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Disc-o-Rama: CD, SACD, DVD-Audio Players

It wasn’t that many years ago that most consumers assumed that all CD players sounded the same, while at the same time, some elitist-sounding audiophiles persistently campaigned that all compact-disc players were not, in fact, created equal. With time, more and more people began to understand that a $200 player just couldn’t perform the way a $600 player could and, lo and behold, like it or not, a $20,000 Mark Levinson was laser-light years ahead of them all.

These days we know there are differences and if we choose to, we can, just as we once did with better and better turntables, go up a seemingly never-ending Jacob’s ladder in the search for the ultimate digital player, only stopping when our pockets, or our eardrums, are turned inside out.

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