Audio Research - CD6 CD Player-DAC

Audio Research


  • Audio Research - CD6 CD Player-DAC
  • Audio Research - CD6 CD Player-DAC

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The CD6 from Audio Research is a combination of a super high-resolution CD player and Digital-to-Analog converter all in one compact chassis. It is a perfect fit for modern music playback and will optimise almost any digital format with spectacular results.

The CD6 offers disc playback via the Philips Pro2 transport plus four digital inputs:

  • Asynchronous USB;
  • Coaxial RCA; and
  • Two toslink.

Benefitting from what Audio Research has learned in the development of the REF DAC and CD9, the CD6 utilizes quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode, with dual master oscillators for highest performance; one for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates. Sample rate conversion is selectable for all inputs, allowing playback in native resolution or via upsampling, including compact disc and USB. Additionally, there is a selectable digital filter offering fast or slow rolloff. In addition to the digital inputs, the back panel includes two digital outputs (AES/EBU and BNC), and single-ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs.


How does the CD6 sound…?

The top end is extended, airy and pure, while bass definition and impact are precise and powerful. The recording venues are lifelike, broad and expansive or close-up and intimate, depending on what was captured by the engineer. Like great analog, listening to music through the CD6 draws you into the performance, not just the notes, with resolution and transparency that are in service of the music. Experience your music in High Definition with the Audio Research CD6.

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