CD Player
ES9008 | Highest Performance 8-channel Audio DAC
Remote control:
CD Drive System:
Belt Drive
Playable Discs:
Audio CDs & finalized CD-R/RW
CD Stabilizer:
Diameter 120mm, Weight 370g (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 (Pin 2-Hot) x 1 / 4Vrms Unbalanced RCA x 1 / 2Vrms
300 (W) x 317 (D) x 158 (H) mm
Black or silver finish

3 695,00€

About product

The CD 3N CD player uses CEC's proprietary belt drive mechanism of TL 3N to minimize the vibration and electromagnetic noise from the motors, enabling the precise reproduction of music signals. CEC CD 3N's double belt drive system, which drives both the spindle and the pickup with belts, minimizes noise contamination and provides delicate and accurate music reproduction.The top-loading design allows the use of a stabilizer for maximum disc stability.

The CD 3N has separate power supplies for transport and DAC to enable clean voltage. They are also separated for the motor, servo, display, digital and analog circuits.

The CD3N uses the ESS ES9008 DAC chip, which performs up to 24bit/192kHz music signal. And the Digital Filter can be set for 2 different characteristics: "Flat", which offers best frequency response and sharp filtering of ultrasonic noise, and "Pulse", which is optimized for the best dynamic response.

Full balance-circuit design from the digital input to the analog output achieve the high quality signal path keeping the sound quality very natural and clear.

The CD 3N uses a symmetrical XLR output for consistency with its balanced analog circuit. It also features an RCA output to ensure connectivity with other equipment without balanced input capability. These balanced and unbalanced connectors are gold plated to maximize performance. Three types of digital connectors (AES/EBU, COAX/SPDIF, TOSLINK) enable connectivity with a wide range of digital equipment.

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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