After some good A/B comparisons between my newer Marantz SACD player and this Arcam, I have decided to let go of the Arcam and have some extra money for future upgrades. I am asking $250 plus shipping.
I am the second owner of this player and I have the remote, manual, and original box. The unit plays wonderfully, there are no marks or damage of any kind on it. The only issue is that the remote is missing the "check" button. I received it in this condition but I don't see it as a problem as I have no idea what the check button does. I think it's there to review a programmed play list.
Here is an excerpt from Arcam's brochure:
"Turning to technical matters, the Alpha 8SE CD player uses the same Sony CD mechanism, power supply and casework as the other CD players in the Alpha range. This ensures reliability - backed up by Arcam's two years parts and labour warranty.
Elsewhere Arcam has, as always, paid attention to detail where it counts. The plug-in DAC module comprises a computer grade through-hole-plated fibreglass PCB, mounted on a custom aluminium extrusion to isolate it from unwanted vibration and electrical interference. Audiophile specification components are used throughout. Two pairs of gold plated phono sockets allow the Alpha 8SE to be connected simultaneously to your main hi-fi system and a multi-room distribution centre or second amplifier elsewhere in the house. A precision (class 1) co-axial digital output is also provided for added flexibility.
Finally, in keeping with many other products in the current Arcam range, the Alpha 8SE is upgradeable to a higher specification in the future. This can be done by substituting the DAC module with, for example, the 24 bit DAC module used within the Alpha 9 CD player."
""Explicit detail, good timing and a smooth easy-going presentation make this HDCD player an excellent all-rounder." Best Buy Hi-Fi Choice, March 1998
Sounds spacious and tonally refined. Technically very well-equipped." BBC Music Magazine, January 2000"
This unit cost just over $1,200 when it was new in 1998.