There is still so much to be said for physical media, and CD collecting among people who really care about sound quality is still as strong as ever. Here ATC release the CD2.
We were actually lucky enough to see some of this work in pre production when we visited ATC last year, and it’s incredibly exciting to see this finally ready for launch at Bristol.
As always, as an engineering company, the new products from ATC are thoroughly thought through and with attention paid to every detail. More information and listening impressions to follow shortly.
In the place of a computer-type or slot-loading drive the CD2 uses the proven high-quality TEAC 5020A- AT transport, which has passed ATC’s rigorous tests with ease. The DAC is from AKM operating in conjunction with an output filter stage comprising a digital filter and ATC’s own low-noise multiple feedback analogue filter. The CD2’s four gain stages, each comprising 11 discrete components, provide a “true” differential output for the left and right channels. The output stages are configured as unity gain complementary compound (Sziklai) pairs, biased in class A. The positive and negative drivers are arranged in parallel to ensure that signal delays and phase shifts on each side are similar.
Enormous care has been invested in reducing distortion and noise throughout. ATC’s preference for distributed “local” power regulation and decoupling means that no fewer than 9 individually calibrated power regulators are deployed in the circuit design. The digital coax output uses a high-performance isolation transformer to prevent possible hum loops if both audio and digital signals are connected to the same equipment. All PCB track lengths are as short as possible, and grounding and screening is meticulously applied.
Maximum Output Level: Phono 9.2V r.m.s XLR 18.4V r.m.s.
Output Impedance: 10 Ohms
S+N/N Ratio: Wide Band <96dB DIN <108dB IEC“A” >112dB
Output XLR CMRR (100Hz – 10kHz): <60dB
Distortion: 1kHz < 0.0015% (-96dB) 10kHz < 0.003% (-90dB)
Frequency Response (20Hz–20kHz): +/- 0.2dB
S/PDIF Outputs: Toslink, Coaxial 2V pk-pk, source, Impedance 75Ohm
Dimensions (HxWxD): 77 x 315 x 315mm / 3.1 x 12.4 x 12.4˝
Dimensions exclude rear panel connectors. Take care to leave space behind the unit for connectors and cables.
Weight: 4.2kg / 9.24Ilbs