Listing is for a used unit just purchased by a customer a few months ago, includes Apple remote and Amperex 6922's
Dual ESS SABRE ES9018 chip were used, one dedicated chip per channel, offering a true dual mono
operation. Each ES9018 incorporates eight individual D/A converters in Dual Differential coupling for optimal performance
State of the art custom designed USB chip.
The USB input is compatible with following audio formats via
PC/MAC. PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384 kHz,
up to 32 bits. DSD64 and DSD128 via USB (DoP): 2.822, 3.072, 5.644
and 6.144 MHz.
User selectable digital filters are available, making it
possible to select the optimum sound quality to suit the individual
piece of music. A fast or slow finite impulse response (FIR)
digital filter and a 50, 60, or 70 Hz Infinite Impulse Response (IIR)
roll-off filter can be selected. In addition, a digital
phase-locked-loop (DPLL) filer is also available.
Sophisticated tube buffer section with the use of two carefully selected 6922 vacuum tubes.
Built in volume control of a highly refined design wih user adjustable volume level and left and right channel output level.
Two fully isolated and separated power supplies for the analogue and digital sections.
Dual audiophile grade custom wound toroidal transformer (epoxy potted) were employed, one per each channel.
Six digital inputs are available: 2 x Coaxial (S/PDIF), 1 x I2S, 1 x optical (TOS-Link), 1 x AES/EBU and 1 x USB.
Two high-quality analogue outputs, 1 x symmetrical (XLR) and 1 x asymmetrical (RCA).
Fully compatible with Apple IR remote control (not included).
The following is a preview of the full review from Terry London at hometheaterreview.com:
Canary Audio’s new reference KD-2000 DSD tube based DAC most be
considered, regardless of price, as one of the most musical and
emotionally engaging DACS on the market today. Historically, I have
heard many DACS based on the ESS Sabre chip set, as the KD-2000 is,
and found them explosively dynamic, extremely detailed, and
transparent. However, all them had two shortcomings for my personal
First, they lacked organic and natural timbres and sounded somewhat
“washed out” in tonality. Secondly, the leading edge of the different
instrument’s notes were somewhat “razor sharp” which I experienced as
being somewhat unpleasant and effecting the overall presentation of
the music as being somewhat lean and lacking body. Not so, with the
KD-2000, it’s presentation keeps the great sonic virtues of the Sabre
chips, great overall dynamics, explosive bottom end, crystal clear
clarity/micro-details and adds on gorgeous tonality/timbres, holographic
and individual image palpability. My hunch is that the massive
power supply and the cleverly designed tube based analog conversation
to a great integration of truth - what the ESS Sabre chips offer,
speed, powerful macro-dynamics, transparency/micro-details and the
beauty - what
the power supply and tube based analog conversation section offer,
density of color and timbres, three-dimensional imaging, and a overall
and liquidity to the music! As a final note, tube rolling was a joy
to do with the KD-2000 DAC. You will hear what different tubes have to
because the DAC is so transparent that what ever is the flavor of the
tube you are using is apparent and easy to hear. My favorite tube for
KD-2000 DAC turned out to be NOS 1957 Mullard 6922 which made this
Canary Audio product sing a beautiful song, indeed.
Terry London, Staff Reviewer for hometheaterreview.com