CD92 CD Player - Discontinued
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This high performance CD player is built around the revolutionary patented "Ring DAC" digital to analogue converter developed by Arcam and dCS*. The Alpha 9CD player was the first of our CD players to incorporate this unique chip design and the results led the well respected Hi-Fi Choice magazine to describe it as '...the best ever sound under £1,000 and the most ambitious and inspired digital product ever to emerge from Arcam.' The Ring DAC module is designed using the best audiophile grade components on a four layer circuit board. The extra layers ensure the best possible layout and allow grounding to be optimized. The Sony mechanism supports CD text.
The CD92 incorporates sophisticated design techniques to ensure that factors such as clock accuracy and jitter, power supplies, digital filters and audio output stages are all optimized to extract the fine detail and depth of sound absent from many other high-end designs. The steel chassis incorporates sound damping material called 'Sontech' for better control of low level vibrations that can blur the sound.
The superb sound will surprise you. You will discover new life in even the oldest CDs you haven't played for years. The player will also decode HDCD discs.
CD72/92 Design Details
The performance of the DiVA CD72 and CD92 compact disc players confirm just how far Arcam has come in defining the high level of sound quality available from this well established replay medium.
Arcam has made award winning CD players since 1987 and we have spent many years improving their audio performance. Since its launch in June 1999, the Alpha 7SE established itself as the best sounding mid-priced CD player on the market, helping Arcam to achieve the number one market position by value for CD players in the UK in 1999 and 2000.
The new CD72 uses a 24 bit Burr Brown multi level delta sigma DAC and a proven Sony CD text mechanism. Special care has been taken to optimize the master clock design for extremely low jitter, whilst the main circuit board uses carefully tuned analogue filters with audiophile quality components in all critical areas. The player also comes with a large well screened power transformer and six separately regulated power supplies. Damping is applied to key components which are subject to microphonic effects. The chassis is rigidly constructed for best mechanical characteristics and includes a slab of Sontech sound deadening material, until now only seen in our very expensive FMJ CD player; this too has a major beneficial impact on sound quality. Both optical and coaxial digital outputs are included for connection to an external DAC or digital recorder.
The CD92 adds a sophisticated output module, incorporating an ultra low jitter master clock and the custom built dCS** Ring DAC circuitry from the FMJ CD23. The Ring DAC combines the low level linearity of bitstream converters with the clean ultrasonic-free output of the best multibit converters, and delivers near 24 bit resolution with negligible differential non-linearity. Digital filtering is provided by the latest Pacific Microsonics PMD200 24 bit digital signal processor, which also decodes HDCD recordings. The module has extra power regulation on board to minimize interaction between stages and is constructed with a four layer circuit board to ensure optimized grounding and the shortest possible signal paths.
The CD92 was designed and manufactured in the UK and available in black or silver finishes.