High-End E-Series

MP 1000 E
MP 1000 E

The Multi Source Player

This is a unique device reflecting an ingenious design philosophy, as it combines the classic music source of CD with the ability to play digital music formats from a vast range of sources! Please note: the MP 1000 E is NOT a computer; it is a first-class audiophile CD player incorporating supplementary functions designed to enable other internal and external digital sources to exploit its outstanding converter. With this aim in mind we developed a mainboard which can process five different digital sources at superb quality and devoid of jitter; a new Streaming Client (SCL), which is a network-enabled processor board featuring WLAN, LAN and USB interfaces; a high-quality digital tuner; a High-End CD mechanism and a Digital Connecting Board fitted with five high-quality digital SP/DIF inputs, a computer USB input and an aptX® Bluetooth module. These features permit the MP 1000 E to access everything which delivers music: Internet radio with Airable Internet Radio Service; UPnP network music servers and USB memory media; FM, FM-HD and DAB+ radio; CDs and music from computers, laptops or other external sources via the SP/DIF inputs. HD Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices is also possible at superb quality.

The USB Device Mode input is intended for streaming music files from a computer, and we deliberately designed it to be of exceptionally high quality. It can process data rates up to 32-bit / 384 kHz for PCM and DSD 256 (12 MHz). The heart of the MP 1000 E is its double-mono differential converter (DAC) combined with audiophile high-bandwidth analogue output stages. It even possesses a sophisticated clock resynchronisation circuit to eliminate jitter and all forms of external interference. It is this combination which is responsible for the MP 1000 E’s incredibly natural, lively “analogue sound”, which is refreshingly different from many other digital players. As an option the MP 1000 E can be fitted with the VVM pre-amplifier module to provide volume control; this may be necessary, for example, if you wish to use active loudspeakers with the machine.

Technology

We designed the MP 1000 E to continue the proud tradition of our legendary Disc Players, and it therefore ranks as a thoroughbred stereo CD player. For this reason it is vastly superior to any computer solution as far as audiophile requirements are concerned. The digital signals from the CD mechanism, the Streaming Client Board, the digital tuner, and the Digital Connecting Board with SP/DIF and USB inputs are converted into analogue signals in a fully symmetrical process by the highly sophisticated double-mono differential converter (DAC), which produces very high standards of quality. It is the core of the MP 1000 E, and even features a sophisticated clock resynchronisation circuit to eliminate jitter and all forms of external interference. The unit employs the latest 32-bit converters from Burr Brown (TI). These features make the MP 1000 E a High-End audio DAC for external sources as well as a High-End player for the integral sources! There are even two modes for the filter characteristics, allowing the user to fine-tune the converter to suit particular characteristics of the selected source. Downstream from the digital signal conversion a high-quality audiophile analogue output stage with high bandwidth (100 kHz) is responsible for further signal processing. This section is perfectly matched to the balanced and unbalanced outputs, and makes an important contribution to the machine’s superb overall sound quality.

The five High-RES digital inputs (coax at 192 kHz and optical at 96 kHz) can be used to enable external sources to be converted by the integral DAC to high quality levels; in this way other devices can exploit the extraordinary sound qualities of the MP 1000 E. The extremely high-class USB / DAC input is designed for streaming DSD or PCM music files from a PC at very high definition; up to PCM 384 or DSD 256 is possible. The machine also features input sockets for USB devices, LAN and a WLAN USB aerial. The MP 1000 E is supplied complete with the FM1000 system remote control handset, which can also be employed to control the PA 1000 E. All that is required to complete the “E-2 Link” data bus connection. The optional FD100 radio remote control handset can be used if a gateway is installed.
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PA 1000 E
PA 1000 E

The Integrated Amplifier

The core of the E-series is the PA 1000 E: an integrated amplifier bursting with power and superb sound. The unit was developed from the legendary Power Plant, whose outstanding sound we succeeded in improving further. The pre-amplifier is a crucial element in determining the sonic characteristics of the amplifier as a whole, and for this reason our development aim was absolute neutrality, superb musical fidelity and outstanding dynamic characteristics. The use of the latest op-amps (operational amplifiers) mounted on discrete, voltage-stabilised circuit boards (OAD = Op Amp Decoupling) ensures absolutely consistent signal processing regardless of load, i.e. uncoloured sound! Naturally there is a two-stage volume control based on a High-End ALPS precision potentiometer to ensure a high overload margin and good signal to noise ratios. A Flat switch is present, which entirely removes the sophisticated tone controls and Loudness function from the signal path. The PA 1000 E is equipped with high-quality balanced and unbalanced inputs. The balanced input section (XLR) is mounted on its own circuit board, is of fully symmetrical construction, and is coupled directly to the pre-amplifier via differential amplifiers of superb quality. The RCA and XLR inputs are flexible in operation, and can be assigned to different source devices. The input selector switches incorporate gold-contact relays of outstanding quality in order to guarantee freedom from harmonic distortion and background noise.

Technology

Basically our new E-series amplifiers are what are known as PWM output stages (PWM = Pulse Width Modulation), with a modulator of analogue construction. Our switching output stages have been developed entirely in-house, and are far removed from ready-made “off the shelf” integrated IC amplifiers; instead the output stages are of discrete construction, equipped with the very latest, ultra-fast MOSFET transistors and intelligent driver modules with high current capacity. The output stages feature analogue negative feedback, which smooths out the effect of voltage fluctuations in the mains power supply, thereby eliminating signal distortion induced by the power supply voltage; this is an otherwise unavoidable problem in pure “forward concept” circuit designs. However, the negative feedback is relatively weak and frequency-dependent (more pronounced in the bass, where large currents are present, and diminishing in the mid-range / treble). The result is a very controlled, open sound image which never tends towards harshness, characterized by perfectly contoured and well defined bass. The lively, musical nature of this design philosophy is unique.

Switched output stages – if correctly designed – can sound simply wonderful as well as generating tremendous power combined with significantly reduced losses and minimal waste heat. A particularly important factor in the circuit design is a power supply which is stable under load and capable of delivering high currents. This is necessary in order to deliver energy reliably to the output stages, and not collapse even when the power requirement and peak signals are very large. That is why the newly developed mains power supply features multiple stabilisation measures, the reservoir capacity of the output stages is high, and the high-performance toroidal transformer is isolated by a floating mount system. The overall result is that the amplifiers can effortlessly drive even power-hungry loudspeakers; after all, the PA 1000 E delivers peak currents of up to 50 Ampere.
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PA 1100 E
PA 1100 E

The Integrated Amplifier with DAC

All the sub-assemblies of the PA 1100 E are identical to those of the integrated amplifier PA 1000 E, and for this reason it shares exactly the same acoustic performance and characteristics. The sole difference lies in the inputs: one of the PA 1000 E’s symmetrical inputs has been replaced by a digital input board. This board operates completely autonomously from the rest of the machine, and separate voltages are fed to its digital and analogue sections. The board is fitted with its own micro-processor which assumes full control of the digital inputs, filters and converter. For this reason it has no influence of any kind on the analogue signal processing and sound qualities of the PA 1100 E. The high-quality Bluetooth® module provides music transfer from mobile devices at superb aptX™ quality.

Technology

The digital input board enables many digital sources to be connected directly at very high quality, using either coax or optical inputs. The USB-B input even makes it possible to play very high-resolution files from a PC or via Ethernet / USB bridges such as Roon or NAA, using data rates of up to 384 kSps for PCM and up to DSD 256. The high-quality Bluetooth module provides music transfer from mobile devices at superb aptX™ quality, and the BT player can be controlled using the AVRCP protocol.

A further option is the additional installation of an HDMI circuit board featuring two input and one output socket with Audio Return channel for the television set. Sound output is exclusively in stereo. The digital data are converted into analogue signals to very high standards of quality and resolution by the modern 32-bit converter. A further refinement for PCM data are two different oversampling algorithms: one of them a standard FIR filter, the other the Bezier oversampling developed by T+A, offering outstanding timing and transient handling. The PA 1100 E can either be controlled directly on the machine itself, or using the FM 11 remote control handset supplied with the machine in conjunction with the E 2000 IR receiver. The latter can be set up anywhere close to the PA 1100 E, and connected to the RC-In socket on the back panel.
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R 1000 E
R 1000 E

The Multi Source Receiver

This all-purpose device contains the genes of the superlative PA 1000 E and MP 1000 E separate devices. It is equipped with the very latest technologies and components, and certainly ranks as one of the most modern and innovative receivers available anywhere in the world. It combines classic analogue technology for the amplifier section with the latest digital circuit design for the internal sources. It also features a large number of extremely high-quality inputs for external analogue and digital sources, making it the perfect universal nerve center of a really modern, high-quality stereo system. It can cope with almost anything: you can connect a turntable (optional phono modules are available) or improve the sound of your television; connect a set-top box using an optical lead, or even stream music from a PC – there are no limits. What’s more, the R 1000 E caters for all formats, since its high-quality converter processes the audiophile DSD format as well as PCM files to very high standard. The outstanding feature of this superb device is that we have equipped it with every available modern source: a high-quality CD mechanism, an aptX® Bluetooth module, a high-performance digital tuner, the Digital Connecting Board for external sources and our new High Res Streaming Client Board. This simply means that the R 1000 E can access everything which delivers music: CD, FM, FM-HD and DAB+ radio; Internet radio with Airable Internet Radio Service; UPnP network music servers; USB memory media; laptops and PCs, music services and mobile devices with Bluetooth!

Technology

The R 1000 E was developed as a combination of the essential elements of two separate High-End units: the PA 1000 E and the MP 1000 E. Since the case is no larger, it inevitably has a slightly reduced array of sockets than the two separate units, and its output power is also a little lower. At present the R 1000 E is certainly the most powerful, best equipped and most modern receiver in its price class available anywhere in the world! Our development team designed an entirely new, superb-sounding pre-amplifier for the R 1000 E. It has many smart functions including balance, tone controls, variable Loudness, „Flat“ function and sub-sonic filter for use with satellite speakers and sub-woofers.

The outstanding 32-bit double-mono differential converter, the CD mechanism (without pushrods), the motherboard with Bluetooth module, the digital tuner and a new Streaming Client originate from the MP 1000 E. The R 1000 E also shares the same Digital Connecting Board for connecting external sources. The R 1000 E is also fitted with three high-quality analogue inputs (one of them upgradable as a phono input), a pre-amplifier output for connecting active loudspeakers or additional power amplifiers, two sub-woofer outputs and a Line output, which can be used for applications such as a radio transfer module. The output stages have been adopted from the PA 1000 E, with the same overall circuit design, albeit with slightly reduced power. The mains power supply and ancillary circuits are of the same design as those of the PA 1000 E. The optional high-quality phono modules for MM or MC pick-up systems are those of the PA 1000 E, and can be retro-fitted at any time.
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