Arcam CDS50

Arcam CDS50 Choice Audio
Arcam CDS50 Choice Audio
Arcam CDS50 Choice Audio
Arcam CDS50 Choice Audio

Arcam CDS50


Arcam CDS50 CD/SACD/DAC Network Player

Can’t find an Oppo UDP-205, time to consider an Arcam CDS50!

Arcam’s most advanced cd, digital audio and network streaming player yet

In a sense, digital audio doesn’t exist. You’d have to be a particularly dull superhero to possess ears that can decode the millions of 1’s and 0’s that make up your CD collection or iTunes library. Whatever the source – be it a laptop, CD player, smartphone, USB stick – the result is just a vibration in your speakers. In other words, it all winds up analogue in the end.

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Can’t find an Oppo 205 anywhere? This is a close alternative. The Arcam CDS50 may not have all of the bells and whistles, but it shares the same DAC Chip as the Oppo 205 and has Arcam’s engineering around it. With Jitter readings below 20 picoseconds, this player gives the listener an excellent experience. Detail and imaging without that digital harshness sound. Great value for the dollar!

  • Plays all disc formats, including SACD, CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW

  • Supports audio file formats including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA

  • USB input

  • Superb 32-bit DAC built in Sabre ESS9038 32-bit/192kHz Delta-Sigma DAC

  • Streaming through the music life app

  • Total harmonic distortion + noise = 0.002%

Analogue Audio Output

Digital to Analogue Conversion : ESS9038 32-bit/192kHz Delta-Sigma DAC

Signal/Noise Ratio (Awtd) 118dB unbalanced, 122db balanced

Harmonic Distortion (1kHz) <0.0008%

Frequency response 10Hz – 20kHz ± 0.5dB

Output Level (0dB) 2.2Vrms unbalanced, 4.5Vrms balanced

Output Impedance 47Ω unbalanced, 600Ω balanced

Minimum Recommended Load 5kΩ

RMS Jitter < 20 psec

Digital Inputs

Supported sample rates

Optical 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz

Coaxial 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Bit depth 16-bit – 32-bit

Digital Interfaces

USB USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps)

Ethernet 10/100Mbps

Wireless 802.11b/g/n


Mains voltage 110–240V, 50–60Hz

Maximum power consumption 20W

Standby power consumption

Network standby power consumption 0.4W (auto standby after time set by user - see page EN-12)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

(including feet and control knob)


Weight (net) 5.3kg

Weight (gross) 7.3kg

Supplied accessories

Mains leads

Remote control

2 x AAA batteries

Wi-Fi Antenna