Audio Note DACs & CD Players
Audio Note DACs simply and consistently allow you to get past the equipment and on to the more important task of listening to music. This is simply why they are held with such high regard by music lovers worldwide.
Since the company’s foundation, they have passionately pursued the same, simple aim; To create products that play music in a natural and pure. The sound should have this “organic” feel of real instruments being played before you. Wood should sound like wood, metal like metal, voice like voice.
ABOUT AUDIO NOTE DAC’s & CD Players
Like many listeners, Audio Note where unconvinced by conventional CD player. They found the sound chromium-plated, artificial and tiring. So they scratched theirs heads and concluded that conventional CD players were losing up to four-fifths of the data. Now they’re building machines that unearth those lost chords. The discovery is startling – it may mean we can all upgrade our music collection dramatically, without having to buy a single new disc.
“All normal CD players have error correction circuits which ‘sample’ sound backwards and forwards as the disc is played, and help paper over any cracks in the data. They slice and dice the input as they go, and then reconstitute the whole. The trouble is that this is like mincing a piece of beef: once you’ve done that, you can’t make a fillet steak out of it again. Basically sound is the same, it’s a continuum, and we discovered that these circuits cause the loss of weak signals – subtle things like echoes, harmonics, spatial information, which are vital to natural reproduction. So we came up with our own approach, leaving the data raw, and unadulterated. We found that other conventional components were contributing to data loss, too, and we replaced them with aerospace-grade materials applied in a new patented way”
The result has to be heard. Try your favourite CD – one you think you know in every tiny detail – and be prepared to be astonished.
Suddenly a plucked bass appears from nowhere. Hey, who brought that snare drum in here? The sax has somehow acquired a far richer timbre, and the backing singers are no longer a flat wall of sound, but three distinct, mouth-sized humans. The whole thing sounds so alive, so tactile, so real.
Audio Note manufacture a complete array of CD Players, CD Transports and DAC’s. Starting from either the entry level DAC 0.1x £1,100, or a CD 1.1x from £1,900. The sonic universe that Audio Note CD Players propose is pure magic. Their openness and clarity throughout their range is beguiling, and you don’t need to go ‘up range’ in the product line to hear it. As with the OTO integrated amplifier and AZ-2’s, the magic is there from the beginning.
When it comes to upgrading your digital source, Audio Note feel that 80% of the work is done in the DAC, so it’s wise to play the lion’s share of the budget in this component.
AUDIO NOTE DAC’S
Audio Note CD PLAYERS
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