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Vincent Unveils HDCD Player with Vacuum Tube Output Stage

Vincent Audio announced that it has introduced a HDCD CD Player that combines precision CD processing with high-end vacuum tubes.

According to the statement, the Vincent CD-S8 plays both High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) encoded discs and conventional Compact Discs (CD). It has a premium CD transport, state-of-the-art digital processing, and a fully-isolated vacuum tube analog output stage with the option of professional-grade XLR balanced analog connections.  The heart of the digital section is a Philips VAM1250 CD transport while the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is Texas Instrument’s PM1792 with a 192 kHz sampling rate. Its advanced segment DAC architecture achieves excellent dynamic performance and improved tolerance to clock jitter.

The analog output stage of the CD-S8 is a full vacuum tube section rather than a hybrid design. It uses a Chinese 12AX7 and two Russian 6922 dual triode tubes, as well as WIMA and Solen capacitor. This circuitry is housed in a physically separated section of the chassis and shielded from both the digital and high-voltage power supply circuits.

The vacuum tube stage output is via rear-panel XLR and RCA output jacks for connection to a two-channel preamplifier and amplifier. The player has a dedicated headphone stage with a separate volume control. There are also optical and coaxial digital outputs that allow the CD-S8 to also be used as a source for a AV processor- or receiver-based system. Two 12-VDC trigger inputs aid system integration, and the player can be operated using the front-panel controls or the included aluminum remote control.

The Vincent CD-S8 HDCD Player is now available in silver or black finish, with a suggested retail price of $3,295.

Vincent Audio CD-S8 Hybrid HDCD CD PLayer

* Output voltage: 2.5V Continuous
* Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
* Dynamic Range: >100 dB
* Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >90 dB
* Power Consumption: 25 Watts
* Channel separation: >90 dB
* Dimensions: 17″ wide, 5.3″ high, 14.5″ deep

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