Esoteric’s P-02 SACD/CD transport and D-02 system DAC, aim at the highest level of audio performance, which is only possible using separate audio components, based on the company’s basic product design concepts.
The P-02 is equipped with the Esoteric-original VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” transport mechanism. This mechanism enhances readout accuracy by using a high-precision turntable which corrects the “wobbling effect” of the disc during rotation. The disc tray loader is provided with a shutter mechanism to further reduce resonance and airborne particles from entering the transport.
The VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” transport mechanism uses a pair of ceramic ball bearings in the spindle shaft bearing assembly. The P-02 has adopted a duralumin turntable with micron-level accuracy and a 20mm-thick steel turntable bridge assembly to achieve a total weight of 5.2kg. The P-02 has a well proven mechanism, including a strong neodymium-magnet-driven, coreless, threephase brushless spindle motor, thread feed control, and a sliding shaft pickup that assures the laser beam is always precisely aligned at right angles to the disc.
The P-02 has adopted a discrete amplifier circuit called “VS-DD (VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver)” for driving the spindle motor. A dedicated toroidal core power supply unit stabilizes power current to the motor, achieving both a very smooth spindle rotation and highly precise servo control. Thanks to the isolated motor design, digital audio circuits are free from noise and from power supply fluctuation potentially caused by high current motor operation.
The P-02 transport is equipped with output terminals of three types and five channels (XLR x2, coaxial x1, iLINK 4p/6p x1 each), including an ES-LINK3 compliant dual XLR terminal for user connections to a wide range of external equipment.
The front panel is provided with a loading indicator lamp that illuminates in blue when a disc is inserted into the unit. The indicator lamps remains on during the loading process.
The P-02 and D-02 have incorporated a number of new technologies such as “ES-LINK3” and “35-bit D/A processing.” The P-02 and D-02 are new design implementations from Esoteric, which are totally dedicated to evolving the critical listening experience for music enthusiasts
The P-02 and D-02 can perform to a level for 48-bit/176.4kHz ultra-broadband PCM digital transmissions using the new “ES-LINK3” format from Esoteric. These models also have support for the “Dual AES 8Fs” standard, (Maximum 24-bit/352.8kHz).
This technology makes it possible to achieve both delicate and smooth sound quality with very high resolution by implementing even finer bit gradation, and offers a distinctive power of expression for extremely small audio signal levels.
A total of eight independent toroidal core power supply units are installed in the combined transport/DAC system to supply clean and stable power to each circuit.
The clocks circuits are assembled in modules that are completely isolated from the power supply, ground, and other circuit blocks. This newly developed clock module can provide the system with a pure clock output that is equivalent to (or that exceeds), single unit external master clock generators sold within the market.
A newly developed system called “Direct master clock LINK without Phase-Locked Loop (PLL)” can link the P-02 and D-02 via a 22.5792MHz master clock signal. This highly precise clocking capability makes it possible to use this new dimensional WORD sync function.
Both the P-02 and D-02 are equipped with a dedicated clock input for a 10MHz sine wave. As a result, they can be connected to many types of external master clock devices.
The P-02 and D-02 are equipped with i.LINK terminals so that they can be expanded to perform Super Audio CD multi-channel playback by integrating three D-02 units.