Audio Research Model CD2 Vintage CD Player
Second generation CD player from ARC made right here in the USA in the late 1990's.
Tested and working properly here in our lab and listening room.
The front display is nice and bright with no missing segments.
The drive mechanism is super fast and responsive, with no skipping or other issues.
Retailed at $3495! Over $6k in 2021.
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The CD2 is a versatile new model that offers the function and output options of a digital transport as well as the convenience of a complete single-chassis CD player. Performance is exceptional when used in either mode. The CD2 uses a rugged CD-rom transport mechanism and laser assembly to accurately read the digital data on compact discs. The digital data-stream is then decoded by a bitstream D/A differential (balanced) decoder capable of 20-bit resolution. The resulting analog signal is subsequently fed to a fully differential, direct-coupled analog output stage using both J-FET and bipolar transistors and regulated supplies. The CD2 includes extensive internal engineering dedicated to the control of mechanical resonances potentially affecting the performance of active circuit components.Consequently, the CD2 has even less measurable jitter than its predecessor models, the CD1/CDT1, which were industry leaders in this important aspect.
The CD2 provides exceptional musical resolution from CD sources-smooth, harmonically rich, dynamic output with remarkable retrieval of ambient and dimensional detail. Full handheld IR remote control of all functions is included; essential functions are manually accessible by pushbuttons on the front panel. All functions are described in detail in the CD2 Owner's Manual.
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Solid-state cd player
MSRP (US NEW RETAIL)
Balanced XLR 4.2V RMS (+12.5dBv) max
Single-Ended RCA 2.1V RMS (+6dBv) max
350 ohms BAL, 175 ohms SE.
0.1-20,000Hz ± 0.2dB
-90dB (.003%) 1kHz
1. XLR Balanced AES/EBU 110-ohm 4V P-P
2. BNC coax SPDIF 75-ohm 0.7V P-P
3. TOSLINK fiber optical-19dBm, 660nm
4. (Optional) ST-type glass fiber optical -12dBm 875nm, 62.5/125µm fibers
Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
Quantization Bit: 16bit linear per channel
Channel bit rate: 4.3218Mb/sec
Channel modulation code: EFM (8-14 modulation)
Error correction: CIRC (cross interleave Reed Solomon code)
Wow & flutter: Unmeasurable (Quartz stability)
Discs: Accepts 5" (12cm) and 3" (8cm) sizes
Type: 3-beam LDGU (Laser Diode & Grating Unit) with holographic diffraction light pen
Laser: GaAIAs semiconductor, 780 nm, 0.5mW max output
Servo: Digitally controlled low-inertia linear positioning actuator
High-stability crystal-controlled re-clocking for all outputs
100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz), 20 watts maximum
(12 watts standby)
Phase linearity: ±0.5° 20-20,000kHz
Detachable power cord
19" (48 cm) W x 5 ¼" (13.4 cm) H (standard rack panel) x 11 ¾" (29.8 cm) D. Handles extend 1 ½" (3.8 cm) forward of the front panel. Rear connectors extend ¾" (1.9cm).
17 lbs. (7.7 kg) Net
27 lbs. (12.3 kg) Shipping
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