Capitole Reference

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Take the redbook CD challenge Capitole CD Player Reference has been designed with the idea to equal the SACD and DVD performance. This is the ideal player for discerning audiophiles with a huge CD collection and not willing to go for new digital formats. First, we selected a high-end laser mechanism from Philips for its excellent playback performance, long lifetime, low play noise and long product life cycle. Supported by a specifi c aluminium suspension, its excellent readability allows to retrieving a maximum of CD’s data. Then, we included the state-of-the-art in digital processing : our exclusive STARS ® process (Solution for Time Abstraction Re Sampling), a combination of very high speed 192 kHz RE-sampling (a new jitter free clock is created), 24 bit re-quantization and signal enhancement techniques (extraction of “hidden” information from 16 bit data, improvement of dynamic, precision, soundstage and details), developed for Audio Aero by Anagram Technologies SA. The core of the system is a 32 bit SHARC DSP which, by performing hundred millions of calculations per second, rebuilds a high precision 4/192kHz signal, independent from the input clock, and keeping total dynamic range in all stages.Then, after a 1024 times up-sampling on demand, D/A conversion is performed at 6.144MHz by a high performance 24 bit / 192 kHz DAC. After this high precision digital treatment and a D/A conversion performed by one of the best available DAC, we selected the 6021W sub-miniature tube for analog output stage.Directly soldered to PCB and small sized, this tube, built upon military standards, avoids wrong contacts due to the socket, shortens the signal path, is less sensitive to vibrations and is the perfect match with surface mount components environment. The volume control, performed in the analog domain to keep the whole digital resolution, is achieved by a ladder attenuator invisible to the signal. This analog output stage, competing with the best preamplifi ers, drives most of the amplifi ers on the market. Moreover, in case of long interconnect cables, it will allow the use of a separated preamplifi er by setting the volume control to a 2Vrms output without loss of quality. This next generation of Capitole CD Player, alliance of high tech digital treatment and tube output stage will enchant you by its musicality and will show your CDs still have a long life in front of them.

Technical specifications

Capitole Reference CD Player

Frequency range (16 bit /44.1kHz signal) ..... 5 Hz - 21 kHz (-1dB)
Frequency range (24 bit /96kHz signal) 3 Hz - 48 kHz (- 1dB ) Output voltage ......................................... up to 7 V RMS
Output impedance .................................... 100 ohms
Signal to noise ratio .................................. 127dB
Total harmonic distortion ........................... <0,2 %
Read software .......................................... 16 bit / 44.1 kHz audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW

100-240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power consumption .................................... 30W

Philips CDPRO2 mechanism on an aluminum / rubber suspension Custom S.T.A.R.S. 2 ® process performing 24 bit / 192 kHz RE-sampling Jitter control software Burr-Brown PCM1792 24 bit / 192 kHz Digital to Analog converter 6021W subminiature tube
Volume attenuator

Analog outputs ......................................... single-ended RCA and balanced XLR Analog inputs ........................................... single-ended RCA and balanced XLR Digital output ............................................ BNC Digital inputs ............................................ BNC, RCA, AES/EBU, AT&T, TOSLINK

Chassis .................................................... 15/10 steel Lid .......................................................... 20/10 aluminum

Weight .................................................... 32.6 lbs . Dimensions (W x L x H) ............................. 17.52 x 16.93 x 6.45 inches

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