Creek Audio is proud to announce the birth of its latest CD player - the
CD50 Mk II.
With a 10mm thick, machined alloy, silver front panel and vacuum fluorescent
function display, the CD50 Mk II physically matches the 5350 series Creek
products. The circuitry has been designed to achieve the best performance money
can buy in its class, limited only by the standards set for CD players and
Inside its steel case, lies a Philips CDM12 transport with CD7 chipset. Custom
Creek software runs in a micro-controller to operate the entire mechanism and
display functions. The player exhibits speed and silence of operation, and with
its ability to read CDR discs, the advantages of this latest Creek CD player
begin to emerge. In true Creek mould the CD50 Mk II exhibits sound quality well ahead
of much higher priced players.
Advanced error correction algorithms work hard to read every bit of information,
thus providing a better signal for its high resolution Digital to Analogue
Converter to work with. The rugged Philips laser transport and digital control
circuitry has been matched to the highest quality Crystal Semiconductors CS4396
delta-sigma D to A converter boasting 24 bit 192kHz resolution capability.
Analogue filtering is performed using a professional standard Burr-Brown OPA
2134 operational amplifier that achieves a level of performance previously not
seen in CD players of this price.
With a new customised ultra low jitter master clock, together with extra
circuitry to reduce jitter from the Digital Signal Processor, the CD50 achieves
excellent measured performance. A re-clocked low jitter, transformer coupled,
co-axial digital output makes it possible to fully realise the potential of a
high-end stand-alone DAC, provided the correct type of interconnect is used.
To provide a useful upgrade path, the D to A converter, high quality master
clock generator, jitter reduction circuitry and regulated power supplies are
sited on a separate printed circuit board that can be removed and replaced by
new or emerging technologies in the future.
A single grain-oriented steel mains transformer, feeding low impedance, high
temperature capacitors, and separate stabilised power supplies for digital and
analogue sections, provides the highest degree of isolation and lowest noise
performance possible. Front panel controls include Play, Stop, Pause,
Open/Close, Skip Forward, Skip Back, Search Forward, Search Back, Shuffle,
Repeat and Standby functions. They are supplemented by an attractive full
feature Creek SRC1 system remote control handset utilising RC5 type codes.
The rear panel has a mains switch, together with the usual fused IEC mains
inlet. A pair of gold plated Phono/RCA sockets is provided for un-balanced
analogue output and (SPDIF) digital outputs are via a transformer coupled Phono/RCA