Mitchell & Johnson S800 CD Player – The Ideal Musical Maestro for the Brexit Era

New British-designed, British-made CD player flies the flag for hi-tech UK manufacturing (£1,299)

25th June 2019, London: Mitchell & Johnson, the London-based hi-fi specialist, has formally launched the new S800 CD player, a (proudly) British-designed and manufactured disc-spinner that flies the flag for specialist UK manufacturing in the Brexit era. 

The new £1,299 player, which was first unveiled in prototype form at February’s Bristol Hi-Fi Show, is now available in production form via Mitchell & Johnson’s global dealer network. Handmade in the Midlands, the new S800 CD player is one of only a handful of UK-made CD players and offers the myriad benefits of homegrown production.   

Entirely engineered in the UK, the new S800 CD player is based upon the industry-leading 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, which is graced by a solid aluminium fascia panel, is entirely UK-produced. A high-performance European-sourced CD drive takes care of disc control and data extraction. 

Offering refreshing value for money for a handmade British CD player, the S800 also 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 provides synchronized 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, the S800 CD player and wider 800 Series represent a major milestone for Mitchell & Johnson, as 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.

Jay Luong

Mr. Audio Bacon himself. An open-minded electrical engineer and software developer by trade. I have an obsession with the enjoyment of all things media - specifically in the realm of music and film. So much heart and soul (and money) go into the creation of this artistry. My aim is to find out which products get me closer to what the musicians and directors intended.

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  • At this point, why buy a CD player when you can create a bit perfect digital copy and then upconvert the file to 24/192 or even DSD?

    • Sometimes playing music off a CD player just sounds better. Also, most upscalers deteriorate (to my ears) the sound. As you probably know, server digital playback is a whole 'nother rabbit hole.

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