Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: Gold Note

Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player

Dual-function CD player and DAC with high-res audio
$5,999.00
$5,999.00

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Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player

Experience the Pinnacle of Audio Fidelity

Imagine a world where every note in your music collection is played back with such precision and clarity that it feels like the artist is performing right in front of you. The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player is not just a device; it's a gateway to that world. Crafted for audiophiles who demand nothing less than perfection, this exceptional CD player and DAC offers a luxurious auditory experience that is second to none.

Uncompromising Sound Quality

At the heart of the Gold Note CD-1000 MK II lies its impeccable audio specifications:

  • DAC Chip: The Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC chip is renowned for its superior sound quality, delivering an authentic and detailed audio experience.
  • Frequency Response: With a range of 20Hz-20kHz at +/-0.3dB, the CD-1000 MK II captures the full spectrum of sound, ensuring every frequency is represented with precision.
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): At a max of 0.001%, distortion is virtually non-existent, allowing for a pure and unaltered listening experience.
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: An impressive -128dB means that the music comes through with exceptional clarity, free from unwanted noise.
  • Dynamic Range: A dynamic range of 127dB ensures that from the softest whisper to the loudest crescendo, every dynamic shift is rendered with breathtaking accuracy.

Versatile Connectivity

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe offers a range of digital inputs and outputs to seamlessly integrate into your high-end audio system:

  • Digital Inputs: Connect your external sources through the USB Digital Input Interface with 24/192kHz resolution, S/PDIF Coaxial, or TOS-Optical.
  • Outputs: The player features both analogue outputs for Stereo unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR, as well as a Digital Output for S/PDIF Coax 75Ω, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of audio equipment.

Precision Engineering

The transport mechanism is the foundation of any CD player, and the Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe boasts one of the finest:

  • Mechanism: The custom-made Aluminium JPL-2800 Stream-Unlimited mechanism ensures a speed fluctuation of just 0.0001%, resulting in extraordinary stability and low jitter. It supports a variety of CD formats, including Red Book, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3.

Elegant Design and Build

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is not only a feast for the ears but also for the eyes. It features:

  • Custom-Made Aluminum CD Drawer: A testament to the player's exceptional build quality and attention to detail.
  • Finish Options: Choose from luxurious finishes in gold, black, or silver to complement your interior decor.
  • Physical Specifications: Measuring 430mm W x 135mm H x 375mm D and weighing 12 kg, it's a substantial piece that exudes quality.

Intuitive User Experience

Front panel controls are designed for ease of use, offering quick access to functions such as eject, play/pause, track skipping/scanning, stop, and standby. The O-Led 3D display provides clear and detailed information about the playback status, ensuring an effortless user experience.

Future-Proof Modular Design

The CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is a long-term investment in your audio enjoyment, thanks to its modular design:

  • Digital Volume Control: Allows for direct connection to a power amplifier, bypassing the need for a preamp and preserving signal purity.
  • Operational Circuits: A Dual-Mono configuration in the operational circuits provides a true stereo image and soundstage depth.
  • Power Supply: The GN Dual-Mono power supply with two encapsulated toroidal transformers guarantees a stable and clean electrical foundation for the audio circuits.

Smart Features for the Audiophile

With a host of smart features designed to enhance your listening experience, the Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is truly a state-of-the-art device:

  • Vibration Damping: Ensures that mechanical vibrations do not affect the sound quality, preserving the integrity of the audio signal.
  • Electromagnetic Interference Shielding: Protects the delicate audio signals from external noise, allowing for a serene and uninterrupted listening experience.

Dual-Functionality

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is not just a CD player; it also functions as a high-end DAC with USB input for high-resolution PCM files, making it a versatile addition to any audio system.

External Upgrades

For those seeking even greater performance, the CD-1000 MK II Deluxe offers the possibility of external upgrades, such as Class-A tube Output Stage Buffers and inductive power supplies, providing an easy path to elevate your audio experience even further.

Key Benefits Summarized

  • Exceptional Build Quality and Aesthetics: A product that looks as good as it sounds, with a robust and luxurious build.
  • Immersive and Detailed Sound: Experience your music with a level of detail and immersion that is truly exceptional.
  • Versatile Functionality: Use it as a standalone CD player or as a DAC with external digital sources.
  • Modular Design for Potential Upgrades: Enjoy the flexibility of upgrading components for an even more refined sound.
  • High-Quality Aluminum Transport Mechanism: Ensures stability and precision in CD playback.
  • Solid-State, Fully Balanced Output Stage: Delivers a powerful and balanced signal to your amplifier.

Let Dreamedia Design Your Ultimate Home Theater System

At Dreamedia, we understand the importance of a perfectly tailored home theater system. The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is just one piece of the puzzle. Our team of experts is available to help integrate this exquisite CD player into a larger system that meets your specific needs and preferences. With our help, you'll not only get the most out of this incredible device, but you'll also create an audio environment that's truly your own.

Embrace the Art of Listening

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is more than just a CD player—it's a statement of your commitment to the highest audio standards. With its unparalleled sound quality, stunning design, and versatile features, it represents the pinnacle of musical enjoyment. Allow yourself to be enveloped by the purest sound, and rediscover your music collection with the Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player.

Our Review

Introduction

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player stands as a testament to the enduring value of physical media in the age of streaming. With its meticulous engineering and versatile functionality, this high-end audio device is designed to satisfy audiophiles who demand pristine sound quality and robust build in their home audio setup.

Design and Build Quality

The CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is a striking piece of technology, available in finishes of gold, black, and silver, catering to different aesthetic preferences. The player's custom-made aluminum CD drawer not only adds a touch of elegance but also enhances the device's durability. Measuring 17 inches wide, 14.75 inches deep, and 5.3 inches high, the unit's dimensions make it a substantial yet manageable addition to any home theater setup.

The front panel is intuitively laid out with controls including eject, play/pause, track skipping/scanning, stop, and standby. This thoughtful placement ensures ease of use for the end-user, allowing them to navigate their music collection effortlessly.

Functionality and Performance

As a dual-function CD player and DAC with USB input, the Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe offers a versatile solution for music enthusiasts. It boasts an array of analog outputs (RCA, AES/EBU XLR, S/PDIF coax) and digital inputs (USB, S/PDIF Coaxial, TOS-Optical), making it a central hub for various audio sources.

The heart of its digital to analog conversion process is the revered Burr-Brown PCM1796 dual-mono DAC chip, known for its exceptional sound quality. The custom-made aluminum transport mechanism is engineered for stability and low jitter, ensuring the integrity of the audio signal.

Power delivery is handled by the GN Dual-Mono supply, with encapsulated toroidal transformers providing clean and consistent energy to the delicate audio circuits.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the CD-1000 MK II Deluxe is nothing short of immersive and detailed, thanks to its solid-state, fully balanced output stage. Listeners can expect a warm and expansive soundstage, with an articulate bass and clear mids. However, some may find a touch of stridency in the high-frequency information, which could be a point of consideration for those sensitive to treble response.

Features and Upgrades

The player's modular design is a significant advantage, allowing users to enhance their devices with external upgrades such as Class-A tube Output Stage Buffers and inductive power supplies. The O-Led 3D display adds a modern touch, offering clear visibility of the playback status and menu navigation.

Pros and Cons

Pros:
- The CD-1000 MK II Deluxe boasts exceptional build quality and a choice of attractive finishes.
- Its sound is immersive and rich in detail, enhancing the listening experience.
- The player's dual functionality as a CD player and DAC adds to its versatility.
- The modular design enables future upgrades, ensuring the longevity of the device.
- The high-quality transport mechanism is designed for optimal audio fidelity.

Cons:
- The device's inability to decode SACD, DVD-A disks, DSD, or MQA files may limit its appeal to enthusiasts of those formats.
- The potential for high-frequency stridency could be a concern for some users.
- Upgrades come at an additional cost, which might be prohibitive for some.

Value and Competition

In its price range, the CD-1000 MK II Deluxe competes with a number of high-end CD players and DACs. While it's positioned at a premium, its build quality, sound performance, and aesthetic appeal justify the investment for serious audiophiles. However, the additional cost for upgrades must be factored into the overall value proposition.

Final Thoughts

The Gold Note CD-1000 MK II Deluxe CD Player is a formidable contender in the high-fidelity audio market. Its combination of superb audio quality, elegant design, and upgradable features make it a compelling choice for those seeking an exceptional listening experience. While it may not cater to every digital format, its performance with standard CDs and high-resolution PCM files is exemplary. This player is sure to resonate with those who appreciate the finer nuances of home audio technology and are willing to invest in a device that stands the test of time.

Specifications

Audio Specifications

  • DAC Chip: Burr-Brown PCM1792A
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz @ +/-0.3dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.001% max
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: -128dB
  • Dynamic Range: 127dB

Digital Inputs

  • USB Digital Input Interface: 24/192kHz resolution
  • S/PDIF Coaxial: Yes
  • TOS-Optical: Yes

Outputs

  • Analogue Outputs: Stereo unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR
  • Digital Outputs: S/PDIF Coax 75Ω
  • Output Impedance: 50Ω
  • Line Output Level: RCA @ 2Vrms and balanced XLR @ 2Vrms

Mechanism

  • Transport Mechanism: Aluminium JPL-2800 Stream-Unlimited
  • Speed Fluctuation: 0.0001%
  • CD Formats: Red Book, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3

Power

  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Power Supply: 100-120V / 220-240V, 50/60Hz, Dual-Mono power supply

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 430mm W | 135mm H | 375mm D
  • Weight: 12 kg net, 16 kg boxed

Features

  • Integrated CD-Player and DAC: Yes
  • Modular Design: Yes
  • Digital Volume Control: Yes
  • Display: O-Led 3D
  • Output Stage: Solid-state, fully balanced
  • Operational Circuits: Dual-Mono configuration
  • Power Supply: GN Dual-Mono with two encapsulated toroidal transformers
  • Vibration Damping: Yes
  • Electromagnetic Interference Shielding: Yes
  • Finish Options: Black, Gold, Silver