Audio Research has announced a new SE upgrade to its CD6 and Reference CD9. The new Special Edition enhancements were partly designed to unify the aesthetic of the CD/Transport DACs with the rest of the company's current model lineup, but both also benefit from the latest in terms of connectivity, including a USB audio card that boasts full compatibility with OSX, Windows 10, and Linux systems that support ALSA devices.
Read on for full details from Audio Research:
Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC.
The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC's Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms.
Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices. This feature allows full streaming capability from products like Aurender, or Roon's Nucleus. This USB audio card offers a state-of-the-art FPGA design that re-clocks data and formats appropriately; firmware updates are not required. Digital inputs on the original CD6 included two TOSlink inputs, in addition to RCA and USB. The CD6SE will have one TOSlink input and one AES/EBU input, in addition to RCA and USB. Digital inputs on the REF CD9SE will remain unchanged, with the same inputs as the CD6SE.
The CD6SE and REFCD9SE capabilities include:
The CD6SE will retail for $10,000 USD and the REFCD9SE will retail for $15,000 USD. Natural silver or black anodized front panels and handles will be available, shipments will begin Monday, April 8th.
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