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ATC CDA2 Mk2 stereo preamplifier + CD player + DAC hi-end
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CDA2 Mk2 Preamp with SCM 40A & 19A Active speakers

£2950

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi+ review

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi+ review

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi+ review

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi+ review

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2

ATC SCM 40A & CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi+ review
  • This is a startlingly immediate system. The 44.1 rip of Emiliana Torrini’s Gun has a presence and visceral ‘she’s right there in the room’ quality to it. Her staccato intakes of breath are vivid and absolutely real, while the gradual increase in scale and volume to the track is handled with absolute imperiousness.
  • And the bass… the low end on offer here is exquisite. The technical arguments for why active speakers can generate better bass than an equivalent passive design are worthy and entirely accurate, but are no substitute for listening to what this system is really capable of. The sledgehammer low-end of Scratch Massive’s Waiting For A Sign is simply awesome. If you want bass that you feel as much as hear, there’s very little else available anywhere near this price that can out slam this setup. What sets it apart further is that there’s nothing I’ve ever heard anywhere near this price that combines this gut-wrenching impact with the agility this system possesses. As a combo, it is utterly addictive.
  • The role that the CDA2 Mk2 plays in all this is subtle, but effective. It gets all of the basics right with a wonderfully linear volume control and a total absence of unwanted noise, but beyond that the quality of the digital-to-analogue section is entirely noteworthy. It takes a little time to appreciate quite how good it is because it is so natural and unobtrusive, but it allows this system to demonstrate truly lovely tonality at times.
  • This, then, is a rather special system even judged by the hallowed standards of Beautiful Systems. It is comfortably one of the very best implementations of active speakers that I have had the pleasure of spending any time with. It does the things we have come to expect from equipment in 2018, offering a sensible footprint, flexible inputs and elegant aesthetics. It then combines all of this with a performance that is utterly and unequivocally joyous. The active loudspeaker is no longer simply the optimal choice on paper, it’s a real world champion too
 
ATC CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi Choice review

ATC CDA2 Mk2

ATC CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi Choice review
  • Hi-Fi Choice Recommended, May 2018
  • The CDA2 Mk2 delivers it with real drive and a wide open view of the layers of the recording, charging through the album with such verve that it seems to be over almost before it’s started.
  • With a wide-open sound, masses of detail and unrestrained slam, it makes a fi ne partner for power amps and active speakers alike, getting on with the all-important business of delivering the music without adding or subtracting anything.
  • LIKE: Neutral, detailed, and wide-open sound
  • WE SAY: Functional, styling and an impressively neutral performance make this a great multipurpose CD player  
 
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ATC CDA2 Mk2

ATC CDA2 Mk2 - The Ear (UK) review
  • Electrical noise is the enemy of digital audio as products like the Innuos Zenith SE prove and ATC have paid close attention to keeping it as low as possible by building a new power supply with nine extra voltage regulators above those in the original CDA2. ATC has also refined the in- and output gain stages with discrete op-amps that provide buffering of inputs and a true balanced output from the XLR connections, the output stage itself being biased in Class A.
  • As an analogue preamp the CDA2 Mk2 is very strong as well with excellent bass extension, a very open presentation and very good image depth. It shares the coherent demeanour of the digital input and adds a relaxed quality that helps to bring out the musical message extremely well.
  • The results were inspiring, a combination of authority, articulacy and rock solid timing made for a musical experience that was nigh on addictive.
  • The CDA2 Mk2 is well built, comprehensively equipped and highly revealing, but more importantly it makes familiar material engrossing, it makes you listen longer and dare I say it, louder. ATC has driven down distortion and noise so that more of the crucial timing and imaging cues can be heard, in the process they have delivered their finest digital product yet, it’s a great pity they took it away! Jason Kennedy
 

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ATC CDA2 Mk2

ATC CDA2 Mk2 - Hi-Fi News review
  • Hi-Fi News Higly Commended, April 2018
  • The crisp resolution of the CDA2 Mk2’s digital section allows the lumbering rhythms of ‘Have A Cigar’ to power out into the room, while making every detail of the lyrics and recording plain to hear.
  • HI-FI NEWS VERDICT: The music centre, ATC style: the CDA2 Mk2 may have all the air of ‘a horse designed by committee’, as it does so much, but this is more thoroughbred than camel, with a wide-open sound, masses of detail and unrestrained slam. It makes a fine partner for power amps and active speakers alike, getting on with the business of delivering the music without adding or subtracting anything. If it does all you need, it’s a bargain.. Andrew Everard, Hi-Fi News, April 2018.

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We are excited to announce the next generation integrated CD, Pre-amplifier and DAC – the CDA2 Mk2. For those familiar with the original CDA2, on first glance it would be easy to mistake this product as a simple product update. But you’d be wrong... the CDA2 Mk2 offers an extensive list of impressive new features and improvements including:
- High resolution USB input capable of handling PCM data up to 384kHz and also DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256
- CD Player updated with a completely new TEAC transport
- New high-resolution DAC
- Updated power supply
- Additional Aux Analogue Input via 3.5mm mini jack with high input sensitivity
- All discrete Input and Output gain stages.

For elegant simplicity, we can’t think of anything that would outperform the new CDA2 Mk2 driving a pair of ATC 19AT / ATC 40A active speakers. Meanwhile, those seeking a more traditional system approach should be urged to audition the CDA2 Mk2 partnered with ATC P1 / ATC P2 power amplification and passive loudspeakers.

ATC CDA2 Mk2 Features:

  • High resolution USB input capable of handling PCM data up to 384kHz and also DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz ‘dual’ and 11.2MHz ‘quad’ rates)
  • CD Player updated with a completely new TEAC transport.  This delivers faster play and seek times and much lower mechanical noise.  The new transport is also less susceptible to CD errors/damage/scratches (greater error correction)
  • New high-resolution DAC.  The new AKM chipset delivers lower noise and distortion and an optimised PCB layout brings further improvements to the convertor performance
  • Power Supply – additional high-performance voltage regulators have been added - for a total of 9 – and their locations on the PCB optimised.  Local power supply decoupling has been further optimised from the Mk1, yielding additional improvements in performance, especially around the new DAC chipset
  • Additional aux analogue input via 3.5mm mini jack with high input sensitivity for improved compatibility with low output portable devices such as phones and tablets
  • All discrete Input and Output gain stages.  There are 6 common gain blocks, two for left and right input buffering, and four to provide a “true” differential output for the left and right channels. The positive and negative drivers are arranged in parallel to ensure that the positive and negative signal delays and phase shifts are identical.  The Output stages are configured as unity gain complementary compound (Sziklai) pairs, biased in class A
  • Hand built in the UK

Specifications

CD Player
Distortion : 1kHz < 0.0015% (-96dB), 10kHz < 0.003% (-90dB)
Frequency Response (20Hz–20kHz) : +/- 0.2dB
Pre-amplifier
Frequency Response (-3dB) : < 2 Hz - > 280 kHz
Distortion (1kHz) : <0.0008% / 102dB
Input sensitivity for 2V Output : Aux inputs 600mV, 3.5mm inputs 400mV
Maximum Output Level : Phono 9.2V r.m.s, XLR 18.4V r.m.s.
Overload Capacity : 13dB
Input Impedance : 14k Ohms
Output Impedance : 10 Ohms
S+N/N Ratio : IEC “A” >112dB, DIN >108dB, Wide Band >96dB
Absolute Phase : Phono Zero Degrees, XLR Zero Degrees, Pin 2 Hot
Output XLR CMRR (100Hz - 10kHz) : >60dB
Digital Input - Optical and Coaxial
Distortion : <0.001% at all supported sample rates 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 192.0kHz* (*192kHz supported via coaxial input only)
Digital Input - USB
Distortion : <0.001% at all supported sample rates 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192.0kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz
Supported Wordlenghts
Optical and Coaxial : 16bit and 24bit
USB : 16bit, 24bit and 32bit
Digital Input - DSD
Frequency Response -1dB : < 10Hz – 50kHz
Supported DSD Rates : Windows DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256, MacOS DSD64 and DSD128
Physical
Dimensions (HxWxD) : 90 x 445 x 330mm
Weight : 7kg

ATC CDA2 Mk2 detail
 
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