- Jun 16, 2001
There is a new CD player RCD-02 which seems to replace RCD-961. Anyone with information on RCD-02, or better yet comparison between the two?
Although the acid test will come only when we put it up against other like-price models (see next month's group test), it is clear from its performance with the matching RA-02 amp and Mission m51 speakers that it sounds crisp and clear and that it has good timing. Here is a happy example of a player that is capable of keeping several balls in the air at once. Complex, large-scale musical events -- orchestral recordings for example -- are handled without any one performer or section dominating, and with subtle, low-level ambient detail and background instruments remaining audible in the mêlée. At times there's a hint of edginess that is responsible for an exaggerated sense of detail, a kind of false highlighting that is endemic with CD. But overall the RCD-02 is a distinguished addition to the sub-£500 CD player class.According to Hi-Fi Choice, the RCD-02 sells for £375.