HD PLAYER Model 2

The HD-Player Model 2 is a digital audio player meeting the highest demands concerning design, usability and sound quality.

The HD-Player Model 2 is designed as a fully integrated digital playback device, requiring nothing more than an amplifier and loudspeakers. The Player handles practically all digital formats available today – regardless whether from the internal hard drive or from an online streaming provider – at best-in-class sound quality. Controlling it is conveniently done via the display and keys on the front or via a mobile device, like a tablet or mobile phone.

The engineering effort is reflected in the implementation of only-the-best selected components as well as in the complex chassis construction dividing the whole unit in a number of separate compartments in order to minimize interference between the functional units or in the separate power supplies for each channel and each functional unit.

The digital/analogue converter alone utilizes 3 torodial transformers. The two dual-mono converter boards are completely galvanically isolated to maximize channel separation and signal-to-noise ratio. The selected R-2R NOS converter chips feature integrated I/V-conversion, so that no external output stage is required. Since eight chips are implemented per channel, they produce sufficient power to drive any downstream equipment, so that the signal path is kept to an absolute minimum. The D/A converter has a completely symmetrical layout and utilizes high-grade Lundahl transformers to generate an analogue RCA output.

The overall result of all this effort is a breathtakingly realistic and emotionally involving listening experience.

What the experts say

  • The renown online magazine ‘HiFi-Statement‘ has tested the HD-Player Model 2 in 04/2018 and expressed a “very strong recommendation”.

Summary: “… And now I am coming straight out with it: I almost fell off my chair hearing the first sounds: The music sounds so natural and realistic, with body and space and perfect timing, as I am only used to from my Platine Verdier but not from a digital device. The transparency of the presentation is equally impressive. What I am hearing here is absolutely first class.” … “Tonality, dynamics and spatial representation are first rate. At the same time, I am totally impressed with the way the sound breaks away from the speakers and just stands in my room.”

Verdict: “With its HD-Player Model 2, DAS has created a new device category: Server and DAC in one unit at the highest level of audio quality. As simple in operation as a CD player, but with all the convenience of a modern streamer.

You can find the full review here.

  • Germany’s largest HiFi magazine ‘Stereoplay’ has reviewed the Model 2 in its September 2018 issue and awarded it this month’s Stereoplay Highlight.

Evaluation: “You cannot wish for more from a digital music player. DAS’ Model 2 enchants with its stunning design, extremely high user convenience and absolute reliability. Musically, it plays precisely and transparently and – unusual for a digital player – highly emotionally. If you have missed the soul in modern digital music playback, you definitely should audition DAS’ Model 2.”

You can read the full review here: Sonderdruck Stereoplay 09/2018 (in German).

  • The digital specialists ‘HiFi EinsNull‘ have reviewed the upgraded Model 2 in their August 2019 issue.

Quotes: “Whoever finds modern music servers lacking in character, will have a lot of fun with the Model 2. The concept of the HD-Player perfectly marries classical and modern qualities and becomes the centre of a sophisticated hifi system.” … “The retro look of the HD-Player Model 2 is more than a design gimmick. Instead, the technically highly sophisticated server becomes a part of a serious hifi system.  Combining its design with fantastic sound quality and excellent user handling, DAS sets a new trend, which will hopefully be picked up and followed by many others.”

You can find the complete review here (in German).

  • There are two options for control: either via the keys on the front panel or via a remote device (tablet or mobile phone – Apple iOS or Android)*
  • 2 high-resolution displays: one for user control and one for VU-meters (the displays can be switched off)
  • Completely modular design for upgradability and future-proofing
  • 4 TB of internal storage capacity (stores approx. 11,000 CDs in FLAC format); limitlessly extendable with additional storage modules**
  • Integrated online streaming services: Qobuz, Tidal
  • Optional HDD- or SSD-drives for music file storage
  • SSD operating system and buffer storage drive for high-speed data processing
  • Support of all common audio file formats: Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Opus, APE, WavPack, MP2, MP3, ALAC, MP4/AAC, AIFF, MOD, Musepack, wave files, Dff, Dsf etc.
  • Playback of all PCM-formats with a bit depth of 16bit to 24bit and all sampling rats of 44.1kHz to 384.0kHz as well as all DSD-formats to 128x
  • Playback of DSD 64x and DSD 128x via PCM-conversion to 24bit /176.4kHz***
  • Gapless playback
  • Optional up-sampling to 176.4kHz respectively 192.0kHz
  • Optional loudness normalization via ReplayGain****
  • Optional software volume control
  • Non-oversampling DAC; dual mono layout with eight DACs per channel operating in full dual-differential mode; no digital filters for an analogue sound image free from digital artefacts
  • No current/voltage conversion or analogue output stage for shortest-possible signal path
  • Completely symmetrical design
  • Pure class-A headphone amplifier
  • Full galvanic separation of all the boards to exclude any electromagnetic interference between them
  • Separate power supplies with torodial transformers for each channel as well as for the digital and analogue sections; additional separate torodial transformer for the headphone amplifier
  • Massive chassis construction optimized to minimize vibration and electromagnetic interferences

 


*An Apple iPad as remote control is included with every HD-Player
**Additional storage modules are separately available as optional accessory
***Conversion from DSD to PCM is a virtually lossless process (in contrast to conversion from DSD to PCM), achieved through a simple decimation filter. Since 64xDSD corresponds roughly to 20Bit / 96kHz and 128xDSD to 22Bit / 120kHz, a conversion to 24Bit / 176.4kHz PCM provides sufficient headroom to ensure full preservation of sound quality
****ReplayGain is an optimized RMS normalization, avoiding dynamic compression or other interferences with the original music

PLAYER-ENGINE

  • 4 TB of internal storage capacity (stores approx. 11,000 CDs in FLAC format)
  • Support of all common audio file formats: Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Opus, APE, WavPack, MP2, MP3, ALAC, MP4/AAC, AIFF, MOD, Musepack, wave files, Dff, Dsf etc.
  • Playback of all PCM-formats with a bit depth of 16bit to 24bit and all sampling rats of 44.1kHz to 384.0kHz as well as all DSD-formats to 128x
  • Playback of DSD 64x and DSD 128x via PCM-conversion to 24bit /176.4kHz ***
  • Integrated online streaming services: Qobuz, Tidal
  • Gapless playback
  • Optional up-sampling to 176.4kHz respectively 192.0kHz
  • Optional loudness normalization via ReplayGain****
  • Optional software volume control

DIGITAL/ANALOGUE CONVERTER

  • Non-oversampling DAC; no digital filters** for an analogue sound image free from digital harshness and artefacts
  • Complete dual mono layout with eight R-2R Ladder DACs per channel operating in full dual-differential mode; separate power supplies per channel
  • No current/voltage conversion or analogue output stage, since the selected DAC-modules deliver sufficient voltage themselves. This enables shortest-possible signal path
  • Completely symmetrical design
  • Full galvanic separation of all the boards to exclude any electromagnetic interference between them
  • Output voltages: RCA: 2.0 Vrms; XLR: 4.0 Vrms
  • Output impedance: RCA: 100 Ohm; XLR: 200 Ohm
  • Frequency response: 1Hz (0dB) up to half the sampling rate (-3dB)
  • Distortion: < 0.006% THD
  • Signal-to-Noise: -125dB at 16Bit; -135dB at 24Bit
  • Slew Rate: 35V/mS

HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER

  • Pure class-A headphone amplifier without feedback
  • Automatic activation/deactivation upon insertion/removal of a headphone jack
  • Output: 6.0 Vrms at 600 Ohms; 2.0 Vrms at 33 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 5Hz – 300kHz, -3dB
  • Distortion: max. 0.01% THD at 600 Ohms; 0.5% THD at 33 Ohms
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio: -120dB at 2.0Vrms
  • Protection: Start-up, DC-offset and subsonic frequencies
  • Separate power supply for headphone amplifier

CONNECTIONS

  • Analogue Out: 1 x XLR Stereo, 1 x RCA Stereo
  • 1 x Headphone jack, 6.3mm
  • Digital Out: 1 x SPDIF, 1 x AES/EBU
  • USB-Data Connection: 2x USB 2.0
  • Network Connection: 1x Ethernet

CASING

  • Massive chassis made from aluminum with separate internal chambers for all functional sections in order to minimize electromagnetic and vibration interference
  • 3 level damping absorber feet
  • Finishes: brush-finished Aluminum, silver or black anodized; side panels with various options in aluminum or wood
  • Dimension: 430 x 140 x 360 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: ca. 20 kg

 


**To protect down-stream equipment, the DAC features a mild 1st-order 70kHz analogue filter at the output stage
***Conversion from DSD to PCM is a virtually lossless process (in contrast to conversion from DSD to PCM), achieved through a simple decimation filter. Since 64xDSD corresponds roughly to 20Bit / 96kHz and 128xDSD to 22Bit / 120kHz, a conversion to 24Bit / 176.4kHz PCM provides sufficient headroom to ensure full preservation of sound quality
****ReplayGain is an optimized RMS normalization, avoiding dynamic compression or other interferences with the original music Klangverfälschung der Musiktitel ausgeschlossen

Prices: from 9.990 € (incl. VAT)

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