Lektor Grand SE

High-End CD player

 

 

  http://www.highfidelity.pl/!ev/start.html

 

It has been a few years now since a world premiere of the first three piece CD player - Lektor Grand – with two mono digital-to-analogue converters. The general concept of the multi-box player proved to be right and won a wide-world recognition. Ever since the Lektor Grand hit the market its stately looks and outstanding sonics made it rank among the very exceptional few on irrespective of the price tag. Wherever auditioned, in London, Oslo, US its shear beauty of music rose the eyebrows of disbelief for such uncommon musical presentation. As Andrew Harrison stated in his Hi- Fi News: “…thanks to its sweet, liquid and organic presentation there are few machines that will take you closer to the heart of the music.”

The passing time and new technological achievements have made it realize that what could have been best yesterday is no longer good enough today.

Ancient Audio have eventually decided to launch an entirely new project but maintain, at the same time, a link with the past by retaining the proper name of the top of the line of Ancient Audio CD players in line with the concept of an open-up top loader and a three piece design. All the rest have been substantially refurbished. Firstly, the mechanical concept of the casing has been redesigned to make the CD mechanism even more impervious to any outside interference due to its sandwich construction with a layer of proprietary vibration absorbent in between two slabs of granite. Secondly, the CD transport is provided with three separate power transformers for CD drive, digital electronics and the front panel display respectively. Thirdly, a new proprietary Silver DAC III and an isolation of the master clock constitute a new attitude to designing transport mechanisms. On top of it all, there is a battery of V-cap Teflon film capacitors to bring out sound liquidity, transparency and inner detail in an unprecedented manner.

What you are presented with as a final product is not only a more refined appearance but the PLAYER capable of linking the powerful with the intimate, transparency with unparalleled high resolution, depth and width of the musical presentation with multi–layered and three dimensional scene, liquidity and inner detail with a wide palette of harmonics.

 

* * * * Lektor Grand SE was honoured by Best Product 2008 - The Main Award by High Fidelity * * * *

 Full review : http://www.highfidelity.pl/!ev/artykuly/18_07_2008/aa1.html

Features:

  • Three piece concept, separate CD transport, left and right DAC
  • Metal CD mechanism - Philips CD-Pro2LF
  • Base Technology ( Norway) anti-vibration platform
  • Tent Labs ( The Netherlands) low jitter (3 ps) precision clock
  • Independent power transformers for CD drive mechanism, digital electronics, display
  • Low noise, red LED display
  • Transmission of direct digital signals in I2S standard
  • Impedance matched 50 ohm transmission lines, SMB sockets
  • Third generation of "Silver DAC" converter
  • First order analogue filter ( as SACD)
  • Totally symmetrical internal architecture of converters
  • Pure silver ribbon wiring, teflon insulated
  • Vacuum tube output stage , famous 6H30 Sovtek
  • 100 dB range of volume control ( analogue domain)
  • 30 Vpp maximum balanced output level , (15 Vpp unbalanced)
  • Furutech RCA sockets, Neutrik XLR sockets
  • Non-magnetic build from copper, aluminum, brass
  • Solid bases from natural granite,
  • Dimensions... ( W x H x D ) CD transport:: 350 x 75 x 350 mm
  • ......................................DAC: 220 x 75 x 350 mm
  • total weight: 35 kg ( 80 lbs)

 

 

 

 

 

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