D/A Converter Resolution Audio Cantata Music Center

A cherry on the cake is the resolution audio Cantata Music Center (5900 euro) which can good analog volume control via IC; with her the converter directly control power amplifiers.

  1. D/A converter resolution audio Cantata Music Center
  2. Data sheet

That Jeff cold, cold, Jeff boss and developer of resolution audioon the CT area has lots of experience, shows had the first look at the Cantata Music Center. First notice the four toroidal transformers in the eye, which separately provide the different stress rules of function groups.


Avoiding potential errors due to consistent mass separation is cold generally important Jeff. So, small transformer in ICs (ADuM 1401) separate the digital level of the D/A converter modules (PCM 1704). So the channel separation is maximum and the converter with symmetrical digital signals can be fed, cold is equal to two pieces per channel. Here, he uses a self-programmed processor that feeds them with 24-bit / 192 kHz. Amazing, that is produced after the converters from the symmetric analog signals by means of instruments ICs (INA 103) equal to an assymetrisches. But this is loud cold makes sense because he realized also the analog filter and a DC voltage suppression in this stage. For lovers of XLR connectors and the balanced connection, there is a level that enables this mode again. Resolution audio she recommends only for particularly long cables.

A cherry on the cake is the good analog volume control via IC (PGA 2310); at the Music Center with her, the converter can directly control power amplifiers. Who does not need this level of control, does not fear the additional component in the signal path, because the IC at the maximum volume of 100 relay is bypassed.

Already the analog side is tricky, shows his skills at the digital level cold. So USB input as well CD drive work asynchronously. This means that the data in a large cache flow in order then to be read with an extremely accurate clocks. So, a very precise stream – is what is also in excellent jitter values.

The asynchronous operation can be but not used with other digital inputs. Why is the S/P-DIF standard that it does not allow to control the amount of data to be transferred. This can be do not regulate the quantity of memory, and the asynchronous operation is impossible.

Though developers Jeff cold has again exemplary homework. Because the optical TOSLINK, the electrical phono input, as well as the balanced AES/EBU input await you in the stereoplay– TESTfactory with exemplary good jitter measurements and process also high-resolution 24/192.

Hearing test

The Cantata Music Center as a pure CD player MP challenged the Ayre CX 7e. He could but reach nearly a stalemate against the rhythmic and more compelling playing Cantata with minimal finer height and slightly more space.

Even better was the Music Center over its digital inputs . That he doing minimal soft sounded Toslink than about the RCA input, the tester not evil took him, because this was also in the stereoplay references EmmLabs DAC 2 and Naim Audio DAC + XPS so. Using the RCA input, the Music Center moved also on par with the two other converters. The Naim threw lush timbres and a deep bass in the weighing pan, the EmmLabs usual meticulously sought high-frequency details. The Cantata but countered with more enthusiasm and more natural centers.

And he’s still an ACE in the sleeve with its USB port. The DAC 2 barely held on CD diet, but had to watch as audio resolution showed his skills with High resolution 24/96 data that cannot be played with the DAC 2. Here the difference between standard 16/44 was as big as ever. Since even 24/192-data via the RCA input of the DAC 2 better this device sounded than the 24/96 USB version of the Cantata’s Music Center, the new stereoplay reference.

Resolution audio Cantata Music Center

Manufacturer Resolution audio
Price €5900.00
Rating 68.0 points
Test procedure 1.0





Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 43,0 x 5.0 x 22.0 cm
Weight 5.0 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 96
Maximum USB sample rate 96
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 0
Have Ground-lift switch, UPnP Streamingfähigkeit scheduled (update).
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 1
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 1
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 1
Digital DSD
I2S 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 1
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm 0
Outputs headphone 3.5 mm 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other:
Test result
Short conclusion Designed as a USB converter, shows no weaknesses of the Music Center CD and the other digital inputs. He sounds so natural and dynamic that he rises to the stereoplay reference.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points preamplifier
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating
(max. 120
outstanding 96
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 1 / 11


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