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Fred Kaplan has posted a review of the Krell Cipher SACD/CD player ($12,000) at Stereophile. His conclusion:
“Despite my mutterings about the name and the design—which, in the broad scheme of things, are minor—and assuming that my initial laser problem was a fluke, the Krell Cipher is a great CD player: the best I’ve heard in its price range, and the best I’ve heard, period, in my home system. Maybe it will be obsolete before the decade is out, but a lot of CDs will still be out there, waiting to be played. If I can scrounge up the change, I’m buying one. ”
You can read the full review here.