The ultimate task of a high-end audio component is to breathe life into reproduced music and convey to the listener that the soul of the performer lives in each musical event.

In 1954, when CEC was established, the audio industry was still in its infancy. For example, the field of drive motors for phono turntables was as yet largely unexplored.

CEC became the first company to make turntables in Japan, and our products were highly regarded by music lovers.

CEC was one of the leading suppliers of turntables and CD players in the consumer field with major brand OEM customers including Grundig, Marantz, Teac, Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Alpine, Kenwood, Sharp etc.

For CEC, the aim has always been clear – to create superior, high-end audio products; a quality-oriented policy that has served us and our customers well, regardless of market fluctuations. For this we have inaugurated in 2011 a new company building, as well as a new production facility in Japan.

The first CEC CD player was introduced in 1983. Due to our analog experience our engineers were able to implement the belt drive system to CD transports.

The world’s first belt drive transport was born in 1991 – CEC ‘s TL 1. Since then, CEC has continued to develop and refine belt drive CD transports. A technology for which CEC holds worldwide patent rights.

CEC opened a new chapter in music reproduction in 1991 with the world’s first belt drive CD transport, the now famous TL 1.

The development of the TL 1 started on the technical premise that in their basic form, analog turntables and digital CD players are fundamentally the same. Although the speed of a CD varies, the change takes place in tiny increments. In other words the speed during a certain time period can be seen as constant.

Based on this result CEC developed a completely new CD playback system, which is free from acoustic feedback, has a higher signal to noise ratio and eliminates jitter. For this development CEC has worldwide patent rights.

CEC use a low torque motor which drives via a precision belt a heavy stabilizer. The stabilizer not only secures the CD disc but also increase its inertia 26 times. The extremely heavy drive mechanism floats on a dual suspension system with high noise absorption. The drive and laser motors are isolated electronically, magnetically and mechanically from the laser pickup, and are coupled only via precision belts. The stabilizer centers the disc and provides excellent vibration absorption characteristics as well as a strong flywheel effect.

The high precision turntable shaft, a result of our analog experience, has a 4mm spindle of the highest precision with several self lubricating bearings.

Creative mastery of vibration control techniques resulted in this landmark product whose uniquely analog musicality has been hailed as nothing less than a revolution in digital audio.The TL 1 was considered to be the finest, and most musically satisfying instrument for digital reproduction in the opinion of music lovers, highend amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers, and the world’s high-end audio press.

The CEC Superlink is our innovative signal interconnect solution. It requires four discrete interconnect cables. The left/right-clock data, bit-clock data and digital audio music data are all transmitted from the CD-transport to the DAC while the master-clock is generated inside the DAC and sent to the CD-transport. The transmission is done with 4 x 75-Ohm BNC cables with impedance matching. Combining these latest digital data transfer techniques with our tried-and-tested belt-drive system, we have created audio reproduction free from motor noise.

Our new CEC TL 2N CD transport offers beautiful, precise and rewarding reproduction. The care and attention taken over the many technical innovations in the new CEC DA SL make it sonically rich, detailed and emotionally gripping. Using high quality BNC cables to ensure minimal signal interference, the DA SL makes it possible to transmit high quality signals from its ideal counterpart – the CEC TL 2N – to the DAC, free of distortions and jitter with CEC Superlink. The CEC Superlink interconnect system, which uses high quality BNC cables, ensures optimal, jitter free, signal transfer from the CEC TL 2N transport to its matching DA SL DAC.

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.

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Warranty for CEC New Products

The CEC warranty is 2 years parts and labor. Shipping costs are not covered by warranty. CEC reserves the right to repair or replace a product and only new products are covered by warranty. Warranty is not transferable. Warranty does not cover damage caused by the user. In the America’s warranty service is provided by Audio Union. For warranty service contact or use the contact form.

Service or Repair

CEC products are serviced by Audio Union in the America’s. Audio Union only distributes and services 120 Volt CEC products, see table below. For more information contact or use the contact form. Belts and service parts can be ordered using the contact form. Please note: 100 volt products are not for export from Japan and may cause property loss or injury when used improperly.

ModelColorVoltageEAN/JAN code
CD5Silver100 V49 92287 81900 9
120 V49 92287 81930 6
230 V49 92287 81940 5
Black100 V49 92287 81901 6
120 V49 92287 81931 3
230 V49 92287 81941 2
TL5Silver100 V49 92287 82000 5
120 V49 92287 82030 2
230 V49 92287 82040 1
Black100 V49 92287 82001 2
120 V49 92287 82031 9
230 V49 92287 82041 8
TL3 3.0Silver100 V49 92287 82100 2
Black100 V49 92287 82101 9
Tl2NSilver120 V49 92287 82130 9
230 V49 92287 82140 8
Black120 V49 92287 82131 6
230 V49 92287 82141 5
DA5Silver100 V49 92287 15500 8
120 V49 92287 15530 5
230 V49 92287 15540 4
Black100 V49 92287 15501 5
120 V49 92287 15531 2
230 V49 92287 15541 1
DA3EXSilver100 V49 92287 10200 2
Black100 V49 92287 10201 9
DA SLSilver120 V49 92287 10230 9
230 V49 92287 10240 8
Black120 V49 92287 10231 6
230 V49 92287 10241 5

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