The design of this high
specification CD player drew on the expertise of
Trichord Research in developing a great sounding
digital to analogue conversion stage. All AT cd
players utilise a valve output stage which
avoids the solid state sterility heard in many
The plus specification is well worth the additional
outlay over the standard AT3500 - it improves
transient attack and tightens up the lower registers
whilst sharpening up image placement.
The AT3000 is a very competent design. We conducted
an experiment in which we compared the AT3000's
analogue output to its digital output fed through a
Benchmark DAC1, both connected with identical
interconnects to a preamp. When switching between
sources, we could not consistently identify which was
playing in a blind test, over a wide range of music
types. On that basis if you would like the sound of a
highly rated DAC in your system then the AT3000 is a
very attractively priced option.
All models are available in a choice of silver or
black front panel.