CEC CD5 - Audiophile Belt Drive CD Player
by CEC Japan
Since CEC introduced world’s first Belt-Drive CD Transport in 1991, a lot of music lovers have enjoyed its rich musical sound, which CEC continues to improve on. A heavier stabilizer brings a more stable rotation of the disc and the Belt-Drive system eliminates the affects of vibration and electromagnetic noise caused by the motor rotation. Digital output and headphone terminal have been added for the first time to a Belt-Drive CD Player.
This maximizes the most advanced DAC technology developed by ESS, and the headphone output enables direct listening without amplifier and loudspeaker system. With USB input connected to PC up to 32bit/384kHz PCM and DSD128/5.6MHz high-resolution music sources can be reproduced through the CD 5. Here the CD 5 works as the high-resolution music reproduction device in addition to an independent D/A converter for CD music.
BELT DRIVE CD MECHANISM
In order to read the signal recorded with Constant Linea Velocity (CLV) on CD, rotation speed should be slowed down as it goes to the outside. Usually the spindle motor controls the variation of speed. All CD players and transports place the spindle motor beneath the turntable for CD and the motor shaft works as the turntable center, this is called direct-drive system. Stable and accurate rotation requires a bigger torque of motor itself, which inevitably creates certain vibration and the electromagnetic noise. In CDC CD5’ Belt Drive the spindle motor is placed independently from the center shaft and vibration as well as electromagnetic noise effect to the CD are thus minimized. A heavy CD stabilizer provides bigger inertia of turntable and achieves a stable and smooth rotation of discs. Smaller torque motor and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) create the ideal fundamentals of music reproduction. By placing the turntable shaft in the center of the top loading open space the rubber belt replacement is now done with ease on the CD5.
ESS DAC CHIP
The conversion from digital to analog signal is performed by the ESS Hyper stream DAC chip ES9018K2M which is compatible up to 32-bit/384kHz signals. In addition signals through ES9018K2M go through original full-balanced circuit to achieve dynamic and musical reproduction of music. CEC CD 5 offers two different digital filters, “FLAT”, a standard filer with super linear frequency response to 20kHz, and “PULSE”, a ringing-free pulse-optimized filer with a softer roll-off below 20kHz. You may select easily by the remote control.
SPDIF input is compatible up to 24bit/192kHz by COAXIAL and TOSLINK terminals. USB input for the connection to PC is compatible up to PCM 32bit/384kHz and DoP reproduction at DSD128/5.6MHz.
Both connections are available. Conventional type RCA output, and XLR output terminal for balance connection.
Two outputs are available: COAX and TOSLINK.
A large VFD monitor indicates input status, condition of digital filter, and the input sampling frequency. Independent FL display shows the condition of the performance of CDs. Three steps may dim the brightness of display.
- Drive System: Belt Drive // Spindle
- Playable Discs: Audio CDs & Finalized CD-R/RWs
- Power Supply: AC 120V/230V/ 50-60Hz
- CD Stabilizer: Diameter 70mm, Weight 330g (Brass)
- Digital Input: COAXIAL x 1: SPDIF 24bit/32 to 192kHz, TOSLINK x 1: SPDIF 24bit/32 to 192kHz, USB2.0 x 1: PCM 32bit/32 to 384kHz, DSD2.8224 to 5.6448MHz
- Digital Output: COAXIAL x 1: 0.5Vp-p/75Ω, TOS x 1: -21 to -15dBm EIAJ
- Analog Output: Balanced XLR (pin2=hot) x 1 / 4Vrm, Unbalanced RCA x 1 / 2Vrms, Headphone 6,3mm x1 - front
- DAC: ESS ES9018K2M x 1
- Digital Filter: FLAT / PULSE (switchable)
- Frequency: 20Hz to 20kHz, ±0.1dB (CD playback)
- S/N ratio: 105dB, 1kHz/0dB
- Cross talk: 105dB, 1kHz/0dB
- THD: 0.016%, 1kHz/0dB
- Consumption: 17W
- Dimensions: 435(W) x 335(D) x 109(H)mm
- Weight: approx. 10 kg
- Color: Silver or Black
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