Audio Note CD Players and Red Book CD

Still the best home digital source.

The Audio Note range of CD Players continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD.

Our CD Players are specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, with in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanisms, non-oversampling digital filterless circuit DAC’s, quite exceptional.

Audio Note CD 5.1x

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CD Zero

Level Zero Red Book CD Player. Our most cost effective Red Book CD playback system for the discerning music lover.

Product details

For those looking for the best possible sound quality in a single, small but perfectly formed package, there is no superior choice than the CD Zero.

Whilst the rest of the audiophile world continues it delusional and ultimately doomed love affair with the currently fashionable crop of what are claimed to be ‘high resolution’ computer sources, we at Audio Note (UK) continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which is still the best, currently available digital music format.

Audio Note (UK) is highly critical of the digital medium as presented by compact disc; we sincerely hope that you too will find this transport breaks free from the ‘digital mould’ that we are all so accustomed to, and so opens a new window on your CD collection.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Entry Level criteria.

Compact Classic

Housed inside its deceptively solid casework are simplified and integrated versions of our Zero level dedicated Transport and DAC (CDT Zero/II and DAC0.1x).

Digital, done right

The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in our opinion is still the best possible Digital music format currently available.

The Philips TDA1543 DAC is implemented in a non-oversampling digital filterless circuit, and the analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature dual triode.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic / White Acrylic

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Less than 2 KOhm
REFERENCE OUTPUT 3.0V RMS (approx.)
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.25dB
UNIT WEIGHT 3.5 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 98mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 270mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

CD 1.1x

The CD1.1x is the latest incarnation of our long running and ever popular Level One Integrated Red Book CD player.

CD Players

Product details

Whilst the rest of the audiophile world continues it delusional and ultimately doomed love affair with the currently fashionable crop of what are claimed to be ‘high resolution’ computer sources, we at Audio Note (UK) continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which is still the best, currently available digital music format.

Audio Note (UK) is highly critical of the digital medium as presented by compact disc; we sincerely hope that you too will find this transport breaks free from the ‘digital mould’ that we are all so accustomed to, and so opens a new window on your CD collection.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 1 criteria.

Digital, done right

The in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism is designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in our opinion is still the best possible Digital music format currently available.

The Philips TDA1543 DAC is implemented in a non-oversampling digital filterless circuit, and the analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature dual triode and our own Audio Note (UK) Tin Foil output capacitors.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Less than 2 KOhm
REFERENCE OUTPUT 3.0V RMS (approx.)
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.25dB
UNIT WEIGHT 5 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 96mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 270mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

CD 2.1x/II

Level One Red Book CD player. The CD 2.1x/II is essentially a component upgraded version of the CD1.1x, equipped with better parts such as our own custom produced Audio Note (UK) tantalum resistors, Cerafine capacitors and Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors, making for a more open, detailed and lively performance in comparison with its more affordable stable mate.

CD Players

Product details

Whilst the rest of the audiophile world continues it delusional and ultimately doomed love affair with the currently fashionable crop of what are claimed to be ‘high resolution’ computer sources, we at Audio Note (UK) continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which is still the best, currently available digital music format.

Audio Note (UK) is highly critical of the digital medium as presented by compact disc; we sincerely hope that you too will find this transport breaks free from the ‘digital mould’ that we are all so accustomed to, and so opens a new window on your CD collection.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 2 criteria.

Digital, done right

The CD 2.1x/II uses an in-house modified Philips L1210 dedicated Red Book CD mechanism and a simple yet revealing DAC based around the Philips 1543 16 bit multi-bit digital to analogue converter chip. The analogue output stage is equipped with the quite exceptional 6111WA miniature triode and our own in house designed and manufactured Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors. This player, like its bigger brothers, features no oversampling and no digital filtering, making for a highly effective sonic combination all housed in a small and robust chassis.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Less than 2 KOhm
REFERENCE OUTPUT 3.0V RMS (approx.)
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.25dB
UNIT WEIGHT 3.5 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 98mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 270mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

CD 3.1x/II

Level Two Red Book CD Player. Welcome to the latest version of our long running and highly regarded Level Three integrated machine.

Audio Note CD 3x

Product details

The original CD3 was an instant classic, and is still loved and used by many discerning audiophiles around the world. This current version brings the design right up to date, and dramatically improves on the previous incarnations in every possible area.

Whilst the rest of the audiophile world continues it delusional and ultimately doomed love affair with the currently fashionable crop of what are claimed to be ‘high resolution’ computer sources, we at Audio Note (UK) continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which is still the best, currently available digital music format.

Audio Note (UK) is highly critical of the digital medium as presented by compact disc; we sincerely hope that you too will find this transport breaks free from the ‘digital mould’ that we are all so accustomed to, and so opens a new window on your CD collection.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 3 criteria.

Digital, done right

The CD3.1x/II is the first model of integrated CD player in our range to feature the highly regarded Analogue Devices AD1865 digital to analogue converter chip, the same device that we use in our more costly stand alone DACs. This 18bit device has consistently outperformed every competing chip we have tested regardless of specification or price.

Dedicated Red Book Transport

The transport is our now classic in house modified Philips CD mechanism, designed purely to read true Red Book CD, which in our opinion is still the best possible Digital music format currently available.

The analogue output stage features two ECC88 dual triode valves and our own custom designed and manufactured Audio Note (UK) copper foil capacitors. Our own Tantalum resistors are also used in critical areas, offering a quite remarkable level of performance.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Less than 2 KOhm
REFERENCE OUTPUT 3.0V RMS (approx.)
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.5dB
VALVE COMPLEMENT
2 x ECC88
UNIT WEIGHT 8 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 420mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

CD 4.1x

The CD 4.1x is a Level Three Integrated Red Book CD Player.

Product details

Whilst the rest of the audiophile world continues it delusional and ultimately doomed love affair with the currently fashionable crop of what are claimed to be ‘high resolution’ computer sources, we at Audio Note (UK) continue to extract even greater degrees of information and quality from Red Book CD, which is still the best, currently available digital music format.

Audio Note (UK) is highly critical of the digital medium as presented by compact disc; we sincerely hope that you too will find this transport breaks free from the ‘digital mould’ that we are all so accustomed to, and so opens a new window on your CD collection.

It has been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level Three criteria.

Better, by design

Its shares many of the elements found in two of our most highly regarded Digital playback devices, the CDT Two/II and the DAC2.1x. However, the component quality contained within its solid and purposeful chassis exceeds that of either machine. Our own Audio Note (UK) Tantalum resistors are used, as are a selection of the legendary Black Gate signal Capacitors.

Digital, done right

The Digital section features the highly regarded Analogue Devices AD1865 digital to analogue converter chip, the same device that we use in our highest level stand alone DACs.

This 18bit device has consistently outperformed every competing chip we have tested regardless of specification or price.

The analogue output stage is based around two ECC88 dual triode valves, and the output capacitors are our own Audio Note (UK) copper foil variety.

Valve PSU

Special attention has been paid to the power supplies in the CD4.1x; even the display has its own dedicated supply, which reduces internal noise to an exceptionally low level.

Also – and surprisingly for a one box machine – the power supply is a valve rectified design, using a single 6X5.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic.

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Less than 2 KOhm
REFERENCE OUTPUT 3.0V RMS (approx.)
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.5dB
UNIT WEIGHT 11 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

CD 5.1x

Level Three Red Book CD Player. The CD5.1x is a completely new machine which elevates the one-box CD player to hitherto unknown levels of performance.

Product details

Never before has it been possible to achieve such quite astonishingly superior levels of digital replay from a single chassis, integrated design.

The CD5.1x features the top-loading Philips CD Pro 2LF CD mechanism, which we custom modify and improve in-house, bringing the performance of this already excellent mechanism up to a standard that is truly in a class of its own.

The power supply is a valve rectified and regulated design, using a 6X5 and ECL82.

The analogue output stage uses a combination of 1 x 5814a and 1 x 5687WB valves, feeding a pair of our world-renowned output transformers, using SHiB cores with copper primaries and secondaries.

A mix of our own 0.5 Watt and 1 Watt non- magnetic Tantalum resistors are used in all critical areas, as are our own custom Audio Note (UK) foil / Mylar and electrolytic capacitors.

The CD5.1x uses our own in-house designed and manufactured digital transformers; silver wound for the Transport side and copper wound for the DAC side.

Available finishes

Fascia – Anodised Aluminium / Black Acrylic.

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL PICK UP 3 beam laser
SEMI-CONDUCTOR LASER 780nm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
Approx. 5 Ohm, balanced and single-ended
REFERENCE OUTPUT 1.2V RMS single-ended / 2.4V RMS balanced
CHANNEL BALANCE Less than 0.2dB
UNIT WEIGHT 16.8 kg
UNIT DIMENSIONS 142mm (h) x 445mm (w) x 428mm (d)
MAINS INPUT AC 100-120V / 220-240V 50/60Hz
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 48W
NOTE Due to Audio Note (UK)’s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice.

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