Since the release of the éloquence 150i and 250i integrated amplifiers we've been working feverishly to bring you a transport – which not only matches the amplifiers aesthetically but also integrates seamlessly and complements their open and natural sound.
We're proud to say that a prototype of the éloquence Transport will be winging it's way to the US this coming Monday to make its presence felt at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 early next month.
Designed to provide the optimal digital interface to the internal digital to analogue converter (DAC) available for the 150i or 250i integrated amplifiers, the éloquence Transport delivers every subtle detail and nuance without falter while reinforcing the clean, natural and open signature of the DAC and amplifiers.
As you can see from the images, the éloquence Transport maintains the key styling cues and build-quality of the éloquence amplifiers. From the 18mm thick front panel machined from high-grade 6063-T5 aluminium anodised in a stunning titanium finish, to the articulate attention to detail at every edge and on every face of the casework – you can see that the Transport continues the world-class level of craftsmanship evident throughout the éloquence range.
Now on to the technical stuff – for some of you your eyes will be starting to glaze over at this point, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. One of the fundamental design objectives of the éloquence Transport was to provide a digital output true to the material on the disc. To achieve this, jitter has been kept to an absolute minimum, digital signal paths are as short and direct as possible, separate digital interface transmitters are used for the optical and coaxial outputs; and to keep a lid on induced jitter, common-mode noise and electromagnetic interference (EMI), and break ground loops, the coaxial output is coupled with arguably the world’s best digital audio transformer, Scientific Conversion’s SC947-02.
Here are a few of the key specifications:
Disc compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3-CD
Digital outputs: 1 x coaxial (BNC), 1 x optical (Toslink)
Output format: SPDIF
Output level: 0.6Vp-p
Sample frequency: 44.1kHz
Word length: 16-bit
We encourage you to offer your thoughts – both positive and negative. All constructive criticism is welcomed, and as any manufacturer will tell you, it’s very easy to focus on the end-goal and miss some (or all) of the big picture. We can’t guarantee that all suggestions will make it through to the end product, but we can tell you that they will most certainly be taken onboard. This way we design an improved product, and ultimately you end up with a superior user experience.