RCD2.2 Mk3 24/192 kHz Tube CD-player

" A completely no compromise design"

                              

The R.2.2 represents the top model of Opera Audio's current range of CD Players excepting the SACD 2. The R2.2 uses a single Sovtek 6H30 output tube.
 Now fitted with gold tube for even better performance.

The new RCD2.2MK3 CD player allows for a digital input from the new Wireless Digital Transmitter Box 1.0 as well as from other cd transports, cable TV decoders or satellite receivers, either through the CD player's co-axial or optical inputs or with any other device with a digital PCM output. This will not only provide high quality audio but also is very easy to use. The future of digital playback is here and changing everyday, Opera Audio is providing our customers with the most up to date high quality equipment for their future audio enjoyment.

 Features:

 1.
24 bit 192KHz mltilevel sigma-delta with synchronous upsampling.

 2.
All substantial filter/reservoir capacitors are SOLEN

 3.
Gold plated RCA unbalanced and gold plated XLR balanced

 4.
High quality parts such as MIT capacitors,HOCOL resistors which are skillfully hand wired under the chassis,using WBT solder.

 5.
Tube output stage on R2.2

 6.
Cherry-wood made camber for top chassis and brushed aluminium front panel with natural color.
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 Specifications:
 FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz to 120kHz ( +/- 0.1dB)
 Clock Jitter Less than 14ps directly distributed to DAC
 DISTORTION (XLR)
DISTORTION (RCA)
Less than 0.002%
Less than 0.003%
 SIGNAL/NOISE:(XLR)
                                  (RCA)
More than 105dB
More than 100dB (Tube output)
INTERMODULATION Less than 0.002% (19kHz + 20 kHz)
 OUTPUT INTERFACES: (RCA) and (XLR)
 INPUT IMPEDANCE: 100k
 CROSSTALK Less than -100dB
 VACUUM TUBE: Sovtek 6H30
 DIMENSIONS: 430(L) x 330(W) x 210(H) mm
 WEIGHT: 18kg

 

Sovtek 6H30 output tube.

 

 

 

Comprehensive interior showing ample power supplies. R2.2 shown.

 

 

 

 

 



This units are spectacularly built and have amazing sonics. If they were from a top European manufacturer, they would be a revelation. Being Chinese, they force a rethink of old prejudices. People experienced with Consonance products, will not be surprised. Both units have a large, wide and palpable soundstage, with lightning transient ability and the ability to separate instruments clearly across the soundstage. They also give you that "No back wall" sensation that very few CD players do. I cannot think of a player under $10,000 which would better these units. Both sound very similar, but there is a naturalness, an ease and a "want to listen longer" character with the R 2.2 with its tube output stage, that makes it worth the extra money, if your system has the ability to show the difference.
I had high expectations from these units.  They exceeded my expectations comfortably.