Esoteric Grandioso D1 Mono Block D/A Converter

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To create a moving, once-in-a-lifetime connection between music and a listener, the vitality of the music needs to be conveyed in its purest form, without stress. That is the ultimate mission of top-quality audio. ESOTERIC's P1 and D1 digital source systems combine remarkable new technologies such as ES-LINK4 and 36-bit D/A processing. It's easy to see why these new flagship models are called Grandioso, Italian for "magnificent" or "majestic".
ESOTERIC has developed an original, state-of-the-art transmission format called ES-LINK4, which allows DSD and 352.8kHz/48bit PCM ultrawideband digital transmission using an HDMI cable. ES-LINK4 performs a large part of the digital signal processing on the sending side, greatly reducing the digital signal processing load on the D/A converter. In addition to ultra-wide bandwidth, we sought high sound quality through our "Pure D/A" concept, in which the D/A converter specializes in its original function of D/A conversion processing.
The D1 applies a 36-bit D/A processing algorithm that converts PCM signals to analogue signals at a high resolution of 36 bits by combining several 32-bit DAC devices. The tone of the high-bit data is used for faithful analogue conversion. The resolution of 32-bit encoding is 256 times higher than that of 24-bit encoding, and 36-bit encoding gives an amazing resolution level that is another 16 times higher – a total of 4,096 times higher than the resolution of 24-bit encoding. Producing even finer bit tones minimizes operational error for outstanding expression of even subtle music signals.
The clock circuit, which supplies highly accurate reference clock signals to a digital circuit, can be considered the core unit of a digital player. The clock circuit of the D1 is completely independent of other circuits, including its power source and ground, enabling pure clock signals to be supplied to the system. The voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) was developed especially for the D1 in a joint effort with Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK), a major manufacturer of crystal oscillators. For a high-precision custom clock device worthy of leading models, high sound quality playback is provided thanks to an extremely low level of phase noise and a crystal element that is even larger than before.
The D1 follows the monaural configuration of the D-01, which we introduced in 2004 as the world’s first monaural D/A converter. The D-01 was developed with the goal of attaining the highest level of channel separation and the ideal power supply to each channel. In the new D1, we have introduced the latest technology and further enhanced the design. The right and left channels can now be link-connected with a single HDMI cable (provided), and easy input from external source devices is possible. With the D1, you can enjoy a world of incredible stereo with the rich stereo image and sonic depth that is only possible with a monaural configuration.
Aiming for the pinnacle of sound quality, we have incorporated the AK4495S, a state-of-the-art 32-bit DAC device developed by Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation. Sixteen circuits per channel are provided to achieve phenomenal linearity and low noise. In addition to direct processing of the DSD signal, a new 36-bit D/A processing algorithm has been adopted for analog conversion of the PCM signal at 36-bit resolution. The result is fine, smooth sound quality as along with high resolution.
A high-speed current transmission capability is the most important factor of an analog output circuit for transmitting a wide dynamic range of music signals downstream without deficiencies. For the ultimate performance as a line driver, the output buffer amplifier circuit of the D1 makes extensive use of materials and is configured with its own board separate from the D/A converter. The current output capability is high, and the high-performance elements adopted for the slew rate, which indicates response speed, boast the incredibly high speed of 2000V/μs. The ability to supply instant current is maximized with an extravagant buffer circuit configuration utilizing one circuit for RCA output and one circuit each for hot and cold connections for XLR output. With the ESOTERIC-HCLD, the D1 reproduces the dynamism of music with breathtaking reality.
All analogue circuits (DAC circuit analog portion, HCLD buffer circuit, etc.) are electrically separate from the digital circuits. This further enhances the clarity of sound quality by preventing the intrusion of digital noise.
Two large toroidal power supply units are installed for the digital and analog circuits, enabling high-efficiency and high-power drive operation in addition to low noise and low distortion. Stable and clean power is supplied to each circuit block by strong power supply circuits incorporating multiple large capacitors.
To enable connection to an extensive range of devices, the D1 is equipped with wide-ranging digital inputs of seven types and eight channels (ES-LINK x 1, XLR x 1, iLINK 4p/6p x 1, USB x 1, coaxial x 2, optical x 1), and can be used for high-sampling-rate sources of up to 24-bit/192kHz. In addition, XLR x 2 supports high-sampling-rate/high-bit inputs of 48-bit/192kHz (ES-LINK3) and 24-bit/384 kHz (Dual AES 8Fs).
Technical Specifications:
Digital Audio Input:
  • ES-LINK terminal - 1 system
  • Input signal format - Linear PCM (ES-LINK4 format) / 352.8KHz / 384 kHz 48 bits / DSD (ES-LINK4 format)
  • XLR terminal - 1 system
  • Input level - 5.0Vp-p
  • Input impedance - 110 Ohms
  • Input signal format DUAL connection - 32 ~ 384kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit / linear PCM (DUAL AES format) / 32 ~ 192 kHz 48 bits (ES-LINK3 format) / DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
  • Input signal format SINGLE connection - 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit / linear PCM (AES / EBU format) / DSD (ES-LINK1, ES-LINK2 format)
  • RCA jacks - Two lines
  • Input level - 0.5Vp-p
  • Input impedance - 75 Ohms
  • Input signal format - 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit / linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
  • Optical digital terminal - 1 system
  • Input level - -24.0 ~ -14.5dBm Peak
  • Input signal format - 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit / linear PCM (IEC60958 format)
  • i.LINK (AUDIO) terminal - (6-pin, 4-pin) S400 2 system
  • Input signal format - 32 ~ 192kHz, 16bit ~ 24bit / linear PCM / DSD
  • USB terminal - 1 system (B terminal)
  • Input signal format - Linear PCM 32 ~ 384 kHz, 16-bit 32-bit ~ / DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6 MHz
Clock Output
  • Terminal - BNC connector × 1
  • Output level - TTL level equivalent (75 Ohms load)
  • Output frequency - The same frequency as 44.1,88.2,176.4,48,96,192kHz, 22.5792,24.576MHz, and the input
  • (through output setting)
  • Output frequency accuracy - ± 0.5ppm (factory)
Clock Input:
  • Terminal - BNC terminal × 2 (WORD IN, 10MHz IN)
  • Input impedance - CLOCK IN: 75 Ohms / 10MHz IN: 50 Ohms
  • Input frequency - CLOCK IN: 44.1,88.2,176.4,48,96,192KHz & 22.5792,24.576MHz (± 10 ppm) / 10MHz IN: 10MHz (± 10ppm)
  • Input level - CLOCK IN: TTL level equivalent / 10MHz IN: 0.5 ~ 1.0Vrms sine wave
  • Power supply - AC 230V, 50Hz ; AC 120V, 60Hz ; AC 220V, 60Hz
  • Power consumption - 14W
  • External dimensions (W x H x D, including protrusions) - 445mm x 132mm x 448mm (17 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 17 5/8″)
  • Weight - approx. 24kg (53 lbs)
Included Accessories:
  • Power cord set x 1 / HDMI cable x 1 / Sheets felt x 4 / Owner’s manual x 1 / Warranty card x 1

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