Arcam CDS27

Welcome to the Arcam CDS27

Arcam CDS27

Arcam have just realigned the price of this unit at £595. More info here. It means it has never been more affordable to explore Streaming and without the need to lose CD playback in order to do it.

The Arcam CDS27 brand new and presents quite a exciting proposition for the music lover.  The reason for this is because it’s a combination of CD/SACD player and Steaming Audio Player. So if this new fangled streaming doesn’t suit you – you can at least listen to your CD’s!

Ours has just arrived and we find the concept of the product a good one; a product that really does master the best of digital both past and future.

We set it up in the demo room and gave it a few hours to warm up. We plugged it into a Naim Nait 5si and a pair of Spendor A5R speakers. The sound from CD was impressive but it was the streaming potential that we really eager to get into. The product comes with its own remote but to access a music library you really need the Songbook app installed on either a i-PAD or android device. This makes for easy listening and easy browsing and is free to download.

The sounds was impressive with our stored music and we were able to listen to both FLAC CD rips and 24 bit content. We tried the unit plugged straight into our network using an Ethernet cable rather than wireless. We prefer a wired connection wherever possible.

We plan to do a lot more listening but early indications are extremely positive especially in regard to performance for price. We have nothing else that compares with this in terms of what it offers and it’s cost.

Specifications and product information.

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The CDS27 offers outstanding performance from all forms of compatible audio media. Music from SACDs and CDs and network is delivered with outstanding quality to the very highest standards currently available. Using Arcam’s unique and hard won engineering expertise the CDS27 delivers a truly exceptional performance, regardless of the media used.

Few specialist manufactures have ever stepped up to the plate and succeeded where development of digital disc playback is concerned. The technological know-how required for the successful design of high performance digital audio sources is vast. With more than twenty-five years of digital audio experience, not to mention global recognition of its efforts, Arcam is proud to announce the arrival of it’s newest disc player, the CDS27.

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To ensure the CDS27’s music performance meets “reference” standards the class leading TI/Burr Brown PCM1794 digital to analogue converter (DAC) is used. This device, coupled with a linear phase Bessel output filter and high precision re-clocking system results in a level of audio quality required in a dedicated audiophile CD player. Even the CDS27’s power supply has been specially designed for outright performance. Discreet sub-regulated power supplies on the drive, audio and DAC boards deliver significant benefits to the overall performance of each element and thus allow each section to work truly independently and without interference.

UPnP and CIFS compatibility allow for effortless integration into networks allowing the CDS27 to access stored content with ease.

As with all its FMJ devices, Arcam has gone to incredible lengths to maximise the performance of this next generation player. As an example the CDS27 benefits from a critically damped cover and chassis to virtually eliminate damaging microphonic vibration from reaching the sensitive electronics inside.

The CDS27 is designed with a single purpose; to deliver the very best music experience for discerning owners. It also features a full suite of discrete IR, IP and RS232 codes making it perfect for integration within a high performance home cinema installation.

The CDS27 is designed in the UK and is available in a discrete black finish.

UPnP streaming added to SACD/CD playback makes this likely the only source you’ll ever need.

George Robertson – Far East Sales manager

Technical Specifications

Analogue Audio Output

  • Digital to Analogue conversion: 24-bit 192kHz Delta-Sigma DAC
  • Signal to noise ratio: 110dB CCIR
  • Harmonic distortion (1kHz): 0.002%
  • Frequency response (±0.5dB): 10Hz–20kHz
  • Output level (0dB): 2.2Vrms
  • Output impedance: 47Ω
  • Minimum recommended load: 5kΩ

Digital interfaces

  • USB: USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbit/s)
  • Network: 10 BASE-T / 100 BASE-TX / Wi-Fi


  • Dimensions: W433 x D278 x H87mm
  • Weight: 6.2kg nett/8.5kg packed
  • Power consumption: 20W maximum
  • Digital output connection: 75Ω co-axial optical TOSLINK

Supplied accessories

  • Mains lead
  • CR902 remote control
  • 2 x AAA batteries
  • Wi-Fi antenna

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