A new design implementations from Esoteric
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 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.
VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” transport mechanism
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 and by correcting the “wobbling effect” of the disc during rotation. The disc tray loader is provided with a shutter mechanism to further reduce vibration, exterior resonance and airborne particles from entering the system.
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, three-phase brushless spindle motor; thread feed control (Which evolved from the concept of the P-0 series); and an optical pick up a with sliding-shaft structure that assures that the laser beam is always irradiated at right angles to the disc.
Spindle servo driver circuit “VS-DD”
The P-02 has adopted a new discrete amplifier circuit called “VS-DD (VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver)” for driving the spindle motor, which forms the core of the VRDS-NEO mechanism. A dedicated toroidal core power supply unit optimizes power supply output to the motors, achieving both a very smooth and highly precise servo control and spindle drive operation. Furthermore, a dedicated, separate power supply is used for high-power consuming spindle motors to improve the stability of digital audio circuits and to further isolate any potential for noise.
Abundant use of high-grade components in design
Esoteric has made maximum use of high-grade components for the internal construction of the P-02 and D-02. A total of eight independent Esoteric toroidal core power supply units are installed in the combined system to supply clean and stable power to each circuit. The inside of the chassis has our double-deck structure that is partitioned into 5 sections. Each circuit block is assembled in a dedicated compartment and placed three-dimensionally in order to minimize interference between circuits. A 3D optimized chassis construction also has been adopted to establish the shortest signal paths. The exterior is constructed using thick aluminum material whereas the bottom chassis is made of 5mm-thick steel. The bottom chassis is supported at four points with Esoteric-original pinpoint feet (patent No. 4075477). This four-point system effectively suppresses vibration, reduces resonance and assures extremely high rigidity.
New ES-LINK3 that enables broadband transmission
The P-02 supports for Esoteric’s original transmission format “ES-LINK3” and can perform a maximum 48-bit/176.4kHz broadband PCM digital transmission using two XLR cables. The D-02 also supports for “Dual AES 8Fs” standard (maximum 24-bit/352.8kHz). These models can perform conventional Direct Stream Digital (DSD) transmission and direct DSD-to-analog conversion processing for Super Audio CD (SACD) playback.
New dimensional isolated clock technology
The quality of music signals is impaired by jitter which is caused by the distortion of waveforms between the reference clock and signal data. The clock circuit, which supplies highly accurate reference clock signals to a digital circuit, is an extremely important component that can be considered to be the core unit for a digital player. The P-02 and D-02 adopt an isolated clock technology that completely isolates the clock circuit from other circuit blocks. The clock module assembled in both the P-02 and D-02, has been developed with an ingenious design to achieve the same quality as an external master clock generator available as a single unit. The clock module is equipped with a dedicated toroidal core power supply transformer and a power supply stabilizing circuit. The ground of the clock module is also isolated from other circuits. As a result, this module can supply pure clock signals to the system by completely minimizing the occurrence of random jitter that results from power voltage or ground voltage fluctuations.
Esoteric’s clock module adopts a Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillator (VCXO) assembled with a large crystal element that is carefully selected from the aspect of sound quality. The P-02 transport and D-02 D/A converter are equipped with two VCXOs each in accordance with the frequencies to be processed. This VCXO system has demonstrated a high accuracy of +/-0.5ppm at the factory prior to shipment. Additional special care for sound quality is given to the connection between the built-in clock module and DAC module of D-02: they are hard-wired using coaxial cable. This cable uses a gold-plated SMA connector developed for high-frequency transmission, and keeps transmission losses of the audio clock to an absolute minimum, which is critical for improving sound quality.
Direct master clock LINK without PLL
The WORD sync function, which is one of the core technologies from Esoteric, synchronizes playback with the transport and D/A converter using an external WORD clock and effectively reduces jitter. The P-02 and D-02 have introduced a completely new system for WORD sync. This new system is called the “Direct master clock LINK without Phase-Locked Loop (PLL)” and it directly supplies the master clock to the P-02.
This master clock is a digital audio output reference clock (22.5792MHz) generated within the high-accuracy clock module of the D-02. The system also uses this master clock as the clock of the digital output circuit without passing through the PLL circuit in the P-02. Since this system does not pass through unnecessary or complicated circuits, it enables pure and direct clock processing and contributes to achieving a clear and accurate sound image localization and ultra clear sound quality.
Support for 10MHz master clock input and other wide-ranging clock connection options
The P-02 and D-02 can be connected to a conventional external WORD clock (44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, and 176.4kHz) in order to use a WORD sync function to synchronize playback. They also can be connected to a high-precision rubidium master clock generator such as the G-0Rb rubidium master clock. Furthermore, both the P-02 and D-02 are equipped with a 10MHz master clock input jack for connecting a 10MHz-output external clock system. In other words, you can connect the units to a wide variety of optional external clock generators for upgrading incrementally to a higher quality Esoteric sound system.
Various digital output terminals
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.
Blue illumination adds a striking appearance to the sharp display
The front panel is provided with an indicator lamp that lights up when a disc is inserted in the unit. The striking blue illumination, matches the design surrounding the elegant and sharp display, making the high-precision operations of the tray and electronic shutter mechanism more attractive.
Luxurious remote control included
Aluminum body and leather-finish remote control as standard features.