CD Drive Acoustic Arts Tube DAC II SE with Drive II

The drive converter combination of acoustic arts was worth revising. Because she has not only gained value, even she now plays in the top League of the CD player.

  1. CD drive acoustic Arts tube DAC II SE with drive II
  2. Data sheet

A glass lid guarded the disc, the first drive connecting rod-run aluminium plate covered the CD locker in the drive II. Including the last rassereine CD drive spinning (Philips CD 2 Pro) the disc. Data formats such as MP3 can’t read it – to the delight of the developers that has become big with Studio technology.

For far more important than sound questionable format diversity, the Swabian inventor consider the separation of electricity households. They see the drive as the main troublemaker. Because the engine needs to fix the speed constantly, its current budget is changed permanently. So that the remaining electronics of these fluctuations is not, he is powered from an own transformer.


The tube-DAC II SE and the drive II beat, nothing, reproduced irrepressible powerfully and opened the rooms in all dimensions. If some British singer Mick Hucknall (simply red) on his solo album ‘Tribute to Bobby’ intoned the song “Farther Up The Road”, had no Sharply toxic smack the clapping, the sounds of the keyboards bubbled razor sharp, and the bass had plenty kick.

Compared to the (almost twice as expensive) reference player Naim audio CD 555 (6/06) a track had the made in Germany components dry: the Briton pointed out the finest nuances emphatically; the Accustic Arts accessed still faster, but noticed the last fine beats of less.

May is that playing combined for 63 points classified at a level similar to the 5/08-tested high-tech player Meridian 808.i, this is located in first line on the tube DAC II SE. More precise and More audible than the PS Audio PL III, he is the new reference under the digital-to-analog converters with 3 points ahead.

Accoustic Arts drive II + tube-DAC II.

Manufacturer Accoustic arts
Price €13890.00
Rating 63.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 48.2 x 23.0 x 37.5 cm
Weight 30.0 kg
Remote control / Adaptive / No
Outputs unbalanced / symm. /
Digital output TosLink / ST / coaxial / XLR No /
Display CD / SACD text No
capable of reading CD-R / CD-RW /
Volume control No
Headphone output / adjustable nabaasa
Random track selection
HDCD playback No
Measured values
Error correction information layer CD 1.00 mm
Error correction surface CD 3.00 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 5.5 / 13.0 W
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good-89 points
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 12 / 08