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P-02 Super Audio CD/CD Transport
P-02 Super Audio CD/CD Transport
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TWBAS 2012    "The World's Best Audio System" (TWBAS) selects ESOTERIC as the supplier of the CD/SACD playback device, the ESOTERIC P-02 and, the D to A converter the ESOTERIC D-02;

TWBAS is a competition sponsored by SoundStage Network's Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Fritz. The selection process involves seeking out the absolute best audio system one can assemble without consideration of price.

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Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components"    Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components"
Digital disc transport category "Second Prize"
Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components"    Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components"
Digital disc player category (above ¥1,000,000) (P2+D2) "Third Prize"
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2016"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2016"
CD/SACD player category (above ¥1,000,000)

  • Stereo “Best Buy Component 2015”
    Digital disc player category (above ¥700,000)

Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2015 Summer"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2015 Summer"
CD/SACD player category (¥1,000,000 - 2,000,000)
Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components 2014-2015"    Stereo Sound "Best Buy Components 2014-2015"
Digital disc transport category The second prize
Digital disc player category (above ¥1,000,000)
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2015"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2015"
CD/SACD player category (above ¥1,000,000)
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2014 Summer"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2014 Summer"
CD/SACD player (above ¥1,000,000)
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2014"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2014"
CD/SACD player (above ¥500,000)
Stereo Sound BEST BUY 2013-2014    Stereo Sound BEST BUY
Digital Disc Player (above ¥1,000,000)
Stereo Sound BEST BUY 2013-2014    Stereo Sound BEST BUY
Digital Disc Transport Second Prize
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2013"   Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2013"
CD/SACD Player category (above ¥1,000,000)
Stereo Sound "2012-2013 Best Buy Components"    Stereo Sound "2012-2013 Best Buy Components"
Digital disc transport category Top Prize

  • Stereo "Best Buy Component 2012" Third Prize

Ongen Publishing "Vidual Grand-Prix 2012 Summer" Silver Prize    Ongen Publishing "Vidual Grand-Prix 2012 Summer"
CD/SACD player category (above ¥1,000,000) "Silver Prize"
Stereo Sound "Stereo Sound GRAND PRIX 2011"    Stereo Sound "Stereo Sound GRAND PRIX 2011"
Stereo Sound "2011-2012 Best Value Component"    Stereo Sound "2011-2012 Best Value Component"
digital disc player category (above ¥1,000,000) second prize
digital disc transport category top prize

  • Stereo "Stereo Best buy Compo 2011"
    digital disc player category (above ¥700,000) second prize

Ongen Publishing "Audio Excellence Award 2012"    Ongen Publishing "Audio Excellence Award 2012" "Gold Prize"
Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2012"    Ongen Publishing "Visual Grand-Prix 2012"
Pure Audio Grand-Prix "Gold Prize"

Esoteric’s P-02 SACD/CD transport and D-02 system DAC, aim at the highest level of audio performance, which is only possible using separate audio components, based on the company's basic product design concepts. The P-02 and D-02 have incorporated a number of new technologies such as "ES-LINK3" and "35-bit D/A processing." The P-02 and D-02 are new design implementations from Esoteric, which are totally dedicated to evolving the critical listening experience for music enthusiasts.

New technologies of the P-02 and D-02 systems

New ES-LINK3 makes broadband transmission possible

The P-02 and D-02 can perform to a level for 48-bit/176.4kHz ultra-broadband PCM digital transmissions using the new "ES-LINK3" format from Esoteric. These models also have support for the "Dual AES 8Fs" standard, (Maximum 24-bit/352.8kHz).

D/A processing in a 35-bit domain (patent pending).

This technology makes it possible to achieve both delicate and smooth sound quality with very high resolution by implementing even finer bit gradation, and offers a distinctive power of expression for extremely small audio signal levels.

Abundant use of high-grade components in the design

A total of eight independent toroidal core power supply units are installed in the combined transport/DAC system to supply clean and stable power to each circuit.

New dimensional isolated clock technology

The clocks circuits are assembled in modules that are completely isolated from the power supply, ground, and other circuit blocks. This newly developed clock module can provide the system with a pure clock output that is equivalent to (or that exceeds), single unit external master clock generators sold within the market.

Direct master clock LINK without PLL

A newly developed system called "Direct master clock LINK without Phase-Locked Loop (PLL)" can link the P-02 and D-02 via a 22.5792MHz master clock signal. This highly precise clocking capability makes it possible to use this new dimensional WORD sync function.

Support for 10MHz master clock input

Both the P-02 and D-02 are equipped with a dedicated clock input for a 10MHz sine wave. As a result, they can be connected to many types of external master clock devices.

Optional expansion to Super Audio CD multi-channel playback

The P-02 and D-02 are equipped with i.LINK terminals so that they can be expanded to perform Super Audio CD multi-channel playback by integrating three D-02 units.

New technologies of the P-02 and D-02 systems

VRDS-NEO "VMK-3.5-20S" transport mechanism

VRDS-NEO ?VMK-3.5-20S? The P-02 is equipped with the Esoteric-original VRDS-NEO "VMK-3.5-20S" transport mechanism. This mechanism enhances readout accuracy by using a high-precision turntable and by correcting the “wobbling effect” of the disc during rotation. The disc tray loader is provided with a shutter mechanism to further reduce vibration, exterior resonance and airborne particles from entering the system.

The VRDS-NEO "VMK-3.5-20S" transport mechanism uses a pair of ceramic ball bearings in the spindle shaft bearing assembly. The P-02 has adopted a duralumin turntable with micron-level accuracy and a 20mm-thick steel turntable bridge assembly to achieve a total weight of 5.2kg. The P-02 has a well proven mechanism, including a strong neodymium-magnet-driven coreless, three-phase brushless spindle motor; thread feed control (Which evolved from the concept of the P-0 series); and an optical pick up a with sliding-shaft structure that assures that the laser beam is always irradiated at right angles to the disc.

Spindle servo driver circuit "VS-DD"

 Spindle servo driver circuit VS-DD The P-02 has adopted a new discrete amplifier circuit called "VS-DD (VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver)" for driving the spindle motor, which forms the core of the VRDS-NEO mechanism. A dedicated toroidal core power supply unit optimizes power supply output to the motors, achieving both a very smooth and highly precise servo control and spindle drive operation. Furthermore, a dedicated, separate power supply is used for high-power consuming spindle motors to improve the stability of digital audio circuits and to further isolate any potential for noise.

Various digital output terminals

The P-02 transport is equipped with output terminals of three types and five channels (XLR x2, coaxial x1, iLINK 4p/6p x1 each), including an ES-LINK3 compliant dual XLR terminal for user connections to a wide range of external equipment.

Aluminum body and leather-finish remote control as standard features.

Blue illumination adds a striking appearance to the sharp display

Blue illumination The front panel is provided with an indicator lamp that lights up when a disc is inserted in the unit. The striking blue illumination, matches the design surrounding the elegant and sharp display, making the high-precision operations of the tray and electronic shutter mechanism more attractive.

Compatible disc types Super Audio CD, CD (CD-R/CD-RW compatible)
Digital Audio
Output
XLR output x 2 (Use 2 terminals for Dual AES output)
i.LINK (AUDIO)
output (6-pin)
x 1
i.LINK (AUDIO)
output (4-pin)
x 1
RCA coaxial output x 1
i.LINK output format (CD) IEC60958
Word
synchronization
input format
Jack BNC x 2
Word
synchronization
frequencies
Input 44.1 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 10 MHz, 22.5792 MHz
Input impedance WORD IN 75 Ω
10MHz IN 50 Ω
Input level WORD IN TTL levels
10MHz IN Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms
Input frequency range ±15 ppm
General Power supply AC 230V 50Hz
AC 120V 60Hz
AC 220V 60Hz
Power consumption 25W
External dimensions
(W x H x D)
445 x 162 x 438 mm
(17 1/4″ x 6″ 3/8 x 13 1/4″)
(including protrusions)
Weight 31 kg (68 3/8 lb)
Accessories Remote control unit (RC-1156) x 1
Batteries (AA) x 2
Power cord set x 1
Felt pads x 4
Owner's manual x 1
Warranty card x 1
- Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
- This product is available in three different power supply variations shown in the chart above. Make sure that the voltage shown on the rear panel matches the AC line voltage in your area.
- The shape of the AC inlet and plug of the supplied power cord depends on the voltage rating and destination country.

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