Make no doubt about it, despite the recent run on downloaded music, CDs are here to stay; they still sound dynamic, clean and robust when compared to the best that USB devices have to offer.
In comes the Aune Cyclone, a relatively compact transport with outstanding features that make it audiophile quality. The areas of focus in the design were vibration damping, EMI interference / AC filtering, low latency buffering and parts quality. The goal was to design a transport that rivaled other audiophile transports costing 3 X as much. We succeeded.
The transport starts with the popular Phillips CDM 12 where we addressed it shortcomings of a high interference rate due to vibrations. We suspended the transport on springs and then housed it in an extra thick 1/2" thick aluminum chassis. Next came high quality aluminum spike feet for added insulation. While this chassis is floating, the AC line is being filtered and cleaned with and internal filter where research has shown that EMI can greatly impair the digital signal. After spinning off the disk, the digital signal is clocked with a high
end 1 PPM crystal clock sharing a circuit board with Dale resistors and Nichicon muse KZ capacitors.
Features such as AES / RCA/ Optical outputs and remote control round out the offering of this outstanding transport. Read the water cooler talk to find out how this transport stands up to the Lite CD 21 and Audio gd transports.