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The MP 3100 HV is our latest and most sophisticated multi-media player. The basic design philosophy stems from the MP 3000 HV, but the MP 3100 HV is now capable of carrying out the full signal processing of DSD bitstream data in addition to processing PCM data to impeccable standards. This extensive development was necessitated by the machine’s new integral disc mechanism: an SACD drive which is a completely new development, featuring the very latest decoder, and capable of reading CD (PCM 44.1 kSps ) and SACD (DSD 64 2.8 MHz) discs at the highest possible quality. The other digital sources, both integral and external, also benefit from this new improvement. As in the MP 3000 HV, PCM data is converted using our outstanding double differential quadruple converter for all the digital signal processing. DSD data are handled by the unique analogue true 1-bit DSD converter from the PDP 3000 HV, which processes the DSD data in native form as a bitstream rather than converting them.
This makes it possible to reproduce DSD data up to DSD 512, as delivered by the USB input of the digital connecting board, to the highest level of quality. The machine’s streaming client takes the form of the new T+A high-res streaming board, which provides maximum resolution as well as the facility to access various music services, Internet radio, inclusion in the home network via LAN and WLAN, USB Master Mode and HD streaming from network servers. The tuner offers FM, FM-HD and DAB+ capability, and delivers excellent sound. The MP 3100 HV also includes a high-quality Bluetooth streaming module for transferring music from mobile devices. The MP 3000 HV and MP 3100 HV, or even an entire HV system, are controlled using the FD 100 radio remote control handset or the T+A Control App.
Like all HV devices the PDP 3000 HV incorporates no ferro-magnetic materials; it is constructed entirely of pure aluminium, and contains aluminium dividers which separate five compartments housing the disc mechanism with decoder board and digital inputs, the D/A converter with analogue output stage, the analogue mains power supply, the digital mains power supply and – in the solid front panel – the control section with its ultra-bright screen and sensor buttons.
The core of the PDP 3000 HV is the Double-Differential-Quadrupel digital /analogue converter for PCM files up to 384 kSps and the T+A True 1-bit DSD Converter for DSD files up to DSD 512.
The signals pass through our equally unique jitter-reduction stage, which receives the data from the CD / SACD mechanism block or the seven digital inputs, before being processed by the converters. The USB input is equipped with one of the latest USB interfaces, and is capable of reproducing PCM and DSD audio data of the highest quality; DSD data are passed directly to the converter modules. The current / voltage transducers which are downstream of the D/A converter are crucial to sound quality, and they are of fully discrete, channel-separate construction, and equipped with our HV technology, as are the analogue output stages.
The PDP 3000 HV’s high-quality SACD mechanism is fully shielded and housed in a machined solid aluminium case, in order to prevent any trace of interaction between the moving parts of the mechanism and the rest of the player.
The disc carrier block is mounted on just two close-tolerance pushrods which completely de-couple it from the heavy outer case. This in turn prevents the transmission of external pressure waves, vibration or structural sound from the mounting surface to the electronics and disc mechanism. A high-torque synchronous motor moves the disc carrier block smoothly and quietly by means of a precision-made de-coupled spindle. The top-loader mechanism makes it easy to insert discs without damaging them; they are held in place by an anti-resonance puck.The socket array on the back panel reflects the symmetrical construction of the case and the overall circuit design. The analogue output stages pass their signals directly to the professional-standard XLR or RCA output sockets for PCM and DSD operation. Below them – behind the lower compartment – are the digital input sockets, the HV bus, the LAN socket and the separate sockets for the analogue and digital mains power supplies.
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