“…the detail of dCS, the naturalness of Wadia, the stage-width of an Esoteric and the bounce of Naim. It manages to mix the best of these without sacrificing the whole.”
“A strange aspect of the NR22 that is also common on good vinyl – but rare on CD – is its ability to change tonality with each new disc.” “…but most CD players blur this distinction.”
“The NR22 is a world class player that can do both (play CD and process Hi-Rez files via USB) well”
- excerpts from HiFi+ Issue 76 review of the Neodio NR22 CD Player
“NeoDio keeps impressing me on the tonal color and bass elasticity resembling much of my Da Vinci LP setup….I have not heard a better source playing vocal, violin and cello!! The realism just thrills me up!!”
“I would not spend the time to tell you all the scores by attributes if my "gang" over here was not "floored" by it. It (Neodio) eclipses the Zanden 2000p/5000s by a wide margin, as musicality seems to be newly discovered from the same records over and over."
“This Neodio NR22 CD player from France could well be the best CD player ever made. The dynamics and vibrancy of the whole frequency range eclipsed the goldmund by a planet. The vinyl-like density is shocking. We thought we need to compare again. But not necessary, it just stay on my rack now.”
Why a CD player in these times of music streaming ? Higher sonic quality of course, for the discerning music lovers, and for those with a good collection of great music on CDs.
Neodio is not your typical CD player or transport. Neodio does not use a CD drive in its players, finding it inferior mechanically and sonically to a DVD-Rom drive. Read the DVD-Rom section below later for more information.
It can only mean experiencing a rediscovery of your music through Neodio digital playback. Designed for the future too with USB inputs.
"It is not surprising to find a number of turntable design principles in Stephane Evan's CD player design. He explains : 'What is one good quality of a turntable ?
The care given to the vibration problems from the internal drive motor, friction, external difficulties and in particular sound vibrations picked up from air as well as ground which may cause read errors.
For a CD player, it's the same: the level of vibrations generated by the motors responsible for the rotation of the disc, the translation of the carriage-locked diode and the playhead is large enough to disrupt the entire machine through complex mechanical and electrical effects.
For example, the quartz reference clock that manages the digital information is inherently an element sensitive to vibrations, as well as ceramic capacitors for decoupling integrated circuits.'
On the Neodio NR22 CD Player for example, the work of collection and dissipation of vibrations begins with a mechanical DVD-ROM which is sandwiched between sheets of PMMA, aka: Plexiglas, and a damping material that looks very much like cork !
All mechanical and electronics has to take place in a frame structure which uses several different materials based on three-legged semi-floating, while the hood is made of a sandwich of 8 mm thick in three layers."
That's just the tip of the iceberg, more information on this attention to detail can be found at the Ecoutez Voir review (translate using Google Translate).
Some may be surprised to see a CD at this price level range equipped with a mechanical DVD drive.
It is true that the first contact with the NR 22 through a plastic drawer looks quite common in contrast to what can be found on machines even less ambitious.
Manufacturers of tray mechanisms exclusively for CD to tend to disappear (there are only 2 now), and Philips and Sony, which are the source of this support, have long ceased interest in this technology which they consider "obsolete".
In contrast, DVD-ROM attached to a standard computer is well established and still in production from several manufacturers. It is essential that the audiophile who spends thousands of dollars in a machine can count on a service worthy of the investment.
But that's not all! The sonic performance of a mechanical DVD-ROM proved superior to mechanical CD on many criteria, the fact that the asynchronous read of digital information (as opposed to reading a linear mechanical CD) involves a buffer that decouples natural reading of the digital stream for the converter.
It can be said that the technology embedded in a DVD-ROM is 15 years newer than an audio CD player. The DVD has the ability to read about eight times more information than a CD, thanks to a red laser inherently more accurate than the infrared laser used by a mechanical CD, not to mention its speed.
Finally, a mechanical DVD-ROM offers the designer the freedom to create a control software and a man-machine interface that is completely original, in order to provide better usability to the user." - Excerpts from Ecoutez Voir review