Hybrid Design CD Player/DAC with 'Class A' Vacuum Tube Output Stage
Vincent Audioís CD-S7 hybrid CD player carries over the popular features of the German companyís widely acclaimed CD-S6 MK, including a vacuum tube output stage for rich and glorious sound.
For enhanced performance compared to the CD-S6, the S7 uses Burr-Brown PCM-1796 24-bit, 96 kHz DACs rather than the PCM-1732 found in the S6. And instead of the CD-S6ís two-way design, the new S7 boasts a four channel balanced analog amplifier. Another big step up is the use of premium internal components, including WIMA capacitors, with M-CAP capacitors employed in the power circuit board.
A Masterpiece of Sonic Excellence
A masterpiece of sonic excellence, the CD-S7 offers a stunningly outstanding musical portrait in an elegant and classy design. A true 'Class A' configured vacuum tube output stage complements the latest in cutting edge 24-bit, 96 kHz D/A conversion. The result is a warm, rich, and detailed soundstage with subtlety and finesse. Yet it maintains the energy and dynamics of solid-state circuitry that are needed to maintain your favorite musicís energy and spirit.
The oversize power supply contributes to the response, stability, and quiet operation. The surprising 20-lb. weight of the CD-S7 and its substantial chassis testifies to the quality of the power supply as well as the general build. A robust Philips VAM 1202 transport mechanism joins forces with Burr-Brown PCM-1732 24-bit, 96 kHz DACs.
The tubes in the output amplification stage consist of three 12AX7s and one 12AU7. And for maximum aesthetics, the vacuum tube illumination can be dimmed or even switched off via the wireless remote control Connections include one RCA output, one coaxial digital output, and a headphone output. The vacuum tube in the front 'window' is used to power the headphone output.
The Vincent reveals the wood of the grand piano and subtle nuances in the pluck of an acoustic bass. With its sophisticated hybrid technology, it redefines the spirit of music.
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I have been a professional musician in the symphonic/jazz fields for 55 years, a university professor of music for 45+ years, and got into serious high-end audio about ten years ago. My present system includes a Vincent SV-236 MK II integrated amp, and until recently an Oppo BDP-83SE CD player, an exemplary product--both together giving world-class results. I just purchased a Vincent CD-S7 player and I must say that, after 175 break-in hours, front-to-back depth, separation, sound staging, resolution, etc., are you-are-there breathtaking, to say the very least. What a combination!
|- Danlee M, CA|