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The unique VRDS-NEO VMK-5 transport mechanism featured in this new player incorporates high-precision turntable that greatly improves reading accuracy by mechanically correcting for disc surface run-out. It's hybrid construction integrates precision-machined aluminum with polycarbonate to help minimize rotational inertia. Formed of high-rigidity BMC (Bulk Molding Compound) and steel, the hybrid turntable bridge also makes a significant contribution to the suppression of rotational vibration and run-out. The transport's spindle motor realizes further improvements in reading accuracy with an advanced servo control that uses rotation detection circuitry. Mechanical operations such as opening and closing the tray and clamping the disc are performed by a unique differential gear system. This proprietary* Esoteric technology ensures exceptionally smooth disc loading operation.


The D/A converter's analog output circuitry features both excellent high-end resolution and natural musical texturing that only high-end components such as  Esoteric's K Series SACD players can offer. Centered around Asahi Kasei's high-end AK4490* 32-bit DAC, this circuitry accentuates the expressive power of these players with 4 parallel/differential circuits and 8 outputs driving each channel—twice that of conventional players in terms of circuit scale—to further enhance sound quality with excellent linearity and low distortion. Arranged in a discreet dual mono configuration, the D/A converters and analog output circuitry are laid out in parallel on either side of the board, and are completely isolated from the digital signal processing circuitry, achieving superb channel separation. Technology developed for the Grandioso C1 Linestage Preamplifier is also employed in the power supply, which features EDLC (Electronic Double-Layer Capacitors). This regulated power supply boasts an astounding total capacity of 500,000μF per channel for exceptional low-frequency sound reproduction.


Employing a 34-bit D/A processing algorithm with an encoding resolution that is an astounding 1,024 times greater than that of 24-bit encoding, multiple 32-bit DAC devices were combined to convert the high-resolution 34-bit PCM signal to analog. In the digital range, full advantage is taken of high-bit data gradation to minimize calculation errors and provide faithful conversion to analog, thereby attaining outstanding powers of expression with even extremely small music signals.


Playing a critical role in the superb sound quality achieved by these new ‘X’ version SACD players, further improvements were also made to their analog output circuitry. Providing excellent current transmission capability as well as a strong drive output, both players now employ Esoteric-HCLD* Type 2 buffer amplifier circuitry like that first used in such high-end models as our C1 Linestage Preamplifier. Two of these buffer circuits are installed per channel and configured differentially to drive the XLR outputs, and in parallel to drive the RCA outputs. By transmitting the wide dynamic range of the musical signal in its entirety and providing a strong drive to connected equipment, the full dynamism of music is recreated with a sense of realism that will take your breath away.


Connecting the unit to a high-precision master clock generator (G-01, G-02) allows synchronization of the unit's operation with an external clock signal, thereby enabling an upgrade of system sound quality. Compatible with 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz input frequencies, both 10MHz and 22MHz direct master clock linkage* and external clock synchronization are also supported for both digital optical and digital coaxial inputs, as well as when the USB input is used.




• Output impedance: XLR: 20Ω, RCA: 20Ω

• Maximum output level (1 kHz, full scale, 10 k ohms): XLR (Gain: 0 dB): XLR: 5.0Vrms, RCA: 2.5Vrms

• Frequency response: 5Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)

• Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N): 117dB

• Total harmonic distortion: 0.007% (1kHz)

• Coaxial RCA jack x 1: 0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms

• Coaxial RCA connector x 1: (input impedance 75 ohms)

• Optical digital connector x 1: -21.0 to -15.0 dBm peak x 1

• USB port B connector: USB 2.0 standard

• Connector: BNC

• Power supply: USA/CANADA AC 120 V, 60 Hz

• Power consumption: 23W

• External dimensions (W x H x D): 445 x 162 x 438 mm (17 1/4" x 6" 3/8 x 13 1/4") (including protrusions)

• Weight: 14 kg (30 7/8 lbs)

• Accessories: Remote control unit (RC-1315) x 1, Batteries (AA) x 2, Power cord set x 1, Felt pads x 3, Owner's manual x 1, Warranty card x 1


MSRP $ 6,500.00


If you are interested in this product or have questions, please call 1-714-630-4100.