RARE PIONEER DV-AX10 UNIVERSAL PLAYER (SACD 2 CHANNEL ONLY) DVD AUDIO 5.1, CD, DTS IN BEAUTIFUL CHAMPAGNE COLOR.
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The DV-AX10 weighs 53 lbs and is built like a tank. It glows a fierce gold, with scalloped metal sides, and it's certainly larger than your average CD player! Beneath the central display, an "acoustic damping tray," as Pioneer calls it, drops smartly down and out of the way, allowing the drawer to open. The sturdy drawer's motor makes a nice sound—like mid-1950s Scalextric model racing car—when it opens or closes. The outer door also functions as a "double air-lock" for better isolation.
Pioneer uses a pair of Analog Devices multi-bit 24-bit/192kHz D/A Converters for two-channel stereo and the front L/R channels, and three more 24/96 DACs for 5.1-channel surround. Dolby Digital and DTS decoding for multichannel DVD-Video playback are also provided. For better or worse, they've also thrown in their Hi-Bit Legato Link Conversion, which can't be defeated.
Of interest is what Pioneer's press pack calls the "high-sampling digital filter," which "removes the cumbersome harmonic distortion and efficiently reproduces only the 192kHz high-sampling frequency." Pioneer has also implemented what they call a Pure Audio Clock Reference, which automatically converts the crystal clock oscillator to either the 44.1kHz "lineage frequency" oscillator (44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, and 176.4kHz), or the "48kHz lineage" one (48kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz). The circuit turns off the unused oscillator "to avoid unwanted resonance that could lead to sound degradation."
Its midrange was the 'AX10's saving grace. You can't dislike an audio component that offers such a big-bosomed, cushy, liquid, round, palpable sound.The mids were luscious and liquid with most recordings, no matter their pedigree.