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EMM Labs XDS1 V2 CD-SACD Player

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." -- Albert Einstein

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." -- Albert Einstein While Albert Einstein may not have been an audiophile, he did have a pretty good head on his shoulders. So when it came time for EMM Labs to create a statement digital product, it seemed only logical to keep Einstein’s statement in mind. Our goal, after all, was nothing less than a quantum leap in performance. And that’s just what we achieved with EMM Labs’ new XDS1 V2 CD/SACD Player. Inside its sculpted, brushed aluminum chassis is a silky smooth Esoteric™ drive mated to the industry’s most sophisticated digital and analog electronics. How did we make the XDS1 V2 the best player we’ve ever created? In general terms, by simplifying. We decreased complexity. Shortened critical signal paths. Reduced parts count while increasing parts quality. Now let’s get specific. BETTER DIGITAL STARTS WITH BETTER ANALOG We started by simplifying our analog circuitry. Instead of the two to three gain stages typical of most player output sections, the XDS1 V2 features just one active gain stage from DAC to output. The circuitry is discrete (no op-amps) and operates in pure Class A. MDAT2™: YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHY IT SOUNDS BETTER The XDS1 V2 features our most refined Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT2™) circuitry yet. But it’s what the updated MDAT2™ does that makes it so amazing. Conventional digital players convert a digital signal (the ones and zeroes) to analog by processing it through a reconstruction filter that uses interpolation (oversampling) to smooth the analog waveform. The process works beautifully in the frequency domain, but in the time domain, errors are introduced in the form of pre and post ringing. With MDAT2™ processing, there is no pre and post ringing. Which is why MDAT2™—quite unlike any other processing technology extant—is unique in its ability to preserve the phase, frequency and dynamic integrity of the waveform. Once you've heard this level of improvement in terms of resolution, nuance and dynamic shading, there's no going back. NEW DAC + NEW CLOCK= NEW PARADIGM At EMM Labs, we develop and manufacture our own proprietary conversion circuitry in house. For the XDS1 V2, we created something truly extraordinary—the MDAC™ module, which contains our most exquisitely refined conversion circuitry ever. Unlike off-the-shelf DAC chips in competing products, the MDAC™:
  • Is a cost-no-object (rather than inexpensive) solution
  • Is a discrete dual differential (rather than integrated) circuit
  • Is free from differential nonlinearities
  • Gives us complete control of the digital and analog data streams
In tandem with our new clock—one that establishes new benchmarks in jitter performance, temperature stability and vibration resistance—the result is astonishing. It’s as if the noise floor has dropped through the proverbial basement, leaving behind live, flesh and blood performers carved out of a precisely defined three-dimensional soundstage. The gains in transparency, image density, tonal color and realism are substantial. HELLO MFAST™, GOODBYE JITTER Most converters utilize PLL (Phase Lock Loop) circuits to lock onto the incoming data stream. For the V2, we developed a better solution: MFAST™ (Meitner Frequency Acquisition System) technology. MFAST™ has two distinct advantages over PLLs. It’s a high-speed asynchronous system that acquires any data stream almost instantaneously. Further, unlike PLLs that merely attenuate jitter, MFAST™ strips it out of the audio stream completely. Hook a digital audio or video source to the XDS1 V2—computer, music server, MP3 player or whatever you like—and it becomes a standalone converter. MFAST™ ensures that you’ll enjoy pristine sonic clarity, whether the incoming data stream is pure or anything but. THE POWER OF A SUPERIOR POWER SUPPLY Not only is our new high-isolation resonant mode power supply the greenest we’ve ever developed, it’s also the quietest—significantly outperforming typical switchers and linear power supplies in this regard. Proprietary to both EMM Labs and the XDS1 V2, this power supply synchronizes its operating frequency (or resonant mode) to that of every other system within XDS1 V2—reducing digital noise to the vanishing point. It also offers ultra-tight regulation and virtually complete isolation from power-line impurities and fluctuations. The EMM Labs XDS1 V2 CD/SACD Player. Everything about it is better than everything that has come before it. It’s just that simple.

Key Features

  • Newly redesigned digital system with additional Coaxial and USB inputs
  • All digital inputs now support 24bit 192kHz plus DSD streaming over USB
  • One gain stage from DAC to output with fully discrete Class A circuitry
  • Updated MDAT2™ signal processing technology - Provides 2x DSD upsampling for SACD and PCM playback - Preserves phase, frequency and dynamic integrity of waveform
  • Latest MDAC™ discrete dual differential D-to-A conversion circuit
  • Latest MFAST™ technology for instant signal acquisition, jitter-free performance
  • High-isolation resonant mode power supply for silent, green operation
  • Exclusive aerospace-grade composite laminate circuit boards
  • Silky smooth Esoteric™ drive
  • Sculpted, brushed aluminum chassis - Low resonance, internally braced design with thick, machined sole plate - Available in silver or black
  • LCD display with four brightness levels and a display-off setting
  • Precision-machined aluminum multifunction infrared remote control
  • Remote-controllable polarity inversion performed in the digital domain
  • CE compliant


Digital Inputs: AES/EBU, TOS, COAX, USB Audio Digital Outputs: AES/EBU, EMM Optilink Stereo analog outputs: XLR and RCA Output impedance: 300 ohms balanced (XLR) 150 ohms unbalanced (RCA) Output levels: XLR outputs: 5V RCA outputs: 2.5V System: USB Port for software upgrades Wired RS-232 External IR Power consumption: max. 45W Dimensions: W x D x H: 435 x 400 x 145mm Weight: 17kg

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