A8000 CD Player
The Pure Sound A8000 CD Player was
developed as a high quality source to be used with the Pure Sound range of amplifiers. It can also be used
in a wide range of other systems with great success.
A8000 is built around the SONY 213Q high precision mechanism, renowned for both its stability and reliability.
A proprietary 24 Bit 192KHz D/A converter handles the data stream, which, once converted, is filtered using OPA2604
Op amps. The powerful output stage comprises a pair of 6N3 double triodes. Signal coupling here is via MIT capacitors while
the output stage power supply utilises the German MCap capacitors.
The incoming mains supply is filtered by a choke regulated circuit which in turn feeds 8 separate regulated supplies
each of which uses Silmic and Rubycon capacitors. These deliver power independently to various parts of the player.
The A8000 offers the facility to vary the sampling
frequency between 44.1, 88.2 and 176.4 KHz. Each setting gives a slightly different presentation. The higher sampling frequency
offers a more spacious and refined sound whereas the 44.1 KHz setting gives slightly more impact and drive.
The substantially constructed chassis includes a
10mm anodised aluminium front panel, high quality gold plated RCA sockets for Left, Right and digital outputs.
The remote control is a sleek, anodised design machined
from solid aluminium.
CD Players using a valve output stage have an overly euphonic, almost ‘syrupy’ quality which compromises the reproduction
of detail and drive. The A8000 has no such obvious characteristic. However, it does reproduce instrument
timbre and dynamic range in a plausible way providing a lively and effortless presentation of music not dissimilar to that
which can be heard at a live concert.