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Audio Research Launches Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

New faceplates match other high-end music listening components.

Audio Research has announced a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms.

Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with MacOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices. This feature allows full streaming capability from products such as Aurender or Roon’s Nucleus. This USB audio card offers a state-of-the-art FPGA design that re-clocks data and formats appropriately; firmware updates are not required. Digital inputs on the original CD6 included two TOSlink inputs, in addition to RCA and USB. The CD6SE will have one TOSlink input and one AES/EBU input, in addition to RCA and USB. Digital inputs on the REF CD9SE will remain unchanged, with the same inputs as the CD6SE.

The CD6SE and REFCD9SE capabilities include:

  • PCM Sample rates up to 192 kHz
  • 16-, 24- and 32-Bit depths supported
  • MacOS sample rates to 192 kHz
  • SPDIF (RCA), TOSlink, AES/EBU (XLR) and USB 2.0 digital audio inputs
  • AES/EBU (XLR) and SPDIF (BNC) digital audio outputs
  • MacOS, Windows, Linux compatibility for USB 2.0 digital audio input

The CD6SE will retail for $10,000 USD and the REFCD9SE retail for $15,000 USD. Natural silver or black anodized front panels and handles are available.

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