The Esoteric RZ-1 is a high-ed integrated music system that houses a
Super Audio CD/CD drive mechanism, a 32 bit D/A converter, and an
integrated amplifier, all within an elegant, slim profile body.
The RZ-1 features a drive mechanism that is capable of Super Audio CD
and CD playback using its high resolution 32-bit DA converter. This
system offers a complete set of external inputs, including three
different digital inputs (USB, coaxial, and optical digital), enabling
it to support digital audio inputs in studio master quality from a PC or
other external devices. The RZ-1 is also equipped with ESOTERIC's
custom design integrated power amplifier, which amplifies all sources
signals in high fidelity.
Though the RZ-1 is an integrated system that is best suited for casual
listening, it faithfully incorporates the high-end design philosophy
that is characteristic of ESOTERIC, and was developed to be the finest
integrated music system in its class.
JOHN ATKINSON: ''
My eye was caught by this beautifully styled
one-box SACD player/DAC/100Wpc amplifier. The RZ-1 is scheduled to sell
for $6000 and as well as using one of Esoteric's highly regarded SACD/CD
transport mechanisms, it has both 192kHz-capable S/PDIF and
24/96-capable USB digital inputs and—significantly for the way the audio
market is going—a phono preamplifier. The 32-bit D/A section uses an
AKM AK4392 chip and offers both a conventional reconstruction filter,
one that resembles Meridian's minimum-phase "apodizing" filter.''
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