ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER I: CD player and DA converter in one housing

The new star of the ACCUSTIC ARTS® top series is beyond doubt the PLAYER I. As well as being an excellent CD player, at the same time the PLAYER I can also be used as an external DA converter equipped with a coaxial and asynchronous USB input for HD audio and DSD. These inputs allow the connection, for example, of a laptop, MAC or computer, or any other digital source device.
The heart of the PLAYER I is a high-end traction-feed drive which is exclusively designed for audio applications. The drive has a high quality and resonance-optimized CD tray in aluminium and is guided by two metal bars. The excellent sounding DA converter used in the PLAYER I works according to the well-established 24/192 upsampling principle. Its classic, pleasing design and ingenious technology makes the PLAYER I the perfect complement to our POWER I – MK 4, the universally popular integrated amplifier of the top series and for a perfect connection is therefore equipped with balanced outputs.
The ACCUSTIC ARTS® system remote control included in the scope of delivery completes the offer and is naturally also able to control the POWER I – MK 4.

PLAYER I highlights

  • Premium CD player and high quality D/A converter in one unit
  • High precision 24 bit/192 kHz upsampling technology
  • High end tray loading CD drive mechanism (vibration de-coupled), which has exclusively been designed for audio applications
  • Damped, high quality drawer made of aluminium-ABS-compound guided with two metal bearings
  • Separate D/A conversion function with 2 digital inputs: 1 x coaxial (RCA) and 1 x USB 2.0 (24/192 asynchronous)
  • Playback of different hi-res audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC etc.) up to 24/192 from PC or laptop via USB interface; USB drivers for Windows® and Mac OS X® are included
  • Playback of hi-res DSD audio files
  • 4 separate, generously dimensioned power supply units for laser control, digital signal processing, display control and D/A converter section
  • Very high power supply capacity
  • Magnetically shielded. encapsulated 75 VA toroidal core transformer of premium quality (“Made in Germany”) for high output reserves
  • Spatial separation of analog and digital section within the D/A converter for best possible signal-to-noise ratio
  • Resonance minimising metal housing
  • Front panel made of finely brushed aluminium; tray cover made of massive and chromed brass
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® system remote control
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER I is “Handmade in Germany”

Specifications

Playable formats:
Playable disc formats: CD, CD-R, CD-RW

Analog outputs:
1 x balanced – 2 x 50 Ω (XLR)
1 x unbalanced – 50 Ω (RCA)

Digital inputs:
1 x S/P-DIF; coaxial – 75 Ω (RCA)
1 x USB 2.0 (asynchronous)

Input data format:
Hi-res audio up to 24 bit / 192 kHz (ALAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV etc.)
DSD64 (2.8 MHz)

D/A converter:
24 bit/192 kHz upsampling technology

Distortion (THD + N):
0.001 %

Crosstalk:
122 dB with digital 0 dB

Dimensions (H x W x D):
100 x 482 x 370 mm / 3.8 x 19.0 x 14.6 inches

Weight:
9 kg / 15.5 lbs