“The most engaging to-die-for sound I’ve had the pleasure of hearing for some time,” says reviewer Jason Kennedy of the Computer Audio Design CAT (or Computer Audio Transport). “The CAT is obviously a superb digital source and one of the finest I’ve yet encountered… you want to use it all the time because it’s so quiet and revealing.”
Computer Audio Design (CAD) was actually one of the first companies to produce a high-end audio transport/server. The company had recently released its award-winning 1543 DAC (now available is a Mk II edition), at which point the only options in terms of sources were standard computers or laptops as there were no servers at all on the market.
CAD’s designer, Scott Berry, said, “I quickly realized that the biggest problem in computer audio is the computer itself! Having worked hard to improve sound quality using an innovative approach to software in the 1543 DAC, I wanted to then apply the discoveries made during its development to the computer itself.” The result is the CAT, which combines exceptional sound quality with ease of use. It’s also a device that can adapt as the digital music world evolves.
The CAT is a one-box solution for your digital music library. It integrates CD ripping, music storage, streaming and playback. Each CAT is built by hand to order by Berry himself, and can be tailored to suit your home music set-up: either as a standalone two-channel system, or for integration into home networks.
These days there are many good audio transports, streamers and servers on the market. But if you’re looking for the very best, you’d be advised to audition the Computer Audio Design CAT.
Hi-Fi Plus would agree: this is the second time that the CAT has featured in the magazine’s Editor’s Choice Awards.
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Read the full review and discover all of the Editor’s Choice Award winners in the April 2020 issue of Hi-Fi Plus.