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The DP-55 represents another breakthrough in the
evolution of the integrated-type CD player. While
incorporating a wealth of sophisticated Accuphase
technology originally developed for top-of-the-line
separate-type CD players, the DP-55 is an ama<
zingly affordable single-enclosure model that can
also serve as a digital processor.

The processor section uses the MMB principle to
achieve outstanding conversion precision. Three
specially selected 20-bit D/A converters are oper-
ating in parallel, resulting in excellent linearity, minl~
mum THD, wide dynamic range, and impeccable
signal-to-noise ratio, Since the DP-55 provides
access to the internal converter via a set of digital
inputs. its top«|evel
sound quality and
performance poten-
tial can be tapped
also by external com-
ponents capable of supplying a digital signal. What's
more, the DP-55 also provides a set of digital out-
puts, allowing connection of digital recorders such
as DAT or MD units, for direct digital recording of
supreme quality.

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The CD transport section uses fully digital circuitry
forcontrol of all actuators and mechanical functions,
This allows optimization of servo parameters for
each individual disc as it is being played, resulting
in stable operation and a drastic reduction of read-
out errors. The laser pickup is an ultra-compact type
with integrated FiF amplifier. and all actuators are
driven by balanced circuits which do not conduct
any current to the ground line. A tray lock feature
firmly secures the tray during playback. and the
entire CD mechanism is mounted on a metal chas-
sis of high rigidity, designed to minimize any vibra-
tions that may arise during playback. In this way,
the DP-55 covers every electrical as well as me-
chanical aspect to assure highly precise readout of
the digital signal. A digital level control and balanced
output circuitry are further advantages for optimum

[Digital Processor Section]

MMB Type D/A Convener Yields 20-bit Linearity
and Minimizes Noise

The D/A converter uses the astounding MMB (Mul-
tiple Multi-Bit) principle which delivers topvnotch
performance and sound quality. In the DP-55. three
strictly selected 20-bit D/A converters are opera-
ting in parallel. This approach yields a dramatic im-
provement in every important performance aspect.

As can be seen from the illustration, the high-speed
output of an 8-times oversampling digital filter is
connected in parallel to the individual converters.
immediately after D/A conversion, the output of the
converters is combined while still in high»speed
form. Thus, rather than simply linking the converter

Single-enclosure CD player with ultra-precise MMB D/A converter
allows independent use of high-performance processor section with
superb sound. Digital inputs/outputs allow coaxial and optical con-
nections. Fully digital control of CD mechanism achieves optimi-
zation of servo parameters in real time. Noise-free analog output
with totally balanced configuration.


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elements in parallel, the MMB circuit drives each
converter separately, so that it can develop its full
potential. Special attention was paid to phase res-
ponse at high frequencies. Parts selection, layout
and wiring patterns were optimized to achieve per-
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which sets new standards regarding linearity and
absence of distortion and noise.

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the fact that it improves performance regardless of
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Linearity (digital Input vs. analog output)

maintains excellent linearity even at extremely low
levels that present insurmountable problems for
conventional converter designs. The audible advan-
tages are immediately apparent as more precise

localization of sound sources and a heightened
sense of space and ambience. As illustrated by the
performance chart. linearity of digital input vs ana-
log output is maintained from the highest signal level
down to levels as low as -110 dB.

Coaxial and Optical Digital input

To allow use of the DP-55 as a high-quality digital
processor. aset of digital inputs is provided for com-
ponents that can supply a
digital signal, such as another
CD transport unit, DAT
recorder. MiniDisc recorder
etc. For utmost flexibility, the
input can handle both optical
and coaxial connections.
Since internal processing of
audio data is carried out entirely in 24-bit format,
upgrading for future standards is also possible.


Two Digital Outputs Allow Direct Digital

The DP-55 provides a coaxial and an optical out-
put connector which let the
user supply the signal in digi-
tal form to a digital recorder
such as a DAT, MD. or CD-Fi
unit, The outputs carry not
only the signal from the CD,
but also the signal from com-
ponents connected to the
digital input, allowing direct digital recording with
unprecedented flexibility.


Jitter-Free Higthertormance Digital

Demodulation of the digital signal is carried out by
a CSB412 chip (made by Crystal Semiconductor).
This device not only has extremely low inherent
jitter, it also is capable of absorbing any jitter com-
ponents contained in the input signal. Since the chip

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can handle digital signals up to a width of 24 bits,
the advantages of the MMB principle can be rea-
lized with any type of program source.

ZO-Bit. 8-Times Oversampling Digital Filter

The purpose of a digital filter is to multiply the samp-
ling frequency by an integer. thereby moving any
spurious noise components far outside the audible