Audiolab 8300CDQ

 1,495.00

A DSD DAC but also a CD player! Great for looking back, and being ready for the future 🙂

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Description

Based on the 8300CD, the 8300CDQ Utilises the existing technology and of its predecessor offering all the same level of detail, transparency and dynamic range. It is both an exceptional CD player and a top-class external DAC/digital preamp, able to make the most of your CD collection. While delivering an enormous sonic boost to external digital audio sources, and the same as the 8300CD, it extends its resolution to 32-bit/384-kHz and DSD compatibility via USB.

Taking it to the next level the 8300CDQ now includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download.

Higher Resolution

The new 8300CDQ can accept and process data up to 32-bit/384kHz; this is a far higher specification than that required even by current hi-res music formats, ensuring the 8300CDQ is fully equipped for future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound.

The USB input now also accepts DSD data, as well as PCM. This is a significant addition, as DSD has an important role to play in the developing high-res digital download scene. Accordingly, the filter section now includes four extra filters for DSD playback, allowing the user to optimise the noise floor to suit the performance of the source file and the bandwidth of associated equipment such as amplifiers and loudspeakers.

The uprated digital processing associated with the increased resolution at the USB input delivers additional sonic benefits, for both CD replay and other connected digital sources, whatever the resolution of the file. In advancing the capability of the USB input to include files of up to 32-bit/384kHz, the processing of data preceding and within the Sabre DAC has increased the subjective resolution of musical detail and dynamics, resulting in a more energetic and transparent performance that sets a new standard for CD players at this price level.

Slot-Loading CD Mechanism

Our extensive research and development found that previous tray-style mechanisms sometimes produced a rare weak spot. The 8300CDQ sports a new mechanism that includes slot loading – much quicker and neater than the old tray.

The new mechanism also reduces the occurrence of disc rejection, able to play CDs that other CD players may reject for being imperfect from dirt or damage. Its digital buffer circuit is a perfect mate to the asynchronous input of the DAC, improving even this area of performance. A final benefit is increased disc stability and reduced susceptibility to resonance, which additionally contributes to the overall improved sound quality.

Connections

Connectivity options have been further expanded on the 8300CDQ with the addition of an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output. These join a full complement of inputs/outputs retained from the 8200CD: 2x coaxial digital inputs; 2x optical digital inputs; 1x asynchronous USB input; 1x coaxial digital output; 1x optical digital output; single-ended RCA and balanced XLR analogue outputs.

On the 8300A Engineers have developed a new phono stage catering for the resurgence in vinyl records with MM and MC configurations accessible via the front panel controls.

12V remote trigger loop feature on all units so as one device is switched on, paired units are switched into or out of standby mode – working as one system for quick operation.

Specifications

Output Voltage 4.2Vrms ±0.1 (Balanced)
2.1Vrms ±0.1 (Unbalanced)
Output Impedance 10Ω
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.002% (1kHz, 0dB, 20Hz ~ 20kHz, A weighted)
Frequency Response 20Hz – 20kHz (± 0.2dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N) <-100dB A Weighted (Balanced)
<-98dB A Weighted (Unbalanced)
Dyanmic Range (A Weighted) >100dB (Balanced)
>98dB (Unbalanced)
Crosstalk (@1kHz) <-130dB (Balanced)
<-120dB (Unbalanced)
Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
Power Requirements 240V ~ 50 – 60Hz
230V ~ 50 – 60Hz
115V ~ 50 – 60Hz
100V ~ 50 – 60Hz
Dimension(mm) (W x H x D) 444 X 80 X 317
Carton size(mm) ( W X H X D) 500 x 140 x 455
Weight 6.0kg (Net)
7.5kg (Gross)

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