Capitole 24/192 CD Player MKII – When CD is Competing with SACD and DVD-A


The Capitole CD Player 24/192 has been designed with the idea that it will equal the new digital formats performance.

First, Audio Aero selected the high-end CDPRO2 laser mechanism from Philips for it’s excellent playback performance, long lifetime, low play noise and long product life cycle.

Supported by a specific aluminium suspension, it’s excellent readability allows it to recover the maximum data from CDS.

Then, they included the state-of-the-art in digital processing : Their exclusive STARS ® process (Solution for Time Abstraction Re Sampling).  A combination of very high speed 192 kHz RE-sampling (a new jitter free clock is created), 24 bit re-quantization and signal enhancement techniques (extraction of “hidden” information from 16 bit data, improvement of dynamic, precision, soundstage and details), developed for Audio Aero by Swiss company Anagram Technologies SA.

The core of the system is a 32 bit SHARC DSP which, by performing hundreds of millions of calculations per second, rebuilds a high precision 24/192kHz signal, independent from the input clock, keeping total dynamic range in all stages. Then, after a 1024 times up-sampling on demand, D/A conversion is performed at 6.144MHz by a high performance 24 bit / 192 kHz DAC.

The analogue output stage features sub-miniature tubes and high precision buffer with built-in high quality volume control for a perfect match between high-tech digital treatment and musicality.


Typical audio performance :

Frequency range (with 16/44.1 input signal) : 7 Hz – 20 kHz (- 1dB)
Frequency range (with 24/96 input signal) : 3 Hz – 48 kHz (- 1dB)
Output voltage : up to 5.0 V RMS
Output impedance : 100 ohms
Signal to noise ratio : 125dB
Total harmonic distortion : < 0,3 %

Power supply :

100 / 120 / 230 / 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz selected at factory.
Power consumption : 30W

Technology :

Philips CDPRO2 mechanism for audio CD, CDR and CDRW suspended on aluminum / rubber subchassis
Exclusive STARS ® process for 24 bit / 192 kHz re-sampling using SHARC DSP 32 bit floating point
Supported wordwidth (digital input): 16, 18, 20 and 24 bit
Supported sampling frequencies (digital input) : 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Analog Devices AD1853JRS 24 bit / 192 kHz Digital to Analog converter
High quality IC analog attenuator
Balance control
6021W subminiature tube output stage and high quality buffer

General :

Analog outputs : single-ended RCA and professional line driver XLR
Digital inputs : BNC, RCA, AES/EBU, AT&T and TOSLINK
Digital output: inside player or any of the digital inputs by a BNC plug
Chassis : 15/10 steel
Lid : 20/10 brushed aluminum
Delivered with Black Diamond Racing Pyramid Cones
Weight : 15kg. / 32.6 lbs.
Dimensions (W x L x H) : 452 x 450 x 120 mm / 17.82 x 17.72 x 4.72 inches