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Teac to Ship Distinction Series

Teac is preparing to ship its first Distinction series of home audio components, positioning the series above its Reference series but below the separately marketed top-end Esoteric series. Teac America is also planning three new Esoteric components and has begun shipping three Reference components. In the Distinc
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Teac is preparing to ship its first Distinction series of home audio components, positioning the series above its Reference series but below the separately marketed top-end Esoteric series.

Teac America is also planning three new Esoteric components and has begun shipping three Reference components.

In the Distinction series, the company plans late-March/early-April shipments of three two-channel CD/SACD players priced from a suggested $799 to $1,999, three integrated amps priced from a suggested $999 to $2,999, and an AM/FM tuner, whose pricing was unavailable. The integrated-amp prices fall between a Reference integrated amp at $649 and Esoteric integrated amps that start at around $10,000-$12,000. Esoteric CD/SACD players start at around $6,000. The Reference series has no CD/SACD players.

Distinction's integrated amps, all 17-inches-wide, feature phono preamps, sculpted brushed-aluminum front panels, and choice of black or silver chassis. The lineup starts with the $999-suggested AI-1000, rated at 2x85 watts in 8 ohms and 2x120 watts into 4 ohms, features subwoofer preout, headphone output, home theater bypass, and six RCA inputs. The $1,499 AI-2000, rated at 2x125 watts into 8 ohms and 2x180 watts into 4 ohms, is taller and adds balanced and unbalanced inputs and AB speaker switch. It features five RCA inputs and one balanced XLR input. The $2,999 is rated at 2x200 watts into 8 ohms and 2x300 watts into 4 ohms, adds a second balanced XLR input, but lacks headphone output.

The Distinction CD/SACD players, available in silver or black, start with the $799 CD-1000. USB inputs to connect to a PC are added to the $1,199 CD-2000 and $1,999 CD-3000.

The CD-1000 features 24-bit/192kHz DACs, more than 100dB of dynamic range, more than 110dB signal-to-noise ratio, one RCA output, one coaxial output, and no inputs. The CD-2000 offers the same specs and adds a USB input and one balanced XLR audio output. The top CD-3000 increases dynamic range to more than 120dB. It features dual 192kHz/24-bit DACs, features 192kHz up conversion, adds a coaxial input to join a USB input, and offers the same three outputs as the 2000.

In the Esoteric series, Teac plans June shipments of its latest entry-level CD/SACD player, the $5,900 K-07. It replaces the SA-50 and adds 32-bit dual-mono DACs, an improved clock, and improved USB input when used as a PC's DACs. The USB input supports 192kHz/24-bit jitter-free asynchronous transmission compared to the predecessor's 96kHz/24-bit synchronous USB transmission. The K-07 also features 2 to 4 times sampling-rate up conversion of PCM, PCM-to-DSD (Direct Stream Digital SACD format) conversion, one RCA and one balanced analog XLR output, and RCA analog and digital optical input.

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