ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER II – Our digital allrounder

The PLAYER II is an absolutely top-class CD player and D/A converter. The basis for this exceptional product is the known reference drive ACCUSTIC ARTS® DRIVE II. For the CD module, the legendary Philips CDPro2 finds application again. For further details and information regarding our drive technology please navigate to the “DRIVE II” menu. The important features of the PLAYER II include 4 digital inputs (XLR, coaxial, optical and USB) and the USB input works according to the latest asynchronous 24/192 technology. In the playback of different music formats customers can choose between native signal processing or upsampling to 192 kHz. An integrated preamplifier section with volume control enables direct connection of the PLAYER II to a power amplifier. The PLAYER II – A real all-rounder!

PLAYER II-MK2 highlights

  • Audiophile top loader CD player and  high-precision D/A converter in one device
  • Ultra-precise 24 bit / 192 kHz upsampling technology
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® “tube hybrid” technology
  • CD player section with the following advantages:
    – legendary and proven CD Pro2LF precision drive with excellent sound quality
    – solid die-cast metal chassis with elaborate mechanical decoupling
    – drive mounted in housing made from solid aluminium (so-called sub‑chassis design principle)
    – CD fixed in drive using precise puck with integrated magnet and manufactured in chrome-plated brass
  • D/A converter section with the following advantages:
    – 4 digital inputs: 1 x coaxial, 1 x balanced, 1 x optical, 1 x USB
    – USB interface with modern asynchronous 24/192 technology
    – easy playback of different audio files (WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC etc.) from Windows® or Mac OS X® computer via USB interface with USB drivers within scope of delivery
    – selection between “native” signal processing or 24/192 upsampling
  • Playback of hi-res DSD audio files
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® “tube hybrid” technology with following advantages:
    – very low distortion and a “good-natured”, perfect distortion spectrum
    – “analog” sound experience with exceptional precision
    – easy tube change without readjustment (“plug & play”)
    – selected “military” tubes of the highest quality
  • Analog section with the following advantages:
    – 1 fully balanced output (XLR)
    – 1 unbalanced output (RCA)
    – outputs are fixed or volume controlled via the integrated preamplifier function (selected by push-in button)
    – analog output stage class A standard
  • Magnetically shielded toroidal core transformer (“Made in Germany”) of the highest quality for high output reserve
  • Very elaborate power supply with 9 separate supply voltages for the individual assemblies to enable best possible decoupling of signals
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® system remote control manufactured completely in aluminium
  • Extremely stable, solid, resonance-balanced housing manufactured primarily with 10 mm thick aluminium plates with ultra-stable,
    acoustically dampened top load cover
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER II-MK2 is “Handmade in Germany”

Specifications

CD mechanism:
CD-Pro2LF with 3-beam laser and glass lens

Input data formats:
up to 24 bit / 192 kHz (ALAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV)
DSD64 (2.8 MHz)

Digital inputs:
1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 Ω (XLR)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 Ω (COAX)
1 x TOSLINK; optical
1 x USB 2.0

Digital outputs:
1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 Ω (XLR)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 Ω (COAX)
1 x TOSLINK; optical

Analog outputs:
1 x balanced – 2 x 33 Ω (XLR)
1 x unbalanced – 33 Ω (COAX)

Transformer power:
100 VA

Distortion (THD+N):
0.005 % with 24 bit (22Hz – 22 kHz)

Power consumption:
max. 30 W

Tube type:
12 AX 7 dual triode – military version, 4-times selected and matched

Dimensions (H x W x D):
130 x 482 x 375 mm / 5.1 x 19 x 14.8 inches

Weight:
18 kg / 39.6 lbs.