Exposure’s XM series of compact-but-feature-laden components has earned a healthy complement of accolades and awards, and the latest component in the series, the XM CD player, is no exception. Having already won over reviewers at Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Plus and Hi-Fi Choice, and with a Hi-Fi Plus ‘Disc Player of the Year’ Award, will it also impress Hi-Fi World? Jon Myles puts it to the test in the March issue.
“Exposure’s XM series has built a loyal following – both for design and sound quality,” writes Myles. The series features an integrated amp, phonostage, preamplifier, mono amplifier and headphone amp, as well as the CD player and transport reviewed here (digital outputs give it the ability to be used as a standalone transport).
The XM CD player is built around a Burr Brown PCM 1716 24-bit DAC with multi-level delta-sigma modulator architecture and 8x oversampling digital filter.
“Taken as a whole, Exposure are to be congratulated on producing something more sophisticated than the standard CD players seen from many other manufacturers.”
“[It] has a truly engaging musical sound with a smooth tonality and thoroughly toe-tapping rhythm.”
“Dynamics were another standout of this machine. Each instrument could be clearly made out and followed. There was light and shade on offer; the player managing to charge hard when needed but bring out the subtleties…”
“Small in stature but potent in performance, the Exposure XM CD player is a real joy to listen to. [It’s] an excellent CD player that does everything right and virtually nothing wrong.”
Read the full review in the March 2020 issue of Hi-Fi World.
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