CDT-Zero CD transport and DAC-Zero digital-to-analog converter. As are all the pieces in the series, both the DAC-Zero and CDT-Zero are half-width components only 8.5″ wide. Together they take up about the same rack space as any CD player. Elegantly and simply designed, they have nary a user control; all of the transport’s functions are to be operated via the remote control. In case of a misplaced remote, the transport has two buttons on the rear: open/close and play/pause. While you lose the ability to search for specific tracks, the transport does remain functional. The DAC-Zero is a tubed design. Audio Note refers to the 6111WA miniature tube used in the single output stage as a “new era valve.” They predict a 100,000-hour life (that’s over nine and a half years of continuous use!), and the valve generates so little heat that cooling is hardly a concern. There is a single coaxial input and one set of analog outputs. Audio Note says that the 24-bit/94kHz Delta-Sigma processor is not only compatible with ordinary 16-bit CDs, it actually enhances them.
“Warmth and body” along with the “uncanny ability to bring to light details that managed to escape attention before — not because they were never heard, but because they never before rang so true.”
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