Test Report: CD Player T + A SACD 1260 R

Since coming back from vacation and will test it a CD player. More specifically a SACD/CD player of finest design. But it works no better makes it for someone, the silver discs only nor does once in the hand: they promptly to rip to hard drive and a network player to feed from now on from there.

  1. Test report: CD Player T + A SACD 1260 R
  2. Data sheet

On the other hand: The new developments and improvements, T + A from the immensely successful SACD 1250 R (test in AUDIO 7/07) the presented here successor 1260 R has made, will its network sibling also benefit. So music lovers of both factions – traditionalists as well as streaming inspired – by T + A may feel equally well served.

Where “good” no expression is for the high-tech full operation, running the Herford company for the simple (and affordable necessary also with a single low-cost chip) purpose of digital filtering and digital-to-analog conversion. The “quadruple Converter”, housed on a specific card busy analog filter and output levels trains that up until just before the outputs to two single-ended signals four stereo converter chips in addition to separate for two channels (R is a pure stereo unit with SACD of 1260).

The brand new the manufacturer of Burr-Brown PCM-1795 serve as a converter, as the first of its kind signals gigantic 32-bit word width can handle. That can be compared to the previous standard of 24 bit theoretically recoverable benefits metrological point of view hardly (as well you could try to hear the grass grow from Stuttgart in Herford, Germany), tonally, the new chips should have brought but significant progress.

Specifically, not the chips alone – without precise 32-bit lining, fully using their skills, get it of course it did not make sense. T + A this ultra fine data from the same DSP can be calculated, which already put in the previous player, was slowed but on 24-bit. That by T + A self-penned filter algorithms for this signal processor can be head push fine: in addition to the standard digital filter, convinced in the laboratory with pin-straight frequency response and 100% suppression of high-frequency interference remains, there are three sound-optimized filter variants that take a minimal sloping above from 10 kilohertz high-frequency response in purchase in favour of a low-end of the pulse.

The question, which prefers the filters in the test, is quickly answered: number 3. This is the pulse-optimized filter without pre-and post-echoes was sounding perceived in the 1250s players almost all testers and owners as particularly natural and “undigital”. No change here.

Also the basic design of the player is of its predecessor. The drive along with the ultra sound, run on two steel bars charge unlimited is a small, fine specialty company, founded by former Philips developers back from stream, and also otherwise it matches any 1260 1250 with new transformers and new software.
That which is 1260 then almost 1000 euros more expensive than its predecessor in its launch two and a half years ago, will not please fans of the brand. On the other hand, happen also software is not free – in particular, if she must be written for comparatively small editions published noble player. Also the sound of the 1260 helps significantly as quickly as possible to forget the price scare. Also 1260 applies: there are no SACD-capable CD player that sounds just as well for the same money. Especially since he 1260 in SACD mode 1250 has risen again noticeably compared and now big brother D-10 is dangerous. The tubes tipped top model (AUDIO 4/06) SACDs coaxed more details and an amazing presence of vocals, 1260 worked R an integrated and thanks to its competent Groovy bass tonal yet coherent.
CD passage, however, could decide the D-10 relatively easily for himself: Although was also here the 1260 R at first hearing a touch warmer. The D-10 played relaxed and just now but not really bright, but especially complexer at higher volume levels – where Analytics Blender quickly annoying – with a fascinating blend of precision and ease, the 2000 Euro cheaper relatives then yet not quite up.
It is interesting that above all SACDs of the new converters of the 1260 seem to benefit R. The DSD data, effectively coming as a 24-bit PCM in the DSP of the T + A, seem to provide a particularly good, rich bit base the filtering and oversampling algorithms of the player.
T + A SACD 1260R

Manufacturer T + A
Price €4000.00
Rating 120.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) Height depth 44.0 x 7.5 x 39.0 cm
Weight 6,0 kg
Playback MP3
HDCD playback
Learning with display / remote control / / FB without display
Volume control
CD text display
Tube output stages
Title overview
ID3 tag display
Repetition Title, CD
Car space
Speaker size adjustable SACD
Level Setup SACD
Time correction SACD
Built-in multichannel decoder, SACD
Digital outputs i-link 0
RCA audio (stereo) 1
5.1 output (RCA) No
5.1 output (XLR) available No
Digital output ST No
Digital inputs No
Headphone output / adjustable /
Measured values
CD output voltage (0 dB FS) 2.4 V
Output resistance 23 ohms
Noise ratio (A-weighted) CD 113 dB
Noise ratio (A-weighted) SACD 95 dB
Error correction information layer CD 3.00 mm
Error correction surface CD 3.00 mm
Jitter CD 169 picoseconds
Power consumption standby / operating 0.7 / 16.3 W
Incredibly soft, detailed sound, especially with SACD
No remote control as standard (200 euro extra charge)
Sound CD 120
Sound SACD outstanding 135
Facilities Very good
Operation well
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment well over 120
tested in 10 / 09