Impression II High-End CD Player by Grant Fidelity

This is probably for you who have got a pile of money to spend. Impression II is a great high-end CD player or it’s also known as Grant Fidelity Reference Tube CD-1000 player. Note that the gadget is a CD player, not DVD or even Blu-ray. :)


Grant Fidelity Reference Tube CD-1000 CD Player Features:

  • Completely separated left and right channel with 2x BB PCM1794 D/A converting IC chip and 10x OPA2604 / OPA 604 for IV converting and low pass filtering
  • Sanyo DA11VZ CD drive and Nikon high grade capacitors as key components
  • TOSHIBA-TA2125AF, TOSHIBA-2157F, TOSHIBA-TC94A14F as servo system
  • 1 set of Vacuum tube (EH 6922) unbalanced output, 1 set of transistor unbalanced output, plus 1 set of transistor fully balanced output at your choice
  • Other outputs includes digital coaxial, optical, AES/EBU and tube (EL84) headphone output
  • Defeatable up-sampling with 3 optional frequencies: 44.1 kHz/16 bit, 96 kHz/24 bit and 192 kHz/24 bit
  • Anti-vibration isolated aluminum chassis for 5 key components
  • Manual top loading and remote control

The design is probably the best I’ve seen so far. Most of the part was brushed with aluminum, with all of the main sections allocated to the corners forming a pillar-like castle design. The main sections I was mentioning just now is the power supply to the tube system, the solid statd circuit, tube analog output and tube headphone amp. All of them are wrap with aluminum chassis in a harmonic ways.


In the middle you will find the CD drive, while you can get access to all of the ports from the rear side. Grant Fidelity Reference Tube CD-1000 Player will cost you $3,200 a pop with 1 year parts and labor limited warranty (90 days for the tubes) and you can add stainless steel finish if you are willing to add another $380.

[Grant Fidelity via Bornrich]

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