Though it would seem that the useful life of the CD is largely over (a few high-end companies have abandoned the format altogether), new players are still trickling out some 34 years after Sony first demonstrated the technology. Cary's new CD-500 is one of these. It joins the company's high-end Classic Series, and features dual differential Burr Brown 1792u DACs and top grade Elna capacitors in the audio circuit.
Upsampling is user adjustable from 44.1kHz to 768kHz, and the CD-500 also supports HDCDs. Balanced and single-ended outputs are provided, as are optical and coaxial digital outputs for use with an external DAC. The CD-500 is priced at $2,995.