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SCD 25 MK II

Signature Series

Using one of our favourite turntables with our Masterpiece MP-P201 phono stage as a reference point, the creation of the SCD-025 Mk.II was all about creating the very best analogue sound from a digital source. Simply put, we wanted to create a more ‘musical’ CD player than anything else available on the market.

What has transpired from our painstaking research and development is a component that exceeds expectation. Much more than just a CD player, with USB, AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs, the SCD-025 Mk.II can act as the digital source of truth in your setup.

We chose the Philips CD Pro 2 LF drive and stripped it back to its basic mechanical and electronic parts before rebuilding it to meet our requirements. This greatly reduces errors reading disc information and taking a burden off of the error correction system within the drive.

We use sample rate conversion to minimise jitter achieving a sample rate of 384kHz thanks to the Engineered Q8 sample rate converter module.

The analogue stage is taken directly from our amplifiers and special attention was paid to the PSU which is split into four separate supplies. One for the drive, one for the digital stage and two (left and right) for the analogue stage. This is immensely important in lowering the noise floor and producing our famed black backgrounds.

The SCD-025 Mk.II brings truly musical performance to the digital domain.

Color Options

INPUT

XLR ANALOGUE

Available: 2
Sensitivity: 2 & 8 VRMS
Impedance: 10KΩ

RCA ANALOGUE

Available: 2
Sensitivity: 2 & 8 VRMS
Impedance: 10kΩ

OUTPUT (EACH CH.)

XLR ANALOGUE

SPEAKER L

Available: 1 (L+R)
Impedance: 80Ω
Frequency response: +800kHz
Signal to noise ratio: >110dB @ 1kHz
THD + noise: <0.01%

RCA ANALOGUE

SPEAKER R

Available: 1 (L+R)
Impedance: 80Ω
Frequency response: +800kHz
Signal to noise ratio: >110dB @ 1kHz
THD + noise: <0.01%

DRIVE

Drive mechanism: Philips CD Pro 2LF (significantly modified by VA)

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Master clock: 24.576 MHz +/- 5 ppm
Sample rate converter: Engineered Q8
DAC: 2x AD1955 – mono mode

DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS

USB

Available: 1x USB B
Impedance:
Sample rate: 384kHz + DSD128
Resolution: 24bit

AES/EBU & S/PDIF

Available: 1x XLR & 1x RCA
Impedance: 75 / 110Ω
Sample rate: 192kHz
Resolution: 24bit

DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUT

Standard: 1x XLR (AES/EBU) / 1x RCA (S/PDIF)
Sample rate: 192kHz
Resolution: 24bit

POWER CONSUMPTION

Standby: <1W
Full Power: 20W

DIMENSIONS

Height: 135mm including feet
Width: 435mm
Depth: 428mm
Weight: 26kg