Posted on 20th February, 2018


Respected loudspeaker maestro ATC does things its own way. Which is a good thing if its new CDA2 MK2 CD player/DAC/preamp is anything to go by.

Showing the same flair it lavishes on its unique loudspeaker ranges, ATC put in the hard yards to arrive at the desirable CDA2 MK2.

The process had its natural genesis in the shape and great sound of ATC’s latest P2 power amplifier and of course also the brand’s renowned active speaker models.

The MK2 gives audiophiles easy USB access to the high-resolution music streaming of their choice.

They also get a new, whisper quiet and upgraded TEAC CD transport built to get the utmost out of the Red Book CD format.

The TEAC mechanism, says ATC, has much lower mechanical noise and improved error correction of all the drives shortlisted for this new model.

There’s also an all-new DAC board, dedicated headphone amplifier, a moveable feast of input options plus analogue circuits that have been designed to give music lovers a hugely wide and ruler flat frequency response.

A DAC equipped with premium grade 32-bit AKM architecture that delivers very low noise and has a minimum of distortion.

ATC took a holistic approach and decided new and meticulously built analogue circuits were needed to optimise the sonics and the overall performance of the new DAC.

Distortion, do we hear the cynics ask? Rest assured the CDA2 MK2’s distortion is so low as to be negligible.

On the rear of the new model are a coaxial and digital 192 kHz inputs. Notably, the MK2’s USB input will handle PCM data up to 384 kHz as well as DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 natively.

As for jitter, that bugbear of digital audio, the MK2 is said to have excellent jitter rejection so that signal integrity is maintained even when it’s used with poorer quality sources using very long cables.

The MK2 also gets a revised high-performance headphone amplifier that can drive headphones rated from 30-600 ohms. The 6.35 mm jack output is on the rear of the MK2.

The MK2’s chassis has also been given major attention and it is built from a combination of steel and aluminium. It uses constrained layer damping to control those pesky resonances most of us get in our listening rooms.

The classy front panel is machined from an extruded section of 13mm aluminium alloy with a brushed and anodised silver finish.

The CDA MK2 is supplied with a remote and is supported by a six-year warranty and two-years for the CD mechanism.

Available now, the CDA MK2 sells in the UK for £2950 inc.VAT. ATC's Australian distributor has not yet confirmed local pricing.

For more information visit ATC Loudspeakers.

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One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.

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