CES 2012 - Ypsilon CDT - 100 CD Transport
The remarkable Philips CD-PRO II mechanism is the heart of the machine, and its original mounting on what I understand to be a sandwich of aluminium and stainless steel plates supported by space age looking feet gives the transport the stability and necessary decoupling from unwanted vibrations gives this very well crafted player the basis on its very good mechanical performance.
The internal DAC provides an analog output, so the CDT-100 can be used as a stand alone CD player.
However, a proprietary analog current output is also provided to drive the proprietary external DAC - 100 for the most amazing results. More on this product in the soon to be released DAC section. Suffice to say that it is 24/192 capable and uses input transformers and valves....
Ypsilon electronics & Langsche speakers
A very unusual design, as the front end is valve-based, coupled to the final MOSFET stages via a transformer. The design is based on an older Electro-Voice circuit diagram, it is supposed to have some of the attributes of an all-valve OTL design with more available power in a more compact package, here delivering 220w into 8ohms.
They were driving a pair of Lansche 7 loudspeakers and together produced one of the most stunning demos at the Show, thanks in no small part to the Ion tweeter, said to reach 150KHz!
Very impressive, and expensive indeed...
Two very interesting sources were feeding the system, their own CD player and the Bergman tangential arm turntable - more on these later.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.