A beautiful black Cary 303/300 tube CD player with NOS Radio Technique tubes. Absoluteley glorius sound when used direct with the internal analogue preamp into my Classe mono blocks. Eliminate the use for a preamp and another set of high end cables go direct into power amp with remote volume control. You can use it with a preamp as well if you wish.
Radio Technique considered the best tubes to use in this player
compact disc player
HDCD decoding, single CD playback at 44.1, 96, 192, 384, 512 or 768 kHz sample rates, remotely selectable with the remote control handset or with a front panel button. Digital buffer stage to eliminate jitter! 24 bit Burr Brown 1792 DAC chips used for D/A conversion, C-core power transformer, fully regulated power supplies, and fully shielded drive mechanism. The vacuum tube outputs have a removable panel above them for tube exchange or 'tube rolling' without opening the chassis. Received the "2005 Product of the Year" award from Electronic House magazine.
Transport 3 Beam CD/DVD ROM drive
Frequency Response 2 Hz - 22 kHz (44.1 kHz)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 127 dB (1 kHz)
THD 0.004% (1 kHz)
Channel Separation 109 dB (1 kHz)
Power Consumption 60 Watts (15 standby)
Digital/Analog Converters (DAC) (2) Burr Brown PCM1792u 24 bit DAC chip sets
Sample Rate Settings 44.1, 96, 192, 384, 512 or 768 kHz sample rates for CD, CD-R or CD-RW disk playback to the analog output, digital output Fs of 44.1, 96 or 192 kHz
Audio Output Level Single-Ended 3.0 Vrms
Balanced XLR 6.0 Vrms
Analog Outputs (1) pair balanced via XLR connectors
(1) pair single-ended via RCA connectors
Features 48 bit DSP digital buffer circuit, bubble level balance on the chassis top panel, adjustable metal cone feet, variable analog volume control, vacuum tube and solid state output sections with remote selection or front panel button, dimmer light control for display, C-core power transformer, fully regulated power supplies, RS 232 port control for custom installation systems, chassis top removable panel above the 12AU7 vacuum tubes in the output stage, HDCD decoding with Cary DSP-300 digital filter
Digital Outputs (1) Balanced
Power Input 100-120 or 200-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Finish Black or Silver Anodized Aluminum Faceplates, Black Epoxy Coated Steel Chassis, black anodized cone feet
Weight 38 lbs
Dimensions 4" H x 18" W x 15" D
Review - Art Dudley
It had excellent dynamics, and it allowed lines of notes to sound fluid and natural rather than mechanical — although never with any sacrifice in timing or forward momentum.
The CD303/300 is solidly built and fairly priced. In terms of physical construction, ultra-high-quality parts, and brand-new, original technology, there's a lot going on in the Cary's 38-lb chassis. The Cary CD303/300 should disappoint no one and tickle many: an easy recommendation.
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