For your consideration is an opportunity to own the stunning Soulution 746 for a fraction of the $90,000 retail. In my showroom, the 746 easily toppled the mighty dCS Vivaldi fitted with a Nordost Valhalla loom ($200,000 total) and just about every other competitor. You can almost call this Swiss beauty cheap with a straight face. It is in excellent condition with a few small blemishes that are VERY hard to spot. There is a very faint mark on back of remote, small mark on lower right bottom of the main chassis, and a couple of faint marks on the rear top edge of the power supply but is otherwise is new. I only sell extremely high end equipment and am very critical of condition so expect to be thrilled with this unit as it is really very clean. It was upgraded to a 746 from a recent 745, not an outdated 740. We have just fitted it with a new Teac VRDS NEO transport mechanism under warranty so it is functionally as good as a new one. The 746 is certainly the final word in reference CD playback and also a world-class DAC with Toslink, SPDIF, and AES/EBU inputs. There is no USB input as Soulution prefers to use external USB or Firewire to AES/EBU converters for computer playback. Using their USB to AES converter, it is superior to most computer DAs that money can buy. These converters run $500 on up for a good one. All packing, remote, power cables, and printed manual are included. Due to the size and weight of the boxes, this will need to ship motor-freight for to ensure safe arrival. Keep your eye on our other listings as we will be adding a Soulution 720 preamp and 711 power amp very soon!
Some of the many technical highlights from the Soulutuion website:
Audio data from the disc is buffered. A powerful SHARC DSP performs the 8x oversampling to 24 bit /352.8 kHz (24 bit/384 kHz depending on the digital input signal) with the utmost precision. We believe precision of interpolation is more important than high clock rates. Our players use an algorithm from the highly regarded Anagram Technologies followed by Burr Brown D/A converters in a digital symmetric configuration. For SACD only, conversion to PCM is used prior to D/A conversion. The PCM format allows us to use innovative processes like the Zero Phase Technology.
The 746 SACD-Player is equipped with soulution’s innovative Zero-Phase-Technology. Smallest timing errors provoked by the analog low pass filter of the D/A converter get eliminated. Every D/A-converter requires an analog low pass filter in its output in order to suppress high frequency noise and aliasing signals. The 3rd order bessel filter , used for the 746 SACD-Player, with a cut-off frequency of 120kHz, does show a phase shift of up to 15° in the audio band. Due to the Zero-Phase-Technology the phase error of the analog music signal remains below 1°, 20 Hz – 100kHz! The Zero-Phase-Technology brings you even closer to the beauty of the source material! The 746 SACD-Player is equipped with soulution’s innovative Zero-Phase-Technology. Smallest timing errors provoked by the analog low pass filter of the D/A converter get eliminated. The music gets even more realistic and 3-dimensional with a lot of “air” around instruments and voices. As close to the source as possible! No detail gets lost.
D/A converter and output stage
Burr-Brown devices perform D/A conversion only. Their internal upsamling and filter functions are by-passed. They run in dual-mono mode. The four output currents are converted to voltage and then filtered. With an internal bandwidth of 80 MHz, this current/voltage conversion stage allows best signal-to-noise performance and maximum dynamics in the analogue domain.
The 746’s extremely wideband output stage is identical to that of the 720 reference preamplifier, including the power supply. A 40 MHz/– 3 dB bandwidth ensures every musical detail is reproduced true to life producing a three-dimensional, spatial sound. Output signal levels are enough to keep interconnect influences to an absolute minimum.
No less impressive is the master clock generator which provides an ultra-precise clock signal. Residual jitter at below one picosecond is effectively undetectable with current test equipment.
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International buyers are welcome but contact us for details as this will need to ship on a small pallet.
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