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Audio Note AN-CD2 2nd Unit
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STATUS - SOLD
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Description :
The Audio Note AN-CD2 is Audio Note’s first CD player. The company isn’t new to digital technology, but so far has only made add-on DACs which often left AN fans not knowing which drive unit to partner them with. The CD2 contains valve technology in the form of a single ECC82 triode in the output stages. Valves are no guarantee of a particular sound, but the AN-CD2 is more than capable of a big, majestic and yet well-detailed sound perfectly in line with its manufacturer's other equipment. The player is designed by the British arm of Audio Note. The Audio Note AN-CD2 is certainly among the best players for its price and even beyond. Based on a Sony laser mechanism, with circuitry from Ultra Analog Devices in the US, while filtering is all done in the analogue domain. It’s so fast electronically that you can’t upset it even with the most breakneck acid rock, and it strips away layers from disks to reveal whole new areas of musical information. Even those au fait with dynamic detail, bandwidth and coherence that the listener can expect from a well-engineered high-end system will find this player shockingly open.

For a component using valves, it is surprising that the player’s drive suits a big orchestra on the rampage. Indeed, it’s well suited to big musical landscapes, producing bass that can be measured in acreage across the floor, allied to a strong midrange and gorgeously liquid treble that the listener feels he can reach out and touch. And it is also able to deliver all the pathos of guitar with superb finesse. While the tremendous clarity here showed up on some recordings, the listener can hear just how good the engineering is - it handles a wide range of music superbly. The Audio Note sees the music collection in a crystal clear light. It is easier to get involved in the music instead of listening to the hi-fi. The Audio Note AN-CD2 is not at all fatiguing and has bags of detail with a lovely open soundstage. The only shortcoming is that the soundstage is not as deep as expected, and sometimes gradations of depth between instruments cannot be heard. There is a warmth to the sound that some will find a little too rich, preferring the brighter presentation of some others here, but the Audio Note player is an auspicious debut.

Specifications :
Power Consumption.........................15 watts
Reference Output.............................3.0V RMS (approx.)
Fuse Ratings...................................500mA anti-surge (110/120V supply)
                  ....................................250mA anti-surge (220/240V supply)
Channel Separation..........................More than 80dB
Tube Compliment.............................1 x 12AU7/ECC82 Output Stage
Digital System.................................18 Bit 44.1/48/96KHz compatible multi Bit converter chip,
                     ..................................the 1xoversampling system will truncate the information at 20,
                     ..................................22 and 24Bits, which is very much milder form of information loss
                     ..................................than that introduced by traditional over sampling and digital filtering etc
Dimensions(w x d x h)......................44.5 x 35.5 x 12 cm
Weight............................................8kg

Miscellaneous :
Remote...........................................No
Made In...........................................UK, England
Condition.........................................8/10 (Decent condition)

Product Information :
http://www.audionote.co.uk/products/digital/cd_2.1x-ii_01.shtml (Audio Note CD2.1 mk2)
http://www.audionote.co.uk/downloads/cd2.pdf (Online manual)

Reviews :
http://www.audioreview.com/cat/digital-sources/cd-players/audio-note/cd-2/prd_116796_1586crx.aspx
http://hifidelity.tripod.com/revCD2.htm
http://audioconsult.dk/old/anmeldelser/audionote/Audio%20Note%20CD-2.htm

 

 
 
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