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 its excellent playback performance, long lifetime, low play noise and long product life cycle.

Supported by a specific aluminum 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 the 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 analog 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 sub chassis
Exclusive STARS ® process for 24 bit / 192 kHz re-sampling using SHARC DSP 32 bit floating point
Supported word width (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