ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER II – Our new digital TOP-Loader

The PLAYER II is an absolutely top-class CD player and D/A converter and the successor of the famous PLAYER II – MK2. For the CD module, the new CD Pro-8 as the replacement of the legendary Philips CDPro2 finds application.

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.

The PLAYER II is not only a top class CD TOP Loader, but also an externally usable D / A converter, which has both a coaxial and an asynchronous USB input for HD audio and DSD. Via these inputs, e.g. a laptop, MAC or PC, but also another digital source device.

The heart of the PLAYER II is the new CD Pro-8 transport, which has been embedded in a massive, resonance-optimized ALU block. The excellent sounding D / A converter used in the PLAYER II works on the sophisticated 32/384 upsampling principle. For optimal connection, the PLAYER II therefore has symmetrical outputs.

PLAYER II highlights

  • CD-PlayerCD player and high-quality D/A converter in one unit
  • High-precision 32-bit / 384 kHz upsampling technology
  • The new transport CD Pro-8, with outstanding sound characteristics
    – Solid metal cast chassis with elaborate mechanical decoupling
    – Storage of the drive in a solid aluminum housing (so-called subchassis construction principle)
    – Fixed CD in the drive by means of precise puck with integrated magnet, made of chromed brass
  • Separate D / A conversion function through 4 digital inputs: 2 x coaxial (RCA), 1 x optical and 1 x USB 2.0 (24/192 asynchronous)
  • Playback of various HD audio data (WAV, FLAC, ALAC, etc.) up to 24/192 from a PC or laptop via USB interface
  • USB drivers for Windows® and Mac OS X® are included. Playback of high-definition DSD audio signals
  • 2 separate, generously sized power supplies for laser control, digital signal processing, display control and D / A converter section
  • Very high power supply capacity
  • 2 x 25 VA toroidal transformer of the highest quality (“Made in Germany”) for high output reserves
  • Spatial separation of the analogue and digital sections in the D / A converter stage for the best possible signal-to-noise ratio
  • Resonance minimizing metal housing
  • Front panel made of microlized aluminum
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® system remote control
  • ACCUSTIC ARTS® PLAYER II is guaranteed “Handmade in Germany”

Specifications

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

Analog outputs:
1 x balanced – 2 x 47 Ω (XLR)
1 x unbalanced – 47 Ω (RCA)

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

Input data format:
Hi-res audio up to 24 bit / 192 kHz
(ALAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV etc.) DSD128

D/A converter:
32 bit/384 kHz upsampling technology

Distortion (THD + N):
0.001 %

Crosstalk:
< 100 dB with digital 0 dB

Dimensions (H x W x D):
165 x 482 x 375 mm / 6.5 x 19 x 14.8 inches

Weight:
22 kg / 48.5 lbs.