The law of natural selection means that the only true CD players left in the market place are from companies who have had the courage of their convictions all along, continuing to build and evolve their designs over the past forty years. CEC is one such company. Established in Japan in 1954, they originally marketed their own-brand turntables and tonearms as well as supplying OEM analogue components to an extensive portfolio of third-party manufacturers. With their sensibilities firmly anchored to analogue values, the advent of the Compact Disc focused their gaze on optimising musical performance from a format principally engineered for versatility and cost-effective mass-market appeal.
Vibration is the enemy.
As with an analogue replay system, unwanted vibration is a limiting factor – to this end, in 1991 came their first dedicated belt-drive transport. C.E.C has continually developed unique solutions to the challenges of digital music replay to very great effect, often deploying and re-interpreting long-established principles of mechanical rather than electronic engineering. Among the most striking examples are the suspended sub-chassis isolation systems and a substantial main bearing – the like of which is more commonly used in analogue turntables, as is their belt-driven and weighted fly-wheel design for the laser reading mechanism.
Many music lovers have chased the epitome of high-resolution files & streaming replay, finding its grand promises wanting…they have returned to 16-bit 44.1kHz Compact Disc and found to their surprise, a tonal density, drive, and satisfyingly simple musical communication which is all too frequently discarded in the hi-res rendition.
Sonic Art has been involved with CEC since the late 90's, we imported many TL series transports, DX71 dac's and even CEC's Class A amplifiers. We can service most of CEC's products and have offered upgrades to their older drive units and dacs for almost 20yrs.
CEC TL series, the best CD transport!