Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player

Quad 99 CDP2

It is always very exciting when you get a chance to look at something new from Quad, and the successor to the Quad 99CDP is no exception.

The main difference between the Quad 99CDP2 and the Quad 99CDP is the transport. For the last 15 or so years Quad have used Philip’s transport mechanisms and very good they have been too. Unfortunately that department of Philips has ceased production which has left many producers with the choice of using another supplier or developing their own transport in house. Quad have taken it up themselves to develop their own and recruited one of the top men from Philip’s Optical Transport Deparment to assist them, Jon Green so that they can produce a unique one speed audio transport rather than use an off shelf multi speed data option for the new Quad 99CDP2.

If this was the only thing special about the Quad 99 CDP2, then you might question the logic of forking out £1000 on a CD player. Well let me tell you that this Quad has a few more quite unique features tucked under it’s sleaves.

Firstly the Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player has fixed and variable outputs, meaning that you can hook it directly to a power amp thus negating the need for a sonically degrading pre-amp. Not only that but the built in pre-amp of the Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player is of extremely high quality with a very short signal path meaning that optimum sound quality is maintained.

The second feature about the Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player is that it has six digital inputs, yes six ! meaning you can hook up a whole host of digital equipment and take advantage of the audiophile 24 bit 192kHz DAC and analogue stage, ideal if like me you have a large collection of MP3’s on your PC that you want to get the best of.

This last feature really does make the player stand out, and is a sensible option given how PC audio and Hi-Fi have come closer together with the adoption of MP3 and Ipods. All the digital signals of the Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player are upsampled to 24 bit as well by the Crystal DAC to produce the highest fidelity possible.
At just under £1000 the Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player is not cheap but you are getting a lot of kit for your money………………………I want one !!

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6 Responses to Quad 99 CDP2 CD Player

Rod mcwilliams Says:
August 15th, 2006 at 11:46 AM

How do I tell a cdp 2 from the previous cdp?. eg what serial number did the 2 start at? or what date did they begin manufacture.? does the name "cdp2" appear anywhere on the chassis? I had one demo ed to me recently but the retailer was unable to answer these questions. No mention on the box either. He said " take my word, it's a 2"...oh really?
I have heard that some of those who had their existing cdps converted to the new transport have experienced transport problems. Do these probs exist with the cdp2?
I thought the draw itself was rather flimsy... do they break easily? I loved the sound ...but I have these "niggles". Please put my mind at rest.
Please put my

Hi-fi insight Says:
August 15th, 2006 at 7:55 PM

I would contact IAG who should be able to tell you what you have.

The details are as follows :-

IAG Service Center
Unit 4, St Margarets Way
Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate
Huntingdon, Cambs
PE29 6EB
Phone: +44 (0) 1480 452561
Fax: +44 (0) 1480 413403
Email : tmahelpdesk@iaguk.co.uk
Website: www.audiolab.co.uk

Hi-fi insight Says:
June 20th, 2007 at 1:44 PM

From IAG Helpdesk:-

All Quad99 CDP with serial numbers above 1851 were CDP2


While the unit is in standby mode if you press the second button and the fourth button together then let go it will show 2 sets of numbers the second set should show above 1.59 and thats the software for a CDP-2 if it only shows one set of numbers it means its only a CDP

Phil miles Says:
April 11th, 2008 at 10:04 PM

I have a faint "whirring sound " emanating from the transport of my Quad CDP2, is this normal?. The player sounds great by the way.......

Andrew paul Says:
November 4th, 2008 at 10:33 AM


I notice a faint whirring too during playing of disk on the cdp2 unit. I am happy to add that it is a much quieter noise than any of my previous cd players during operation.

Damian hayward Says:
September 15th, 2016 at 10:48 PM

My quad cdp2 freezes for a second and continues to play this problem may happen 3 times in an hour. I would love to know what the problem is the CDP2 has hardly been used Thanks Damian

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