You might not be familiar with the name Norma, but as soon as we heard it in our Demo room, we had to have it. We first came across the brand at the 2019 Hifi Show in Bristol and immediately wanted to have a longer listen. The CD players have incredible detail, with a natural musical soundstage. If you are in the market for a new CD player then Norma should be added to your audition list. We think you will be blown away by the performance.
Norma Revo CDP-1BR:
For many years NORMA has been studying ways to offer the highest possible quality products, including digital sources. It is a common experience in that the sound of digital sources is often (though not always) of low quality and inferior to the best analogue sources. The opinion was formed that the fault is attributable to the CD standard (16-bit 44.100 kHz). But this is not completely true. If on the one hand, the high definition sources (SACD, DVD-AUDIO, PC FILE) are potentially superior to the CD, on the other hand, the real reason for the bad sound derives substantially from how the CD Players are made. The CDP-1BR Player is the result of twenty years of NORMA experience in the production of analogue audio at the highest levels. Everything is designed to extract, respect and reproduce information that already exists on the CD.
Listening to a NORMA CD Player will surprise you when you hear the sound from CDs you think you already know. Firstly, the typical harshness of digital sound is missing, but at the same time you can find much more information and a lot more dynamics. All this happens without listening fatigue, but rather with a sense of neutrality and a surprising lack of artificiality. But perhaps even more spectacular is the reproduction of the soundstage. The NORMA CD player does not rebuild an artificial sound image, but really makes the listener feel the original ambience of the place where the CD was recorded.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to listen to a Norma CD player has always reached the conclusion that, finally, a heavy curtain has been lifted from the music. Now it’s like being seated in the front row and finally having the whole expressive palette available!
- TEAC CD Player Mechanics, with 5 seconds read buffer of
- Two PCM 24 Bit Digital to Analogue converter.
- Digital filter x8 oversamplig with user selectable filter roll-off (Sharp & Slow).
- Proprietary I-V architecture conversion.
- Audio analogue output stage based with full discrete devices amplifier.
- Extreme low noise, high resolution and high speed schematic topology.
- Wide band ( >2 MHz ).
- RCA and Balanced output connections.
- Separate power supply for Digital and Analogue Output stage.
- High filtering capacity with numerous low impedance capacitors.
- 13 Power supply regulators.
- Full aluminium non-magnetic frame.
- Toroidal power transformer specially designed for audio applications, low dispersion flow, low mechanical noise, high permeability magnetic core with low output impedance.
- Remote control of all functions with NORMA remote control (Philips RC-5 Standard code).
Connections: Line RCA output, XLR Balanced
Outputs Voltage: 3.0 V RMS (+10 dBV) RCA (at 0 dB), 6.0 V RMS (+16 dBV) XLR(at 0 dB)
Output Impedance: 200 ohm
System Frequency Response: 0,0 to 22KHz +/- 0,3 dB (limited from CD standard)
Analogue Output Filter: 0,0 to 180 kHz +/- 3 dB
Analogue Stage Frequency Response: 0,0 to 2MHz +/- 3 dB
Configuration: Solid state
Oversampling: DF 1706 8 x Digital Filter
Oversampling Filter: User selectable by Jumper inside from: Sharp & Slow Roll-off filter response.
D/A Converter: PCM 1704 Multibit 24 Bit D/A converter
I/V Conversion: I/V Conversion by proprietary topology with discrete component
Output Stage: Proprietary topology with discrete component, high linearity & low noise
Mains Supply: 230 V AC / 50 Hz, (100V AC or 115 VAC / 50-60Hz in some country)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 75 x 430 x 350 mm
Weight: 10 Kg
Integrated CD Player with full remote control