Mitchell & Johnson S800 Review

A ‘mature’ category gets a talented new arrival.

What is the S800 CD?

The Mitchell & Johnson is a standalone compact disc player. For those of you born around the turn of century, compact disc is an optically read audio format that will provide 74-80 minutes of 16/44.1kHz audio. It is in a status of gentle decline now but it is – by some margin – the most successful audio format that there has ever been. There was a period for over a decade of almost perfect dovetailing where not only was it the format capable of the highest performance, it was also the most convenient one available too – it didn’t have to be rewound, it didn’t appreciably wear out and it offered seamless skip and search facilities. It’s easy to be blasé about these things now but they were a big deal and you have to start somewhere.

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