May 2024

Home Audio CD Players: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of home audio CD players rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 6 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 56 CD player endorsements from 9 reputable publishers.

46 CD players were endorsed in total, only 6 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 6 May 2024, Onkyo DXC390 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed CD player with 4 expert endorsements. 1 expert out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 CD player' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking home audio CD players start at $24.99 (Coby Compact Anti-Skip) and go up to $2609.96 (Marantz SACD 30n). Median CD player costs $399 (Cambridge Audio AXC35).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price CD Player
Lifewire
MUO
BestReviews
World Wide Stereo
Crutchfield
Idsesmedia
BestCovery
What Hi-Fi
Best Products
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Onkyo DXC390
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5
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- $599
Cambridge Audio CXC
The Cambridge Audio CXC CD Player is highly praised for its superior audio quality, sleek design, and durable build, making it a top choice for audiophiles and music enthusiasts.
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- $380
Yamaha CD-S303
The Yamaha CD-S303 CD player offers impressive audio performance, high-quality construction, and flexible connectivity options, making it a great choice for those seeking detailed and accurate sound reproduction.
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3
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- $549
Denon DCD-900NE
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4
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5
+2 $599
Marantz CD6007
The Marantz CD6007 CD Player is highly recommended for its exceptional audio quality, premium design, and solid build quality, making it a standout choice for audiophiles seeking a reliable and long-lasting CD player.
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12
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Cambridge Audio AXC35
The Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD Player is highly recommended for its exceptional audio quality, impressive bass performance, flexible connectivity options, sleek design, and durable build quality.
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#3 $379.95 Yamaha CD-S303
#12 $399 Cambridge Audio AXC35
#4 $549 Denon DCD-900NE
#2 $599 Cambridge Audio CXC
#5 $599 Marantz CD6007

We ranked Onkyo DXC390 #1 in May 2024 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:
MUO

Best Budget

Six-disc capability
Heavily shielded construction
Delivers crystal-clear playback
Analog and digital outputs

No USB port

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World Wide Stereo

The Best Multi-Disc CD Player

6 Disc Carousel keeps the tunes playing. User friendly remote control.

Takes up more space depth-wise than a traditional single disc CD player.

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BestCovery

Best CD Player Overall

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Best Products

Best CD Changer

Stores up to six CDs
High-end DAC

On-device controls limited

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We ranked Cambridge Audio CXC #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best home audio CD players” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 8 Aug 2023)
The Cambridge Audio CXC CD Player is highly praised for its superior audio quality, sleek design, and durable build, making it a top choice for audiophiles and music enthusiasts.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Unrivaled Sound

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.

No radio or Bluetooth capabilities.

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BestCovery

Best looking cd player

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What Hi-Fi

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

Musicality and muscle
Well-built
Good remote control

It requires an external DAC
Getting older now
Minimal for some

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Best Products

Best CD Transport

Uncompromising digital audio
Smooths out CD imperfections

Clunky remote control

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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 May 2024 ranking

We ranked Yamaha CD-S303 #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best home audio CD players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Yamaha CD-S303 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Nov 2023)
The Yamaha CD-S303 CD player offers impressive audio performance, high-quality construction, and flexible connectivity options, making it a great choice for those seeking detailed and accurate sound reproduction.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best All-In-One CD Player

3-Mode CD Text Display will give you information about the disc currently playing. Digital servo will make quick work of those scratched or scuffed discs that won’t play in other CD Players.

Buttons on face of the unit are not back-lit and can be difficult to see in low-light rooms.

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Crutchfield

Best budget CD player

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We ranked Denon DCD-900NE #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best home audio CD players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Denon DCD-900NE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
MUO

Best CD Player Overall

Excellent sound quality
Low noise
Lossless audio playback via USB
Premium design

Can't play SACDs

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World Wide Stereo

The Best DJ CD Player

Built in DAC and well thought out design make this player a value for the prices tag, Pure Direct Mode.

Does not support gapless playback on the USB stick side of the player.

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We ranked Marantz CD6007 #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best home audio CD players” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 8 Aug 2023)
The Marantz CD6007 CD Player is highly recommended for its exceptional audio quality, premium design, and solid build quality, making it a standout choice for audiophiles seeking a reliable and long-lasting CD player.
Critic endorsements:
World Wide Stereo

The Best Single-Disc CD Player

Upgraded HDAM module for more accurate listening sessions. Built-in headphone amplifier that’s able to be turned on and off as needed.

None. This is a great piece of equipment.

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What Hi-Fi

Awards 2023 winner. With detail, dynamics and a beautifully clear sound, this is a sensational entry-level CD player.

Class-leading insight
More dramatic presentation
Excellent build and finish

Looks like previous models

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We ranked Cambridge Audio AXC35 #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best home audio CD players” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 8 Aug 2023)
The Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD Player is highly recommended for its exceptional audio quality, impressive bass performance, flexible connectivity options, sleek design, and durable build quality.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

An understated but solid solution that's ideal for those on a budget

Good detail resolution
Fits well within AX series
Minimalist design

Can be beaten for sound
Functional build
No optical output

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Best Products

Best Budget HI-FI Cd Players

Excellent value for money
Pairs with external DAC

Lacks optical output

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