Accustic Arts REFERENCE TUBE PLAYER-II Mk2 topload CD player w USB DAC & vlm ctl

AA 06 CD RPLAY
NZ$ 33,995.00 ea (incl. GST)
Accustic Arts

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BRAND NEW ACCUSTIC ARTS ® PLAYER II mk2 - The AWESOME MULTI TASKING , ALL-ROUNDER!
High-End, State-Of-Art, Audiophile CD player, DAC and Preamp with "Tube Hybrid“ technology

At this year's High End is ACCUSTIC ARTS ® its new PLAYER II before, a CD player and D / A converter of the absolute top class. The basis for this extraordinary product is the already known reference drive ACCUSTIC ARTS ® DRIVE II as CD module still is the legendary Philips CDPro2 used. Important features of the PLAYER II include the 4 digital inputs (XLR, coaxial, optical and USB). The USB input operates according to the latest asynchronous 24/192 technologies. 
The customer when playing the different music formats can choose between native signal processing or upsampling to 192 kHz. You have the option to connect the PLAYER II directly to a power amplifier, a preamp is integrated, which includes a volume control. The PLAYER-II Mk - an awesome, State-Of-Art all-rounder!

Comment from Steffen Schunk - Player-II Mk2's creator
"The PLAYER II, this is a state of the art volume controlled CD player with latest USB 192kHz, 24 bit asynchronous technology. With its special design it may also be used as a high end external DAC for music streaming. The PLAYER II is brand new on the market, the first units have just been shipped out. The market demand is outstanding and the first series has already been sold out prior to the shipment of the first units. It is definitively that special ultimate CD player people are looking for".

Features

Specifications

Reviews

Features

Audiophile Top-loader CD player and high-precision DAC - D/A converter in one device
Ultra-precise 24-bit / 192 kHz upsampling technology
Analog section in ACCUSTIC ARTS ® "tube hybrid" technology

PLAYER-II Mk2 highlights

Audiophile top loader CD player and high-precision D/A converter in one device
Ultra-precise 24 bit / 192 kHz upsampling technology
ACCUSTIC ARTS® “tube hybrid” technology

CD player section with the following advantages:
- legendary and proven CD Pro2LF precision drive with excellent sound quality
- solid die-cast metal chassis with elaborate mechanical decoupling
- drive mounted in housing made from solid aluminium (so-called sub-chassis design principle)
- CD fixed in drive using precise puck with integrated magnet and manufactured in chrome-plated brass

D/A converter section with the following advantages:
- 4 digital inputs: 1 x coaxial, 1 x balanced, 1 x optical, 1 x USB
- USB interface with modern asynchronous 24/192 technology
- easy playback of different audio files (WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC etc.) from Windows® or Mac OS X® computer via USB interface with USB drivers within scope of delivery
- selection between “native” signal processing or 24/192 upsampling

ACCUSTIC ARTS® “tube hybrid” technology with following advantages:
- very low distortion and a “good-natured”, perfect distortion spectrum
- “analog” sound experience with exceptional precision
- easy tube change without readjustment (“plug & play”)
- selected “military” tubes of the highest quality

Analog section with the following advantages:
- 1 fully balanced output (XLR)
- 1 unbalanced output (RCA)
- outputs are fixed or volume controlled via the integrated preamplifier function (selected by push-in button)
- analog output stage class A standard

Magnetically shielded toroidal core transformer (“Made in Germany”) of the highest quality for high output reserve
Very elaborate power supply with 9 separate supply voltages for the individual assemblies to enable best possible decoupling of signals

ACCUSTIC ARTS® system remote control manufactured completely in aluminium

Extremely stable, solid, resonance-balanced housing manufactured primarily with 10 mm thick aluminium plates with ultra-stable, acoustically dampened top load cover

ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER II is “Handmade in Germany”

Specifications

CD mechanism: CD-Pro2LF with 3-beam laser and glass lens
Input data formats: up to 24 bit / 192 kHz (ALAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV)

Digital inputs:
1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 Ω (XLR)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 Ω (COAX)
1 x TOSLINK; optical
1 x USB 2.0; 24/192 asynchronous

Digital outputs:
1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 Ω (XLR)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 Ω (COAX)
1 x TOSLINK; optical

Analog outputs:
1 x balanced – 2 x 33 Ω (XLR)
1 x unbalanced – 33 Ω (COAX)

Transformer power: 100 VA
Distortion (THD+N): 0.005 % with 24 bit (22Hz – 22 kHz)
Power consumption: max. 30 W
Tube type: 4x 12AX7 dual triode – military version, selected and matched
Dimensions (H x W x D): 130 x 482 x 375 mm
Weight: 18 kg

Reviews

it’s the sonic performance that was most treasured and which placed it, in my experience, among the most impressive of digital sources
Edgar Kramer

FOR AN INDEPTH REVIEW PLEASE VISIT  http://absolutehiend.com/ahe_files/pdf/AAP2.pdf