CEC opened a new chapter in music reproduction in 1991 with the world‘s first Belt Drive CD Transport, the now famous TL 1. Creative mastery of planar and rotational vibration control techniques resulted in landmark products whose uniquely analog musicality has been hailed as nothing less than revolutionary in digital audio. CEC has continued to improve design expertise and launched a cascade of highly acclaimed and awarded products. The CEC DA SL SUPERLINK D/A Converter, has been designed as the ultimate D/A converter to bring out the full performance of CD’s using the “Superlink“ connection, the original digital transmission way with ultra low jitter.
Designed specifically for CEC Transports and CD Players with “Superlink” connections. Your CD’s will be reborn with “Superlink”.
CEC SUPERLINK Digital Signal Transmission System is a proprietary digital signal transmission system that transports music signals and synchronization (clock) signals with separate cables. The SPDIF (Sony Philips Digital Interface) and AES/EBU (Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcasting Union) transmit both the music and clock signals through the same signal conductor and are prone to jitter effects caused by the signals interfering with each other and signal processing errors.
SUPERLINK is CEC’s proprietary digital signal transmission system that transports music signals and synchronization(clock) signals with separate cables. The SPDIF (Sony Philips Digital Inter Face) and AES/EBU(Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcasting Union) systems, commonly used in coaxial digital outputs and optical outputs, transmit both the music and clock signals through the same cable, and thus are prone to jitter effects caused by the signals interfering with each other. CEC’s SUPERLINK system transmits these signals separately with multiple cables, requiring no encoding/decoding process for data transmission. It minimizes deterioration of the music signal during transmission by using the clock signals from the D/A converter’s master clock generator to achieve complete synchronization. SUPERLINK is on TL2N, TL0 3.0, DA0 3.0, and the new DA SL.
MCK(Master Clock): The CD transport receives the master clock signal from the D/A converter through this line, and functions as a slave to the DA converter, enabling completely synchronized transportation of audio data.
BCK(Bit Clock): Sends bitclock signals, required for digital data bit identification(e.g. sampling frequency) or signal readout, from the CD transport to the D/A converter.
LRCK(L/R Clock): Sends left/right identification clock signals from the CD transport to the D/A converter.
DATA: Sends audio data from the CD transport to the DA converter.
Digital-to-analog conversion is performed by the ESS Hyperstream DAC 32 bit chip ES9028PRO from the flagship SABRE PRO series. Extra wide dynamic range (NDR) and ultra low total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) results in music reproduction with unbelievable breadth and depth. Word clock input of 44.1kHz is regenerated to 16.9344MHz for the SUPERLINK master clock. The SUPERLINK BNC-BCK input is also used for SPDIF coaxial input.
High resolution signal upsampling by CEC TL2N is functional. Analog output: Both conventional type RCA and balanced XLR connections are available. We recommend the balanced output of DA SL superior circuitry for peak performance of your system.