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Sale on Standard and Upgraded TL5 is available at Audio Union.
The TL 5 single belt high performance CD transport is one of the top performing CD transports in this price range. The Larger TL2N stabilizer upgrade enhances the performance by improving the constant linear velocity read rate. The larger TL2N stabilizer upgrade, raises the performance level to new heights. The TL5 with the upgrade TL2N stabilizer is only available at Audio Union.
CEC has been leading the industry in high performance CD transport development since 1991 with the introduction of the belt drive. The Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) data read rate is controlled by the rotation speed of the CD turntable. The rotation is slowed down as the laser pickup moves to the outer edge of the CD. CEC belt drive CD players and transports use an independent shaft as the turntable center and direct drive cd transports use the motor spindle as the turntable center. A lower torque motor is used with a belt drive transport comparted to a direct drive transport design.
CEC’s patented belt drive CD transport has a lower mechanical vibration and lower electromagnetic noise compared to a direct drive design. With CEC TL 5 the spindle motor is independently of the center shaft. A heavy CD stabilizer provides larger turntable inertia and achieves a stable and smooth rotation of the CD discs. These advances reduce the mechanical vibrations and speed variation of the turntable. The smaller torque motor of a belt drive transport and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) reduces electromagnetic noise level at the laser pickup. These fundamental advances create the ideal environment for the reproduction of music with the industry leading low jitter and high signal to noise ratio. These advances yield a transport with a rich musical sound.
The new CEC TL 5 high performance CD transport features multiple digital outputs: AES/EBU, COAXIAL and TOSLINK. The shortest possible signal pass and stability of signal quality have been maintained by direct mounting of all terminals to the single circuit board. Superior Fluorescent display can be dimmed and even disconnected. With the new power supply introduction in 2021, designed specifically for the American market, the performance of the TL 5 is raised to new levels. 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 CEC TL 5.
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. The word about the musical cohesion, the rich detail and emotionally gripping “analogue-like“ can be found in many industry reviews. No other CD transport has sounded so analogue to this day. There has seldom been higher quality compact disc playback in this price class!
“CEC’s TL5 transport is living, breathing proof that less really can be more. This is good old Red Book, with the emphasis on the ‘good’.”
CEC TL 5 - Review HIFI Plus 2019
“...Among the four CD transport by the Japanese manufacturer CEC, the TL 5 is at the lower end of the price range. In view of the very high playback quality, this solid device offers an outstanding price/performance ratio. Combined with an appropriate DA converter, a digital pre-amplifier and power amplifier, this opens up a highly interesting as well as recommendable entry opportunity in the upper quality regions of CD playback. An addition plus in the TL 5, is the belt-drive principle that is used. As a buyer, you cannot do anything wrong!.”
CEC TL 5 - Hifi Stars - Review
"In fact, the performance of the new mechanism is so impressive that it has forced a major update in the twin-belt design
-- hence the new TL2N. But the best news of all is that the new TL5 comes in considerably cheaper than the TL3N it
replaces – around €1000 less, depending on country. With both Marc Mickelson and Roy Gregory using CEC transports on
a regular basis, you can be sure we’ll be keeping a close eye on these new, more affordable models."
CEC TL5 and TL2N - The Audio Beat
"My expectations on playing the TL5 left me overwhelmed. This was a CD transport on a grand scale but requiring minimum expenditure."
Hifi Pig - Review CEC TL 5 -01-2017
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