Jay’s Audio CD2-MP3: Philips CDM 4 drive and i2s output via HDMI
Jacky Ho, founder of Jay’s Audio, believes that a CD is the best way to play music. Recently, his company released the CDT2-Mk3 model. This is a CD player without a built-in DAC. Traditionally for Jay’s Audio, the new product is based on the Philips CDM 4 drive with slot loading. It is complemented by an OCXO crystal oscillator.
The CDT2-Mk3 is ready to transmit a signal to an external DAC via an i2s LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) output equipped with an HDMI connector. In addition, coaxial (RCA/BNC) and AES/EBU outputs are provided.
The novelty receives AC power on the Schurter IEC connector, behind which a noise filter is installed. The power supply unit used a shielded Noratel transformer, and the digital outputs are provided with transformer galvanic isolation.
The sample rate can be switched from 44.1 kHz to 176.4 kHz using the remote control. Data about the operating mode is displayed on the dimmable display. CDT2-Mk3 was released in a black or silver case of standard dimensions — the device weighs 15 kg.
In the US, the novelty costs $2,400.