Dedicated CD players offer excellent performance and reliability for audio CD playback while some universal disc players can seriously compromise your sound. In addition to a high-quality and durable drive, essential for perfect CD playback, this player offers servo control optimised for audio playback. Our servo system allows real-time scanning with minimal jitter. The high quality D/A converter (DAC) gives rise to faithful music reproduction that is unprecedented at this price range. The MaiA CD additionally offers an optical S/PDIF output so you can use your DAC of choice too!
- Smallest hi-fi CD player on the market
- 24bit/96kHz DAC for precise playback of Audio CDs
- Optical S/PDIF digital output (Toslink)
- Robust and reliable all-metal CD transport
- Slot-load mechanism
- Servo board optimised for 1:1 playback of CDs
- Direct I²S digital-interface to DAC
- Remote control with volume level adjustment for Pro-Ject amplifiers
- Metal casing protects against vibration and interference
Supported discs CD, CD-R, CD-RW and Hybrid-SACD Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz, -0.3dB Noise floor 96dB / 1V THD 0.01% Line-level output 1 pair RCA sockets Output voltage 1 Vrms Digital output 1 x optical (S/PDIF) D/A converter Texas Instruments TLV320DAC23
24Bit / 96kHz, 8-times oversampling
Outboard power supply 9V / 2.000mA DC; 220 - 240V, 50Hz Power consumption 300 - 1.500mA DC / < 1 watt standby Dimensions (WxHxD) 206 x 36 x 150mm (156 mm with sockets) Weight 1260g without power supply
Vinyl vs Digital
One of the most commonly asked question is what is better? Vinyl or Digital music.
Short answer is both have their pros and cons.
I will go through the differences are we see them and try to list the pros and cons as comprehensively as we can.
- Delivers analog sound. This is what is refered to as a 'warm' sound. Analog sound is what we hear with our ears. The vibration of the styli (needle) in the groove of the record creates sine waves that is then reproduced by the amplifier and speakers. There is no digital conversion that is an estimate of the music.
- Can last a lifetime.
- Cartidges and styli can usually be upgraded.
- Delivers a wider frequency range including ultrasonic frequencies (above 20 kHz) that have been shown to help the body release endorphines that brings on that 'feel-good' feeling.
- Potentially more accurate sound.
- Can come with booklets with band photos and lyrics.
- Can be easily damaged.
- Large music collections can take up alot of space.
- Not 'toddler friendly' (though they DO make good frisbees)
- Needs more maintenance.
- Not a portable media.
- Large collections in very small space.
- Can be used in multiple devices. (computers, phones, MP3 players, CDs, USB sticks, etc)
- Much less suseptible to physical damage than vinyl.
- Can be organised much more efficiently. (search entire music libraries with a simple click)
- Digital devices can be improved by external Digital to Analog Convertors. (DACs)
- Can be digitally remastered after recording. (Usually done is a studio)
- Easy to make copies of files.
- Can lose entire collections if hard discs fail.
- Doesn't have the 'warmth' that vinyl has.
- Is not an exact copy of the music. Digital music is an estimate that is accomplished with 'sample rates' (the higher the sample rate the closer to the original)
- A lot of digital music is compressed. (lower sound quality)
- Potential compatability issues with different file types on different hardware.