During an early morning press conference today, the
very honorable representatives of Accuphase are marketing the worlds first
SACD/CD transport and separate outboard DAC. The top unit in the photo above is that DP-100 (no
pricing yet) is their all new transport which outputs digitally, using their
proprietary HS Link system, to their DC-330 ($16,500) Precision Digital
Pre-amplifier. The HS Link uses a standard computer Ethernet cable to allow
for 1.9GB/sec throughput of data from the transport to the DAC. Arturo Manzano,
President of AXISS Distribution who are the distributors of Accuphase here in
America "The DC-330 continues the legacy of the DC-300. It is a privilege
and a pleasure to represent Accuphase and they continue to amaze us with their
ever increasing audio prowess."
Using ultra high speed DSP and MDS conversion, the DC-330 can accommodate
24-bit/192 kHz sampling rate. In fact this system can play CD, SACD and also
DVD-Audio discs! Like the DP-75V* as described in our Thursday's show coverage,
the DC-330 also uses Accuphase's ADB 2 interface card system (8 available
slots within the DC-330). This system allows for continual flexibility to
expand the DC-330's capabilities.
* The DP-75 is only a DAC unit yet is upgradeable to the SACD
and DVD A format. The transport is a CD only transport in the player. To play the other formats, you will need a SACD transport, Accuphase is building one, and a DVD A transport plus the necessary option (SACD/DVD-A) to insert into the DP-75V.