PS Audio - Lambda CD Drive Transport

$999

This CD transport stands out in its class mostly because it uses the venerable Philips CD9PRO laser transport.

You see, besides bad drawer belts, the second most common failure we see is the laser weakening over time. On many players sourcing a new laser has become quite a challenge due to availability or very high parts pricing.

The Lambda is a fabulous unit because it uses the Phillips CDM9 which we've found to be bulletproof over time. We RARELY see CDM9 laser failures as they were designed and specified for use in pro-electronics such as jukeboxes, avionics, and critical equipment.

This example holds up to the promise. While we sorted out some gearing problems in the drawer, the laser works impeccably. Super fast reliable access, just what we expected.

Cosmetically this unit is not perfect. While it doesn't have any dents or scratches on the faceplate, there are some smudges visible if you look at the unit on a specific angle. The drawer does show some signs of wear.

Out back it features a coaxial digital output PLUS an optional factory installed upgrade to a professional AES/EBU (XLR-Connector).

We're also currently working on restoring the matching PS Audio DAC, which is receiving a full new set of caps for a perfect matched pair.

From a 1993 Stereophile review written by Robert Harley:

The PS Audio Lambda is a terrific transport regardless of price. Considering that it costs $1695 in its basic form—much less than its competitors—the Lambda is simply a steal. It was significantly better than any transport I've heard, except for the $8500 Mark Levinson No.31 Reference CD Transport and the $4650 C.E.C. TL 1. The Lambda had better bass tautness, depth, power, rhythmic drive, and dynamic slam than the TL 1, but the latter was smoother and more liquid.

It's difficult to find fault with the Lambda, particularly considering its price. Though not quite up to the standards set by the Mark Levinson No.31, at $1695 it comes far closer than you'd expect.

In short, the Lambda sounds terrific, is well-made, ergonomically friendly, and very affordable. What more could one ask?

Specifications
CD transport with one coaxial (RCA jack) output as standard

Optional outputs:
1) AT&T ST-type optical
2) AES/EBU
Each adds $200 - both are available for an extra $400

Dimensions:
17" W by 3.25" D by 15" H.

Price:
$1695 (1993)

Price When Adjusted for Present Day Inflation:
$3025.30

Manufacturer:
PS Audio, Grover City, CA 93483, USA.

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Item

Included

Original Box

No

Manual

No

Remote

No

Cables

Yes - Power

Physical Condition

6

Working Condition

10

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