High End Audio CD Players? Headphone Socket

Hi! Looking recently at these top range CD Players eg:Wadia,Cambridge,Capitole ect. I have unfortunately yet to find a headphone socket! Been new to the "High End Audio" scene probably due to the high prices i`ve recently got a strong hunger for sound perfection!. On a "Upsampling" CD Player is it possible to listen through headphones and and if so! how can the connections be made? and what equipment would be needed?.

Now knowing that the audio is undergoing a upsampling process through the DAC 24bit will there be a noticable improvement in audio quality when listening to music through headphones.

help will be appreciated.
You can connect the analog outputs to a dedicated headphone amp, which given the quality of the players you are talking about (and presumably using a good pair of cans) is highly recommended. Many have a pre-amp loop out. Or if your pre-amp has a tape loop, you can insert the headphone amp into the tape loop.
Another option is the Benchmark DAC1 or Grace 902 sourced by any decent disc spinner. Both have very high quality headphone amps. If headphones is your preference, I wouldn't bother with a CD player.
Agree anyone with the $$$ for a hi-end CD player, is gonna' swing for a separate headphone amp if they want headphones.
If you want a built in, you are going to have to settle for a lesser grade player.
A headphone amp could be connected directly to the CD players' analog output
Ok so let`s say i got my high-end CD Player and a separate headphone amp! now Elizabeth said about connecting the amp to the analog output. What type of cable can link these two? does the amp or CD Player come with the cable type or is it a separate issue?
Cable types are going to be either typical single ended RCA cables and/or XLR balanced cables. Most better CD players have both a balanced out and single ended out. As a result, you can run the balanced out to your main preamp and the single ended out to your headphone amp. I don't know about the Cambridge, but I have owned both Wadia's and the Capitole and both have single ended (ie. regular RCA cables) and balanced (ie. XLR cables) outputs that can both run simultaneously. You will want to consider this when buying a headphone amp. If you existing preamp is not balanced (ie. balanced inputs) then maybe you want to find a headphone amp with balanced input and vice versa.

Any processing done inside the CD player that will improve the sound for speaker listening should also improve the sound for headphone listening.
Ok so let`s say i got my high-end CD Player and a separate headphone amp!

You'd be spending additional money needlessly. For top quality headphone listening there's no reason to own a high end CD player and separate HPA; the Dac1 and Grace 902 will easily compete with any high end CD player and their headphone amps are top notch as well. Read the reviews of both in Stereophile; John Marks slightly preferred the Grace over the DAC1. The only cable you'll need is a digital cable from a $150 DVD player to either DAC/HPA. I highly recommend Blue Jeans Cable.

What headphones are you using?
I guess it depends on how high of a sound quality you are after? Having used and owned some very good DACs and also some moderate dacs, such as those indicated above, you will find that a good transport will make a big difference over a cheap and not so well made transport. I know this from both my personal ownership of equipment as well as listening to other systems as well. There was a time that I thought this made sense (that the quality of the transport was somewhat not material) and that the DAC was the only impacter of performance. It took me about 2 seconds of listening with a good transport to realize this is not at all the case. If it were as easy as just buying a cheap transport and a mid quality DAC then the sale of very good transports for much higher prices could not be justified. I, for one, would much rather get comparable sound by spending much less money. I live in the midwest and there hasn't been but one person who has entered my house in the past two years that has ever heard of a single brand in my system - so the idea that I would spend extra to impress somebody does not make sense. Most people that enter my house would be much more impressed by seeing a stack of Sony equipment (for example) than my existing system. So in my case, spending more from an ego position just doesn't make sense or hold water (just to prevent that comment).

So in the end, a better transport will make a difference, whether you select a mid level DAC (such as those mentioned by Bob above) or a super high quality DAC that can cost as much as a car - EVEN WITH A HEADPHONE RIG!

By no means am I suggesting you will not be completely satisfied with the DACs mentioned above, they are both admirable DACs (especially for the money) and may, as Bob has indicated, incorporate good headphone amps (regardless of what the rags reviewers state - which never includes anything but a positive statement). However, the claim that there will be NO difference between a reasonably good transport and a mediocre transport will become immediately apparent upon listening. The benefit of headphone listening is that you can reduce a lot of the costs of a system (cables, other components, room issues) to get truly great sound.