CD Player T.A.C. CD C 60

Who provides better sound: tube or transistor? With switchable electronics the noble player goes after T.A.C. CD C 60 for 3400 euro of question.

  1. CD Player T.A.C. CD C 60
  2. Data sheet

The Baden-based distribution company Sintron is a known size in Hi-Fi and high end circles. Managing Director Uwe Bartel had new living legends such as dual or Thorens and maintains its own brands such as Vincent or T.A.C since 1995: “Tube Audio Company” is a brand name for tube devices.
The latest product from the House of T.A.C wants to ascend to the highest level in the rank & name list. To C 60 to tacking attacks the 3400 euro player CD. At your fingertips, he leaves his tubes of blood and slips into the role of a semiconductor player. As an alternative to the RCA outputs (adjustable volume) he offers symmetrical the output signal.
Up to the all-metal remote control the requirements for its developers come from the dimmable display by the pioneer Bartel. The head of Sintron dictated the form: loosely based on the 11/07 tested T.A.C. V 60 – a solid steel frame, capped by a one full centimeter of thick Aluminumplatte with rectangular cut-out. Under the transparent plastic sliding window, a Philips drive (VAM 1202) developed only for HiFi spins the disc. The controller also comes from the drive manufacturer.
The inside of the CD are C 60 is structured through a three room apartment with steel walls. In the first room, two completely encapsulated transformers will find quarter. As a roommate, a Chinese two-way rectifier tube type 6 Z 4 fabricated the anode DC voltage for the tube output stages. The (theoretical) benefit of the glass bulb rectifier: DC guarantees in its purest form.
The drive and low-voltage electricity generators occupy the middle room. Many stabilizers, comparators, and “on foot” from individual transistors smooth any twitch of the supply voltages for the digital and the analog semiconductor section established control circuits.
The last survivor reserved C 60 for the D/A converter and the output stages for the analog signal of the CD. A converter model student of the American semiconductor producers in Texas instruments (BB PCM 1792) cleans in a first stage of the digital filter the CD music data from data belonging to the wanted signal, converts the 16-bit word length to 24-bit and increasing the sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz to 352.8 kHz (achtfaches oversampling).
Along the way, he corrected the treble of emphasis older CD-ROMs with an accuracy of 0.004 decibels, documented in the datasheet, digitally adjusts the volume in fine increments of 0.5 dB and could dock even an external HDCD decoder for more details and higher dynamics of corresponding HDCD CDs. T.A.C. not used, but using the built-in level control.
The balanced converter outputs C 60 leaves the CD also does not lie fallow. The filter – built with noise and low-distortion operational amplifiers (BB 2804) and amplifier stages are quad (for inverted and non-inverted signal routing). Shunned T.A.C. sound detrimental coupling capacitors in the signal path and regulates DC voltage shares electronically from.
The owner of touch may decide at the output: to transform the player outputs to practical 600 ohms output impedance powerless controllable, complementary field effect transistors? Or he leaves same who occupy the entrance gate into the stereo amplifier V 60 (11/07) the impedance conversion cathode follower connected tubes 6922 EH -?
In the hearing room was out for stereoplay clearly in favor of the tube. The FET output was paler and thinner towards their spraying sparkling heights, the pithy-structured basses, the deep drawn by recording rooms.
Position tube acted the CD C 60 not as a magician who conjures up behind soft capturing mist. On the contrary: the T.A.C. proved a thriller, as a smooth, fast operating predator. If about the rock group founded in New York, “the silos” live concert “this highway is A circle” agreed the player brought the room to a boil as the Group stood live on stage. With overwhelming force, the drummer pummelled away, almost visible were the harsh voices in the room, and the guitars underpinned aggressive melodic rhythm.
Other cherished tube player were powerless to its traction, balance and floor drawing – her sound seemed more fragile and in the soft Foundation. The 6/06-tested Linn Majik proved equal to all cross checks. The Scot sounded maybe not quite so powerful, occurred with velvet paws, was but little joint and fleet-footed in the movement in the musical flow.
On the other hand, the T.A.C more breathtaking dynamic points. That C 60 about its symmetric outputs no longer could put to the CD, is no big deal. He is the brilliant winner, if not about his outputs of FET. The CD C 60 is the best player of the tubes, had the stereoplay ever in the test.
Conclusion:
The question of whether transistor or tube output stages sound better, answers C 60 CD T.A.C. clear tube. He there neither exaggerated Ethereal nor as cuddly Esthete. He has unbridled dynamics and violence of the bass. stereoplays senior pipes player.
T.A.C. CD C 60

Manufacturer T.A.C.
Price €3500.00
Rating 62.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) 45.0 x 10.0 x 39.0 cm
Weight 12.0 kg
Remote control / Adaptive / No
Outputs unbalanced / symm. /
Digital output TosLink / ST / coaxial / XLR / /
Display CD / SACD text No
capable of reading CD-R / CD-RW /
Volume control
Headphone output / adjustable nabaasa
Random track selection
HDCD playback No
Measured values
Error correction information layer CD 0.20 mm
Error correction surface CD 0.20 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 0.1 / 27.8 W
Review
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
62
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
8
Practice
(max. 15 points)
9
Valency
(maximum 10 points)
10
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good-89 points
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 4 / 09

 

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