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CD Players

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With their CD players and transports, Audio Note aim to break free from the 'digital mould' that we are all so accustomed to and open a new window on your CD collection… They continue to extract greater and greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which they still consider to be the best, currently available digital music format.


CD Zero CD Player - AN Level Zero

Level Zero Red Book CD Player. Audio Note UK’s most cost effective Red Book CD playback system for the discerning music lover. For those looking for the best possible sound quality in a single, small but perfectly formed package, there is no better choice than the CD Zero. 

It’s been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Entry Level criteria.

Housed inside its deceptively solid casework are simplified and integrated versions of the Zero level dedicated Transport and DAC (CDT Zero/II and DAC0.1x).

The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in Audio Note UK’s opinion is still the best possible digital music format. The Philips TDA1543 DAC is implemented in a non-oversampling digital filterless circuit, and the analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature dual triode.

CD Zero Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
White Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Output Impedence Less than 2 KOhm
Reference Output 3.0V RMS (approx.)
Channel Balance Less than 0.25dB
Unit Weight 3.5 kg
Unit Dimensions 98mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 48w

CD 1.1x CD Player

The CD1.1x is the latest incarnation of Audio Note UK’s long running and ever popular Level One Integrated Red Book CD player.


It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 1 criteria.

The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in Audio Note UK’s opinion is still the best possible Digital music format currently available.

The Philips TDA1543 DAC is implemented in a non-oversampling digital filterless circuit, and the analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature dual triode and our own Audio Note (UK) Tin Foil output capacitors.

The CDT-One/II is equipped with both single ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDif and balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU, transformer coupled, digital outputs.

CD 1.1x Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Output Impedence Less than 2 KOhm
Reference Output 3.0V RMS (approx.)
Channel Balance Less than 0.25dB
Unit Weight 5 kg
Unit Dimensions 96mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 48w

CD 2.1x/II CD Player

Level Two Red Book CD player. The original CDT 2 was an instant success on its launch, and its direct descendent, the current CDT-e/II, builds and improves upon the original model's performance. The CD 2.1x/II is essentially a component upgraded version of the CD 1.1x, equipped with better parts such as our own custom produced Audio Note (UK) tantalum resistors, Cerafine capacitors and Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors, making for a more open, detailed and lively performance in comparison with its more affordable stable mate.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 2 criteria.

The CD 2.1x/II uses an in-house modified Philips L1210 dedicated Red Book CD mechanism and a simple yet revealing DAC based around the Philips 1543 16 bit multi-bit digital to analogue converter chip. The analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature triode and our own in house designed and manufactured Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors. This player, like its bigger brothers, features no oversampling and no digital filtering, making for a highly effective sonic combination all housed in a small and robust chassis.

CD 2.1x/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Output Impedence Less than 2 KOhm
Reference Output 3.0V RMS (approx.)
Channel Balance Less than 0.25dB
Unit Weight 5 kg
Unit Dimensions 96mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 48w

CD 3.1x/II CD Player

Level Three Red Book CD Player. Welcome to the latest version of Audio Note UK’s long running and highly regarded Level Three integrated machine. If you're looking for the best possible sound quality from Red Book CD in a small, perfectly formed “half width” chassis, look no further. The original CD3 was an instant classic, and is still loved and used by many discerning audiophiles around the world. This current version brings the design right up to date, and dramatically improves on the previous incarnations in every possible area.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 3 criteria.

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The CD3.1x/II is the first model of integrated CD player in our range to feature the highly regarded Analogue Devices AD1865 digital to analogue converter chip, the same device that we use in our more costly stand alone DACs. This 18bit device has consistently outperformed every competing chip we have tested regardless of specification or price.

The transport is our now classic in house modified Philips CD mechanism, designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in Audio Note UK’s opinion is still the best possible Digital music format currently available.


The analogue output stage features two ECC88 dual triode valves and our own custom designed and manufactured Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors. Our own Tantalum resistors are also used in critical areas, offering a quite remarkable level of performance.

CD 3.1x/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Output Impedence Less than 2 KOhm
Reference Output 3.0V RMS (approx.)
Channel Balance Less than 0.5dB
Valve Complement 2 x ECC88
Unit Weight 8 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 420mm (d)
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 48w

CD 4.1x CD Player

Level Four Red Book CD Player. The CD4.1x is a completely new machine which elevates the one-box CD player to hitherto unknown levels of performance. Never before has it been possible to achieve such quite astonishingly superior levels of digital replay from a single chassis, integrated design.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 4 criteria.

Its shares many of the elements found in two of our most highly regarded Digital playback devices, the CDT Two/II and the DAC2.1x. However, the component quality contained within its solid and purposeful chassis exceeds that of either machine. Audio Note UK’s own Tantalum resistors are used, as are a selection of the legendary Black Gate signal Capacitors.

The Digital section features the highly regarded Analog Devices AD1865 digital to analogue converter chip, the same device that we use in our highest level stand alone DACs. This 18bit device has consistently outperformed every competing chip we have tested regardless of specification or price.
The analogue output stage is based around two ECC88 dual triode valves, and the output capacitors are our own Audio Note (UK) copper foil variety.

Special attention has been paid to the power supplies in the CD4.1x; even the display has its own dedicated supply, which reduces internal noise to an exceptionally low level. Also - and surprisingly for a one box machine - the power supply is a valve rectified design, using a single 6X5.

CD 2.1x/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Output Impedence Less than 2 KOhm
Reference Output 3.0V RMS (approx.)
Channel Balance Less than 0.5dB
Unit Weight 11 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 48w

*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice


 
 
 

CD Transports

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With their CD transports and players, Audio Note aim to break free from the 'digital mould' that we are all so accustomed to and open a new window on your CD collection… They continue to extract greater and greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which they still consider to be the best, currently available digital music format.


CDT Zero/II CD Transport

The CDT-Zero/II represents Audio Note UK’s most cost effective Red Book CD Transport for the discerning music lover. For those looking for superb sound quality in a small but perfectly formed and affordable package, look no further.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note UK Entry Level criteria.

The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in Audio Note UK’s opinion is still the best possible digital music format available.

CDT Zero/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
White Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 12w
Unit Weight 2.5 kg
Unit Dimensions 98mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 270mm (d)

CDT One/II CD Transport

The next step up the ladder in Audio Note UK’s dedicated Red Book CD Transport range, the CDT-One/II easily proves just how good silver discs can sound.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 1 criteria.

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The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in Audio Note UK’s opinion is still the best possible digital music format available.

CDT One/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF
Balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU transformer coupled
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 40w
Unit Weight 5 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 430mm (d)

CDT Two/II CD Transport

The original CDT-Two was an instant success on its launch, and its direct descendent, the current CDT-Two/II, builds and improves upon the original model's performance.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note UK Level 2 criteria.

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Custom modified Philips CD Pro2LF CD mechanism, power supply with 3 separate mains transformers, Audio Note (UK) AN-Vx silver cable for internal digital signal transfer, silver wired digital output transformer using thin laminated core, Audio Note UK Tantalum resistors and Cerafine electrolytic capacitors.

CDT Two/II Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF
Balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU transformer coupled
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 35w
Unit Weight 7.5 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 428mm (d)

CDT Three CD Transport

If you're looking for the best possible sound quality from Red Book CD in a small, perfectly formed half width chassis, look no further than the CDT-Three.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 3 criteria.

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Top loading, custom modified Philips CD Pro2LF CD mechanism, power supply with 3 separate mains transformers, Audio Note (UK) AN-Vx silver cable for internal digital signal transfer, silver wired digital output transformer using thin laminated core, Audio Note (UK) Tantalum resistors.

CDT Three Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF
Balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU transformer coupled
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 35w
Unit Weight 7.5 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 428mm (d)

CDT Four CD Transport

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 4 criteria.

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Top loading in-house custom modified Philips CD Pro2LF mechanism, choke coupled 3 transformer power supply, silver wired output transformer, Audio Note (UK) SOGON cable from CD mechanism to digital output stage.

CDT Four Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF
Balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU transformer coupled
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 50w
Unit Weight 13 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)

CDT Five CD Transport

The CDT Five has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 5 criteria. No expense had been spared in any area, and we have used the finest possible components and materials available to construct this truly outstanding, Reference class CD Transport.

Top loading in-house custom modified Philips CD Pro2LF mechanism mounted on sprung sub-chassis, providing vibration-free operation.

Valve digital output stage with valve rectified power supply, custom designed and built output transformer. All silver-wired, Black Gate capacitors everywhere, Audio Note (UK) PALLAS digital interconnect used for internal digital signal transfer.

The CDT-Five is equipped as standard with 1 x single ended / RCA 75 Ohm digital output, as we find this offers the best form of connection for the valve digital output stage. However, a single unconnected balanced / XLR output socket is fitted to the chassis as standard, and this connection option can be specified by the customer at the time of ordering, if required.

CDT Five Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF

OPTIONAL:
Balanced / XLR 110 Ohm AES / EBU transformer coupled
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 60w
Unit Weight 22 kg
Unit Dimensions 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)

CDT Six CD Transport / CDT Six Force PSU

No expense had been spared in any area and Audio Note UK have used the finest possible components and materials available to construct this truly outstanding, reference class CD Transport.

Top loading in-house custom modified Philips CD Pro2LF mechanism mounted on sprung sub-chassis, providing vibration-free operation.

Valve digital output stage with valve rectified power supply, custom designed and built output transformer. All silver-wired, Black Gate capacitors throughout, and the Audio Note UK PALLAS digital interconnect used for internal digital signal transfer.

The CDT-Six is equipped with 1 x single ended / RCA 75 Ohm digital output.

The CDT Six Force comprises three separate power supplies housed in an external chassis and offers the best possible power connection for the sensitive and innovative digital system.

Why has Audio Note UK created a two Box CD-Transport with valves in it? - by Andy Grove, designer of the CDT Six

CDT Six/Force PSU Specifications*
Finish Anodised Aluminium
Black Acrylic
Optical Pick Up 3 beam laser
Semi-Conductor Laser 780nm
Valve Complement 1 x ECL82
1 x 6X5G
1 x 90C1
1 x EF800
Digital Output Single-ended / RCA 75 Ohm SPDIF
Mains Input AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption 60w
Unit Weight CDT: 50.56 kg
PSU: 35.40 kg
Unit Dimensions CDT: 160mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)
PSU: 295mm (h) x 320mm (w) x 610mm (d)

*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice


 
 
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Digital-to-Analog Converters

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Details Coming Soon…



*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice