Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced new G-Clef components including two luxury CD/SACD players, the PD-D6MK2 and PD-D9MK2, fine-tuned and certified by internationally-respected AIR Studio's sound engineers.
For the purest digital to analog conversion expected by discerning audiophiles, the PD-D6MK2 ($700) and the PD-D9MK2 ($1,500) CD/SACD players feature Burr-Brown and Twin Wolfson D/A converters, respectively. The Pioneer exclusive technology, Legato Link Conversion PRO, utilizes complex algorithms to recreate the ultra-high harmonics lost in the digital conversion process resulting in smooth, natural sound. Additionally, Hi-Bit technology increases the sound data length from 16-bit to 24-bit to provide clear, rich audio, even from compressed MP3 files.
Both models are finished in glossy black with blue LCD displays. The PD-D9MK2 features a Honeycomb Chassis design, which contains hexagon shaped imprints in the metal plates that help to dissipate vibrations and alleviate jitter. Additional weight and stability features help to shield optical components from ambient interference that could cause imprecise sound. The PD-D6MK2 features an aluminum front panel, while the PD-D9MK2 touts a rigid under-base construction, TAOC Hi-Carbon composite metal feet and a full aluminum casing.
The Elite G-Clef CD/SACD players will be available in August, 2010.
|Isolated Power Supply||No||Yes|
|Stainless Steal CD mechanism||No||Yes|
|Large Insulator Feet||No||Yes|
|Rigid Under Base Construction||No||Yes|
|Aluminum Build||Front||Front / Side / Top|
|Jack Pack||Gold plated||Ultra High Quality|
|Sampling Rate Converter||No||Yes|
|DACs||Twin 192kHz / 24-Bit Burr Brown||Twin 192kHz / 24-Bit Wolfson|
|Power Transformer||El-Core||Dual R-Core|
“The new components were born out of partnership between Pioneer and AIR Studios sound engineers working hand in hand to produce the highest quality sound possible. G-Clef products are a culmination of all we've learned over a 70-year legacy in audio excellence.”
— Dave Bales, marketing and product planning, home electronics division at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc
“The new G-Clef series is a perfect example of product developed with meticulous attention to detail at every step in the process. Pioneer and AIR Studios have worked together for ten years developing products down to the screws. We're proud to put our stamp on products that exceed our requirements.”
— Tim Vine-Lott, technical director, AIR Studios