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ESOTERIC SA-10 Super Audio CD/CD Player
SA-10 Super Audio CD/CD Player
Simple, basic highly musical Without sacrificing quality, ESOTERIC's 20th anniversary product, SA-10 provides proprietary technology and premium performance.

VOSP Mechanism

VOSP (Vertically-aligned Optical Stability Platform), features a specially designed shaft-mounted laser pickup assembly. This pickup system is also used by ESOTERIC in the P-01 and the P-03 transports. This pickup design ensures that the laser optical axis is always at the center of the data track for optimal reading capability. With VOSP implementation, no off axis error correction is needed because no off axis data tracking is allowed.

2 channel dedicated analog audio output / Precise imaging and deeper sound stage

The D/A converter incorporate Cirrus Logic's 24-bit/192kHz processing DAC device, model CS4398 in a dual mono configuration. The analog audio output circuits are also in a dual mono configuration producing exceptionally good channel separation. This 2 channel dedicated circuit design contributes to precise imaging and a deeper sound stage for the SA-10.

Rich and high speed power supply capability

The large toroidal transformer has a highly efficient power supply capability. This provides electric power to the drive mechanism and audio circuits very quickly, without adding noise or distortion to the internal circuitry.

Word synchronization

The SA-10 features a WORD SYNC input terminal to accept an incoming external WORD clock signal. The input can operate with 44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz clock signals. The unit can also operate using an ESOTERIC original 100kHz Universal Clock signal. The incoming ultra-stable clock signal produced by external components such as the AI-10 or a master clock generator effectively upgrades the unit, delivering even better performance with greater definition, transparency and imaging.

High rigid chassis construction made with thick aluminum plates

The front panel is made from thick extruded aluminum, top panel (T 5mm), and side panels (T 4mm), are also made from aluminum. This highly rigid chassis construction reduces vibrations and resonance. Screws hidden from exterior view, torqued to specific tolerance, help to further reduce vibration and compliment the SA-10 high end cosmetic.

Highly stable center mounted drive mechanism

The disc drive mechanism is mounted in the center of the chassis and the chassis is supported by three metal feet to create an optimally stable platform.

Slim remote control with illumination keys

Aluminum body remote control fits comfortably in your hands with moderate weight. Keys are illuminated for low light or no light conditions.

System Super Audio CD, CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Audio output
(Analog Audio)
Jacks XLR jacks (2channel) ×1
RCA jacks (2channel) ×1
Maximum Output level(1kHz, full scale) 2.2Vrms±0.1V/10kohms
Frequency response 5Hz to 50kHz (SACD,DSD setting:Normal)
5Hz to 80kHz (SACD,DSD setting:Direct)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio(S/N) 130dB
Dynamic range 107dB
Total harmonic distortion 0.001%
Audio output
(Digital Audio)
OPTICAL Optical digital jack ×1
(Optional at additional cost) The i.LINK (AUDIO) terminals (4pin ×1, 6pin ×1) will become available after a future hardware upgrade
Word Synchronization input format Jack BNC
Input level TTL level/75ohms
General Power supply AC 230V 50Hz
AC 120V 60Hz
AC 220V 60Hz
Power consumption 18W
External dimensions
442×149×353 mm
(17-3/8×5-7/8×13-7/8 ")
Weight 12.5kg (27-9/16lbs)
The SA-10 can accept and synchronize to the following frequencies received from external devices (rectangular wave):44.1/88.2/100/176.4 kHz
- 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.


Optional i.LINK (AUDIO) interface
Optional i.LINK interface provides digital transmission capability of high grade Super Audio CD's multi-channel signals to other i.LINK equipped devices such as a multi-channel D/A converter or A/V surround sound processor.

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