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Published on July 2nd, 2019 | by The GC Team


British-made CD player “for the Brexit era”

London-based hi-fi specialist Mitchell & Johnson has formally launched the new S800 CD player which, says the company, “flies the flag for specialist UK manufacturing in the Brexit era.” The S800, handmade in the Midlands, was first shown in prototype at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show in February this year, and is now available in production form via Mitchell & Johnson’s global dealer network. 

The unit is entirely engineered in the UK, based on the ESS Sabre DAC chip, optimised for 44.1kHz replay, which offers high-performance digital-to-analogue conversion from the S800’s dual stereo RCA and balanced XLR outputs.

The S800’s precision-machined casework featuring a solid aluminium fascia panel is entirely UK-produced, and a high-performance European-sourced CD drive handles disc control and data extraction. The setup includes an audiophile-grade linear power supply with a high-quality Noratel Xtraquiet transformer for low-noise operation.

Connectivity options include both balanced and unbalanced outputs, plus Mitchell & Johnson’s 12-volt Power Link providing synchronised power on/off when used with compatible partnering equipment, such as the September 2018-launched S800 preamp and S815 stereo power amp (both £1,299 each). The trio provides a high-performance yet affordable, entirely British-made hi-fi system ready for connection to chosen loudspeakers.

Significantly, says the company, the S800 CD player and wider 800 series represents “a major milestone for Mitchell & Johnson,” being the first products to launch following a significant managerial restructure, brand repositioning and strategic transition to exclusively UK-based design and manufacturing, attracting considerable financial investment during the last two years.

The S800 DC player is available now. RP £1,299.00

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