TEAC CDP650 CD Player Review
When asked to look at the relatively new budget TEAC CDP650 CD Player I wasn’t exactly super optimistic about finding anything great to say about the unit. My day to day system is set up with a far more plush NAD C565BEE CD Player which consistently blows me away. But I realise that not everyone is in the market for a $700+ CD player and so Ive done my best to be open minded about what the TEAC CDP650 offers.
First of all the unit is quite presentable and relatively solid feeling, not super flimsy or cheap looking at all, the front is simple and without to much in the way of clutter. Quite reasonably laid out with the only unusual features being a USB port and the word “record” in red straight above the appropriate button. So yes the CDP650 has the option to plug in your iPod/iPhone or other USB mp3 player and also to record cds directly to the mp3 format. Another positive thing to not is that the iPod usb port bypasses the use of the iPods DA converters and uses the CDP650s 1-bit DAC (with 8x oversampling) this has the effect of making your iPod sound a little more punchy and clear than it would if you had to rig it up using an audio cable. In terms of playback formats the unit will handle CDs in normal as well as CD-DA, CD-R/RW & MP3 formats. One very odd thing about this unit is the direct CD to mp3 encoding, the unit will rip your CDs directly to any USB stick you care to connect to the unit, personally I cant really see the point as it is far easier to use iTunes or EAC to encode your mp3s and get the appropriate file names & album art for you iPod.
The overall sound quality of the unit is very reasonable for a CD player of this price (listed at $349, but we’ve seen it a near half that online), by no means best in class but very decent and workman like. I suspect if you are buying a unit in this price range you will most likely be happy with the results this unit provides, with the Cambridge Audio Azur 640A amplifier we had the unit attached to the playback quality we received was very reasonable was in no way sub par compared to similarly priced units we’ve seen.
So in the end the unit is ideal if you are in the market for a budget CD player with very reasonable audio fidelity, a host of file format playback options and would like an easy way to plug & play your mp3 player with iPod charging straight from the dock.
Stereo output via 2 x RCA/phono
Optical digital output via toslink
Twin remote control connections for single handset control when used with other compatible TEAC separates.
Headphone jack (via 6.3mm stereo jack, with independent volume control)
USB socket for playback and recording from/to compatible memory sticks/MP3 players and playback/charging of compatible iPods/iPhones
Functions: CD, USB/iPod
Supports CD, CD-R/RW and MP3 Disc
USB Port for iPod Digital Interface and USB Memory Play / Dual Speed Recording
Digital Audio Connection from iPod via USB Cable
iPod/iPhone Charging while Playback
Record and Playback MP3 Files to/from USB Memory Devices
Compatible with Most MP3 Players and USB Flash Memory
1-bit DAC, 8-times Oversampling Digital Filter
Refined Audio Circuits
Repeat (One, All, A-B), Shuffle, 32-track Program Play
Multi-function FL Display
Remote Control handset
Format compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA
Copy/transfer features: Records CD tracks or entire CDs to compatible USB devices such as memory sticks or portable MP3 players
Edit functions: Fast forward/reverse scan; 32 track programmable (playlist) playback; repeat (track/disc/MP3-album/programme/A-B); random (shuffle) playback; direct track access via remote handset
iPod (5th generation)
iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th generation)
iPod Touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd generation)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 93 x 275
List Price: $349 (Check Current Pricing on Amazon)