The Obelisk DT is a dedicated compact disc audio transport, reading both conventional and HDCDs, and outputting flawless digital data to any high quality Digital-to-Analogue processor.
Heed have designed the Obelisk DT to be one of the best optical disc players available. Its uncompromising technical approach makes it well suited for partnering with a wide variety of DACs, from their small Dactil 1.2 card module (as used optionally in many Heed components: Obelisk Si, Obelisk PRE, Dactilus, Canalot) up to more high-end devices such as their class-leading and acclaimed Obelisk DA, the Obelisk DT’s ideal partner.
Heed admit that it must be strange to offer a standalone CD-transport in a market, where the digital-to-analogue converters advertised as the most important elements of a digital system. However, they think that the best data retrieval and transfer from a source disc is a very complex task and must be made with extra care to achieve a great sound.
In an audio market comprised of DACs-galore, it is understandable how one might be convinced that D-to-A conversion alone is responsible for superior performance. This misconception can lead to expensive DACs being used with modest CD players as transports, akin to buying very expensive and demanding cartridges for mediocre turntables. The reality however remains inescapable: best data retrieval and transfer from the source are essential for best possible D-to-A conversion.
Like a phono cartridge and its preamp stage, the disc readout and the DAC have two entirely different role, and they must be separated to achieve the best results. As Heed can have a DAC upgrade card system for their amplifiers, they have primarily designed the Obelisk DT to be a no-compromise transport for the 12 cm discs.
Of course, we strongly suggest a serious audition to hear what this exceptional transport is capable of. If you are a discerning music lover on the lookout for a truly musical player, even by the highest analogue standards, the Obelisk DT may well be your ultimate CD-playing device.
Available in a black casing with black fascia.
Heed Audio Obelisk DT: Digital Transport - Features & Benefits:
Asynchronous, heavily buffered readout and output stages
Quartz stabilized output signal
Large current, transformator coupled digital output
Separated linear supply rails for signal and logic
Heed Audio Obelisk DT: Digital Transport - Specifications:
Supported disc types: CD-DA / CD-R / CD-RW (8 / 12 cm)
Supported audio formats: CD digital audio / HDCD / MP3
Outputs: 1x S/PDIF RCA / 1x TOSLINK optical
Output format: 44.1 kHz / 16 bit stereo
Max. consumption: 15 W
Weight: 3.9 kg
Dimensions (WxHxD): 22 x 8.5 x 32.5 cm
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