S/N Ratio: 110dB Crosstalk:> 96dB Fequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/-0.5dB Output: <2.2V Dynamic Range: 110dB Distortion: <0.002% (1kHz) Power Consumption: <80W Aluminium chassis and transport housing. Sample rate converter built in for 24 bit / 96 kHz upsampling (switchable). Advanced Burr-Brown 1738 D/A converter chip. Analog circuitry uses 2 x 6N3P dual triodes valves and Burr-Brown op-amps. Premium Philips CDM-12.10 transport and CD7 II servo system. Digital volume control with setting stored during power off. Digital coaxial output. Adjustable display brightness.
ITS SIMPLY GREAT CD PLAYER.... AMAZING SOUND QUALITY... ATTRACTIVE LOOK... REAL HIGH END PLAYER...
By: Tony K
"High calibre tube CD player"
22nd April 2012
Don't underestimate this CD player. It might not have the looks or styling of it's bigger brothers but that doesn't mean that it won't perform any less.
I blind tested both the CD-T80 and the CD-T100 at home and was surprised to find that I actually preferred the CD-T80. OK, so it doesn't have the top loading illuminated disc cover, the visible tubes, dual outputs or a tube driven headphone socket but that's why it doesn't cost as much and it can certainly give the CD-T100 a good run for it's money.
May be another sign of how good this player is, is it's resale availability. How many times for instance have you seen one of these for sale on eBay? I've seen two in a year. I've seen three CD-T300's listed in the last 3 months and Shanling only ever made 300 of them!
The CD-T80 is built like an ATM. Weighing in at 10Kg with flush metal buttons and reinforced power and play buttons this is one seriously tough machine. Even the remote is metal and weighs 250g and it's battery panel is screwed on at the bottom.
The output stage runs through two vacuum tubes inside which makes a huge difference compared regular digital player. It makes the playback much smoother and not as tiring to listen to over long periods. The idea is to take the dryness or harshness out of the music and lean more towards the vinyl sound that so many people strive to accomplish in a CD player. The bass weight is strong, the midrange is fuller and vocals are naturally warm but also crystal clear. It also has the added advantage of an up-sampling mode to 24bit/96KHz. Engaging this tightens the bass and adds a little more sparkle to the top end.
The display is dot matrix blue but is fairly basic. I would have liked to see an eject button on the remote and maybe the ability to toggle the track/album length and times on the display but then again I guess the price you pay is for the engineering and technology not for gadgets and gizmo's.
That said, this is a great player and well worth the money.