A "regular" (or not so regular) CD player. Like the one in my rack and probably yours. The familiar one that we all know and love or hate, that plays the millions of CDs you and I and everyone have been buying and playing for the past several years. The term covers everything from the CD player in your car to $12,000 state of the art high end machines. "Redbook" refers to the engineerling standards for normal CD encoding and playback - as opposed to new high resolution formats ie. SACD or DAD. SACD players also play "Redbook" CDs. There is some debate in audiophile circles about the quality of normal CD playback in these machines. As wonderful as SACD sounds, the Sony machines to my ears are not quite as good as my current (Redbook) CD player, the Cary 303. Not a big deal to me since I have 700 (Redbook) CDs and 0 SACDs. I'll be more interested in SACDs when there are more and more intersting classical recordings available in that format.
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