Our new CP-800 continues to win over the harshest critics with its outstanding performance, reliablility and value. Here are some excerpts from its most recent review by John E. Johnson in Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity - March 2012
Reviewer - John E. Johnson Jr.
"When I said the CP-800 is unique, I mean unique. Innovative is another word that comes to mind. The ability to take all digital circuitry out of the signal path so that the preamplifier is totally analog is a brilliant stroke of design engineering."
"I listened to a great deal of music with the CP-800 because it was such a pleasure. I did take the opportunity to listen to chamber music, which is what I would call background music, and the CP-800 - I can say with all sincerity - sounded marvelous at
low volume as well. I connected an iPod to the front USB port, and I don't think I have ever heard music from an iPod digital dock sound so good. This was due both to the fact that I use *.wav encoding as well as Apple Lossless Encoding for my music files,
but also because the USB circuitry in the CP-800 is asynchronous, which basically means that the bitstream comes into a buffer, where it is reclocked and then sent to the DAC, having used the CP-800's clock to eliminate the large amount of jitter that is present
in USB audio bitstreams."
"This is one hell of a preamplifier. You get world class performance when used strictly in analog mode, and still quite excellent performance if you want to use subwoofers and some room EQ. In my opinion, this is a benchmark product."
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