with 4 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 cd player' this month. It is followed by Bose Wave Music System IV and Yamaha CD-S303 , with 3 and 2 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price CD Player
Idsesmedia
Crutchfield
iMore
MUO
BestReviews
What Hi-Fi
BestCovery
Lifewire
history-computer.com
AlphaTopList
1
- $249
Onkyo DXC390
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-
4
2
-
-
1
-
4
-
2
- $356
Bose Wave Music System IV
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-
-
-
5
-
-
1
1
-
3
New * $330
Yamaha CD-S303
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1
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
- $599
Cambridge Audio CXC
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-
-
-
3
5
4
-
-
-
5
- $439
Teac PD 301 CD Player
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-
5
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
11
-8 $349
Cambridge Audio AXC35
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-
-
4
-
6
-
-
-
-
12
- $1400
Marantz ND8006
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-
6
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
13
- $110
Toshiba CWU700
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
6

We ranked Onkyo DXC390 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Onkyo DXC390 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
iMore

Best CD Changer

Pros
Multiple CD slots
Continuous playback options
Plays different types of CDs

Cons
No wireless options
No app

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MUO

Editors Choice

Pros
Heavily shielded construction
Six-disc capability
Delivers crystal-clear playback

Cons
A bit heavy

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BestCovery

Best CD Player Overall

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history-computer.com

Best Multi-Disc

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We ranked Bose Wave Music System IV #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Bose Wave Music System IV as #1.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Most Comprehensive

Pros
Using Bose’s “Waveguide” technology, sound is able to permeate throughout the listener’s room making for an immersive music experience.
Able to play radio, MP3, CD, and Bluetooth.

Cons
You will need an adapter to utilize the Bluetooth technology.

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Lifewire

Best Overall

Pros
Fantastic audio quality
Good voice recognition
Handy remote and dedicated app for unit control

Cons
Wi-Fi connectivity can be problematic
Setup process can take longer than average thanks to frequent updates

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history-computer.com

Best Overall CD Player

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Home Audio CD Players.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Home Audio CD Players, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Yamaha CD-S303 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Yamaha CD-S303 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Crutchfield

Best budget CD player

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MUO

Premium Pick

Pros
Handy features to combat noise and interference
Convenient playback functions
Dimmable display
Remote control

Cons
Not for compact setups

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We ranked Cambridge Audio CXC #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Unrivaled Sound

Pros
Will sound great day one which allows users to hear “crisper” versions of each instrument.
Boasts a straightforward setup with an easy-to-use remote and sensible button display.

Cons
No radio or Bluetooth capabilities.

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What Hi-Fi

If you already own a DAC, you can buy this CD transport instead of a standalone player. Trust us, its sound will impress.

Pros
Musicality and muscle
Well-built
Good remote control

Cons
Requires an external DAC
Getting older now
Minimal for some

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BestCovery

Best looking cd player

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We ranked Teac PD 301 CD Player #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
iMore

Best for Small Spaces

Pros
Tiny
Playback of multiple file types
Offers digital to analog audio converters

Cons
High price
Doesn't include speakers

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Lifewire

Best for Compact Spaces

Pros
User-friendly controls
Beautiful, compact design
TEAC tray-loader included
Low signal-to-noise ratio for an exceptional hi-fi experience

Cons
Display is difficult to read at times

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We ranked Cambridge Audio AXC35 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
MUO

Pros
Sturdy metal chassis
High-performing DAC for precise conversions
Minimalist design

Cons
No quality controls

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What Hi-Fi

Slimline, no-frills CD player, a capable contender

Pros
Good detail resolution
Fits well within AX series
Minimalist design

Cons
Can be beaten for sound
Functional build
No optical output

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We ranked Marantz ND8006 #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
iMore

Best Premium

Pros
Supports AirPlay 2, Alexa, Google Assistant
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB Connectivity
High-quality audio conversion

Cons
Yes, the price
Overkill for most
Just one CD slot

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history-computer.com

Best Sound

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We ranked Toshiba CWU700 #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Home Audio CD Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
history-computer.com

Best Vintage Style

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AlphaTopList

Pros
Balanced, full audio
Perfect for home or office
Bluetooth enabled
AM/FM function

Cons
Does not support gapless playback
Difficult to program clock/alarm

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