Brand new, unused, in open box. missing manual.
For the audio manufacturer
Original, the CD-A9.3 Leonardo represented their top-line digital offering.
Featuring reliable top
loading with a magnetic puck, this is a beautiful to behold CD player meant to
be seen and heard. Silky smooth in sound and operation, the controls feel solid and sure.This particular player has all its original accessories and comes factory snug inside a velvet sock. It is missing the owner's manual, all other accessories included.
Soundstage is deep and
wide, imaging precise and pinpoint with plenty of space around instruments and
voices. Bass is subterranean and
midrange presentation is cohesive and realistic, with almost XRCD-like
smoothness to all Compact Discs auditioned.
The sound outsizes the price by a wide margin. Redbook CDs have never sounded this analog at
this price, ever.
Original Electronics Ltd. was founded in March 1999 by a pair of graduates from two of China’s top
universities. Introduced to North
America in late 2005, the manufacturer offered specialty audio gear that was
briefly imported by the late, honorable Ping Gong, formerly of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AAA Audio distribution. Ping Gong became passionately interested in
exposing the West to the best available examples of Chinese audio engineering.
He combed China for years, seeking the best-sounding and best-crafted gear, and
ultimately decided on three companies.
Those three companies were “Dussun,” “Original Electronics Ltd.,” and
“XLH.” Tragically, before he fully realized his dream, Ping Gong passed away following a brief illness.
This Compact Disc player
is among a couple dozen or so products, new and unopened (except one has been opened for photographs),
left behind from Ping Gong’s business venture.
Please see my other listings to view the other products, which include
integrated amps, one model with a USB DAC, a set of beautiful, massive
monoblock power amplifiers, and a large set of horn speakers.
The inside of the Leonardo
as described by Original:
VAM12 top-loading laser pick up and Philips CD7-II digital servo system.
Discrete Burr-Brown PCM-1792 24-bit/192 kHz converters, filter and output
circuits per channel for a fully differential design. Two remote-selectable
digital filters. Two heavy-duty toroidal power transformers in sealed metal sub
enclosure separate digital and analog circuits via six power supply and voltage
regulator circuits, including a discrete clock supply. Proprietary GOS digital
processing technology (rewritten Philips server software for better fault
tolerance, more accurate track access and faster TOC reading). Blue LEDs on top
and display panel. Heavy duty aluminum alloy top loading cover, chassis,
adjustable feet and remote control. XLR and RCA analog and coaxial and optical
"Output level <1.93V on
RCA, 6dB extra gain on XLR, THD 0.0012%, S/N ratio >110dB, dynamic range
110dB, dimensions 16.9" x 5.1" x 12.6" W x H x D, weight 29.8