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Freq Resp: 20-20kHz +/-1dB
S/N Ratio: 93dB
Channel Seperation: 98dB
24/192 Burr Brown PCM1738 DAC's
Single-ended output stage
Outputs: RCA; Balanced; AES/EBU; Coaxial; Toslink
12.5lbs, very well built. Chasis is very rigid with no flex of any kind. Isolation feet are hard plastic with a rubber insert. Drawer is solid and nearly silent in operation. Buttons have a very solid feel and appear to be metal, not plastic; when pressed, you hear a relay click (physical relays, no transistor switching, this is a good thing usually only seen in very expensive machines). The transport is absolutely silent, otherwise. Initially reading the CD takes a little time, though track changes are fast.
I've allowed the player to run for about 48hrs continously. Extended break-in reveals the best attributes with this player. Run it all night for 2 nights before critically listening. Alot of slam without being in-your-face. Very good bass response, but never muddy or sloppy. Silky, tube-like midrange that lets you hear the wood of instruments, vocals are realistically rendered. Mid-bass warmth gives the sound a fullness I haven't heard in a long time, very non-fatiguing; and quite simply put, the best treble I've ever heard on a CD player, period; and settles in perfectly after break-in. The CD-3300 sounds like a digital turntable--its the best of the digital/analog domains rolled into one. The air around instruments and their front-to-back placement on the soundstage is spooky. Just what digital needs to sound, well, more analog. One caution, this player is absolutely unforgiving of poor recordings--and with this player, you'll quickly find out which ones are poorly done--My "Best of the Guess Who" CD sounds horridly tinny and lifeless; its always sounded bad, but this player reveals everything, making this disc a beer coaster. This is the price you pay for neutrality and resolution.
If you're considering a CDP in the $1500 and under range, you must take a close look/listen to this player; especially at it's current $499.00 price (retail $600.00). This player will be in my system for a very long time. It has a very professional feel to it's operation, switching, etc. Very solid and the gamut of digital/analog connection options on the back.