Proceed CD player Review System

Sidebar 1: Review System

The playback system used to evaluate the Proceed included an Audio Research SP-14 preamplifier, VTL 225W monoblock power amplifiers, and MartinLogan Sequel II loudspeakers. Speaker cable was AudioQuest Hyperlitz Clear, and interconnects were Magnan Type V (CD player to preamp) and Expressive Technologies (preamp to power amps). All components were plugged in to a Tice Powerblock/Titan combination.

My dedicated listening room has optimum dimensional ratios and is treated with Phantom Acoustics Shadows, an active low-frequency control system.

For reference, I compared the Proceed with a Marantz CD-94 (to which I have listened extensively), the Kinergetics KCD-40, and California Audio Labs' Tempest Special Edition. Source material included CDs I had engineered or those recorded when I was present during the recording session.—Robert Harley

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I still have this unit and it continues to work well ( has only needed a cleaning since purchased in 1990). It was chosen at the time because it sounded closest to LP's. The Proceed even manages to play "home-made" CD+R's (except Sony) even though not designed for them at the time.

It is now relegated to the bedroom system due to being replaced by a Bryston unit for the main sytem (greater extension in the upper and lower frequencies - more detail).

Neil D.