Esoteric X-01 Limited Owners manual (2022)

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Super Audio CD/CD Player

Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Manuel du Propriétaire . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Bedienungsanleitung. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

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The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.







1)Read these instructions.

2)Keep these instructions.

3)Heed all warnings.

4)Follow all instructions.

5)Do not use this apparatus near water.

6)Clean only with dry cloth.

7)Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

8)Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9)Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-

type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10)Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11)Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12)Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,

bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

<Do not expose this apparatus to drips or splashes.

<Do not place any objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.

<Do not install this apparatus in a confined space such as a book case or similar unit.

<The apparatus draws nominal non-operating power from the AC outlet with its POWER switch in the off position.

<The apparatus should be located close enough to the AC outlet so that you can easily grasp the power cord plug at any time.

<An apparatus with Class ! construction shall be connected to an AC outlet with a protective grounding connection.

For U.S.A.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the equipment and/or the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.


Changes or modifications to this equipments not expressly approved by TEAC CORPORATION for compliance will void the user’s warranty.


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This product has been designed and manufactured according to FDA regulations “title 21, CFR, chapter 1, subchapter J, based on the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968”, and is classified as class 1 laser product. There is not hazardous invisible laser radiation during operation because invisible laser radiation emitted inside of this product is completely confined in the protective housings.

The label required in this regulation is shown .

For U.S.A.

Optical pickup :


: GH20707A2A



Laser output

: Less than 1mW on the objective lens


: 788±5 nm (CD)

For European customers

Disposal of your old appliance

1.When this crossed-out wheeled bin symbol is attached to a product it means the product is covered by the European Directive 2002/96/EC.

2.All electrical and electronic products should be disposed of separately from the municipal waste stream via designated collection facilities appointed by the government or the local authorities.

3.The correct disposal of your old appliance will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health.

4.For more detailed information about disposal of your old appliance, please contact your city office, waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.


Thank you for choosing TEAC. Read this manual carefully to get the best performance from this unit.

Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Before Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Restoring factory settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Remote Control Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Front panel features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Understanding the remote control unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Playback



Skipping playback


Selecting a track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Fast scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Selecting the playback area


Programmed playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Repeat mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Display dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Analog sound output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Changing the display mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Clock Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Settings (introduction). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Audio Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Speaker Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


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The world’s first VRDS mechanism for Super Audio CD players, incorporating a magnesium turntable and a SS400 bridge

The VDRS mechanism completely eliminates any vibration of the disc itself, thanks to the full-diameter clamp, which clamps the disc securely to the turntable. In addition, warping and other defects of the disc are eliminated. The constancy of the reading angle between the optical pickup and the disc pits is therefore increased, and read errors, together with the occurrence of timing errors to the clock circuit, are significantly reduced.

Playback of Super Audio CDs requires high-speed rotation and a high degree of precision, and the X-01 accordingly uses a magnesium turntable. This has only two-thirds the specific gravity of aluminum and has excellent shock-absorbent properties. The bridge employs a pair of precisely engineered ball bearings, and is constructed of SS400 steel, mounted directly on the 5mm thick steel base plate.

Coreless motor with neodymium magnets

A newly-developed three-phase brushless spindle motor provides the fast and accurate turntable rotation required for Super Audio CD playback. This, and the fixing of the turntable together with the use of precision ball bearings, eliminate irregular rotation and vibration.

Research has shown that neodymium is the optimum magnetic material for this application. Neodymium absorbs changes to the motor’s electric power supply, and exerts minimal influence on the audio sections of the unit.

Constant-angle optical pickup mounted on a sled with feedback-monitored speed control

By mounting the pickup on a sled whose axis is rigid, the pickup lens is maintained at a constant angle and the laser beam, and hence the optical axis, is maintained in an accurate vertical orientation. An Esoteric original three-phase brushless motor with Hall element detection drives the sled, and the speed of the sled is monitored and used to control the sled itself in a servo feedback operation, meaning the sled is highly responsive and smooth in its operation.

Sturdy, rigid chassis with triple-point pinpoint foot support

The unit is constructed with a 5mm thick robust steel base plate, and is divided into three logical sections, thereby reducing interference between components of the unit. Highly rigid mounts are used for the VDRS disc mechanism.

To eliminate vibration, three solid (tool steel) feet support the unit and isolate it mechanically.

Brushed aluminum finish exemplifies the quality of construction

The front, side and top panels are constructed of thick brushed aluminum. The high-quality luxurious finish matches the overall attention to the finest possible quality, shown in such details as the illuminated surrounds to the control buttons, the milled top-panel logo, and the milled aluminum disc tray.

Unsurpassed design and features

The X-01 is truly the most advanced Super Audio CD player to date. Separation of power supplies for each major function (digital audio, DAC circuitry, analog audio) ensures total fidelity. The DACs have sub-ground impedances with exceptional S/N figures. Full 5.1 surround Super Audio CD playback is possible with the X-01.

Audio DACs

All audio channels use Burr-Brown 24-bit DA converters (PCM1704). Improved linearity is achieved for the two front channels by the use of 4-tip-converter for each channel.

The audio DAC boards employ a high-quality quartz crystal, which results in the almost complete elimination of jitter and subsequent high-quality DA conversion.

Word synchronization

A master word clock from a high-quality DA converter or master clock generator can be used for clock synchronization, resulting in the almost complete elimination of jitter.

Using a high-quality clock signal provided by an external DA converter such as the Esoteric G-0/G-0s provides optimum video and audio quality, up to 192kHz, optimizing a topranking universal player like the X-01.


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Before Use

What’s in the box

Please confirm that the following accessories are in the box when you open it.

Remote control unit x 1

Batteries (AA, R6, SUM-3) x 2

Felt sheet x 3

Power cord x 1

Owner’s manual x 1

Warranty card x 1

Conventions about This Manual

<Instructions in this manual describe the controls on the remote control. You can also use the buttons on the front panel if they have the same or similar names as those on the remote.

<The types of functions and operations that can be used for a particular disc vary depending on the features of that disc. In some cases, these functions and operations may differ from the descriptions given in this Owner’s Manual.

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<The drawings about the front panel display used in this Owner’s Manual are purely for the purposes of explanation. The actual displays may differ slightly from what are shown here.

Read this before operation

<As the unit may become warm during operation, always leave sufficient space around the unit for ventilation.

<The voltage supplied to the unit should match the voltage as printed on the rear panel. If you are in any doubt regarding this matter, consult an electrician.

<Choose the installation location of your unit carefully. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or close to a source of heat. Also avoid locations subject to vibrations and excessive dust, heat, cold or moisture.

<Do not place the unit on the amplifier/receiver.

<Do not open the cabinet as this might result in damage to the circuitry or electrical shock. If a foreign object should get into the unit, contact your dealer or service company.

<When removing the power plug from the wall outlet, always pull directly on the plug, never yank the cord.

<To keep the laser pickup clean, do not touch it, and always close the disc tray.

<Do not attempt to clean the unit with chemical solvents as this might damage the finish. Use a clean, dry cloth.

<Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference.


During playback, the disc rotates at high speed. Do NOT lift or move the unit during playback. Doing so may damage the disc or the unit.


When changing places of installation or packing the unit for moving, be sure to remove the disc and return the disc tray to its closed position in the player. Then, press the power switch to turn the power off, and disconnect the power cord. Moving this unit with the disc loaded may result in damage to this unit.

Placement of the unit

High-quality hardened tool steel is used for the pin-point feet, securely attached to the bottom of the player. Although the cover feet may appear loose, the weight of the unit causes them to be firm and secure, and the design effectively damps and reduces vibration.

<Be careful to avoid injury when moving the unit, on account of its weight. Get someone to help you if necessary.

<To protect floors, etc. you may stick the felt supplied with the unit to the bottom of the cover feet.

Pin-point foot

Bottom plate


Steel foot

of the unit

Cover foot

Cover foot retaining screws

Beware of condensation

When the unit (or a disc) is moved from a cold to a warm place, or used after a sudden temperature change, there is a danger of condensation; vapor in the air could condense on the internal mechanism, making correct operation impossible. To prevent this, or if this occurs, leave the unit for one or two hours with the power turned on. Then the unit will stabilize at the temperature of its surroundings.


If the surface of the unit gets dirty, wipe with a soft cloth or use diluted neutral cleaning liquid. Be sure to remove any fluid completely. Do not use thinner, benzine or alcohol as they may damage the surface of the unit.


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Type of Discs That Can be Played on This System

This player can playback discs bearing any of the following logos:

Audio CD:

• 12cm or 8cm discs

• Linear PCM digital audio Audio CDs are divided into tracks.

Super Audio CD:

• Single layer, dual layer or Hybrid layer

• 12cm or 8cm discs

Digital audio (DSD)

Super Audio CDs are divided into tracks.

“Super Audio CD” is a registered trademark. “DSD” is a registered trademark.

About CD-R/CD-RW

CD-R/RW discs recorded in Audio CD format and finalized correctly are playable. But depending on the quality of the disc and/or the condition of the recording, some CD-R & CDRW discs may not be playable.


<If you record a disc using a personal computer, even if it is recorded in a compatible format, there are cases in which it may not play because of the settings of the application software used to create the disc. (Check with the software publisher for more detailed information.)

<Unfinalized CD-R/CD-RW discs cannot be played.

Following discs cannot be played with this unit:

DVD, CD-G, Data part of CD-EXTRA, PHOTO CD, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM discs

discs recorded in a color system other than PAL or NTSC

illegally produced discs

scratched discs

discs that are dusty, soiled or marked with fingerprints


If you attempt to play back such discs, there is a risk that sudden loud noise can blast over the speakers at full volume and cause damage to the speakers and your hearing.

Copy-protected discs and other discs which do not conform to the CD standard may not play back correctly in this player. If you use such discs in this unit, TEAC Corporation and its subsidiaries cannot be responsible for any consequences or guarantee the quality of reproduction. If you experience problems with such non-standard discs, you should contact the producers of the disc.

<Always place the disc on the disc tray with the label side uppermost. (Compact discs can be played or recorded only on one side.)

<To remove a disc from its storage case, press down on the center of the case and lift the disc out, holding it carefully by the edges.

How to remove the disc

How to hold the disc

<Should the disc become dirty, wipe the surface radially (from the center hole outward towards the outer edge) with a soft, dry cloth:

<Never use such chemicals as record sprays, antistatic sprays or fluid, benzine or thinner to clean the discs. Such chemicals will do irreparable damage to the disc’s plastic surface.

<Discs should be returned to their cases after use to avoid dust and scratches that could cause the laser pickup to “skip.”

<Do not expose discs to direct sunlight or high humidity and temperature for extended periods. Long exposure to high temperatures will warp the disc.

<Do not play any disc that is warped, deformed or damaged. Playing such discs may cause irreparable harm to the playing mechanisms.

<CD-R and CD-RW discs are more sensitive to the effects of heat and ultraviolet rays than ordinary CDs. It is important that they are not stored in a location where direct sunlight will fall on them, and which is away from sources of heat such as radiators or heat-generating electrical devices.

<Printable CD-R and CD-RW discs aren’t recommended, as the label side might be sticky and damage the unit.

<Do not stick papers or protective sheets on the discs and do not use any protective coating spray.

<Use a soft oil-based felt-tipped pen to write the information on the label side. Never use a ball-point or hard-tipped pen, as this may cause damage to the recorded side.

<Never use a stabilizer. Using commercially available CD stabilizers with this unit will damage the mechanisms and cause them to malfunction.

<Do not use irregular shape CDs (octagonal, heart shaped, business card size, etc.). CDs of this sort can damage the unit:

<If you are in any doubt as to the care and handling of a CD- R/CD-RW disc, read the precautions supplied with the disc, or contact the disc manufacturer directly.


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Remote Control Unit

How to insert the batteries

Remove the cover of the remote control unit with a screwdriver. After checking the polarity (+/_) of two AA batteries, insert the batteries, replace the cover and replace the screws.

Battery Replacement

If the distance required between the remote control unit and main unit decreases, the batteries are exhausted. In this case replace the batteries with new ones.

Precautions concerning batteries

<Be sure to insert the batteries with correct positive “+” and negative “_” polarities.

<Use batteries of the same type. Never use different types of batteries together.

<Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries can be used. Refer to the precautions on their labels.

<When the remote control unit is not to be used for a long time (more than a month), remove the batteries from the remote control unit to prevent them from leaking. If they leak, wipe away the liquid inside the battery compartment and replace the batteries with new ones.

<Do not heat or disassemble batteries and never dispose of old batteries by throwing them in a fire.

Notes on use

<Point the remote control unit at the player’s remote sensor and use it within seven meters’ distance of the player. There should not be any obstacles between the player and the remote control unit.

<Do not allow direct sun or other light to shine on the remote sensor part of the player. This may cause the remote control unit to work incorrectly.

<Note that other units with remote controls may operate incorrectly because of infrared light “overspill” when you operate this remote control unit.

Restoring factory settings

If you have made a lot of changes to the setup, and want to restart from a known set of options, restore the unit to the factory settings as follows:

1. With the unit turned off, press and hold down the STOP



2. While holding down the STOP button, press the POWER


All memories are erased, and the unit returns to the factory



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<Switch off the power to all equipment before making connections.

<Read the instructions of each component you intend to use with this unit.

<Be sure to insert each plug securely. To prevent hum and noise, avoid bundling the signal interconnection cables together with the AC power cord or speaker cables.

Master clock generator (G-0s, etc.)


Stereo amplifier




cable XLR

cable coaxial BNC

Balanced XLR pin assignment


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cable RCA










Surround amplifier




cable digital optical

cable coaxial RCA

power Supplied



Wall socket

D/A Converter


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Digital audio device

(CD recorder, MD deck, etc.)


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A Analog audio output terminals

Use either the XLR or RCA (pin) FRONT terminals for analog stereo output.

If your amplifier has balanced XLR analog audio inputs, connect the XLR jacks on the unit to the amplifier’s XLR jacks, otherwise use the RCA (pin) connections.

For surround (5.1) amplifiers with analog inputs, also use the RCA (pin) SURROUND pair, CENTER and SUBWOOFER connections (in addition to the FRONT pair).

<If you are connecting only 2 channels, use the 2CH/MULTI button on the remote control to select “2 ch”. For surround sound with six speakers connected, you can select either “2ch” or “5.1 ch” mode. Note that if multi-channel program material is played and 2-channel mode is selected, the multi-channel material will be downmixed to two channels, and output through the L and R front outputs.

B Digital audio output terminals

The unit may be connected using either coaxial or optical (TOS) commercially available cables to amplifiers or to digital audio devices such as CD recorders, etc.

COAXIAL: Use RCA (pin) digital audio cable

OPTICAL: Use optical digital audio cable (TOS)

<The optical terminal is covered by a shutter. Make sure that the cable is firmly inserted, but do not force the cable when connecting it or removing it, in order not to cause damage to the unit.

Application notes

The unit does not output digital surround sound from Super Audio CDs, so to enjoy surround sound from these media, you must make analog connections to a suitably equipped surround sound amplifier.

C Word sync connector

This allows the use of an externally-generated word clock connection, using a commercially available BNC coaxial cable.

Devices producing such a suitable clock signal include external D-A converters, or dedicated word clock generators. Connect the SYNC OUT (or WORD OUT) of such a device to the unit.


Digital output expansion slot

This slot is reserved for a future upgrade, which will allow

the output of Super Audio CD data in digital format.


SIGNAL GND connection


Use a commercially available PVC-covered cord to connect

the signal ground terminal on the unit to the amplifier signal


< Note that this is NOT an electrical safety ground (earth).

F Power cord receptacle

After all other connections have been made, insert the supplied AC power cord into this receptacle, then connect the other end of the power cord into the wall socket. Ensure that your AC voltage corresponds to the voltage marked on the rear panel of the unit. Consult a qualified electrician if you are in doubt.

<In order to avoid the risk of electric shock, fire, and so on, only use the supplied power cord.

<If you are not going to use the unit for some time, disconnect the power cord from the wall socket.


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Front panel features










Front Panel


Use this to turn the unit on and off. When the unit is on, the ring surrounding the button lights up.

The equipment draws nominal non-operating power from the AC outlet with its POWER switch in the OFF position.


Use this to select an external word sync source connected to the WORD SYNC connector C on the rear panel.

CRemote control sensor

Receives signals from the remote control unit. Point the remote control unit at this sensor when operating the remote control unit.


EDisc tray


Use this to open and close the disc tray.


Use this to stop playback. When playback is stopped, the ring surrounding the button lights up.


Use this to start playback. When a disc is being played back, the ring surrounding the button lights up.


Use this to pause playback. When playback is temporarily paused, the ring surrounding this button lights up.

JSKIP (.//)

Use these for skip operations. Pressing and holding these buttons for more than a second changes the scanning speed.













aDisc type indicator

Shows the type of disc currently loaded.

bTRACK indicator

Indicates that the track number of a CD or Super Audio CD is being shown.

cTOTAL indicator

Indicates that the total time is being shown.

dREMAIN indicator

Indicates that the remaining time is being shown.

eDOWN MIX indicator

Lights to show that a multi-channel source has been downmixed to the analog outputs.

f5.1CH indicator

Lights to show that 5.1 analog output has been selected

gChannel indicators

Light to show which surround channels are currently in use.

hMessage area

Alphanumeric display to show times, titles, status messages, etc.

iREPEAT indicator

Lights when repeat play is selected

jPause indicator

Lights when playback is paused.

kPlayback indicator

Lights when playing back.


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Understanding the remote control unit

















ANumber buttons

Use these for selecting tracks by number, etc.


Use this to switch between two-channel (stereo) and multichannel surround audio output.


Use this to select the playback area of Super Audio CDs.

DSCAN (m/,)

Use these for fast scanning during playback.


Equivalent to pushing the STOP button on the front panel.


Equivalent to pushing the PLAY button on the front panel.

GCursor buttons and ENTER

Use these buttons in the setup mode.


Use this button to enter or exit the setup menu.


Duplicates the functions of the OPEN/CLOSE button on the front panel.

JClear button

Use this button to clear entry errors, etc.


Use this button to change the display mode.


Use this button to change the brightness of the front panel display.


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Use this button to set the repeat playback mode.


Use this button when programming playback order.


These buttons are equivalent to the skip buttons on the front panel.


This button is equivalent to the PAUSE button on the front panel.


Use this button to go back a level in the setup menu.



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1Turn on the power using the POWER button on the main unit.

The button and the display light.

2Press the OPEN/CLOSE button.

The tray opens after a second or two (this delay is due to the movement of the internal mechanism of the unit before opening).

3 Insert the disc label side uppermost.

<Make sure the disc is centrally located, in order to avoid any malfunction or jamming of the tray or the unit.

4 Press the OPEN/CLOSE button again.

The tray closes. Take care not to trap your fingers in the tray. The unit reads the disc (this may take a little time).

Number of tracks on disc

Total disc running time

5 Press the PLAY button to start playback.

Pausing playback

Press the PAUSE button to pause playback (the ring surrounding the PAUSE button on the main unit lights).

Press PLAY or PAUSE to restart playback.

Stopping playback

Press the STOP button (the ring surrounding the STOP button on the main unit lights).

Opening and closing the tray

Pressing OPEN/CLOSE opens the tray if it is closed, and closes it if it is open. When the tray is opened during playback, it may take a few seconds before the disc is “unloaded” and the tray opens.


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Skipping playback

Press the MUSIC SKIP button (. or /) repeatedly until the desired track is found. The selected track will be played from the beginning.

<If the . button is pressed once during playback, playback returns to the start of the current track. If it is pressed within one second from the start of the track, playback returns to the start of the previous track (so pressing the button twice in quick succession will skip back two tracks, etc.).

<If tracks are skipped while playback is paused or stopped, playback is paused or stopped at the start of the selected track.

<In programmed playback mode, these buttons will move between tracks in the programmed order.

Selecting a track

Use the number button to select tracks for playback. Use the +10 button to enter the first digit of numbers greater than 9 (repeated presses show 1-, 2-, 3- etc.) and the single digit buttons (0 through 9) for the second digit, or single-digit track numbers.

Playback starts from the selected track, regardless of whether the number is selected during playback or playback is stopped or paused.

Use the CLEAR button to clear mistaken entries.

Fast scanning

When playing back, use the SCAN button (m or ,) to

move backwards and forwards. Press PLAY to restart playback

at normal speed at the desired location.

Repeated presses of the SCAN buttons changes the scanning

speeds. There are three speeds:

Fast (1) q Fast (2) q Fast (3) q Play (normal speed)



You can also use the SKIP buttons of the main unit. To start

scanning (or to change the scanning speed), press and hold

the SKIP button for more than one second.


Scanning can be carried out across track boundaries.

If backward scanning reaches the start of the disc, playback starts from the beginning. If forward scanning reaches the end of the disc, scanning and playback stop.

Selecting the playback area

Some Super Audio CDs contain two or more separate audio areas such as multi-channel area, 2 channel area and CD area.

When playback is stopped, use the PLAY AREA button to select the playback area.


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Programmed playback

Programmed playback allows up to 30 tracks to be played back in the order you decide.

1Press the PROGRAM button (either when playing back or stopped).

If a track is currently playing back (or paused in the middle of the track), this track is added as the first item in the programmed playback list.

2Use the number buttons to add tracks to the programmed playback list.

Track number

Number in programmed list

Use the +10 button and 0 through 9 buttons in exactly the same way as when selecting tracks.

Continue pressing the number buttons to add tracks.

<Clear mistakes with the CLEAR button (the last entry is cleared)

<You can only select tracks on the disc (in other words, if the disc has six tracks, you cannot program track 7!).

3Finish the programming by pressing PLAY.

Programmed playback begins (if the disc is actually being played back while you are setting the program order, there’s no need to press PLAY).

Skip between tracks in the programmed playback order using the SKIP buttons (.//).

Clearing the last track from the list

Push the CLEAR button to clear the last track from the list.

Adding tracks to the list

Use the number buttons to add tracks to the list.

Clearing the whole program

Press the PROGRAM button to clear the program (playback continues from the current point).

The OPEN/CLOSE or the POWER button also clears the program.


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Repeat mode

Use the REPEAT button to select the repeat mode for playback. Repeated presses of the REPEAT button cycle between the following options:



(track repeat)

(whole disc repeat)

REPEAT OFF (no repeat)

<Halting playback stops the repeat mode.

<This feature is not available for all discs.

<The following buttons cancel repeat mode:


Track repeat

When this is selected, the currently-selected track repeats. If another track is selected during repeat playback, the newlyselected track repeats.

Disc repeat

The whole contents of the disc are repeated.

Programmed repeat

If programmed playback has been set up, the whole program is repeated.

Pushing the REPEAT button cycles between REPEAT PGM (program repeat) and REPEAT OFF (programmed playback takes place).

Display dimming

The display on the main unit can be dimmed to suit the environment in which you listen to music. There are three levels and an “off” setting.

Use the FL DIMMER button to cycle between these settings.

and then turned on again, the display is reset to the minimum


Note that the OFF setting is not memorized when the power is

turned off. When the unit is switched off with the display off,


Analog sound output

When playback is stopped, use the 2CH/MULTI button to select either 2CH (stereo) or MULTI (multi-channel surround) audio output from the analog outputs.

Note that if multi-channel program material is played and 2- channel mode is selected, the multi-channel material will be downmixed to two channels, and output through the L and R front outputs.

<This setting is also reflected on the setup menu.

<5.1CH indicator lights when “Multi ch” is selected.


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Changing the display mode

During playback, it is possible to change the display as shown here.

<The DISPLAY button doesn’t work during programmed playback.

Currently playing track

Elapsed time of current track

Time remaining for current track

Total elapsed time (disc)

Total time remaining (disc)

Clock Mode

For highly accurate playback, you can use the word clock (sync) output of an external unit such as the Esoteric D-70 or G-0 to synchronize your whole audio system.

Use the CLOCK MODE (main unit) button to switch between Word M1 ON and Word OFF.

When the unit is synchronizing to the external clock, the ring surrounding the button flashes. When it is locked, the button lights.

<Note that the sync connection should be made before the CLOCK MODE button is pressed. If no valid word sync signal is received, the display shows “No Word!”.

<This unit can respond to synchronization signals up to 176.4 kHz, and automatically changes depending on the input signal.

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Mode 1 and Mode 2

When “Word M1 ON” is selected, press the CLOCK MODE button for more than 3 seconds to switch between “M1 (mode 1)” and “M2 (mode 2)”.

Typically, select M1.

M1 is more accurate and takes significantly longer to achieve lock status compared with M2. If lock status cannot be achieved (the CLOCK MODE button flashes and the display shows “WRD UNLCK!”) using M1, select M2.


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Settings (introduction)

1 Turn on the main unit.

2 Press the SETUP button to enter the setup menu.

“AudioSetup” appears on the front panel display.

<In this manual, factory settings are marked with an asterisk “*”.

<Although it is possible to enter the setup menu while playback is continuing, not all menu functions will be available. Expand the number of available functions by pressing the STOP button.

<Exit the setup menu by pressing SETUP once again.

3 Use the cursor buttons to navigate the menus.

<Refer to the Setup Menu Chart on the next page.

<The options you can change are marked with “>”.

<Use the left and up cursor buttons (or the RETURN button) to go back a level in the setup menu.

4When a option marked with “>” is displayed, use the up or down cursor buttons to change the setting, and press the ENTER button to confirm the entry.

< When a numerical value (such as speaker distance) is

changed, the value is confirmed without pressing the ENTER




Individual menu functions are described on page 19 and 20.

< Repeat steps 3 and 4 as required.

5 Exit the setup menu by pressing SETUP once more.


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Settings (introduction)



Analog Out


SP Setup

SP Size

L/R Size




C Size


CD Direct


SR/SL Size











SR/SL *.*m



SP Level

LR ***.*dB


C ***.*dB


SR ***.*-dB


SL ***.*dB


SW ***.*dB

Test Start

Test Tone



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Settings (Audio Setup)

Analog output settings (Analog Out)

When a option marked with “>” is displayed, use the up or down cursor buttons to change the setting, and press the ENTER button to confirm the entry.

2ch *

Outputs audio from the FRONT L and R terminals. If the source is multi-channel surround, this is downmixed into 2 channels. Use this setting when you have no multi-channel analog connections.

Multi Channel

Use this when the unit is connected to an AV amplifier with 5.1 surround analog inputs. The sound is output from the six multi-channel analog outputs.

<Note that the audio volume changes when the mode is changed between 2-channel to multi-channel.

<Speakers should be set up properly for multi-channel use. See page 19 for details.

Digital output settings (DigitalOut)

When a option marked with “>” is displayed, use the up or down cursor buttons to change the setting, and press the ENTER button to confirm the entry.

ON *

Audio is output from the digital terminals.


Audio is not output from the digital terminals. If you are not using the digital terminals, we suggest that you use this OFF setting for better analog sound.

< No digital output is possible from Super Audio CDs.

CD Direct

When a option marked with “>” is displayed, use the up or down cursor buttons to change the setting, and press the ENTER button to confirm the entry.

This setting matters only when playing back audio CDs.

Direct *

Speaker setting is bypassed.


The speaker setting you have made is used.

Settings (Speaker Setup 1)

Use these speaker setup menus when connecting an AV amplifier with analog outputs, using the 5.1 multi-channel setting (there is no need for this setup when not using multichannel analog connections).

When “Direct” is chosen as the CD playback option (see page 19), the settings made here are ignored.

These speaker menus allow you to select the size, distance from the listening position, and relative levels, as well as generating a test tone.

Speaker Size (SP Size)

Select the size (Large* or Small) independently for the L/R

(front pair of speakers), the C (center speaker) and the SR/SL

(surround pair of speakers). Turn the subwoofer (SW) ON* or


OFF (if you have no subwoofer).

Large *

Select this when the connected speakers can fully reproduce

sounds below 80 Hz.


Select this when the connected speakers are rather small and

cannot reproduce sounds below 80 Hz.

When this setting is selected, bass frequencies below 80 Hz

are output from the subwoofer (if no subwoofer is

connected, from the front speakers).


Select this when no speaker is connected. The sound is

output from the front (or surround) speakers.

<When the front speaker is set to “Small”, the subwoofer is set to “ON” automatically. You cannot set the subwoofer “OFF”.

ON (subwoofer only)

Select this when a powered subwoofer is connected.

<For the center and surround pair options, if these speakers are not physically present, you can select OFF to prevent any output from those channels (you cannot turn off the front L/R pair). Any speakers turned off will downmix (if this option is selected) to the other enabled channels.

<Turning downmix on and off may affect the overall volume.


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Settings (Speaker Setup 2)

Speaker distance

Ideally, the speakers should be placed so that they are all the same distance from the listening position. If this is not possible, you should use this method described here to adjust them individually. It is also possible to adjust all distances together. The point of these settings is to provide the best synchronization between sound and image by delaying the sound by an appropriate amount. The subwoofer is not included in this setting (the placement of the subwoofer is less critical than that of other speakers).

The L/R setting changes the distance of all speakers together. Pressing the up button adds 0.1m to each value, and pressing the down button subtracts 0.1m from each value.

Distances are measured in meters (1 meter = just over 3 feet, and 0.1 meter = about 4 inches).

Carry out this operation first before setting the other speaker distances.

After setting the L/R, C and SR/SL speaker distances together, you can now set the center and surround pair distances. The minimum distance for these is 0m and the maximum is 9m, with the additional restrictions described here.

<The distance that you set for the center speaker cannot be greater than the distance set for the L/R pair and must be within 1.7m of that L/R distance.

So for example, if the distance to the L/R pair is set to 5.0m, the center distance must be between 3.3m (5 - 1.7) and 5m.

<The distance that you set for the SR/SL surround pair cannot be greater than the distance set for the L/R pair (and must be within 9m of that distance).

So with the L/R pair set at 5m, the SR/SL pair distance can be set from 0m to 5m.

Speaker levels (SP Level)

Use this to set the relative levels of the speakers. You can set the L/R pair together, and the center, and surround rear pair independently, as well as the subwoofer. The maximum value you can set here is +6dB and the minimum is -12dB, with settings made in 0.5dB increments. The default setting is each speaker channel set to 0dB.

1.Select “Test Start” and press the ENTER button.

The unit outputs pink noise from each channel in turn at the specified level for each channel.

<Adjust the master volume of your amplifier to the normal listening level.

2.Select a speaker using the up or down cursor buttons.

3.Press the right cursor button.

4.Adjust the levels using the up or down cursor buttons.

5.When the setting has been finished, press the SETUP button to exit the setup menu.

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Test tone length (Test tone)

Select the Test Tone menu item, and choose between 2, 5* and 10 seconds. This represents the length of time that the pink noise is output from each speaker when Test Start is selected.



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