The CD-10II is in many respects a ground breaking CD DAC Player design, with an advanced technology such as the single ended triode 2x 6H30 tube output stage.
A new and advanced DAC design, magnetic CD clamp system and a switchable PCM-DSD true converter. This Player is presenting a new level of musical performance with stunning vitality, clarity, natural warmth, a fast tight bass, warm fluid mids and superb highs that do not roll off. In addition, the CD-10II is handcrafted to perfection. In this price range, the CD-10II is one of the most innovative and musically, as close as you can get to the holy grail in recorded music. The best CD player ever built in CD’s 35 year history.
Features & Design
Full PCM to DSD Conversion – 128 & 256 – Remarkable!
Full featured Pure Class A Triode Vacuum Tube – Top Loader CD Player
Pure Class A triode vacuum tube output stage for single ended & balanced operation, 2 x 6H30 tubes in the output stage.
We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. That is why our pre-amplifiers to date have used single ended pure class A circuitry. The shorter the signal path, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths.
-Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life
-Warm up function
-0dB negative feedback (of any kind )
-Ultra short signal path
-Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability
-Low output impedance for driving long runs interconnect to an amplifier, and any tube or solid statepower amp
-No solid state devices in the analog tube output (signal path )
-Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation
-No followers or buffers in the signal path
-No DC servo that degrades the signal
-High quality parts throughout
-Fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship
-Separate analog output stage for left and right channel
-Digital input – S/PDIF (RCA), & TosLink
-USB input – 24/384 kHz and DSD 64x/128x
-Digital output – S/PDIF (RCA)
-Full function remote control
The power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformer windings and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stage which makes this a pure power source which is a critical attribute for a 6H30 vacuum tube output stage. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors.
-R-Core / Low noise – insulated power transformer for digital & analog
-Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients
-Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplification
-AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit.
-Tube rectification for analog output stage
-10 separate voltage regulators
The type of parts used, therefore, must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship of, which type of part to use where, that sets our products apart from the masses.
-Upgraded, premium quality passive components used in all applications
-High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors
-High quality special tube sockets with gold pins
-Capacitors ( 1% )
-High quality – RCA & XLR jack
-Gold-plated industrial grade PCB
The high grade aluminum chassis imparts a richer, more lustrous tonality with a cleaner background and less hash and grain. All brushed anodized anti-vibration-resonance and non-magnetic chassis’s are fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship.
-Backlit function buttons
-Modified suspension system to isolate the CD transport from mechanical vibrations
-Anti-vibration magnetic CD-clamp system with dark acrylic CD-LID
-The aluminum feet are resonance absorbing types
-Metal remote commander
-Chassis finish: black / chrome