Arcam CDS50
Arcam CDS50
Arcam CDS50

Arcam CDS50: Next gen CD and network player

Arcam CDS50 is a new generation player that, along with regular and recordable CDs, can read SACD, in addition, the player supports network streaming in up to 24-bit/192 kHz of music formats FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, WMA.

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The ESS9038K2M chip from Saber is used as a digital-to-analog converter. A high-precision system designed for signal reclocking helps to effectively combat jitter. A linear-phase Bessel filter is installed at the output of the player, which allows you to obtain high-quality sound with a minimum of distortion. The Arcam CDS50 power supply is specially designed for high sound performance. The DAC circuits, analog audio circuits and CD drive received separate discrete stabilized power supplies. As a result, the degree of their negative influence on each other decreases and the amount of interference and noise decreases.

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The Arcam CDS50 player supports UPnP and CIFS protocols, has a LAN interface and a built-in Wi-Fi circuit, which allows it to work with audio content stored on servers or computers on the local network. File playback is available in resolutions up to 24 bit/192 kHz. You can control the player using the Arcam MusicLife application for iOS devices.


The case features excellent damping and helps protect internal sensitive electronic components from vibration. The high-precision CD drive is installed on the left side of the case; accordingly, its tray occupies the left side of the player’s front panel. Next to it is a two-line FL display with green symbols large enough to be read from a long distance. Four control buttons, including a tray release button, are located on the right side of the panel. There is also a power/standby key. The player is equipped with the following inputs: a USB port for external drives and a LAN interface. Outputs: balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA, coaxial, optical. The RS-232 interface is designed to control Arcam CDS50 using complex computer systems. This model has a connector for an IR receiver, a trigger input and a socket for the included Wi-Fi antenna.


All basic functions can be controlled from the included updated remote control, but it is more convenient to use the Arcam MusicLife application. With its help, you can create your own playlists, manage the streaming of files both from home network drives and from popular music services such as Deezer or Tidal, which are already built into the player itself. The application is now available not only for users of Apple gadgets, but also for Android smartphones and tablets.

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Arcam CDS50 deserves praise, both as a SACD/CD player and as a network player. He read all the discs and files offered to him without hesitation, and controlling playback through the MusicLife application was simple and intuitive. Considering the price, the device turned out to be almost flawless. The Arcam CDS50 is a modern, versatile source that delivers traditional Arcam sound quality that is distinguished by accuracy, musicality, attention to detail, superb stereo imaging and tight bass.

Characteristics Arcam CDS50

Supported disc types CD-Audio (CD-DA), CD-R/RW, SACD
Harmonic distortion 0.002% (1 kHz)
DAC 32-bit ESS9038K2M
Wi-Fi supported
Supports network protocols UPnP and CIFS yes
Supported formats FLAC, WAV, AAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, WMA
Inputs coaxial, optical, USB for external drives, LAN interface
Outputs balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA, coaxial, optical
Other switching interface RS-232, trigger input (3.5 mm), connector for IR receiver, socket for Wi-Fi antenna
Remote control learnable, backlit
Power consumption 17 W
Weight 6.2 kg