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Esoteric D-02X


36bit Dual-monaural D/A Converter
All new D/A converter

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New Supremacy Transcending Tradition
Esoteric’s digital players carry on an established lineage of high-end audio, compressing world-leading Grandioso technology into a two-chassis configuration that establishes an unshakable identity. In 1987, the P-1/D-1 demonstrated the superiority of VRDS at the dawn of the CD revolution. In 2001, the P-70/D-70 proved the concept that higher sound quality can be extracted from more refined CD formats. In 2005, the P-03/D-03 introduced support for SACD and DSD DAC, giving vibrant life to the most atmospheric nuances of music. In 2011, the P-02/D-02 generated a fusion of tradition and innovation, winning acclaim and numerous awards for the pair’s rich musical expression.

36-bit Resolution Accentuates the Most Delicate Sound Textures

The D-02X uses 32 (16 + 16) DAC circuits to achieve its low-noise and phenomenal linearity. Its AK4490 chipsets are produced by Asahi Kasei Microdevices. In addition to directly processing DSD signals, a new 36-bit D/A processing algorithm performs analog conversion of the PCM signal at 36-bit resolution for smooth, delicately detailed high-resolution sound quality.

ESOTERIC-HCLD*: Esoteric’s Exclusive Output Buffer Delivers Powerful Direct Current Transmission

High-speed current transmission capacity is the most important factor in an analog output circuit’s ability to transmit the wide dynamic range of a musical signal without loss. Extensive resources invested in the D-02X’s output buffer amplifier circuitry greatly extend the limits of its performance as a line driver. Featuring high current output capacity, its high-performance elements boast an exceptionally high slew rate of 2,000V/μs as an indicator of its remarkable response speed. The D-02X’s top-tier buffer circuit configuration features four RCA output circuits and two circuits each for the XLR outputs’ hot and cold terminals. By maximizing its capacity to deliver instantaneous current output, the D-02X reproduces the full dynamics of music with breathtaking realism.
*HCLD=High Current Line Driver

Wide-Range D/D Conversion Compatible With Many Sources

In addition to playback at a source’s original sampling frequency, the D-02X also features PCM up-conversion capability (2x, 4x, 8x) and PCM-to-DSD conversion that uses a proprietary algorithm to convert the PCM signal to fixed 11.2MHz DSD, enabling significantly smoother musical reproduction.

High-Accuracy Clock Synchronization

A BNC cable connects the D-02X to the P-02X to provide a master clock sync signal for synchronized playback with minimized jitter. Esoteric’s proprietary Direct Master Clock LINK* synchronizes the two units while eliminating the need for Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), enabling clear and accurate stereo imaging and crisp sound quality. The system can be further upgraded with the addition of an optional high-accuracy G-01 Rubidium Master Clock Generator, and supports a wide range of frequencies including master clocks (22MHz/10MHz) and word clocks (44.1kHz/88.2kHz/176.4kHz).
*DMCL (Direct Master Clock LINK): DMCL links the D-02X to the P-02X with a 22.5792MHz reference clock signal that causes the two units to function as a single integrated device. Compared to normal ‘sync’ systems, which generally require PLL (Phase Lock Loop) processing of the transmitted clock signal, DMCL provides simpler and more direct clocking between multiple devices.

Wide-Range D/D Conversion Compatible With Many Sources

In addition to playback at a source’s original sampling frequency, the D-02X also features PCM up-conversion capability (2x, 4x, 8x) and PCM-to-DSD conversion that uses a proprietary algorithm to convert the PCM signal to fixed 11.2MHz DSD, enabling significantly smoother musical reproduction.

Digital Inputs Support High Sampling Rates

The D-02X’s coaxial and optical inputs support PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and 2.8MHz DSD (DoP). Two XLR inputs support 48-bit/192kHz (ES-LINK3), 24-bit/384kHz (Dual AES 8Fs) and 5.6MHz DSD (DoP Dual XLR mode).

USB Input Compatible with PCM, DSD, and Asynchronous Transmission

The D-02X also features a USB input that supports asynchronous transmission, PCM rates up to 32-bit/384kHz, and 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz native DSD. Utilizing Esoteric’s proprietary PC driver software in combination with its free HR Audio Player, the D-02X provides high-resolution playback of even studio master-quality source files.

Changeable XLR Output Pin Assignment

As phase can be digitally inverted in a contactless system, either Hot 2 or Hot 3 can be selected with no deterioration in sound quality.

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