The Vitus is a device that stands as an antidote to some of the latest crop of ultra high definition digital. So much of that stuff just drifts past me, as it’s so often drained of natural colour and with no sense of communication whatsoever. The Vitus sits squarely on the other side of the fence, offering certainly high – but not hyper– definition. I suspect we are caught up in a numbers’ game here; good audio should be about the quality of the sound, not simply the size of the file, but until someone hears just what good CD is cabable of on a player like the Vitus SCD-025, they may well be set on a mistaken course of thinking ‘higher resolution’ means ‘better sound’.
The Vitus Audio SCD-025 is endlessly detailed of course and has a speed and delivery of transients that is superb, but it also has a certain lightness of being, supported by a feeling of ever-shifting musical landscapes that moves the whole picture continuously and just pulls you in. It is multi-tiered in every possible way and has no predetermined view of what the music might ask it to do. As a music lover I have to applaud what Hans Ole and his team are achieving. I imagine that he thinks about music in very much the same way as I do. As a pure piece of audio design the SCD-025 is beautifully put together, but the the way that is so naturally brings digital music to life--whether from a CD or another digital source--is profoundly engaging. It is quite simply the best single-box CD player/DAC that I have heard to date. Not exactly cheap, but brilliant.
Type: DAC with CD transport.
Transport: Phillips CDPro2LF –heavily modified by Vitus Audio.
Digital Inputs: 1 x RCA, 1 x XLR, 1 x USB.
Analogue Outputs: 1 pair RCA, 1 pair XLR.
DAC: Anagram Tech AD11955.
Masterclock: Anagram Tech Timelock.
Sample rate/resolution: 384KHz/24bit
Output Volume: Yes, switchable through onboard menu.
Internal cabling: Vitus Andromeda.
Dimensions: 130x435x430 mm (HxWxD)
Available finishes: Silver or black.
Manufacturer: AVA Group A/S Vitus Audio.
UK Distributor: Kog Audio
Tel: +44(0)24 7722 0650