Arcam FMJ CD23 CD and HDCD Player - Tested and Working Perfectly

$699

An excellent pairing with Arcam's FMJ A32 Integrated Amplifier that we also have available for purchase.

FMJ stands for Full Metal Jacket and was the flagship product line from Arcam when released in 2000.

Overall in very good condition and an excellent deal at our asking price.

From Arcam:

The FMJ CD23 CD player represents the pinnacle of CD reproduction at a real world price.

The CD23 incorporates a unique digital to analogue conversion (DAC) system developed by a company based near Cambridge called dCS (Data Conversion Systems). They are a leading professional audio company of high repute. Their patented Ring DAC design has been adopted as a reference standard in many of the world’s best recording studios. dCS’s high performance studio solution is very expensive, but their technology was so elegant that we were determined to find a way to bring their system within reach of committed music lovers at a more affordable price. After many years of joint research and development, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the project to generate a custom chip set for the Ring DAC was completed in 1998.

The first product that incorporated this custom chip set was the Alpha 9 CD player. This player has astonished the most experienced listeners in the hi-fi community and has been the subject of rave reviews from around the world. The goal of the FMJ team was to improve on this already superb player. To achieve this the CD23 has a new motherboard and a totally new power supply configuration. We have added a high quality toroidal transformer to supply the sensitive audio circuitry in the Ring DAC converter board. The player will also decode the latest HDCD discs. The extra rigidity provided by the precision machined 8 mm thick aluminium alloy front panel also contributes to a performance that is so assured you will find new life in even your oldest CDs.

CD23 Text version

Introduced towards the end of 2001, the CD23 Text version incorporates the new Sony mechanism which supports CD text and improved CD-RW replay capability.

Other features include:
• New dual layer motherboard, with improved power supply grounding and buffering of clocks and audio data to give a cleaner signal
• New Ring DAC board which reduces distortion in the audio band
• Improved master clock and clock output distribution circuitry on the Ring DAC board

Click here for a PDF copy of the Arcam FMJ CD23 Owner's Manual

From an excellent Stereophile review written by Lonnie Brownell:

"Your last CD player? You betcha. Some day, the new high-resolution formats (DVD-Audio, SACD) will reach such a state of maturity that you'll be able to buy a single player that plays them all, along with your library of CDs, with stunning sonic clarity (or should I say, "perfect sound forever"?). And someday after that, there'll be enough compelling software in these new formats—and at popular prices—to make owning such a player a reasonable investment. But until that day, you're still going to be playing your old CDs and buying new ones.

Me too—which is why I'm buying the review sample. I need a killer CD player now."

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.

Item

Included

Original Box

No

Manual

Online

Remote

No

Cables

Yes - Power Cord

Physical Condition

8

Working Condition

10

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