Audio Analogue AAdrive transport and AAdac digital converter

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Disc players,
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Audio Analogue AAdac,
Audio Analogue AAdrive

In truth, however, I was surprised at how good the Audio Analogue combination sounded, and I really shouldn’t be. I know what that Italian audio company is capable of, musically speaking, because it has shown itself to be a maker of fine components in the past. It can do to digital what it does so well to analogue shouldn’t be a surprise. However, the fact it does it so well, making this one of the go-to digital front-ends to beat at a price still comes as something of a surprise, in part because the AAdac, in particular, takes on an extremely contended market. And wins.

Finally, the AAdrive and AAdac combination taken together is worthy of note, as they too represent one of the best ways of making a good sound from CD for the high-end enthusiast without £50k to burn. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

AAdrive

Type: CD transport

Drive: TEAC

Digital outputs: Coaxial 75Ω/AES-EBU 110Ω

Dimensions (H×W×D): 10 × 22 × 39cm

Weight: 5.5kg

Price: £1,749

AAdac

Type: DAC with headphone amplifier

DAC type: ESS Sabre ES9038

Inputs: AES/EBU, S/PDIF (optical and 2× RCA), USB, Bluetooth aptX

Formats supported: PCM to 32bit/768kHz, native DSD (DoP) to 512

Filter options: seven settings

Outputs: RCA, XLR, headphone 6.35mm jack 

Output level: 2.9 µV (22 Hz ÷ 20 kHz)

Output level (A weighted): 2.1 µV

Output voltage – balanced(1kHz/0dB): 3.35 VRMS

Output voltage – unbalanced (1kHz/0dB): 3.35 VRMS

Dynamic range (A weighted): 124 dB

THD+N(1dB, 1kHz, FS = 48 kHz): -108 dB

Dimensions (HxWxD): 10x22x39cm

Weight: 5.5kg

Price: £3,499

Manufacturer: Audio Analogue

URL: Audioanalogue.com

UK distributor: Decent Audio

URL: decentaudio.co.uk

Tel:+44(0)5602 054669

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