Excellent condition Audioaero La Source CD /SACD player with tube preamplifier analog & digital (inc. USB) inputs/outputs (both analog & digital) and volume control from the ex U.S.
Distributor. Feel free to contact On A Higher Note for additional information.
State of the art digital music player from Audio Aero. La Source
is a full-featured, high-quality tube analog preamp packed in with a
fantastic sounding digital front end that includes an Esoteric transport to
play CD & SACDs, Asynchronous 24/192 USB DAC, and conventional DAC
with multiple digital inputs (from AT&T glass to RCA co-ax).
Excellent digital performance is attained through the Anagram
Technologies design 32 Bit STARS digital processing system along with superb analog performance via a (balanced) 6031W tube-based line stage.
No need for a preamp with this music player as it can directly drive any power amplifier with excellent performance, This unit is lightly used silver chassis unit.
La Source's extremely rigid chassis isolates the Esoteric VRDS-NEO VMK-5 drive from both internal and external vibrations. It consists of a 10mm 30lbs bottom steel frame for a rigid stable base for the player to isolate small vibrations that could affect lens or clock precision and to improve readout accuracy.
Thick anodized aluminum graces top and front panels machined from 50mm
stock. The chassis is supported by three high-performance Akytina feet for perfect mechanical isolation from any supporting stand/shelf.
The VMK-5 is optimized for the high-speed disc rotation of SACDs with a
high-precision aluminum turntable. A polycarbonate anti-resonance disc
attaches to the turntable to reduce unwanted resonance associated with
single-material turntable design. As a result the VMK-5 claims to
maintain better rotational inertia than competing turntable designs and ensure high reliability, controlled resonance and extremely quiet
6 Moons Review, excerpts
La Source appears to not be a compromise between Redbook and DSD
standards but to have been thought through and designed to fulfill the most advanced requirements for either format. The S.T.A.R.S. module also includes phase inversion whereby the output data can be inverted. By default this function is disabled and can only be activated in software mode from the menu options. As mentioned the S.T.A.R.S. evolution module requires a master clock which can be a sine wave input or buffered shaped clock derived from an external clock oscillator.
Here Audioaéro Design selected a high-grade quartz crystal. The La
Source master clock delivers <1ps RMS phase jitter @ 25MHz with outputs able to drive 12 series-terminated lines. It runs high-quality
separate linear regulators for its clock generator circuitry. The master clock module features a single control input, clock enable, a digital power supply input and three clock outputs.
La Source is for those who do not want to juggle many costly separates
for reason of space, décor and necessary time to identify perfect
matches. They will find a stunning preamplifier, a very resolved DAC, a
very efficient master clock and an amazingly precise drive unit all in
the same box. Ease of use is another really salient feature which
contributes to exploiting all its features where competitors like the dCS Scarlatti require special training to penetrate beyond its basic functions. Such simplicity of use does contribute to a pleasant user experience.
Finally, La Source will provide its lucky owner everything except the
kind of euphony valve specialists generally provide. Under all
circumstances La Source controls the sonic performance with class and
elegance but with no particular emphasis. This implies that the French deck
will highlight the good and bad aspects of your system and not help to
compensate for any particular weak points.
The player's power supply works on any international line voltage or frequency, so no
switching is required - La Source will plug in and work wherever you are 100 - 240volt. This unit was never shipped. This unit has worked flawlessly since we first received it; never serviced, no issues. La Source ships in a beautiful flight case (wood & aluminum), though the outer cardboard box received was in rough condition. We will try to place the flight case into a fresher cardboard box. All original packaging & accessories.
BTW, Vermeer Audio took over Audio Aero IP in 2014 and called La Source = Model One, while La Fontaine = Model 2. They are only offering the Preamp / DAC version, as they do not have access to the Esoteric drives.
Manufacturer’s warranty apply for new units within U.S only. All sales are final. No refund. No exchange. Wire transfer preferred. C.C. + 3.5%. Shipping costs excluded. Send us your zip code for a shipping quote.
CA residents will need to pay sales tax.
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