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Onkyo C-S5VL C-S5VL Super Audio CD/CD Player (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Onkyo
45 customer reviews
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  • Plays Super Audio CD, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 CD, and WMA CD
  • High-Grade Wolfson 192 kHz/24-Bit D/A Converter (WM8742) with DSD Bit-Stream Support for Super Audio CD Applications
  • 2 Digital Outputs (Optical and Coaxial)
  • Repeat Modes (Super Audio CD and CD: Disc/Track/A-B Repeat, MP3 CD and WMA CD: Disc/Track/Folder/A-B Repeat)
  • Hi-Rigidity, Anti-Resonant Flat Chassis (1/16 [1.6 mm] Thick)
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Product Specifications

Brand NameOnkyo
Color NameBlack

Product Description

Sampling audio signals at a rate 64 times higher than CD, Super Audio CD gives you the closest possible approximation of being in the same room as the musicians. Little wonder, then, that it has established itself as the audiophiles’ format of choice. Now, with the C-S5VL, Onkyo makes quality audio more accessible than ever. The C-S5VL is a stellar playback solution for Super Audio CD—as well as regular CDs and WMA- or MP3-encoded discs—and makes an ideal partner for Onkyo’s slimline A-5VL integrated amplifier. The C-S5VL incorporates Onkyo’s VLSC™ technology, along with high-end Wolfson DACs, to ensure a pristine conversion of the audio signal from digital to analog. Meanwhile, a high-precision crystal oscillator and jitter-cleaner device work together to stabilize the clock frequency. You get meticulous timing for all digital signals and hence beautifully clear separation of musical instruments. So, if you want to get serious about digital audio playback, open your ears to the C-S5VL.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 17.1 x 0.2 inches ; 9.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002C73WRM
  • Item model number: C-S5VL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,791 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 19, 2009
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By belcanto on December 12, 2009
I listen to classical music and have almost a thousand CD collections. I own a number of CD players as well as dedicated DACs. To my ears Onkyo C-S5VL is the first CD player that is able to reproduce the violins in orchestra as "violins". You could almost hear them being played individually as a group without sounding harsh nor bright. My Spendor BC1 now sounds almost up to its full potential. Many believe Wolfson WM8742 DAC is the best there is in terms of digital to analog conversion. Oh did I say C-S5VL also plays SACD. IMO a good recording of SACD disc with Onkyo C-S5VL is hard to beat. Hats off to Onkyo for the making of a good sounding affordable CD/SACD player.

I have this player for about 4 months. The strength of this player is its ability to select and use one of five different advanced digital filters that come with WM8742 (applicable to CD only, SACD uses different filters). Out of the five filters, the most notable one is Minimum Phase Anti-Alias Apodising filter (FIL 4). Minimum Phase Anti-Alias Apodising filter is regarded by many as a major break through in improving digital media play back quality in recent years (a filter of a similiar kind is implemented in Meridian 808.2 by a 150 MIPS processor and expensive customary circuitry). This particular filter not only removes the pre-echo artifact that is commonly associated with conventional CD players but also sweep away the digital "glare" that we have almost come to accept as inevitable when listening to music of digital media. To my ears when FIL 4 is employed musical instruments exhibit consistent and substantial improvement in timber, clarity, definition, and tonality. The resulting sound signature is close being analogue. Onkyo C-S5VL enables me to enjoy the music even after hours of listening.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on July 10, 2010
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I am very satisfied with my purchase of the Onkyo C-S5VL. I have the superb Marantz SA8003 [$1000] in my Home Theater rack and the Onkyo in a good stereo system. I believe that if I could do a direct A/B comparison that the Onkyo would come close to matching the Marantz in sound quality. Using headphones the Marantz sounded a bit better, but I suspect that is because of its high end headphone amp. I think running to the same room speakers it would be difficult to distinguish between the two units. The build quality of the Onkyo is excellent. I am happy with what I hear from both CDs and SACDs. If you can get the Onkyo for under $400 it would be like another reviewer stated "a steal"!
Update 2012: My unit purchased in 2010 continues to work well. It is clear however that there was a loss in quality control in subsequent models. Appears production has been discontinued.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Z. Chen on November 3, 2009
My CD playback was never satisfactory. C-S5VL finally changed that. It replaces my Jolida CD 100 with a tube output stage. The Onkyo sounds transparent and involving. All my CDs are refreshed! Now, I can also enjoy SACD. The SACD playback is a noticeable improvement. This allows me to start collecting SACD.
Under the hook, the 8742, the latest of Wolfson DAC, does a wonderful job. For CD, I am using the default digital filter #1. For SACD, I am using the DSD direct, bypassing digital filters. Onkyo did an excellent job to keep high end sound with a modest cost. Highly recommended.

-- update --

Now I have C-S5VL for nearly two months. I enjoyed it enormously. Most importantly, I have collected many RC Living Stereo SACD, the BIS Records Beethoven Symphonies SACD boxset, and a few other SACD from Chesky and Reference Recordings. The sound quality of SACD is significantly better than CD; it is hard to go back to listen to many of my older CDs. The sound stage is so real, the instruments sound so natural, the performance is so vivid, it is hard to leave my listening chair. Now I start to understand why the Vinyl LP audiophiles have difficulty to switch to listen CD. They have enjoyed more music 40 years ahead of us.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By iAlex on January 29, 2010
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Great sounding unit! (see posted pics) Unit sounds fantastic, smokes every other budget player I've listened to, (including several older mega $$ units)plus it has SACD capability! Selectable digital filters not a gimmick, try filter #4, this is a minimum phase apodising filter currently being used in the Meridian 802.2 Signature Reference player, ($15,995) or #2 the Minimum phase soft knee filter, yeah the one that's used in the Ayre players, again ($$$$$$) but you get the both here $350-$400 ~STEAL.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Krutsch on April 17, 2011
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I won't repeat the earlier reviews, which are pretty accurate. Amazon shipped it to me three days ago and I've been listening to this player, almost non-stop, with SACDs and Redbook CDs. I was skeptical, based on the price and the review by the one person that gave it one star - but the remaining 11 reviews made it seem like a worthwhile product to try out.

I don't have a Rega reference CD player to compare this with, so I don't know how it stacks up to higher end units. The living room has an older Yahama 2-channel receiver, older Polk Audio Monitor Series towers and an old Miller & Kreisel V-90 powered sub (best sub I've personally ever heard, BTW, at any price); add in Kimber Kable interconnects and a living room with favorable acoustics. Frankly, the room dynamics and the source material matter a lot, so I hauled up my SACD collection from the home theater (well, OK, guest room) into the living room and put the Onkyo through its paces.

I've played around with the digital filters a bunch. Reviewers are correct about #4, it really provides a nice sound for Redbook CD. For SACDs, however, I switched them off and stayed with direct - filter 4 seemed to muddy the highs with SACD. I've read elsewhere that the filters with SACD material can bridge the gap to vinyl; I don't know about that, since I was in the Army and Reagan was President the last time set a needle onto spinning vinyl.

The build quality is superb - I liked the way it felt even as I unboxed the unit - the controls feel solid and the tray has a nice, solid sound to it as it slides in and out; it looks elegant on the shelf. I didn't notice drive motor noise, but then again I was listening to music, not looking for noise out of the player.

A couple of complaints: 1.
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