Sony of Canada introduced its new reference standard multi-channel Super Audio CD player, the ES Series SCD-XA9000ES.
The SCD-XA9000ES player features multi-channel management, providing
flexibility and performance. Multi-channel management allows for bass re-
direction based on the various speakers systems available on the market today,
optimizing multi-channel Super Audio CD playback.
Sony has equipped the unit with a new Tri power Digital-to-Analog
Converter that uses 18 separate SA DAC (digital to analog converter) chips,
six per channel, to deliver exceptional precision and minimal noise.
The SCD-XA9000ES player is also Sony's first Super Audio CD player to
offer an i.LINK(R) digital output, making it ideal for use with the new
generation of outboard DSD (direct stream digital) converters. The i.LINK
(IEEE 1394) interface has been specifically designed to support the new "5C"
Digital Transmission Content Protection and is also fully compliant with the
latest Super Audio CD format specifications.
The player's optical reading system employs a dual discrete laser pick-up
mechanism, featuring two independent lasers, with one optical lens to provide
optimum performance for Super Audio CDs and CDs as well as CD-R/RW discs.
Power is supplied by twin R-Core power transformers mounted on rigid
copper plates, one for handling the audio system, the other dedicated to the
digital system, to reduce magnetic flux leakage and eliminate unwanted
In order to maintain superior audio reproduction, Sony has constructed
the SCD-XA9000ES player around a Frame and Beam chassis. The chassis is
designed to reduce unwanted resonance and vibration, often triggered during
optical pickup, which can interfere with a high-quality audio experience.
In addition, the SCD-XA9000ES player incorporates a new brushed aluminum
faceplate design complementing other new ES Series components. The "cascade"
design sets all the primary front panel controls at an angle to allow for easy
operation without uncomfortable bending and stooping. The SCD-XA9000ES player
is available through authorized Sony retailers, Sony Stores and online at
at a suggested list price of $4,499.