Audio Note CD-4.1x CD player Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Single-box, top-loading, tubed CD player. Tube complement: two 6H23N. Digital output: coax (RCA). (AES/EBU on XLR optional.) Analog output impedance: <2k ohms. Maximum output voltage: ca 3.0V RMS. Channel balance: <0.25dB. Power consumption: 48W.
Dimensions: 17.4" (446mm) W by 5.5" (142mm) H by 16.7" (428mm) D. Weight: 24.2 lbs (11kg).
Finishes: Silver (brushed aluminum), black (acrylic).
Serial number of unit reviewed: CD4-059.
Price: $12,000. Approximate number of dealers: 12.
Manufacturer: Audio Note UK, Ltd., 25 Montefiore Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1RD, England, UK. Tel: (44) (0)1273-220-511. Fax: (44) (0)1273-731-498. Web: US distributor: as above.

Audio Note UK, Ltd.
25 Montefiore Road
Hove, East Sussex BN3 1RD
England, UK
(44) (0)1273-220-511

JItterjaber's picture

They still make CD players? 

Thanks for the review, but I would be really curious how a RAM based CD playback (i.e. pure music) on a laptop compares to expensive CD players. I have a feeling this could enlighten people!


mrhyfy's picture

Looking under the cover,,I don't see 12 grand worth!  Sorta looks like chi-fi.

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Archimago's picture

Good review and I'm glad to see equipment like this getting on the test bench and put through its paces.

Obviously, the measurement results are laughable...  No worry however, since I'm sure Peter Qvortrup will happily conjure up some philosophical musings about how frequency respose, accurate waveform reproduction, noise level, jitter are all irrelevant and how these results are those of superior sound reproduction at a mere $12K :-).