New in the box.
The CEC CD5 is a top performing high performance CD Player’s in this price range. Adding the TL2N stabilizer upgrade further improves the performance of the CD5. The 120mm stabilizer upgrade enhances the performance by improving the constant velocity read rate of the CD5. The CD5 with 120 mm stabilizer is only available at Audio Union.
CEC has been an industry leader of CD players since the development of the belt drive in 1991. The Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) data read rate is controlled by the rotation speed of the CD turntable. The rotation of the CD is slowed down as the laser pickup moves to the outer edge of the CD. The design of the CD5 drive mechanically isolates the motor from the turntable with a rubber suspension system. The rubber belt further isolates the turntable from the motor torque vibrations. 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 when compared to a direct drive design. A heavy CD stabilizer is used to clamp the CD firmly on the turntable which increases the turntable inertia 26 times the inertia of the CD. This achieves a more stable and smooth rotation of the CD disc. These advances reduce the mechanical vibrations and speed variation of the turntable which is needed for accurate CLV. The smaller torque motor of a belt drive transport and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) reduces electromagnetic noise levels at the laser pickup. This creates the ideal environment for the reproduction of music with the industry leading low jitter and high signal to noise ratio. These advances yield a high performance CD player with a rich musical sound.
Other CEC CD5 features include:
- digital outputs: COAXIAL and TOSLINK
- digital inputs: USB, COAXIAL, AND TOSLINK
- the fluorescent display which can be dimmed and even turned off
- rubber belt replacement is now done with ease
- shortest possible signal path is maintained by directly mounting of all terminals on a single circuit board
The CEC CD 5 has a high-resolution, high-performance DAC. The conversion from digital to analog signal is performed by a ESS Hyperstream ES9018K2M DAC chip. The ES9018K2M is a high performance 32-bit 2 channel audio D/A converter for audiophile grade playback. With USB input connection PCM 32bit/384kHz and DSD128/5.6MHz DAC digital recordings can be streamed to CEC CD 5. The D/A converter is used to produce a full-balanced analog signal to achieve dynamic and musical reproduction of the recording. The headphone output enables direct listening without amplifier and loudspeaker system.
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 at its highest level. The word about the musical cohesion, the rich detail and emotionally gripping “analog-like“ can be found in many industry reviews. No other CD transport has sounded so analog to this day. There has seldom been higher quality compact disc playback in this price class!
CEC CD 5-DATA SHEET
The CEC CD 5 makes an excellent impression on the listener from the very first moment. The sound of the CDs was rich, deep, and sophisticated. Its inner calmness and coherence were outstanding. The CEC CD 5 is an excellent CD player which can normally be regarded as a high-end-device.“ (Positive Feedback | W. Pacuła)
Since CEC introduced world’s first Belt-Drive CD Transport in 1991, a lot of music lovers have enjoyed its rich musical sound, which CEC continues to improve on. A heavy stabilizer creates a highly stable disk rotation rate. The Belt-Drive system eliminates the affects of vibration and electromagnetic noise caused by the motor rotation. This environment creates an ultra low noise and ultra low jitter data signal.
The conversion from digital to analog signal is performed by ESS Hyperstream DAC chip ES9018K2M. In addition signals through ES9018K2M go through original full-balanced circuit to achieve dynamic and musical reproduction of music.
“an extremely successful, really well prepared CD player with analogue sound flair and with the highest level of powerful converter section, which can do justice to all current and foreseeable digital challenges.“
Review: HIFI einsnull 2015 | Holger Barske
CEC CD 5 - Einsnull-english
The CD5 makes a whole lot of sense. On the one hand it could well be purchased as a ‘last CD player’,
CEC CD 5 CD player DAC complete recommended
There has seldom been higher quality compact disc playback in this price class!
Review from HIFI STARS - 2015
CEC CD 5-Review Hifi Star