California Audio LabsIcon IICalifornia Audio Labs Icon II CD PlayerWonderful Icon Mk. II CD Player from California Audio Labs. Has been in my second system for years, very light use. No scratches, original owner. Hate to part with, but all my systems have univers...290.00

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Wonderful Icon Mk. II CD Player from California Audio Labs. Has been in my second system for years, very light use. No scratches, original owner. Hate to part with, but all my systems have universal players. Heavy build, great sound. Robert J. Reina - Stereophile "First, a bit about the stock Icon Mk.II., devastated by the disappearance of vinyl, I was seeking a one-box CD player to use as a primary reference for new CD releases. The price had to be under $1000; I wasn't sufficiently committed to the medium to want to spend more than that. A sample of the CAL Icon Mk.II arrived for me to review for The Abso!ute Sound (footnote 2). I was mightily impressed. Yes, the player had quite a few colorations, most notably a warm and bloated midbass, a powerful but somewhat loose bottom end, and a forward midrange that was quite noticeable on vocals and woodwinds. It was not the last word on detail resolution or ambience retrieval, and its top octave did not sound that extended. But those caveats aside, it was a tremendously musical player, which I could listen to for hours on end, and it was sufficiently revealing to become my primary digital reference front-end for reviewing equipment and music on my "affordable" system. To my surprise, I was still enjoying the player in spring as much as I did when I first heard it. Moreover, when I listened to the unit again for comparison for this review, I realized my original enthusiasm remained, even though there were obvious differences between the original and upgraded units. I applaud California Audio Labs for producing a player for under $1000 that can still impress five years after its release." Should have pictures up by Friday at the latest.
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