Our reference CD transport: ACCUSTIC ARTS® DRIVE II
Perfect CD transport
The DRIVE II is a CD transport of the absolute reference class and works according to the top-loader principle. The unit is designed exclusively to play CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs in uncompromising quality.
The core of the DRIVE II is the internationally renowned high-end CD module CD-Pro2LF. Contrary to most other conventional designs, this module is equipped with a very solid diecast chassis in metal. The diecast chassis has excellent damping characteristics and simultaneously offers high stability and rigidity.
The CD module with its 3-beam laser is fitted in the DRIVE II using an elaborate construction with mechanical decoupling (subchassis design principle) and is integrated in its own solid aluminium housing.
Perfect power supply
In general, the building of a high-end CD drive requires a good power supply. Therefore, in the DRIVE II, 2 separate generously dimensioned and magnetically shielded transformers of the highest quality serve to provide a perfect voltage feed. These transformers are produced especially for the DRIVE II and are “Made in Germany” – just as all ACCUSTIC ARTS® transformers.
In addition, the DRIVE II has a mains filter located on the power unit board designed especially for the unit. This mains filter removes interfering signals from the power supply and therefore ensures consistent sound characteristics. It is possible, however, to also switch off the mains filter, which might be desirable if the DRIVE II is already connected to a filtered power supply, etc.
In order to further improve the power supply of the unit is necessary to correctly pole the mains plug. To ensure this, on the rear of the DRIVE II there is a polarity indicator for the incoming voltage. If the signal lamp lights up, the switch located next to the lamp is simply pressed and the device is then connected to the power supply with the correct polarity.
Attention was also given to providing the individual drive components requiring power such as the motor control, laser control, digital signal processing, display control and display heating with their own, generously dimensioned high performance power supply units. This prevents, for example, the power signal for the laser control having a negative influence on the power signal for the digital signal processing. To ensure the correct function of the individual power units, a high reservoir capacity (in total approx. 61,000 µF) was selected.
The perfect components
In order to attain absolute perfection, DRIVE II exclusively uses selected components with narrow tolerances and the highest possible quality classification. A number of the individual components are also manually measured and matched together.
There are also no compromises with the housing: solid, carefully crafted aluminium plates combined with chrome-plated turned parts in brass serve to provide a fantastic touch quality and extreme stability. Stability is important to make sure that the CD being scanned can be read by the laser without any interference. Interfering pressure waves are prevented from reaching the CD through an ultra-stable slide cover (own weight: 1.6 kg / 3.5 lbs) which is also acoustically damped.
The laser beam is protected from negative influences by the solid drive cover produced in aluminium in the inside of the CD bay with a special, light-absorbing paint (Nextel®). This allows 100% absorption of any diffused light present. The exact positioning of the CD is made with a magnetic puck.
Attention was paid even to the smallest of details during the development phase. For example, a very special and elaborate digital cable in pure silver is used. This cable connects the CD module to the board for the digital signal processing and although it is approx. 30 cm long, it has a remarkable influence on the sound. Numerous tests carried out with innumerable types of cable have clearly shown this cable in pure silver offers the best solution.
As with all ACCUSTIC ARTS® devices the DRIVE II impresses through its easy operation. In modern times, where most electronic devices are overloaded with unnecessary functions, this is surely a welcome change for many music lovers.
The DRIVE II can be operated with most of the basic functions even without using a remote control through two chrome-plated rotary and button controls. Both switch types are built to last an eternity. The switches are incredibly solid and the rotary switches produced in metal (“Made in Germany”) are equipped with gold-plated silver contacts which are absolutely corrosion-free and also allow thousands of switching cycles.
The user who requires further functions can use the enclosed remote control which is also easy to use. The remote control also has a brushed and anodised aluminium housing which optically matches the housing of the DRIVE II.
The perfect sound experience
The result of the best individual components, thorough development, careful production, elaborate testing and innumerable listening sessions is the ultimate sound experience.
In connection with our ACCUSTIC ARTS® D/A converters experience music with perfect acoustics “Handmade in Germany”.
DRIVE II highlights
- Audiophile reference CD transport in top-loader design
- High-Class CD mechanism (CD-Pro2LF) with heavy die-cast metal frame and involved mechanical decoupling, embedded in a massive aluminium housing (subchassis construction principle)
- 2 generously dimensioned and magnetically shielded toroidal core transformers of premium quality (“Made in Germany”)
- Integrated, especially designed ACCUSTIC ARTS® line filter for perfect and extremely clean power supply (line filter switchable)
- Separate generously dimensioned power supply units for laser control, digital signal processing, display control and display heating
- CD positioning in drive using exceptionally precise clamper, whereby the integrated magnet inside the clamper guarantees ideal pressing and smooth running
- Polarity switch for correct phase of the mains voltage
- Extremely fine digital output stage with the following features:
- separate transformer
- separate extra large power supply unit with voltage stabilisation
- output stage with extremely low jitter
- 3 professionally designed digital outputs with HF-transformer (1 x XLR, 1 x RCA, 1 x BNC)
- Very high power supply capacity (61,000 µF) for perfect power supply
- All used components and parts are selected and of highest quality
- Extremely stable, massive and resonance optimized housing, primarily made of 10 mm thick aluminium plates, ultra stable and acoustically damped top load cover; all chromed parts are made of massive brass
- 2 premium quality rotary switches (“Made in Germany”) with gold-plated silver contacts
- ACCUSTIC ARTS® aluminium remote control
- ACCUSTIC ARTS® DRIVE II is “Handmade in Germany”