product guide
PRODUCT GUIDE
A U D I O E L E C T R O N I C S | T U R N TA B L E S
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About Roksan
For over 30 years, our mission has been to
inspire our customers with world-class
audio products.
Born in 1985, Roksan found global recognition
with the Xerxes turntable. Since then, our passion
for developing award-winning audio products has
flourished, ranging from amplifiers to CD players.
With British design and manufacture, Roksan ensures
outstanding build quality and endurance, containing
groundbreaking technology and audiophile grade
components that will take your audio experience
to the next level.
Our consistent attention to detail and uncompromising
quality is infused in everything we do.
Contents
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About Roksan
24 4–5
Design and Performance
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Audio Electronics
26 – 27Turntables
28 – 29 Tonearms and cartridges
30 – 33 Caspian Vinyl Electronics
8 – 13 K3 series
14 – 17 blak series
18 – 22 Caspian M2 series
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34 Turntables and Vinyl
Glossary
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Design and Performance
Roksan has earned an enviable reputation for offering
a consistently peerless performance and build quality
for over three decades.
From the very first product – the Xerxes turntable – exhaustive
research and development goes into every Roksan product
with the aim of providing the most involving and exciting
listening experience possible.
This is achieved by our meticulous attention to detail
in mechanical, electrical and aesthetic design.
Specific features such as unique isolation and damping
methods, advanced electronic design, careful selection
of top grade audiophile grade components, dual mono
amplification topology and comprehensive listening tests
all combine to deliver Roksan’s renowned sonic signature.
With the incorporation of high quality materials and
advanced manufacturing methods, product build quality
is beyond reproach.
In addition, we are constantly searching for ways in which
we can deliver genuine high-end audio performance to a
wide spectrum of people.
For example, we developed our own K-Link wireless
streaming system and were one of the very first industry
adopters of aptX Bluetooth streaming to offer the best
possible sound in a rapidly expanding and changing market.
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Audio Electronics
Set your music free, no matter how you like to play it,
with our range of audio electronics. Featuring the best
audio components, technology and design, our range
of amplifiers, CD players and DACs deliver refined
audio with convenient connectivity.
Playing your favourite albums couldn’t be simpler,
whether it’s your favourite CD or vinyl with industry
standard inputs and outputs available across
the entire product range.
Make the most of your digital collection or streaming
subscription with USB, aptX Bluetooth integration and
our very own K-Link technology, to wirelessly stream
CD quality audio from your device on selected models.
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K3 series
Conceived to offer a competitive and complete
audiophile solution for the current audio market,
the K3 series features definitive captivating audio
quality and smart streaming solutions.
Selective use of high quality electronic
components and a fresh approach to electronic
design ensures the very best sound reproduction.
Combining visual elegance with exciting
audiophile performance, the K3 series offers
the ultimate in musical involvement, audio
engineering and user flexibility.
Available finishes
Anthracite
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Charcoal
Opium
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K3
K3
K3
Integrated Amplifier
K3
Power Amplifier
The K3 Integrated Amplifier features rich power and
bass drive, paired with elegant design and the inclusion
of aptX Bluetooth to become the amplifier for today’s
discerning audiophile.
The K3 Power Amplifier, is the natural partner for
the K3 Integrated Amplifier and is the perfect way
to upgrade your K3 system to offer more
headroom, grip and control.
Key Features
Key Features
• Moving magnet phono input
• aptX Bluetooth
• Symmetrical amplifier layout
• Five additional Line inputs for other sources
• 1/4“ headphone jack
• Directly mains-powered power amp section
• Remote control included
• Optimised power supply layout,
distribution and decoupling
• Switchable bypass input
• Symmetrical amplifier layout
Specifications
• Directly powered power amp section
Specifications
Inputs
5 x RCA, MM phono, aptX Bluetooth, Bypass
Gain
37.5dB (75x)
Inputs
RCA , XLR
Frequency Response
<3Hz - >100kHz (-3dB)
Input Impedance
47 kohms
Harmonic Distortion
<0.005% (1kHZ - 14W @ 8 ohms)
Input Impedance
23 kohms
Gain
31.6 dB
Line Input Sensitivity
440mV @ 140W / 8 ohms
Power Consumption
(115W) - 900 mV
Harmonic Distortion
<0.003% 1kHz - 8 ohms
Speaker (L & R), preamplifier, 1/4" headphone
Standby: <25W
Full Power 2-CH: 8 ohms = <330W,
4 ohms = <550W
Input Sensitivity
Outputs
Outputs
Speaker (L & R)
Power Consumption
Warm up mode <25W, Full Power <800W
Power Output
(Per Channel)
> 140W (8 ohms) / > 220W (4 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>90dB (Line input)
> 140W (8 ohms) / > 220W (4 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
100dB (ref. 900 mV)
Power Supply
550VA Toroidal transformer,
5 regulated supply rails
Dimensions (WxHxD)
432 x 102 x 380mm
Power Output
(Per Channel)
432 x 105 x 380mm
14kg
500VA Ultra low noise toroidal transformer
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Weight
Power Supply
Damping Factor
>110 (8 ohms)
Weight
14kg
Frequency Response
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• 0.5W standby operation with auto detect
and a 30 minute timer
<3Hz - >100kHz (-3dB)
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K3
K3
K3
CD Player
K3
DAC
The K3 CD Player uses high-calibre components to
produce a full soundstage with increased detail
retrieval and smoother ‘analogue’ sound with
digital inputs for added functionality.
The K3 DAC has been designed as a hub for all digital
sources with a wide range of inputs that will decode
both high resolution PCM and DSD information.
Key Features
Key Features
Featuring our K-Link wireless technology for CD quality
streaming capability from your device.
• High quality CD playback with digital to
analogue conversion
• Switchable Optical and RCA digital inputs
• Texas Instruments DSD1794A DAC chip
• Digital XLR, RCA and Optical outputs
• Track information display
• PCM resolution up to 24-bit / 192kHz
• Shuffle play
• DSD information up to DSD 128
• Analogue gold plated RCA output
(supplied with K-Link digital USB dongle)
• XLR, optical, RCA and USB digital inputs
Specifications
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• Roksan K-Link wireless transmitter technology
Specifications
OS
CD Digital Audio System (CD, CD-R, CD-RW)
D/A Conversion
PCM1730E advance segment
Inputs
RCA (75 ohms), Optical
Resolution/Sampling
24 bits / 192 kHz
Outputs
RCA (75 ohms), XLR (110 ohms), Optical
Oscillation
3rd Overtone oscillation
Output Voltage
2.2V rms
Crystal
Super precision, custom made
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20kHz (± 0.2dB)
Jitter
< 150 psec
Harmonic Distortion
< 0.002% @ 0dB, 1kHz, < 0.006% @ -30dB,1kHz,
< 0.002% @ 0dB, 20Hz, < 0.008% @ 0dB, 20kHz Idle Pattern
< -107dB L&R
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
< 96dB L&R
Stop-Band Rejection
< -98 dB
Wow & Flutter
Quartz Precision
Power Supply
Toroidal transformer, 7 fully regulated power rails
Channel Separation
100dB @ 1kHz / 80dB @ 20kHz
Dimensions (WxHxD)
432 x 105 x 380mm
Weight
9kg
Digital Inputs
XLR, RCA SPFIF, Optical, USB type-B (Front and rear panel),
K-Link wireless transmitter receiver (via the Roksan K-Link transmitter)
Outputs
2 x RCA (phono), XLR (balanced)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
432 x 105 x 380mm
Weight
7kg
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blak series
A fulfilling listening experience, the blak
series employs all the inherent musicality that
has consistently been Roksan’s trademark
throughout our history.
With its substantial build and striking visual
design, coupled with an astounding audiophile
performance of both power and delicacy,
the blak series offers the ultimate in musical
involvement, audio engineering and user
flexibility.
To dedicated audiophiles, devoted music
lovers and those who simply demand the best,
blak offers a complete sonic solution.
Available finishes
Anthracite
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Charcoal
Opium
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blak
blak
blak
Integrated Amplifier
blak
CD Player
For both usability and flexibility look no further than the
blak Integrated Amplifier.
The blak CD Player utilises some of the finest electrical
components available and a superior CD drive.
This innovative design retains all of the features,
specifications and sonic performance of a ‘standard’
Integrated Amplifier, but has the addition of a high
quality internal DAC accessed via a USB port.
Micro-detail and depth of soundstage are married with
an exceptional warmth and musicality that communicates
directly with the listener.
Key Features
Key Features
• MM phono, XLR and 3 x RCA inputs
• 1/4“ Headphone jack
• XLR, Optical and RCA digital outputs
• Totally isolated disc mechanism to eliminate vibration
• aptX Bluetooth
• Internal DAC circuit
• XLR and RCA analogue outputs
• Dimmable track information display
• USB type-B port
• Dimmable display
• Audiophile standard DAC chipset for
optimum detail retrieval
Specifications
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Specifications
Inputs
3 x RCA, XLR, USB type-B, MM phono,
aptX Bluetooth
Power Output
(Per Channel)
1kHz, 8 ohms > 150W
1kHz, 4 ohms > 230W
Operating System
CD Digital Audio System
(CD, CD-R, CD-RW)
Input Impedance
24 kohms XLR, 40 kohms RCA
Frequency Response
-3dB, 12W, 8 ohms from < 20Hz to >80kHz
Digital Outputs
Optical, RCA, XLR
Outputs
Speaker (L & R), 1/4” headphone
Channel Balance
1kHz, 8 ohms, 12W > 0.3dB
Analogue Outputs
Stereo RCA, Stereo XLR
Moving Magnet Input Gain
[email protected] , input impedance
47 kohms, 150pF
Cross Talk
1kHz, 8 ohms < -104dB
Peak Output
4.4V
Gain
1kHz, 8 ohms 36,75dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
1kHz, 8 ohms, 1W more than 76dB
THD
1kHz, 0dB less than 0.001%
THD
1W, 8 ohms, 5kHz < 0.02% / 12W, 8 ohm,
5kHz <.035%
Linearity
1kHz >89dB
Jitter
less than 135ps
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
> 108dB
Stop Band Rejection
>100dB
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Caspian M2 series
The multi-award winning Caspian series is
admired the world over for both its power
and musically enchanting performance.
Featuring audiophile standard components
and superlative build quality in a slim elegant
housing, it offers the ultimate in enjoyment and
involvement for any dedicated music lover.
Available finishes
Silver
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Black
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Caspian M2
Caspian M2
Caspian M2
Integrated Amplifier
Caspian M2
Power Amplifier
The Caspian M2 Integrated Amplifier’s independent power
supplies, combined with fully symmetrical complimentary
circuit design ensure the amplifier uncovers even the
most delicate detail and presents it with total musical
communication and emotional impact.
The Caspian M2 Power Amplifier is a powerful and highly
refined amplifier that is both ideal for matching with the
Caspian M2 Integrated Amplifier to form a bi-amped system,
or as a standalone power amplifier.
Key Features
Key Features
• On-board output protection circuit
• Motorised volume control with LED indicator • Ideal use with the Caspian M2 Integrated Amplifier
• 5 x RCA inputs plus tape input and output • -20dB mute function • An excellent match for a wide range of other high-end pre-amplification
• First input switchable to balanced XLR • 2 preamplifier outputs • Independent preamplifier stage power supply • Oversized high quality toroidal transformer
• Thermally controlled heat-sink cooling Specifications
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Specifications
Inputs
5 x RCA
(CD Input Switchable to gold-plated XLR)
Input Impedance
47 ohms
Line Input Sensitivity
Line 240mV
Outputs
Speaker (L&R), Gold-plated RCA
Preamplifier, Gold-plated RCA tape
Power Output
(Per Channel)
> 85W (8 ohms) / > 125W (4 ohms)
Power Supply
60VA Ultra low noise Toroidal transformer
Preamp section toroidal
5 regulated supply rails
Frequency Response
-3dB, <1Hz – 90kHz
Inputs
RCA, XLR
Gain:
31.6 dB
Gain
40dB Overall
Input Impedance
38 kohms
Harmonic Distortion
<0.005% 1kHz - 8 ohms
Harmonic Distortion
0.002% 1kHz, 0.015%
20kHz 10W - 8 ohms 0.0025% 1kHz,
0.03% 20kHz 50W - 8 ohms
Input Sensitivity
240mV rms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
100dB (ref. 900 mV)
Output
Speakers L&R, RCA, XLR
Power Source
Power Consumption
Standby: <25W / Full Power 2-CH: 8 ohms
= <330W, 4 ohms = <550W
Power Output
(Per Channel)
> 85W (8 ohms) / > 125W (4 ohms)
220V - 240V 50Hz / 60Hz / 100V/120V
50/60Hz
Power Consumption
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Line 108dB
Power Supply
60A Ultra low noise Toroidal Transformer
Standby: 5W
Full power / 2 channels:
8 ohms = <330W / 4 ohms = <550W
Dimensions (WxHxD)
432 x 80 x 330mm (incl. feet)
Damping Factor
>160 (8 ohms) Dimensions (WxHxD)
432 x 80 x 330mm (incl. feet)
Weight:
14kg
Frequency Response
-3dB, <3Hz - >100kHz
Weight
14kg
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Caspian M2
Caspian M2
CD Player
The Caspian M2 CD Player delivers smooth, detailed
performances that has become an industry benchmark.
The impressive resolution brings an analogue-like
element to the listening experience.
Key Features
• Independent Analogue output stage power supply • Programme facility • Track information display
Specifications
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Operating System
CD Digital Audio System
(CD, CD-R, CD-RW)
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.2dB
Harmonic Distortion
<0.0015% @ 0dB, 1kHz (typically 0.0005%)
<0.005% @ -30dB, 1kHz / <0.01% @ 0dB,
20kHz
D/A Conversion
PCM1730E Advance segment
Resolution / Sampling
24 bits / 192 kHz
Oscillation
3rd Overtone oscillation
Crystal
Super precision, custom made
Jitter
< 130 psec
Idle Pattern
< -105dB L&R
Stop-Band Rejection
< -95 dB
Power Supply
Toroidal transformer
12 fully regulated power rails
Intermodulation Distortion
< 0.001% @ 0dB (typically 0.0005%)
S/N Ratio (IHF-A Wtd.)
105dB L&R
Wow and Flutter:
Quartz precision
Channel Separation
>100 dB @ 1kHz /
>100 dB @ 20kHz
Output Voltage
2.2V rms
Power Consumption
< 20W
Digital Outputs
RCA (75 ohms), Optical, XLR (110 ohms)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
432 x 80 x 330mm (Incl. feet)
Weight
10kg
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Turntables and Vinyl
From the inception of the company, vinyl replay has
always been at the heart of Roksan.
The very first Roksan product was the original Xerxes
turntable which rapidly became recognised as one
of the world’s reference record players.
Since then it has seen several upgrades and still
exists in its latest form, the Xerxes 20 Plus. With the
numerous other Roksan products in the vinyl replay
range it has gained an enviable reputation for
expertise in all things analogue.
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Turntables
Turntables
Radius 7 pictured with NIMA tonearm
Xerxes 20 Plus pictured with PUG tonearm
Xerxes 20 Plus
Turntable
Radius 7
Turntable
The result of over 30 years of development, the Xerxes
20 Plus turntable features compact clean lines and robust
construction of the three-plinth, triple-layer isolation system
that’ll look great in any room. The Xerxes 20 Plus offers a
powerful and expansive sound displaying a fine mid-band,
a deep bass and a very smooth treble.
A stunning combination of style and technology for the ultimate
contemporary vinyl experience. Radius 7 uses an advanced
motor assembly unit with electronic speed selection. It’s an
exceptionally accurate device, featuring a very high quality
crystal speed control system, which maintains pitch-perfect
speed stability for both 33 and 45rpm.
Key Features
Available finishes
Key Features
• Three level decoupling allows for accurate and
smooth rotation with absolute minimal vibration
• Can be used with both Roksan and other tonearms
White
Black
• High quality aluminium alloy pulley system
• Electronic speed switch 33 and 45 rpm
• Red and blue LED illumination to signify speed
Rosewood
Specifications
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• Super-accurate crystal speed control system
Specifications
Main Bearing Spindle
Hardened tool steel
Isolation
3 Level de-coupling
Main Bearing Spindle
Precision machined stainless steel
Speed
33 and 45 rpm
Roundess & Concentricity
< 5 Microns
Motor
Custom made 24 pole synchronous
Main Bearing Housing
Precision machined solid brass
Power
90-240V 50-60 Hz
Length - Diameter Ratio
11:01
Pulley
Solid aluminium alloy
Main Bearing Ball
Precision case hardened steel
Rumble
<-75dB
Main Bearing Ball
Super precision tungsten carbide
Roundness and Concentricity
< 1 Micron Pulley
Precision machined aluminium alloy
Wow and Flutter
<0.04%
Roundness
< 1 Micron
Belt
Precision ground neoprene
Platter
Precision machined acrylic
Dimensions (WxHxD)
400 x 150 x 350mm
Diameter
2mm
Motor Mount
Unique synchronising bearing
Motor
Custom made 24 pole synchronous
Weight
7kg
Main Bearing Housing
Solid phosphor bronze
Motor Drive
External speed controller
Clearance
2/1,0000"
Wow and Flutter
< 0.02%
Inner Platter
2 Piece solid aluminium alloy
interference fitted non-resonant
Rumble
< -80dB
Dimensions (WxHxD)
450 x 115 x 370mm
Weight
12kg
Outer Platter
2 Piece solid aluminium alloy
interference fitted non-resonant
Structure
3 Plinth design
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Tonearms
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Extras
PUG Tonearm
Shiraz Cartridge
The Pug was developed to Roksan’s high specifications to be
one of their most exciting tonearms yet. It has a very high quality
22cm diameter carbon fibre arm tube for lightness, rigidity and
micro-detail retrieval.
Regarded as one of the finest and smoothest sounding
cartridges available, the Shiraz is Roksan’s ‘flagship’ design and
is renowned for it’s detail, separation of instruments and sonic
refinement. This moving coil design has a superior stylus, which
we believe is the world’s best diamond profile design.
Specifications
Specifications
Bearing
Unipivot
Mounting Hole Diameter
23mm (25mm max.)
Type
Moving coil
Recommended load
30 - 100ohms (100ohms recommended)
Armtube
Carbon fibre
Armboard Thickness
19mm (nominal)
Output
Coil Impedance
24 ohms
Effective Length
240mm
1.2 - 3g
Recorded celocity super fineline Gyger II
15Hz - 30kHz
17.5mm
Stylus
Frequency Response
Overhang
Recommended Cartridge
Tracking Force
0.21 mV/cm/sec (RMS) 1.05 mV @ 5cm/sec
recorded celocity
5 - 9.5g
Cantilever
Aluminium tube
Within 1dB
22.9 degrees
Recommended Cartridge
Weight
Channel Balance
Headshell Offset Angle
Internal Wiring
Special Roksan flexible PCB cabling
2.2 - 2.5g (2.4g Recommended)
30dB
14g
Tracking Weight
Channel Separation
Effective Mass
Cartridge Body
Solid aluminium alloy
FIM
< 0.5%, 19μ
Generator Fixing
Unique 3 point rigid fixing
Cartridge Weight
8.2g
Cartridge Fixing
Standard 0.5 inch centres (12.7mm)
NIMA Tonearm
XPS 7 Speed Control
Combining solid aluminium alloy tubing, a stainless steel alloy
and polished acrylic; this great-value tonearm is made of ten
individual precision-machined components, which are in turn
hand-assembled to produce a vast panoramic sound with
plenty of clarity, speed and punch.
The XPS 7 is the entry level speed control for the Xerxes turntable.
It supplies and consistent and accurate control for the Xerxes and
is electronically switchable between 33 and 45rpm. It is an ideal
replacement and upgrade for previous XPS speed controls with
an improvement in rhythm and tempo.
Specifications
Specifications
Bearing
Stainless steel unipivot
Effective Mass
10g
Arm Tube
Aluminium alloy
Mounting Hole Diameter
23mm
Headshell
Acrylic
Arm Board Thickness
7-25mm (max.)
Effective Length
240mm
5 - 12g
Overhang
17.5mm
Recommended Cartridge
Weight
Distance From Record
Centre
222.5mm
Recommended Tracking
Weight
1.5 - 3.5g
Headshell Offset Angle
22.9 degrees
Internal Wiring
Special Roksan flexible PCB cabling
Output voltage
16.5 Vac ±0.5 V ac rm s (33 rpm)
16.5 Vac ±0.5 V ac rm s (45 rpm)
Phase
90 degrees ±5 degrees
DC offset
<50 mV
THD+N
< 0.1%
Output impedance
< 0.5 ohm
Dimension (WxHxD)
90 x 50 x 140mm
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Vinyl Electronics
Caspian Vinyl Electronics
Experience the ultimate vinyl experience with
the Roksan Caspian Vinyl Electronics series.
Use our RPM speed control and RPP reference
phono amplifier or our all-in-one Vinyl Control
System for the best music satisfaction.
Available finishes
Caspian
VSC and VSC S2
For ultimate convenience and a full solution for getting the
best performance from the Xerxes turntable, the VSC and
VSC S2 units combine both the RPM speed control and RPP
phono stage in a single chassis. The VSC has one single power
supply for both RPM and RPP sections and the VSC S2 has
two power supplies, one dedicated to each section.
Key Features
Silver
Black
• Ultimate control and convenience for the Xerxes turntable
• VSC is upgradeable to VSC S2
Specifications
RPM
30
30
RPP
Output Voltage
16V rms (33 / 45 rpm)
Phase
0 degrees and 90 degrees
DC Offset
<10mV
THD + N
<0.1%
Output Impedance
<0.1 ohms
Gain Settings
MM: 40.6dB @ 1kHz
MC1: 56dB @ 1kHz
MC2: 65.5dB @ 1kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
MM: >89dB AWTD (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC1: >79dB AWTD (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC2: >70dB AWTD (ref. 5.0mV)
THD +N
<0.01%
Overload Margin
26dB All Settings
Output Impedance
< 50 ohms
Voltage Supply Requires
+26, 0, -26 Vdc (DS1.5)
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Vinyl Electronics
Vinyl Electronics
Caspian
RPM
Caspian
RPP
The RPM speed control is the reference speed controller for
the Xerxes turntable. The RPM is a high-specification, ultraaccurate statement speed control. Consisting of an entirely
new and highly advanced digital speed control PCB and
audiophile-grade components.
The RPP is the reference phono amplifier for the Xerxes
turntable. Using the highest quality components results in a
highly detailed and insightful performance, which possesses
bass weight and involving rhythmic speed along with upper
frequency sweetness and a wide, deep soundstage.
Key Features
Key Features
• Advanced digital speed control PCB
• 33 and 45 rpm speed selection
• Compatible with both Moving Magnet and
• Pitch-perfect accurate speed stability
• Adjustable speed control in micro-increments up
to 6.25% either way
• Three switchable gain level settings
• Flagship DS1.5 power supply module
Specifications
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Moving Coil cartridge designs
• Top-level audiophile grade components
used throughout
• Features dedicated DS1.5 power supply
Specifications
Output Voltage
16V rms (33 / 45 rpm)
Phase
0 degrees and 90 degrees
DC Offset
<10mV
THD +N
<0.1%
Output Impedance
<0.1 ohms
Gain Settings
MM: 40.6dB @ 1kHz
MC1: 56dB @ 1kHz
MC2: 65.5dB @ 1kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
MM: >89dB AWTD (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC1: >79dB AWTD (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC2: >70dB AWTD (ref. 5.0mV)
THD +N
<0.01%
Overload Margin
26dB all settings
Output Impedance
< 50 ohms
Voltage Supply Requires
+26, 0, -26 Vdc (DS1.5)
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Glossary of Terms
Amplifier
An electronic device that increases (or 'amplifies') the power of an electrical input signal.
Analogue
A telecommunications signal that is translated into electronic pulses.
aptX
A Bluetooth technology that reduces bit rate without affecting audio quality.
Audio sources
Devices in an audio system, such as CD players, media players, and turntables.
Audiophile
A person who places a high priority on having a home audio system that performs very well.
Bit Rate
The number of digital bits a system transfers per second. The higher the bit rate, the higher the quality of the signal.
Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a wireless technology for exchanging data (such as audio) over short distances.
Bypass
Term used to when converting an integrated amplifier into a power amplifier i.e. bypassing the per-amp stage.
Cartridge
The device that converts the movements of a stylus in the grooves of an vinyl record to electrical signals.
It's subdivided into moving magnet and moving coil types.
Coaxial
A digital audio interconnect cable with RCA jacks on each end, used to connect home audio components to the receiver.
DAC (D/A converter)
Digital-to-analogue converter is a device that transforms incoming digital signals into analogue form.
Damping
Damping factor is a number representing the ratio of the impedance load to the output impedance of the amplifier.
Decibel (dB)
The dB usually used to measure the scale of audio or more simply volume.
Frequency (Hz)
The number of times an event repeats itself in a given period of time. Generally the time period for audio frequencies is one
second, and frequency is measured in cycles per second, abbreviated Hz.
Gain
The measure of how much a circuit amplifies a signal.
Headphone Jack
An output that allows for headphones with a 1/4" plug or 3.5mm with a converter.
Level
Another word for signal voltage, power, strength or volume.
Line level
Line level is a specified strength of audio signal, used to transmit analogue sound between audio components.
MM Phono
An MM phono is a phono stage amplification boost needed to connect a Moving Magnet cartridge used with a vinyl record
replay system.
Moving Coil
A magnetic cartridge in which the stylus moves a coil via the cantilever, while the magnet is fixed in position.
Moving Magnet
A magnetic cartridge in which the stylus moves a magnet via the cantilever, while the coil is fixed in position.
Optical Audio
Optical audio, sometimes known as TOSLINK, is a type of fibre optic connector, commonly used to carry digital audio signals.
Phono Stage (RPP)
A phono stage (RPP) provides the connection between a turntable and an amplifier.
RCA
RCA is a type of electrical connector, commonly used to carry audio signals.
Sensitivity
In audio terms, sensitivity is a measure of the efficiency with which loudspeakers turn the electrical energy provided by a
power amplifier into acoustic energy.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Signal-to-Noise ratio is a specification that describes how much noise an audio component has compared to the signal.
It is usually expressed in dB below a given output level.
Sound Stage
A sound stage is area between a pair of speakers from which they appear to make multi-dimensional audio effects.
Speed Control (RPM)
A unit that controls the rotation speed of a turntable. Usually 33 or 45 rpm (rotations per minute).
Stereo
An audio system which delivers two channels of music, left and right.
Stylus
A small diamond on the end of a cartridge's cantilever. This picks up vibrations from the groove of a vinyl record.
Tonearm
The function of a tonearm is to support the cartridge in the correct position over the record and allow it to move inward
to the centre of the record while maintaining this position.
Tracking Weight
The correct downforce and anti-skate setting to a cartridge, so it reads the most information possible from the record wall
without causing damage to the cartridge or the record.
Turntable
A device to rotate at the correct speed a vinyl recording.
USB
USB is a serial bus standard that allows you to transfer digital data.
Wireless
Wireless is the connectivity of one device to another that requires no physical cabling.
XLR
XLR is a type of electrical connector, used mostly in professional audio and video electronics cabling
applications for sound equipment.
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