Audio ResearchReference CD-9usedAudio Research Reference CD-9 - Tube CD Player / DACAudio Research's Reference CD9 is in a new class by itself. Using state-of-the-art design, combining the magical musicality of tubes, the CD9 reveals new levels of transparency and brings CD's to...8900.00

Audio Research Reference CD-9 - Tube CD Player / DAC [Expired]

no longer for sale

Audio Research's Reference CD9 is in a new class by itself.  Using state-of-the-art design,  combining the magical musicality of tubes, the CD9 reveals new levels of transparency and brings CD's to life. The Reference CD9 sounds “faster” with greater transient speed, improved dynamics across the frequency range, much greater resolution of inner detail, with a focus and purity that is captivating. Rhythm, pace and timing are better than ever, something you must hear to appreciate.
The Reference CD-9 is the pinnacle of achievement for a CD player from Audio Research.  


  • 4 digital inputs: Asynchronous USB 2.0HS, AES/EBU, RCA, and Toslink.
  • 24 bit / 192k resolution (all inputs)
  • World-class Philips PRO2R transport
  • Quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode with dual master oscillators
  • Separate oscillators for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates. 
  • Selectable sample rate conversion (all inputs)
  • Native or upsampling - Both CD and USB inputs
  • Selectable digital filter (Fast or slow roll-off)
  • Single Beam internal construction
  • 5X faster processing than the CD8
  • Distortion reduced to 1/10 that of the CD8
  • Significantly greater dynamic range than the CD8
  • Ultra quiet electronics
  • Vacuum tube analog section (four 6H30 dual-triodes)
  • Vacuum-tube power-supply regulation
  • Dimmable front panel display
  • Clear front panel mode identification LED's
  • Digital Outputs (AES/EBU and BNC)
  • Single-ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs
  • 15A IEC power connector
This unit was acquired from a local client who is meticulous about his gear.  He's the kind of gentleman who had 2 rubber bands on each remotes to avoid scratching his table surfaces or gear.  This unit is flawless, and dare I use the word, 'Mint'...but it simply is. Not a scratch or flaw to be found.
Includes the original remote, power cord, box, packing, manuals, all build, warranty and inspection certificates.  You won't find a cleaner unit unless you buy one new!

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