TL5 CD Transport, Single Belt Drive, 120 volt


CEC TL5 CD transport, choice of Black or Silver

SKU: TL5 Category:


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Since CEC introduced world’s first Belt-Drive CD Transport in 1991, a lot of music lovers have enjoyed the rich musical sound, which CEC continues to improve on. A high rotational stability is a achieved with a heavy stabilizer and the Belt-Drive system eliminates the affects of mechanical vibration. The effects of electromagnetic motor noise caused by the motor rotation are minimized by moving the motor away from the electronics.
In order to read the signal recorded on the CD with Constant Linear Velocity (CLV), rotation speed of the CD is adjusted relative the distance of the laser head from the  turntable spindle. Usually the spindle motor controls the variation of speed to achieve CLV. Direct drive CD players and transports place the spindle motor beneath the turntable for CD and the motor shaft works as the turntable center. This exposes the CD to mechanical vibration directly from the motor and the laser head is closer to the electromagnetic noise of the motor.
The CEC belt drive system, places the turntable spindle shaft on an isolated platform, independent of the motor. The CEC belt drive system allows the use of a smaller torque motor and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) create the ideal fundamentals of music reproduction.
In CEC TL 5 the spindle motor is placed independently from the center shaft and vibration as well as electromagnetic noise effect to the CD are thus minimized. A heavy CD stabilizer provides a large inertia for the turntable and achieves a stable and smooth rotation of discs. The CEC belt drive system minimizes the mechanical vibration the laser head and turntable are exposed to and the increase distance of the motor from the laser hear reduce jitter. By placing the turntable shaft in the center of the top loading open space with the rubber drive exposed the belt replacement is Quite Easily Done. 

The new CEC TL 5 features multiple digital outputs: AES/EBU, COAXIAL and TOSLINK.


“CEC’s TL5 transport is living, breathing proof that less really can be more. This is good old Red Book, with the emphasis on the ‘good’.”

“…Among the four CD transport by the Japanese manufacturer CEC, the TL 5 is at the lower end of the price range. In view of the very high playback quality, this solid device offers an outstanding price/performance ratio. Combined with an appropriate DA converter, a digital pre-amplifier and power amplifier, this opens up a highly interesting as well as recommendable entry opportunity in the upper quality regions of CD playback. An addition plus in the TL 5, is the belt-drive principle that is used. As a buyer, you cannot do anything wrong!.”
“In fact, the performance of the new mechanism is so impressive that it has forced a major update in the twin-belt design
— hence the new TL2N. But the best news of all is that the new TL5 comes in considerably cheaper than the TL3N it
replaces – around €1000 less, depending on country. With both Marc Mickelson and Roy Gregory using CEC transports on
a regular basis, you can be sure we’ll be keeping a close eye on these new, more affordable models.”
“My expectations on playing the TL5 left me overwhelmed. This was a CD transport on a grand scale but requiring minimum expenditure.”
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Additional information

Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 43.5 × 33.5 × 10.9 cm

Black, Silver


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