The CD Due is both a High end DAC and a CD player that has been developed though extensive listening sessions and meticulous R&D. It combines Unison Research’s high end sound quality with digital audio inputs to give a truly versatile solution to anyone wanting a powerful but simple to use system.
The Unico CD Due features USB, S/PDIF, AES/EBU and Toslink inputs supporting 24-bit/192kHz (24-bit/96kHz via the optical input). AptX Bluetooth is also included allowing for music playback from any compatible Smartphone, tablet or computer.
On the rear of the CD Due Coaxial S/PDIF, balanced AES/EBU and optical Toslink outputs are available as well as unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR.
The CD drive comprises of a sleek design encased in a thick metal shield isolating it from the rest of the circuitry while remaining aesthetically pleasing.
In true Unison Research fashion the output stage utilizes four ECC83 valves in the innovative Double Triode, pure class A differential totem-pole configuration (also found in the Unico 150 and Unico 90 Amplifiers). This reduces the possibility of noise from the power supply and gives the triode sound with the drive of a cathode follower.
With the use of an Apple lightning to USB connector (not included) you can plug your iPhone/iPod/iPad directly into the CD Due's DAC and play your hi-res music files straight from your device.
The new 128 x 64 graphic display utilizes white OLED technology giving excellent visibility in all lighting conditions and from all angles. The display will show all the information you need giving you the most important information in large text on the top line with any other information in smaller text on the bottom line. The display can be turned off using the ‘Display’ function on the CD Due’s remote allowing for listening without any illumination.
The Unico CD Due is available with a premium sand-blasted Silver fascia (black fascia available to special order).
- High-quality CD and DAC Player
- Back-lit OLED display for information feedback
- Intuitive user interface based around RC3 remote control
- 4 x ECC83 valve output stage
- ESS Sabre DAC
- aptX Bluetooth
- Connect iPad/iPod/iPhone directly via Lightning to USB cable (not included)
- Premium sand-blasted Silver finish or Black finish
Hi-Fi World, July 2016
|Reviewed By:||Martin Pipe|
EXCELLENT - Extremely Capable<
Comments of Note:
“Use is easy…”
“It also scores well on the sound quality front if my varied selection of tracks, stored in lossless form to minimise quality loss, is anything to go by. Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ Scream and Shout’ lost none of their urgency and pace and the track’s bassline bounced along nicely. Meanwhile, the saxophone part of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Chameleon’ was given a vividness that allowed it to stand out from the mix – yet without compromising the other elements.”
“…I was able to get this going with ease thanks to the thoroughness of Unison’s instructions…”
“A simple recording of a solo violin performance – Palen’s ‘Light in the fracture’ captured straight to DSD by Blue Coast Records – was bestowed with grace and liveliness. I got a sense of the San Francisco Grace Cathedral recording venue’s acoustic ambience and detailing, such that I could easily pick out the intricacies of the bow sliding on the strings.”
“First into the disc tray was Prince’s ‘Controversy’. The 1981 album’s title track, a blistering slice of funk, was here experienced with a low-end that was tight”
“…there’s a beguiling sound about the Unison Research that marks it out as a truly classy performer.”
“The Unison CD Due is an extremely capable player with an eminently enjoyable sound thanks to its combination of valves and solid-state. Add in a quality DAC and digital filter options and you get a very impressive package for the money.”
“Beautifully-made, well featured and capable of seducing your ears with a smooth and transparent yet detailed presentation. A refined performer.”
|Digital Interface:||128 x 64 White OLED Graphic Display|
|DAC:||ESS Sabre ES9018k2M with Jitter Eliminator|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio:||128dB (0dBFS, 1kHz, “A” weighted)|
|Output Stage:||Double Triode, Pure Class A differential Totem-pole
4x 12AX7/ECC83 Valves
|Power Consumption:||100W (max.)|
|Dimensions:||45 x 13 x 38cm|
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