Leicester-based valve specialists Icon Audio have launched their second CD player, the CDX2. Replacing Icon’s earlier, more expensive CDX1, the CDX2 has been specifically designed to deliver comparable sonics at a lower, mid-range price.
The aim, says Icon’s founder and chief designer David Shaw, was “to craft a CD player with real warmth and dexterity. With that magical ‘vinyl sound’, in other words.”
The CDX2 features the latest 192kHz 24bit upsampling technology for high resolution. But more than this, Shaw has focused a keen eye on the product’s all-important output stage in order to avoid what he refers to as the “mechanical and soulless presentation” that some CD players have. “I wanted a more musical presentation, with more warmth and colour. Something incredible easy to listen to,” he adds….