This is the model that was just reviewed by Robert Harley for and on the cover of the December '16 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine, and Harley states that it offers "what is far and away the best SACD and DSD playback I've heard".
Mr. Harley of course gave it a stellar review that is worth checking out, concluding that: "The T+A PDP 3000 HV is an extremely sophisticated, versatile, and highly musical disc player. When playing CD's and decoding PCM files, the PDP 3000 HV was among the best DACs I've heard, particularly in its ability to convey the music's dynamic expression and rhythmic flow. It offers the kind of precision that draws attention to the music rather than to the sound. Had this been all there was to the PDP 3000 HV, it would have earned an enthusiastic recommendation. But the machine also offers what is far and away the best SACD and DSD playback I've heard. The various SACD and DSD filter options, unique to T+A, vault its performance to new levels of transparency, resolution and realism. The PDP 3000 HV is an SACD and DSD lover's dream."
I am only selling due to an upgrade (a much more expensive dCS multi-chassis system) and this unit itself is very lightly used. It has one minor nick on the right side and some small scratches underneath the right side panel that aren't visible (from taking it out of a stand) which account for the aggressive price. See pics. Unit comes with original box and packing, remote, disc stabilizer and manual. MSRP is $22,500 and considered an incredible value at that. Made in Germany and and features a massive tank-like construction.
The side panel can be replaced if someone wants a perfect unit, but I'm pricing to reflect the minor cosmetic issue - and at over 60% off of retail this is simply a great deal. And installed or on a rack or stand one will never notice these issues.
As Robert Harley said: "the PDP 3000 HV represents high value considering the performance, build quality." That is at $22.5K; this unit is available for less than half of that!
The T+A PDP 3000 HV is a PCM/DSD Player DAC that plays both CD and SACD discs, features seven digital inputs and includes a true 1 bit DSD D/A Converter. Massive aluminum chassis with 5 shielded sub-compartments housing the high-grade disc transport, DAC, analog power supply, digital power supply, and control sections. Made in Germany and built like a tank. Rated 8 as "very good" due to the small flaw on right side per Audiogon rating guidelines, but otherwise the unit is mint and it performs flawlessly.
The unit is optimized for both PCM and DSD audio. Resolutions up to 32/384 PCM and DSD 512 are supported via USB. Separate sets of jacks and dedicated filters for PCM and DSD, and there are two AC jacks as the digital and analog circuits are powered individually.
Specs from T+A:
High precision linear tracking drive
Double GaAlAs Laser System
CD: 785 nm / 10 mW SACD: 650 nm / 7 mW
CD, CD-R, CD/RW, SACD Stereo, SACD multi channel (as 2 channel downmix)
Frequency response and dynamic
CD: 2 Hz – 20 kHz / 100 dB
SACD: 2 Hz – 44 kHz / 110 dB
2 x 2,5 Veff / 50 Ohms
2 x 5,0 Veff / 50 Ohms
1x coax, IEC 60958 S/P-DIF (LPCM)
1x AES-EBU with 192 kSps /24 bit
5x S/P-DIF: 1x Standard Coax und 2 high quality BNC with
192 kSps/24 bit and 2 optical TOS-Link with 96 kSps /24 bit.
1x USB: Device-Mode with max. 384 kSps (PCM) and DSD512*,
supports asynchronous data transfer.
* DSD256 and DSD512 only with a Windows PC with appropriate driver installed.
Double-Differential-Quadruple-Converter with four 32-Bit Sigma Delta D/A converters
per channel. 352.4 / 384 kSps conversion rate.
T+A-True-1Bit DSD D/A-Converter
T+A Digital Signal Processor - synchronous upsampling with 4 selectable
oversampling algorithms: FIR short, FIR long, Bezier/IIR, Bezier
PCM 44.1 kSps: 2 Hz - 20 kHz
PCM 48 kSps: 2 Hz - 22 kHz DSD 64: 2 Hz - 44 kHz
PCM 96 kSps: 2 Hz - 40 kHz DSD 128: 2 Hz - 60 kHz
PCM 192 kSps: 2 Hz - 80 kHz DSD 256: 2 Hz - 80 kHz
PCM 384 kSps: 2 Hz - 100 kHz DSD 512: 2 Hz - 100 kHz
Total harm. distortion
> 110 dB
1x 220 - 240 V~ and 1x 100 - 240 V~ , 50-60 Hz
1x 110 - 115 V~ und 1x 100 - 240 V~ , 50-60 Hz
In operation: 2x 40 W, Standby