Droplet CD Player
This is a "No Compromise" reference CD player and is the absolute best that Consonance can do.
This is a truly awesome player. The build quality is outstanding and if it had a European makers name on it would cost 4 times as much, at least.
The sound quality is just stunning at anything like this price with a rich and lush midrange and a natural musicality across the entire audio spectrum. All who have heard it are captivated. This is the bargain CD player of all time.
You are invited to audition the latest Chinese phenomenon that has taken Europe and US by storm, winning 4 awards to date and still counting. Droplet CDP5.0, the best product of 2006 granted by Image hifi in Germany , was reviewed as analogue like in character. It has been ranked over any other $4000-$5000 CD player by some European reviewers and was given the coveted Blue Moon award in the US . All these placed the Droplet CDP5.0 ahead of their class once again.
Now available with the optional marble stand shown in the left picture which has been available for special order since March 2006. This is the similar stand that sits beneath the Droplet 5.0 Turntable. Constructed from two slabs of polished pale marble separated by massive triangular sections and supported by anodised-alloy columns - all tensioned by threaded rods running through the structure. The shape of the marble echo's the curves of the Droplet 5.0 CDP, with the columns directly beneath the cones on the base of the CD player turns the superb Droplet into a real work of art.
The new Droplet CDP5.0VD CD player will also allow the digital input from our Wireless Digital Transmitter Box 1.0 and other cd transports, cable TV decoders and satellite receivers either through the CD players 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 provide an enjoyable ease of use. The future is coming soon and Opera Audio is providing our customers with the most up to date high quality sound for their future enjoyment.
DAC resolution: 24bit 192KHz multilevel sigma-delta with synchronous upsampling
Clock Jitter: Less than 14ps directly distributed to DAC
0dBFS signal output: 2.3V RMS
Output Terminals: Gold plated Tube RCA unbalanced and gold plated XLR balanced
Frequency response: Less than +/- 0.1 dB deviation 20Hz-20kHz
Phase response: Less than 2 degrees deviation 20Hz-20kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 115dB (XLR output)
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dB (Vacuum tube RCA output)
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion (XLR): Less than 0.002%
Distortion (RCA): Less than 0.015%
Intermodulation: Less than 0.002% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Remote Control: Philips RC-5 compatible IR system 36kHz modulation frequency
Vacuum tube: Sovtek 6H30 x2
Dimensions: 51cm x 43cm x 14cm (WxDxH)
I received this from the first person to receive his CD5.
Now that the Droplet CD player has about 120 hours "on the clock" I'd like to offer these observations:
This is a special piece of equipment, I am delighted with it. Visitors here are absolutely stunned by the appearance, finish and material quality, and so am I! It is much more impressive in the flesh than any photograph can convey. An electronic musical instrument of rare class.
As for the quality of sound which is its reason for being, it sounds better than it looks. The musical presentation is just that, there are no "hi-fi artefacts" in evidence here. If I were to say natural, smooth, refined, I would not say enough. This player has marvelous rhythm, dynamics, and wonderful image focus and great depth. The sense of being in the room with the musicians is palpable, there is a three-dimensionality to every sound in the stage, you can almost touch it. And the bass is sublime.
This is so far an advance on my previous CD player, it is almost beyond belief. And that player was an English model of immense reputation which 5 years ago sold for more than this player does. There is indeed plenty of life in the ubiquitous red book CD if the player is up to the task. The Consonance Droplet 5.0 is just such a player.
If people can get past the made in China tag, they will find themselves with something very special that will give them immense enjoyment for many years to come. I can remember when the Japanese had to get past the "made in Japan" tag, and now people undestand about their quality. It's time the Chinese, at least from Opera Audio, got the same.
In the meantime, we have a rare bargain.