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Audiolab 8300CD Black CD Player / Digital to Analogue Converter

Audiolab

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Rated 5/5 based on 1 customer review

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£995.00
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The 8300CD demonstrates a level of fine detail, transparency, soundstage depth, dynamic range and musical flow across all sources. It is both an exceptional CD player and a top-class external DAC/digital preamp, able to make the most of your CD collection. While delivering an enormous sonic boost to external digital audio sources it now extends its resolution to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD compatibility via USB. 8300 Series also allows control of music playing from a PC/Mac/media device via USB. When connected to a computer, the 8300CD not only identifies itself as an asynchronous DAC, but also as a HID-compatible device (Human Interface Device). This allows driverless control of the PC/Mac/media player (Play, Pause, Stop, Track Select etc).

 

Even Better

Even Better

Audiolab have worked long and hard to ensure that the 8300CD improves upon its illustrious predecessor in key areas, delivering even better performance as both a CD player and a DAC/pre-amp for external digital sources. Built around the peerless ESS sabre DAC, the 8300CD no extends resolution to 32-bit/384kHz and adds DSD compatibility via USB.

Control

Control

The 8300CD adds full digital pre-amp functionality, with volume and source selection accessible via the player's front panel and remote handset. This means the 8300CD can be connected directly to a stereo power amp, or a pair of monoblocks like the new Audiolab 8300MB as well as to a traditional integrated amp like the equally n ew Audiolab 8300A. It also allows control of music playing from a PC/Mac/media device via USB When connected to a computer, the 8300CD not only identifies itself as an asynchronous DAC, but also as a HID-compatible device (Human Interface Device). This allows driverless control of the PC/Mac/media player (Play, Pause, Stop, Track Select etc).

Updated Aesthetic

Updated Aesthetic

The newly updated external structure of the 8300 series follows the new design aeshetic of Audiolab products going forward, incorporating softened lines and textures yet still maintaining Audiolab's instantly recognisable and contemporary style. The 8300 series' blaseted aluminium finish, CNC routed aluminium dials, and display certainly look cutting edge, yet with every Audiolab product, form follows function. The new display and controls enable a fast and intuitive access through the vast routing options and filter settings in both and A and CD.

Slot-Loading

Slot-Loading

AudioLab's extensive research and development found that previous tray-style mechanisms sometimes produced a rare weak stop. The 8300CD sports a new mechanism that includes slot loading -much quicker and neater than the old tray. The new mechanism also reduces the occurrence of disc rejection, able to play CDs that other CD players may reject for being imperfect from dirt or damage. Its digital buffer circuit is a perfect mate to the asynchronous input of the DAC, improving even this area of performance. A final benefit is increased disc stability and reduced susceptibility to resonance, which additionally contributes to the overall improved sound quality.

Connections

Connections

Connectivity options have been further expanded on the 8300CD with the addition of an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output. These join a full complement of inputs/outputs retained from the 8200CD: 2x coaxial digital inputs; 2x optical digital inputs; 1x asynchronous USB input; 1x coaxial digital output; 1x optical digital output; single-ended RCA and balanced XLR analogue outputs. 12V remote trigger loop feature on all units so as one device is switched on, paired units are switched into or out of standby mode - working as one system for quick operation.

The 8300CD DAC

The 8300CD DAC

The 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC as used inside the 8300CD continues to have a reputation as the best-sounding DAC chip available, and most CD players that use it are much more costly designs. In terms of the way it measures, its distortion figures are extraordinarily low. Around the DAC there are extensive measures to reduce jitter to vanishingly low levels, of a nature you’d expect to see only in much more expensive players.

The Conversion Process

The Conversion Process

The conversion process within Audiolab 8300CD results in the 512 DAC elements (256 DACs per channel) each operating at 84.672MHz – all digital audio sources, whatever the sample rate, are upsampled or oversampled to this frequency. This results in a conversion process that is switching 3840 times higher than the typical audio upper bandwidth of 22kHz. Without this Digital upsampling technology, the analogue filters would likely affect frequencies at or near the audible range, resulting in unwanted level and phase variation within the audio band. The inclusions of the Hyperstream modulator means optimal transient response is achieved, thus eliminating dynamic response deficiencies and noise floor modulation artifacts typical of traditionally designed Delta-Sigma DACs.

Higher Resolution

Higher Resolution

The new 8300CD can accept and process data up to 32-bit/384kHz; this is a far higher specification than that required even by current hi-res music formats, ensuring the 8300CD is fully equipped for future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound. The USB input now also accepts DSD data, as well as PCM. This is a significant addition, as DSD has an important role to play in the developing high-res digital download scene. Accordingly, the filter section now includes four extra filters for DSD playback, allowing the user to optimise the noise floor to suit the performance of the source file and the bandwidth of associated equipment such as amplifiers and loudspeakers.

  • Tick CD Player
  • Tick Digital to Analogue Converter
  • Tick POLED 128x64 pixels 2.7"
  • Tick Slot-Loading
  • Tick CD/CDR

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Standby Feature Yes
12V Trigger Yes
DSD Compatible Yes (DSD64 / DSD128 / DSD256)
DAC ESS Sabre32 9018 chip
Resolution 32 bits
Sampling Frequency Optical, Coaxial, AES: 32kHz - 192kHz
USB:32kHz - 384kHz(PCM) / DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Maximum Sampling Frequency Optical,Coaxial, AES: 192kHz >br> USB: 384kHz (PCM) / 11.2M (DSD256)
Digital Input 2 x Coaxial
2 x Toslink Optical
1 x AES/EBU
1 x USB for PC USB
Digital Output 1 x Coaxial
1 x Toslink Optical
1 x AES
Output Voltage 4.2Vrms ±0.1 (Balanced)
2.1Vrms ±0.1 (Unbalanced)
Output Impedance 10Ω
Frequency Response +/-0.2dB 20Hz - 20KHz (± 0.2dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N) A wtd RCA:<-98dB
XLR<-100dB
Dynamic Range (A wtd.) RCA >98dB
XLR>100dB
Crosstalk @1K RCA <-120dB
XLR <-130dB
Gain Error <0.5W
Colour Black
Dimensions H x W x D 80mm x 444mm x 317mm
Weight 6kg

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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10 February 2017

Sounds fantastic with build quality to match. With the built in Dac it's such good value for money
5

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24 March 2018

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5

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