Pros: Elegant, solid, clear, quiet
Cons: Not SACD compatible, if that matters, no headphone out
I didn't think of TEAC when I began searching for a dedicated CD player. My initial short list included Denon, Cambridge, Marantz, Onkyo. The Teac intrigued me, so I went for it. It is very solid, minimalist, super quiet. I haven't gotten into SACDs, so that wasn't a need. However, the Teac plays some compressed formats, in case I want some long uninterrupted listening sessions. It has the traditional RCA outs as well as a coaxial digital out. TEAC oddly instructs you to use the coax to connect to a "CD recorder" or other similar apparatus, but it works great connected to my Onkyo TX-NR5009 receiver. I like neutral sounding components, and that is what it sounds like to me. It is super quiet, sonically as well as the mechanisms themselves. No headphone out, but that is no big deal to me, as I would route it to an amp anyway, unless it had an exceptional headphone out.