CD Player
ESS Hyper-Stream-DAC-Chip ES9018K2M
Remote control:
CD Drive System:
Belt Drive
Playable Discs:
Audio CDs & finalized CD-R/RW
CD Stabilizer:
Ø 70 mm, weight: 330 g (brass)
Digital outputs:
• AES/EBU x 1: 2.5Vp-p/110Ω • Coaxial x 1 0.5Vp-p/75Ω • TOS x 1(optical): -21~-15dBm EIAJ
Analog outputs:
• Balanced XLR (pin2-hot) x 1 / 4Vrms • Unbalanced RCA x 1 / 2Vrm • Headphones - 6.3mm x 1 (front)
Digital filter:
FLAT / PULSE (switchable)
300 (W) x 317 (D) x 158 (H) mm
USB Sound System - 32bit/384kHz PCM - DSD128/5.6MHz
Black or silver finish

3 695,00€

About product

Digital output and headphone terminal have been added for the first time to a Belt-Drive CD Player. This maximizes the most advanced DAC technology developed by ESS, and the headphone output enables direct listening without amplifier and loudspeaker system. 

With USB input connected to PC up to 32bit/384kHz PCM and DSD128/5.6MHz high-resolution music sources can be reproduced through the CD 5. Here the CD 5 works as the high-resolution music reproduction device in addition to an independent D/A converter for CD music. 

In order to read the signal recorded with Constant Linea Velocity (CLV) on CD, rotation speed should be slowed down as it goes to the outside. 

Usually the spindle motor controls the variation of speed.  All CD players and transports place the spindle motor beneath the turntable for CD and the motor shaft works as the turntable center, this is called direct-drive system. 
Stable and accurate rotation requires a bigger torque of motor itself, which inevitably creates certain vibration and the electromagnetic noise. In CDC CD5’ Belt Drive the spindle motor is placed independently from the center shaft and vibration as well as electromagnetic noise effect to the CD are thus minimized. 

A heavy CD stabilizer provides bigger inertia of turntable and achieves a stable and smooth rotation of discs.  Smaller torque motor and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) create the ideal fundamentals of music reproduction. By placing the turntable shaft in the center of the top loading open space the rubber belt replacement is now done with ease on the CD5.

The conversion from digital to analog signal is performed by the ESS Hyper stream DAC chip ES9018K2M which is compatible up to 32-bit/384kHz signals. In addition signals through ES9018K2M go through original full-balanced circuit to achieve dynamic and musical reproduction of music.

CEC CD 5 offers two different digital filters, “FLAT”, a standard filer with super linear frequency response to 20kHz, and “PULSE”, a ringing-free pulse-optimized filer with a softer roll-off below 20kHz. You may select easily by the remote control. 

SPDIF input is compatible up to 24bit/192kHz by COAXIAL and TOSLINK terminals. USB input for the connection to PC is compatible up to PCM 32bit/384kHz and DoP reproduction at DSD128/5.6MHz.

Both connections are available. Conventional type RCA output, and XLR output terminal for balance connection. 

Two outputs are available: COAX and TOSLINK. 

A large VFD monitor indicates input status, condition of digital filter, and the input sampling frequency. Independent FL display shows the condition of the performance of CDs. 
Three steps may dim the brightness of display. 

About brand


The ultimate task of a high-end audio component is to breathe life into reproduced music and convey to the listener that the soul of the performer lives in each musical event.

In 1954, when CEC was established, the audio industry was still in its infancy. For example, the field of drive motors for phono turntables was as yet largely unexplored.

CEC became the first company to make turntables in Japan, and our products were highly regarded by music lovers.

CEC was one of the leading suppliers of turntables and CD players in the consumer field with major brand OEM customers including Grundig, Marantz, Teac, Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Alpine, Kenwood, Sharp etc 

For CEC, the aim has always been clear - to create superior, high-end audio products; a quality-oriented policy that has served us and our customers well, regardless of market fluctuations. For this we have inaugurated in 2011 a new company building, as well as a new production facility in Japan. 

The first CEC CD player was introduced in 1983. Due to our analog experience our engineers were able to implement the belt drive system to CD transports.

The world's first belt drive transport was born in 1991 - 
CEC 's TL 1. Since then, CEC has continued to develop and refine belt drive CD transports. A technology for which CEC holds worldwide patent rights.

The result: music reproduction on its highest level

CEC opened a new chapter in music reproduction in 1991 with the world's first belt drive CD transport, the now famous TL 1.

The development of the TL 1 started on the technical premise that in their basic form, analog turntables and digital CD players are fundamentally the same. Although the speed of a CD varies, the change takes place in tiny increments. In other words the speed during a certain time period can be seen as constant.

Based on this result CEC developed a completely new CD playback system, which is free from acoustic feedback, has a higher signal to noise ratio and eliminates jitter. For this development CEC has worldwide patent rights.

CEC use a low torque motor which drives via a precision belt a heavy stabilizer. The stabilizer not only secures the CD disc but also increase its inertia 26 times. The extremely heavy drive mechanism floats on a dual suspension system with high noise absorption. The drive and laser motors are isolated electronically, magnetically and mechanically from the laser pickup, and are coupled only via precision belts. The stabilizer centers the disc and provides excellent vibration absorption characteristics as well as a strong flywheel effect.

The high precision turntable shaft, a result of our analog experience, has a 4mm spindle of the highest precision with several self lubricating bearings.

Creative mastery of vibration control techniques resulted in this landmark product whose uniquely analog musicality has been hailed as nothing less than a revolution in digital audio.The TL 1 was considered to be the finest, and most musically satisfying instrument for digital reproduction in the opinion of music lovers, highend amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers, and the world's high-end audio press.

The CEC Superlink is our innovative signal interconnect solution. It requires four discrete interconnect cables. The left/right-clock data, bit-clock data and digital audio music data are all transmitted from the CD-transport to the DAC while the master-clock is generated inside the DAC and sent to the CD-transport. The transmission is done with 4 x 75-Ohm BNC cables with impedance matching. Combining these latest digital data transfer techniques with our tried-and-tested belt-drive system, we have created audio reproduction free from motor noise.

Our new CEC TL 3N CD transport offers beautiful, precise and rewarding reproduction. The care and attention taken over the many technical innovations in the new CEC DA 3N make it sonically rich, detailed and emotionally gripping. Using high quality BNC cables to ensure minimal signal interference, the DA 3N makes it possible to transmit
high quality signals from its ideal counterpart – the CEC TL 3N - to the DAC, free of distortions and jitter with CEC Superlink. The CEC Superlink interconnect system, which uses high quality BNC cables, ensures optimal, jitter free, signal transfer from the CEC TL 3N transport to its matching DA 3N DAC.

Test reports in international magazines as well as the testimony of our satisfied customers worldwide confirm 
that we have achieved our musical objective:
music reproduction on its highest level.


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