Luxman’s D-03X is a CD player and DAC


CD or streaming? Streaming or CDs If you’ve been slow to switch from CDs to audio streaming – or if you’re already a streamer but want to remove your CD collection from storage – you might want to give Luxman’s latest product more than a second look. The D-03X is a CD player that provides access to its internal D / A converter via three digital inputs.

We can power the D-03X’s dual mono configured TI PCM1975 chips with a CD, but using USB adds high resolution sound to the picture: up to 32bit / 384kHz for PCM and DSD256. Just plug in a PC, Mac, or network streamer and you’re off to the races. If your network streamer only has S / PDIF outputs, the Luxman D-03X’s TOSLINK and coaxial input are there to keep you in the streaming arena.

On the mechanism of the CD, Luxman says: The D-03X incorporates a unique Luxman custom CD transport, which is mounted on an extremely thick aluminum base and protected by a steel top plate. The result is a very rigid enclosure, which cancels out even the slightest vibrations and resonances. Luxman’s asymmetric chassis layout places the CD transport on the left, further reducing vibration and promoting ideal signal flow.

Concerned about MQA support? Luxman has you covered on all bases. MQA is supported by all digital inputs of the D-03X, including MQA CDs.

Those who are more attuned to the intricacies of streaming might be attracted to the more advanced USB technology of the Luxman player: in addition to allowing the transfer of digital audio data via the isochronous mode, used by 99.9% of the world’s DACs. and with which no error correction takes place, the D-03X USB receiver also offers Bulk PET (Pure Enhanced Technology) mode which seems to offer date transfer similar to a USB stick or print job for which CRC error correction is engaged. Luxman claims that its Bulk PET mode “Optimizes the packaging and delivery of data to the DAC, reducing the processing load on both the host processor and the device processor.” This, in turn, reduces the workload between playback and reproduction, thereby improving the stability of playback and ultimately producing better sound quality.. Here, we assume that the data is buffered before it is passed to the DAC chips for conversion to analog.

On the outputs, there are two digital sockets (coaxial and TOSLINK) and two analog: unbalanced RCA sockets (gold plated) and balanced XLR (Neutrik) where, according to Luxman, the differential outputs of each DAC chip supply a pair of current – to-voltage conversion amplifiers to complete the dual mono circuit layout.

Under the hood, the Luxman player power supply is powered by an oversized transformer and features independent filter capacitors for each circuit section: digital and analog.

The D-03X features a “fine sandblasted white finish” and its vacuum fluorescent display can be enlarged for easier viewing across the room when using the supplied aluminum remote control.

Shipping of the D-03X has already started in the United States of America where it sells for US $ 3,295.

CD or streaming? Yes.

Further information: Luxman


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