Reference 8 -20

High Definition Vacuum Music Player

At last.
A way to access digital download files from anywhere on your network, or Internet Radio, or plug in USB at the same quality processing as an exceptional CD Player. Or plug in your DVD player as a transport and you also have an exceptional CD Player.

Reference8-20 anniversary
High Definition Vacuum Music Player

The Reference8-20 anniversary digital music streamer uses a high performance built-in CPU unit with a FPGA Dual-Clock design, which has a twin custom crystal oscillator supply ultra-lower -130dB phase noise specification.

The Reference8-20 anniversary supports PCM lossless WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC/AAC/MP3/WMA PCM file format the sampling up to 32bit/384kHz and lossless DFF/DSF/ISO DSD128 file format. The DSD stream is directly transmitted from the CPU to the DAC inside the Reference 8-20 anniversary with no conversion to the PCM stream.

The Reference8 supports USB external CD/DVD-ROM to play CD.


It has a high quality built in internet radio receiver. Through radio firmware upgrades it will be able to get more radio stations.

Internet radio
Upgradeable firmware through USB memory device
3 inch TFT nature color full screen, support IR remote control, iphone and Android phone/pad control
USB2.0 port x 3 for hard disk up to 4TB, eSATA power port, USB1.1 port for external CD-ROM
10/100Mbps LAN, RJ-45 port, support TCP/IP, UPnP, UDP, RTSP, DHCP, PPPoE, HTTP etc, support NAS and PC sharing, support MMS,RTSP,HTTP etc, stream media protocol
Streaming protocol: UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension,. Gapless Playback. On-device Playlist. Supported audio sample rates, bit depths, number of channels

PCM, 44.1kHz - 384kHz, 16-32bit, Stereo
DSD, 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 1bit, Stereo
Supported audio file formats: DSD: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD) PCM: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF, APE, MP3, AAC

Distortion: <0.0025% (XLR output), <0.003 (RCA output) <0.06% (Vacuum output)

SNR: >110dB (RCA, XLR)

Inputs: Coaxial RCA (75 ohm) x2, Optical x1, USB port x3, eSATA power port x1, LAN x1

Outputs: Digital output: Coaxial x1 (0.5Vpp) Analog output: Vaccum RCA x1, RCA x1, XLR x1

Dimensions: 137mm x440mm x440mm (HxWxD)

Weight: 11kg(wooden top cover)
15kg (aluminium top cover)


We designed a new DLNA mode to help the Reference8 to sound better and be more efficent.
Control support is through any computer, Google Android smartphones or other digital control devices.
The Reference 8 control support can be performed by iOS APP 8players (for ipad/iphone), and BubbleuPnP (for Android).
for iOS (We suggest you pay for official version)
for Android



The X1 and X2 are the optional adaptors for the Reference8.

X2  $175

The X1 is a DVD-ROM and removable HDD intergrated adaptor. The power supply is a linear transformer design.

The DVD-ROM USB-type B wire input to the Reference 8 USB 1.1 port acts as a CD player. The Reference 8 has the optimized algorithm to read CD's. The laser head captures the CD data and places it into the cache. While doing this the Reference8 operates the error correction function. The laser head will read the content several times to check and correct any errors. So the CD sounds better than a traditional CD player, even the top-level Philips CD-PRO2M.

The removable HDD adaptor supports 3.5 inch SATA hard drives. The HDD is very easy to install in the X1 - Simply open the front panel and insert the HDD. The X1 supports HDD's with the capacity of up to 4TB's.

The X2 is a V3.0 Blue-tooth adaptor. The X2 supports APTX to transmit 16bit/44.1kHz CD quality S/PDIF streams. The power supply comes through the USB port. The output terminal is a coaxial RCA port.

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