FMJ CD36 CD Player (Discontinued)

The CD36 was the accumulation of everything Arcam had learnt about CD replay. Extensive re-engineering of the power supply and control electronics means the CD36 delivers a cleaner, more musical performance than previous players. Proven upsampling techniques and quad Wolfson DAC technology ensure the CD36 is one of the best dedicated CD players in the world.


Four layer circuit boards, ultra low jitter clocking and a dual quad toroidal transformer power supply are some of the key features of the CD36. Mechanical design incorporates Accousteel technology, which dampens mechanical vibration in critical areas and isolates it from critical circuitry. The benefit of all this technology is unprecedented class-leading CD sound quality.

As a perfect partner to Arcam’s FMJ line of stereo amplification, the CD36 represents a thoroughly modern approach to replaying the world’s favourite music medium. The mechanical precision of the extruded aluminium faceplate is in perfect harmony with the very latest electronic technology inside, its purpose being to enthral the listener with every nuance of detail and passion of their favourite music. The combination of class leading component suppliers and the specialist knowledge of the Arcam design team has produced a CD player that was rated as the class leader.

The CD36 was designed and manufactured in the UK and available in black or silver finish.

Technical spec

DAC design

  • Quad Wolfson WM8740 Dacs on a four-layer fibreglass board using analogue averaging greatly increases linearity and reduce distortion
  • Upsampling technology to 192kHz at 24-bit resolution allows the use of very high frequency analogue output filtering for improved phase and frequency response giving superb detail and sonic reality
  • High stability 3rd overtone clock oscillator for ultra low jitter, improving stereo image and soundstage
  • High quality ceramic capacitors improve de-coupling of high frequency signals, reducing electrical noise within the player’s circuitry

Mechanical design

  • Four-layer main board & display board using extra layers to ensure very low digital noise and eliminate most of the degradation caused by interference
  • RF screening greatly reduces the Radio Frequency Inference (RFI) within the sensitive circuit paths giving a playback that is refined and controlled during all occasions
  • Chassis treated with Accousteel damping, which eradicates mechanical interaction with the listening room or CD drive mechanism

Power supply design

  • Dual toroidal mains transformers supplying DAC circuitry and controller sections. This allows complete separation of transport electrical noise from the sensitive DAC electronics
  • Further power regulation using 10 separate regulated power supplies powering different sections of the CD36
  • Mechanical shielding protects susceptible circuit boards from any residual magnetic fields the transformers may emit


  • Power consumption (max) 32VA
  • Size 430W x 290D x 85H mm inc. feet
  • Weight (net) 6.5kg
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