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Accuphase  DP-950 PRECISION SA-CD TRANSPORT

Accuphase DP-950 PRECISION SA-CD TRANSPORT

The centerpiece of the Accuphase DP-950 is its ultra-massive SA-CD/CD drive with highly rigid, high-precision construction. This is complemented by an ultra-strong power supply featuring two high-efficiency toroidal transformers and an array of filtering capacitors. The result is an SA-CD/CD transport that delivers a digital signal of unsurpassed purity.

Accuphase DP-430 MDS COMPACT DISC PLAYER

Accuphase DP-430 MDS COMPACT DISC PLAYER

Calling any Accuphase Precision Audio product “entry level’ or “the junior model’ in the line up really means that one has failed to grasp the Accuphase philosophy! All Accuphase machines are built to a no compromise formula that maximises performance above all else with bullet proof reliability and fabulous fit and finish only a fraction of a millimetre behind. The DP-430 MDS Compact Disc player is the most affordable player in the range simply because unlike Accuphases other players, it plays CDs and nothing but CDs. If one requires SACD playback in addition to CD playback then one need to look at alternative models such as the DP-560 for example.

Make no mistake this player has the same ultra precise transport mechanism and whisper quite loading mechanism of it’s esteemed stable mates. Likewise within, sophisticated circuit topology features MDS++ D/A conversion and just like the other members of the Accuphase family, this superlative circuit can be accessed by digital sources via its USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs. Further befitting a truly high end player we have the usual Accuphase fully balanced (XLR) outputs along with the more ubiquitous single ended (RCA) outputs.

So if your collection of polycarbonate music software (CDs), has no SACDs amongst them, then consider the DP-410 MDS CD player. Accuphase’s slightly more affordable, but eminently capable, CD only player!

Accuphase DP-570 MDS SA-CD PLAYER

Accuphase DP-570 MDS SA-CD PLAYER

The new Accuphase DP-570 is typically an evolutionary advance over it’s predecessor rather than a revolutionary improvement. For the number crunchers there is a 12% improvement in the signal to noise ratio along with a 30% reduction in THD noise!! For that fabled trickle down effect, Accuphase have implemented the new ESS Technology’s 32bit Hyper Stream II DAC ES9028PRO, the very same DAC used in the flagship single box player the Accuphase DP-750

There is more of course including updated casework and programmable play list via remote. Also play back of computer recorded disks is now possible such as 192kHz 24 bit data of WAV, FLAC, AIFF format, and 5.6MHz 1bit DSD data also. The list does not end there so have a look at the Accuphase web site and/or give us a call, phone or email, ask for a brochure and have a chat.

Accuphase DP-750 PRECISION MDSD SA-CD PLAYER

Accuphase DP-750 PRECISION MDSD SA-CD PLAYER

The fabulous DP-750 is the latest incarnation of the Accupase’s 7XX series flagship single box SA-CD Player. Do not let the understated looks of the front panel deceive you, under the wood grain case this machine is packed with precision digital engineering that Accuphase is famous for. If you need convincing, try picking one up.

Accuphase have combined the convenience of a single chassis player with the versatility of a separate Transport and Digital Processor (DAC). Achieved by equiping the back panel with all the neccessary inputs and outputs including Accuphase’s own HS-LINK along with USB, optical and Coaxial inputs. Analogue signals are catered for with both Balanced (XLR) and single ended outputs.

Silky smooth tray operation, substantial remote, wood grain case and above all superb performance, makes this player truly a high end, very desirable dream machine!

Arcam CDS50 SACD, CD, Networking Streaming Player

Arcam CDS50 SACD, CD, Networking Streaming Player

$1,799.00

Our most advanced cd, digital audio and network streaming player yet

In a sense, digital audio doesn’t exist. You’d have to be a particularly dull superhero to possess ears that can decode the millions of 1’s and 0’s that make up your CD collection or iTunes library. Whatever the source – be it a laptop, CD player, smartphone, USB stick – the result is just a vibration in your speakers. In other words, it all winds up analogue in the end.

Arguably, when playing from a digital format, the most vital component is the DAC, or Digital to Analogue Converter. We’ll spare you the bulk of the science, but this is what translates that otherwise lifeless binary code into audible sound energy. Bit-depth, meanwhile, is a key measure of audio quality.

So, if you’re listening to a 24-bit WAV copy of your favourite album through a DAC that only converts to 16-bit, there’s a good chunk of detail going to waste right there. That’s why we’ve included 32-bit DACs on the entire HDA range – the most commonly used bit-depth in digital recording – so you’re guaranteed the full aural picture of whatever the artist intended.

Audiolab 6000CDT CD TransportAudiolab 6000CDT CD Transport

Audiolab 6000CDT CD Transport

$699.00

The 6000CDT is a dedicated CD transport incorporating the same slot-loading mechanism as audiolab’s flagship CD player, the 8300CD. Extremely robust and reliable, it uses a read-ahead digital buffer to reduce disc-reading failures, able to play scratched and damaged CDs that are unreadable by conventional mechanisms.

The Sound of Science

The 6000CDT is the latest CD transport from audiolab. Using audiolab’s slot loading mechanism, the transport uses read-ahead digital buffering to reduce disc reading failures and deliver the highest level of digital signal extraction from a wide range of CDs, even capable of reading scratched and damaged CDs that are unreadable by conventional mechanisms. The onboard digital decoder utilises digital coax and optical outputs to deliver the maximum versatility.

The master clock is controlled by a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator, enabling the digital output from both coaxial and optical sockets to exhibit vanishingly low levels of jitter (digital distortion).

In addition, the coaxial output is fed from a differential line driver to ensure a flawless digital signal reaches the accompanying DAC – naturally, the 32-bit DAC section in the 6000A integrated amp is a superb sonic match.

By mounting the transport in its own, electromagnetically shielded enclosure, and including a dedicated power supply, the digital signal extraction from any CD is as accurate and precise as it is possible to achieve.

Audiolab 8300CDQ CD Player / DAC / PreamplifierAudiolab 8300CDQ CD Player / DAC / Preamplifier

Audiolab 8300CDQ CD Player / DAC / Preamplifier

$2,299.00

To this specification the new 8300CDQ adds high-quality analogue preamp circuitry, coupled to three stereo pairs of line-level RCA inputs to connect analogue sources. The preamp circuitry is kept as simple as possible using high-quality components to maintain signal purity, with line input signals passing to a precision analogue volume stage. Much effort has gone into the physical layout of the 8300CDQ’s circuitry, protecting the sensitive preamp section from noise interference.

The 8300CDQ draws upon the exemplary circuitry contained with the existing 8300CD, including:

 Slot-loading CD transport mechanism
Fast in operation and neat in design, the 8300CDQ’s slot-loading CD transport delivers excellent reliability. A read-ahead digital buffer reduces disc-reading errors, enabling scratched CDs that are unreadable by conventional mechanisms to be played. High disc stability and low susceptibility to resonance contribute to the 8300CDQ’s superb CD sound quality.

 High-resolution digital inputs
Five digital inputs comprise 1x asynchronous USB and 4x S/PDIF (2x coaxial and 2x optical). Hi-res digital audio is supported up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256, and USB HID compatibility enables driverless control of a connected PC, Mac or media player.

 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC
The CD transport and digital inputs feed a DAC section with an ESS Sabre32 Reference chip nestling at its heart, utilising HyperStream architecture and ESS Technology’s Time Domain Jitter Eliminator to deliver ultra-low noise and high dynamic range. No company knows more about making the most of this 32-bit, eight-channel hybrid multi-bit Delta-Sigma DAC technology than Audiolab; the 8200CD and 8200CDQ were among the first audio components to use it and the company has been honing its implementation ever since. The conversion process involves 512 DAC elements (256 per channel) each operating at 84.672MHz – all digital audio sources, whatever the sample rate, are upsampled or oversampled to this frequency.

 Exemplary jitter reduction
Around the DAC chip are extensive measures to reduce jitter (digital distortion) to vanishingly low levels. Careful circuit layout and low-noise power supplies complement the DAC’s patented Sabre32 sample rate converter and clever DPLL (Digital Phase Locked Loop) circuit, radically reducing time domain errors from all digital input sources.

 Time domain isolation
While the Sabre32 sample rate converter virtually eliminates jitter within the digital domain, external ‘analogue domain’ induced artefacts caused by RF breakthrough, PSU coupling and so on will affect the DAC’s sonic performance. Audiolab resolves this issue via its CATDA (Cascaded Asynchronous Time Domain Attenuator) circuit. This circuit isolates the DAC substrate from sonically deleterious artefacts that affect non-synchronous digital input data. To achieve the best possible performance, three identical cascaded stages are used – each individual stage provides increased isolation, thereby maximising timing performance, even at higher RF frequencies.

 Selectable digital filters
As digital audio reproduction technology has progressed, the importance of the characteristics of reconstruction digital filters has become more appreciated. The Audiolab 8300CDQ features seven user-selectable filters for PCM audio data (including CD) and four ultrasonic filters for DSD data. These settings allow the user to tune the 8300CD’s performance according to system configuration, digital file quality and personal taste.

 Discrete Class A analogue stages and sophisticated power supply
The 8300CDQ’s analogue output stages and power supply are exceptionally well specified in the pursuit of sonic excellence. The circuitry includes a large, low-noise toroidal transformer, a plethora of reservoir/smoothing capacitors, an impressive number of regulator chips and discrete transistor (instead of op-amp) analogue stages at the output with ultra-low impedance to drive any cable and any load. The power supply incorporates 29 regulated supply rails including multiple ultra-low-noise regulators, with extensive measures against power supply contamination and cross-coupling.

Denon DCD-1600NE Single Disc Super Audio CD Player

Denon DCD-1600NE Single Disc Super Audio CD Player

$1,499.00

Listen to hi-res audio and masterfully reproduced songs with the Denon DCD-1600NE CD Player. Advanced AL32 Processing Plus, combined with an innovative circuitry structure, ensure recordings are accurately reproduced and beautifully faithful to the original sound. In addition to CD and Super Audio CD, the DCD-1600NE can play DSD (2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz) files and high-resolution files up to 192 kHz/24 bits recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. Music files with sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz recorded on CD-R/RW discs can also be played. Vibration-resistant design and Direct Mechanical Ground Construction reduce adverse audio effects of heavy components within amplifiers, providing an audio environment that meets rigorous Denon testing standards. And with a more than 100-year legacy of crafting audio components, trust Denon to bring playback performance to remarkable heights.

Mark Levinson – No 519 CD Player

Mark Levinson – No 519 CD Player

Spin, Stream, or Connect to Music with the Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player: Hear Native 2x DSD and High-Res 32-Bit/192kHz PCM Via Precision Link DAC and Pure Path Signal Path

The choice is yours: Spin, stream, or connect your music. The pioneering Mark Levinson № 519 audio player not only plays it but delivers everything from native 2x DSD and TIDAL to high-resolution 32-bit/192kHz PCM and CDs in arresting sound. Equipped for wired and wireless streaming, and loaded with over-built connectivity that includes six digital inputs, No 519 beats to the rhythms of a reference-setting 32-bit Precision Link DAC with seven power supplies and three selectable filters. Patented Clari-Fi technology even restores information lost during compression. The U.S.A.-made № 519 also doubles as a digital preamplifier and connect to amplifiers or powered speakers without any need for an external preamp.

An analog output volume control, Class A Main Drive headphone amplifier, and the company’s signature Pure Path discrete, direct-coupled, fully discrete dual-mono signal path design with Folded Cascode connections round out the stunning architecture. A full-color TFT display, machined-metal remote, and dedicated app control via mobile devices make every operation easy and fun. We encourage you to read more about № 519’s mind-blowing abilities and feature set below. More importantly, we invite you to audition this cutting-edge unit in your home today with the security of our 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

“It delivers a hugely informative and powerful sound whatever you choose to play…”
– Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product Review

Spin, Stream, and Connect: Includes Precision Stream Processing
Far from merely a network player, № 519 is a complex, yet easy-to-master unit containing a complete, embedded Precision Stream Linux® computer running a custom Mark Levinson version of the operating system to deliver outstanding headroom for incredible performance, regardless of configuration. In addition to its ability to browse, access, and play music from a variety of connected sources, № 519 doubles as a complete Mark Levinson digital preamplifier and DAC, which is able to directly connect to amplifiers or active loudspeakers without need for a preamplifier. № 519 plays from network-connected devices and drives including NAS, using its Ethernet wired and Wi-Fi wireless connections. It contains a slot-loading disc drive for enjoying disc collections of standard Redbook and MP3 compact discs. A full complement of digital inputs enables connection of external digital music sources, including an asynchronous USB connection for streaming high-resolution PCM, DSD, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, APE, AIFF, and WMV files from computers. A Bluetooth receiver with an aptX AAC high-quality codec enables convenient wireless music connection from virtually any handheld, tablet, or computing device. Two additional USB ports enable local connection of hard drives and thumb drives.

Built-In Streaming Services, Internet Radio, and Updatable Technology
№ 519’s Precision Stream also contains a wide range of embedded streaming music services. Built-in Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, Rhapsody/Napster, plus thousands of Internet radio stations and podcasts deliver hundreds of millions of tracks in standard and high-resolution formats. Because № 519’s Precision Stream is a powerful Internet-connected computer built on a 1GHz ARM® Cortex® multicore 32‑bit processor with 4GB each of RAM and flash, its feature and content portfolios will continue to grow over time. Mark Levinson is committed to delivering continued feature and content expansion over the player’s lifespan. № 519 is updateable over its network connection and by inserting a USB drive containing software updates.

A Mark Levinson Exclusive: Pure Path Circuit Design
Since 1972, Mark Levinson has been dedicated to the uncompromising art of sound, guided by the principle of musical purity. To achieve that goal like never before, Mark Levinson engineers scoured company archives and developed a circuit-design philosophy called Pure Path. On a conceptual level, its hallmark principles include a discrete, direct-coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path that delivers unrestricted, uncompromising purity. Far from merely arranging high quality components in an intelligent manner, Pure Path represents the meeting of science and art – and both measured and subjective performance. Pure Path highlights in the № 519 include Folded Cascodes, a Precision Link DAC, and Main Drive Headphone Amplifier output.

Furthering Analog Mastery: The Folded Cascode
Mark Levinson components are designed around a Pure Path amplifier circuit concept that makes heavy use of a circuit design element called a cascode. Originally created for improving the bandwidth of vacuum-tube circuits in radios, cascodes both improve bandwidth and enhance linearity. A cascode combines two transistors so that they operate as a single composite device that functions like a single transistor, using the wanted characteristics of each component transistor, and rejecting the unwanted characteristics. Mark Levinson engineers began their design of the preamp gain stage with pairs of JFETs (junction field-effect transistors) chosen for their low noise and high gain. JFETs achieve such characteristics by being large, and with their size comes nonlinear gain – or distortion. To mitigate this, BJTs (bipolar junction transistors) are added to the circuit. BJTs exhibit very low input impedance and very high output impedance, which translates to excellent bandwidth and linearity. By creating a cascode of the JFETs and BJTs, Levinson engineers created a design with the best characteristics of both sets of devices. The output of the cascode is then connected to another transistor of the opposite “gender.” Current flows through it in the opposite direction to “turn around” the direction of the signal current. This special connection is called a Folded Cascode and a hallmark of the Pure Path circuit: High gain with low noise, wide bandwidth, and excellent linearity.

Only from Mark Levinson: The Precision Link DAC
The Mark Levinson Precision Link DAC transforms digital data streams into analog audio art. It combines unique Pure Path engineering design approaches with painstakingly selected components to deliver impeccable performance than can be appreciated both on the test bench and in the listening room. The converter chip comes from ESS Technologies, known for jitter-elimination circuitry, and resynchronizes incoming data to its own extraordinarily stable clock. Combined with its 32-bit resolution, the low-jitter stream reduces distortion and noise, allowing remarkable retrieval of ambient detail that other DACs miss. The Precision Link DAC operates the converter’s outputs in current mode, where they are fed into a fully balanced current-to-voltage (I/V) converter that provides the exact signal level desired. Maintaining near-zero voltage keeps the current sources virtually immune to nonlinearity, maximizing bandwidth and minimizing distortion. Common-mode noise and distortion are cancelled in this mirror-imaged, differential configuration, resulting in a pristine signal with a vanishingly low noise floor. A unique power supply configuration – five independent power supplies operate the converter chip alone, and individual linear power supplies for the left and right channels power the discrete I/V and antialiasing filter circuits – further advance the reference performance.

Personalized Performance with Precision Link DAC Filters
The Precision Link DAC performs oversampling and digital filtering of digital audio data, increasing the effective sample rate by filling in additional data points between the actual data present, which in turn reduces the demands on the low-pass (antialiasing) filter required on the analog output of the converter. Three digital filter options are available in the Mark Levinson Precision Link DAC. The Fast filter has a steep roll-off for maximum attenuation of unwanted high frequency information. It offers the best noise and distortion measurements. The Slow filter has a gentler roll-off of high frequencies and exhibits less pre- and post-ringing on transients. The Minimum Phase filter has a steep roll-off of high frequencies. These filters are selectable because there is no one correct choice. Some listeners are sensitive to pre-ringing on transients and believe it sounds unnatural. A digital filter with pre-ringing exhibits excellent frequency response behavior precisely because of its transient behavior. Other listeners might be more sensitive to the relatively long period of ringing exhibited by the Minimum Phase filter and therefore would prefer the Fast or Slow filter. More likely, listeners will prefer different filters with different genres of music, and they have that option with № 519.

Pure Path Digital Inputs and Reference Signal Transmission
№ 519 offers six digital inputs for system flexibility. One balanced AES/EBU (XLR) input and two coaxial (RCA) inputs use high-speed differential receivers to reject noise and provide clean digital waveforms to the Cirrus Logic digital audio receiver chip. Two additional Optical (Toslink) receivers directly drive the digital audio receiver. For direct connection to a computer, № 519 also offers an asynchronous USB Type B input built around a CMedia USB audio processor chip. Using the high-speed USB 2.0 standard, the CMedia chip reliably and accurately receives audio data over USB in PCM format at up to 32-bit/192 kHz or in native DSD at up to double speed (5.6 MHz). The CMedia chip transfers USB data asynchronously. It gets as much data as possible as and when it is available, rather than transferring the data in sync with the music playback, which reduces demands on the computer and instead allows the processor chip to precisely control the flow of data to the DAC.

Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology Defeats Compression
Clari-Fi music restoration technology analyzes compressed digital audio files during playback in real time and reconstructs much of what was lost in the compression process. The complex Clari-Fi processing algorithm is implemented on a powerful Analog Devices SHARC DSP. Unlike simple equalization, Clari-Fi continuously and automatically adapts the amount of reconstruction it performs to the degree to which an audio file has been compressed. № 519 offers an Intensity control, enabling fine adjustment of the amount of reconstruction applied to the signal – or bypass, if preferred.

Stellar Connectivity Extends to Simple System Integration
№ 519 delivers its signal to balanced (XLR) and single-ended (RCA) stereo analog outputs, as well as a 1/4-inch (6.3mm) Main Drive Headphone output integrated into the front-panel metalwork. The Main Drive Headphone amplifier circuit drives up to 32-ohm headphones in Class A by employing the main output circuit rather than a secondary signal path. A selectable fourth-order, 80Hz high-pass filter enables seamless integration of a single or dual subwoofers for full-range performance with a wide range of loudspeakers. № 519 also offers three digital output connectors – balanced (AES/EBU), coaxial (RCA), and optical (Toslink) – for direct connection to separate DACs, preamplifiers with internal DACs, and other components with digital inputs.

Best-In-Class User Interface and Easy Control Options
With so many connections and capabilities, the № 519 requires a beautiful, easy-to-understand control interface. To create a best-in-class user experience, designers started with a large five-inch, full-color TFT front-panel display flanked by eight aluminum buttons and iconic Mark Levinson twin-knob controls. Following a series of studies, designers created a gorgeous style that suits the № 519’s place within Mark Levinson systems, yet looks to the future in terms of detail and resolution. In addition to its front-panel control and display, № 519 also features matching iOS and Android apps for remote control from virtually any smartphone, tablet, or other device. Additionally, № 519 can be controlled from any major web browser on laptop and desktop computers thanks to its matching webpage interface. System-integration connectivity includes Ethernet/IP control, RS-232, plus 12V triggers and an IR input. A machined metal remote delivers the robust feel and precise control befitting of a component of the № 519’s caliber.

Built to Last: Military-Grade Components
All Mark Levinson equipment employs electronic components carefully chosen for their specific task. Gain-stage JFET pairs have high gain, low noise, and low distortion. And since they are encapsulated in the same package, the two devices operate under nearly identical conditions. Capacitors used in critical filtering locations are film types, noted for their consistent performance regardless of temperature and frequency. Finally, resistors in critical gain-setting and feedback locations use tantalum nitride thin-film elements. Tantalum nitride typically finds use in sensitive military equipment because it is unusually stable with respect to temperature, exhibits very low noise, and is unaffected by magnetic fields. In fine audio equipment, those characteristics make the sound more revealing and effortless, free of the low-level nonlinearities caused by lesser resistive materials as they heat and cool under dynamic conditions.

Musical Fidelity M2SCD CD PLAYERMusical Fidelity M2SCD CD PLAYER

Musical Fidelity M2SCD CD PLAYER

$1,290.00

Like the matching M2si integrated amplifier, the M2scd is designed as serious hi-fi available at a modest price. From the fine fit and finish of its metal casework to the unique technology sitting inside, the M2scd exceeds expectations. The M2scd builds on our years of engineering expertise, uniquely featuring both a mains choke filter and a high-tech digitalstream noise filter. Such innovations enable the player to deliver technical performance; it boasts low distortion and a virtually flat frequency response, plus minimal noise and jitter.

The M2scd’s DAC design also draws from its high-end siblings, using cutting-edge technology to ensure excellent data recovery from your discs. Simply put, that means you’ll hear more from your music. Reviews say “a very mature and polished performer”, which “sounds refined and elegant”.

Musical Fidelity M3SCD CD PLAYERMusical Fidelity M3SCD CD PLAYER

Musical Fidelity M3SCD CD PLAYER

$1,940.00

The M3scd has been designed to give outstanding CD reproduction and to be a digital hub.

In addition to CD it has 3 digital inputs: coax, optical and asynchronous USB. This makes it particularly useful for set top boxes and/or TV sound improvement. The technical performance is excellent; it has very low distortion, extremely low jitter, excellent signal-to-noise ratio, extremely flat frequency response, exemplary linearity and excellent channel separation.

All in all the M3scd gives excellent CD replay and can act as a versatile digital hub at the same time.

Musical Fidelity M6SCD CD PLAYERMusical Fidelity M6SCD CD PLAYER

Musical Fidelity M6SCD CD PLAYER

$3,500.00

The M6scd is a superb performer. It uses a 32 bit DAC with 192 kHz up-sampling and delivers outstanding technical and musical performance. It also has a range of digital inputs: 2 x coax, 2 x optical and asynchronous USB. This makes it particularly useful for set top boxes and/or TV sound improvement.

The M6scd is a top notch CD player and digital hub in one beautifully engineered box.

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