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Capitole Classic

The Capitole Classic is a 192/24 upsampling CD player like its predecessor, the internationally famous Capitole Reference player/preamp. The Classic uses Audio Aero's exclusive STARS® digital resampling and upsampling process, combined with the use of the 6021w subminiature tubes in the analogue output section and the highly regarded Philips CD Pro 2 transport mechanism. The Capitole Classic is a fixed output player, without the analogue volume attenuator output, as it was introduced for those who do not need the preamplifier abilities of the Capitole Reference. The digital and analogue inputs have been removed, but a digital output is present, along with a USB input for software updates, if required. 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 specific 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 24 bit/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 Capitole Classic is the perfect symbol of the successful synthesis between high tech digital treatment and tubed analogue output. Its outstanding musicality will allow you to explore and experience the previously-hidden performance of your CD collection. The Capitole Series players are available in both silver and black finish, and in two versions: Normal or Signature Edition.

Capitole Classic CD Player

Frequency range (16/44.1kHz signal) ........... 7 Hz - 20 kHz (-1dB)
Output voltage ....................................... 2.0 V RMS RCA | 4.0 V RMS XLR Output impedance ................................. 100 ohms
Signal to noise ratio ................................... 125dB
Total harmonic distortion ..................... <0,2 %
CD, CD-R, CD-RW compatible

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

Analog outputs ................................... RCA et XLR Digital output ........................................... BNC

Châssis .................................................... 15/10 steel Capot ...................................................... aluminum 2mm20/10 aluminium

Weight ....................................................... 32.6 lbs . Dimensions (L x l x H) ............................. 450 x 420 x 120 mm

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