ESOTERIC P-02X CD/SACD Transport
New Supremacy Transcending Tradition
Esoteric’s digital players carry on an established lineage of high-end audio,
compressing world-leading Grandioso technology into a two-chassis configuration that establishes an unshakable identity.
In 1987, the P-1/D-1 demonstrated the superiority of VRDS at the dawn of the CD revolution.
In 2001, the P-70/D-70 proved the concept that higher sound quality can be extracted from more refined CD formats.
In 2005, the P-03/D-03 introduced support for SACD and DSD DAC, giving vibrant life to the most atmospheric nuances of music.
In 2011, the P-02/D-02 generated a fusion of tradition and innovation,
winning acclaim and numerous awards for the pair’s rich musical expression.
Now, the P-02X/D-02X reestablishes the supremacy of the two-chassis digital player configuration.
Joining together ultimate engineering with the exacting craftsmanship of
Esoteric’s Tokyo factory, and incorporating the finest Grandioso P1/D1 technology, this new premium product line gives birth to even greater heights of musical expression.
In the Footsteps of Esoteric’s Most Advanced Grandioso Technology
Both the P-02X and D-02X have been newly equipped with Esoteric’s state-of-the-art ES-LINK4, which provides high-accuracy digital transmission of both DSD and ultra-wideband 352.8kHz/48-bit PCM by way of its HDMI cable connections. A core feature of the Grandioso P1/D1 digital source system, and developed in line with Esoteric’s ‘Pure D/A’ concept, ES-LINK4 performs the major portion of digital signal processing on the transmission side to significantly reduce the processing load on the D/A converter in pursuit of the ultimate in sound quality.
The Expressive Power of 36-Bit D/A Processing
Like the Grandioso D1, the D-02X utilizes a 36-bit D/A processing algorithm to convert the PCM signal to analog. This 36-bit encoding provides an astounding level of digital resolution that is fully 4,096 times that of 24-bit encoding, and double that of the 35-bit model on which it is based. Taking advantage of the delicate tone realized by this high-bit data minimizes calculation errors for outstanding expression of even the most subtle musical signals.
New Dimensions in Isolated Clock Technology
Widely considered to be the core of any high-end digital player, the clock circuit provides a high-accuracy reference signal for digital circuitry. The clock circuits featured in the P-02X and D-02X are completely isolated from all other circuits, including power source and ground, enabling a pure clock signal to be supplied to the system. The clock’s voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) was specially developed for Esoteric’s Grandioso line in a joint effort with Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK), one of the world’s premier manufacturers of crystal oscillators, for a high-precision custom clock worthy of the world’s finest audio equipment. Its extremely low levels of phase noise combine with a large-scale crystal element to ensure exceptional sound reproduction quality.
High-Accuracy Clock Synchronization
A BNC cable connects the D-02X to the P-02X to provide a master clock sync signal for synchronized playback with minimized jitter. Esoteric’s proprietary Direct Master Clock LINK* synchronizes the two units while eliminating the need for Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), enabling clear and accurate stereo imaging and crisp sound quality. The system can be further upgraded with the addition of an optional high-accuracy G-01 Rubidium Master Clock Generator, and supports a wide range of frequencies including master clocks (22MHz/10MHz) and word clocks (44.1kHz/88.2kHz/176.4kHz).*DMCL (Direct Master Clock LINK)
DMCL links the D-02X to the P-02X with a 22.5792MHz reference clock signal that causes the two units to function as a single integrated device. Compared to normal ‘sync’ systems, which generally require PLL (Phase Lock Loop) processing of the transmitted clock signal, DMCL provides simpler and more direct clocking between multiple devices.
Every component of the new P-02X Super Audio CD Transport has been thoroughly upgraded from its previous generation to realize a premium device featuring the ultimate in mechanical, power supply and circuit designs.Virtually every component of the new P-02X, save its drive mechanism drive circuit and VS-DD spindle servo, has been thoroughly revised and upgraded from its P-02 base model with the goal of squeezing the Grandioso P1’s dual-chassis configuration into a single unit without compromise. Its highly regarded VRDS-NEO transport mechanism employs the same bearing design as the P1, and integrates condensed versions of the P1’s digital and clock circuitry.
P1 technology also features in the P-02X’s exceptional power supply circuitry, which is equipped with a total of four toroidal transformers providing power to the VS-DD, transport drive circuit, digital output circuitry and clock circuit. Like the P1, these circuits ensure a cleaner and more stable supply of DC power. On the operating side, the introduction of ES-LINK4 provides a wider band of digital transmission, while its advanced clock circuit achieves higher accuracy for higher sound quality.
Highly Refined VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S Transport
Esoteric is justifiably proud of its advanced VRDS-NEO transport, which achieves significant improvements in reading accuracy with its highprecision turntable, optimized for both CDs and Super Audio CDs, and mechanical correction of disc surface irregularities. The P-02X’s new VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S transport features a highly refined drive circuit design. The spindle shaft bearing assembly is supported by a pair of specially selected high-precision steel ball bearings, while its duralumin turntable, machined to micron-level accuracy, and 20mm-thick steel turntable bridge weigh a total of 5.2kg (12kg if the chassis’ rigid steel base is included). Inherited from Esoteric’s legendary P-0 CD transport, the P-02X’s coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor is driven by a high magnetic flux density magnet and utilizes thread feed control for its sliding shaft pickup to maintain the laser beam at a precise right angle to the disc. These features combine with a whisper-quiet tray shutter mechanism* to ensure the ultimate in precision and accuracy.*The shutter automatically closes and locks itself into the front panel when the tray is in its stored position, shielding it from the effects of external sound pressure and vibration, etc., on sound quality.
VS-DD* Spindle Servo Driver
The P-02X’s dedicated VS-DD spindle servo driver provides power to the spindle motor that lies at the core of the VRDS-NEO mechanism. Its three-channel discrete amplifier circuit optimizes the waveform of the current supplied to the motor, suppressing vibration, and enabling smooth spindle drive operation and highly precise servo control. Its dedicated toroidal power supply further improves noise isolation.*VS-DD = VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver
A Massive Investment in Materials, Inside and Out
The interior of the chassis features a double-deck structure and optimized 3D chassis construction that allows all circuit blocks to be connected with the shortest signal path possible. Its exterior case is formed from thick aluminum panels, and its 5mm-thick steel bottom plate is supported at four points on Esoteric’s exclusive pinpoint feet. Vibration transmission has also been effectively minimized by the high-precision laser slot processing used in manufacture of its rigid base.
A Selection of Digital Outputs
The P-02X’s digital outputs are conveyed through three types of connectors (2 ES-LINK, 2 XLR & 1 coaxial), including new dedicated ES-LINK4 HDMI ports and dual XLR connectors that maintain compatibility with earlier versions of ES-LINK.
Organic EL Displays
Both units feature smooth-operating, low-consumption electroluminescent (EL) displays that are eminently suited to such state-of-the-art components.
High-Quality Remote Control With a Luxurious Feel
The P-02X’s RC1315 Remote Controller is constructed from a thick panel of solid aluminum. The brushed finish on its control panel matches that of the unit’s front panel and offers a luxurious feel of the highest quality.