VRDS-NEO “VMK-3.5-20S” transport mechanism
The P-02 is equipped with the Esoteric-original VRDS-NEO "VMK-3.5-20S" transport mechanism. This mechanism enhances readout accuracy by using a high-precision turntable whitch corrects the “wobbling effect” of the disc during rotation. The disc tray loader is provided with a shutter mechanism to further reduce resonance and airborne particles from entering the transport.
The VRDS-NEO "VMK-3.5-20S" transport mechanism uses a pair of ceramic ball bearings in the spindle shaft bearing assembly. The P-02 has adopted a duralumin turntable with micron-level accuracy and a 20mm-thick steel turntable bridge assembly to achieve a total weight of 5.2kg. The P-02 has a well proven mechanism, including a strong neodymium-magnet-driven, coreless, threephase brushless spindle motor, thread feed control, and a slidingshaft pickup that assures the laser beam is always precisely aligned at right angles to the disc.
Spindle servo driver circuit "VS-DD"
The P-02 has adopted a discrete amplifier circuit called "VS-DD (VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver)" for driving the spindle motor. A dedicated toroidal core power supply unit stabilizes power current to the motor, achieving both a very smooth spindle rotation and highly precise servo control. Thanks to the isolated motor design, digital audio circuits are free from noise and from power supply fluctuation potentially caused by high current motor operation.
Various digital output terminals
The P-02 transport is equipped with output terminals of three types and five channels (XLR x2, coaxial x1, iLINK 4p/6p x1 each), including an ES-LINK3 compliant dual XLR terminal for user connections to a wide range of external equipment. The front panel is provided with a loading indicator lamp that illuminates in blue when a disc is inserted into the unit. The indicator lamps remains on during the loading process.
Direct master clock Link without PLL
The clock sync between transport and DAC is a well established jitter reduction system, but further advanced with a new technology called the “Direct Master Clock Link". With the previous clock sync system, the reference clock (master clock) of the digital audio output is generated by the transport, being synchronized to D/A processing by using PLL (Phase Locked Loop) circuits. Esoteric's new "Direct master clock link" system is simpler and more consistent for clock signal integrity. The 22.5792MHz master clock generated by the DAC is supplied directly to the transport, therefore there is no need for re-clocking at the PLL circuit. Pure and direct clocking makes sound much clearer with more accurate focus and imaging.
10MHz clock input / wide-ranging clock options
A conventional WORD clock (44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, and 176.4kHz) sync setting is also selectable, and the system can be upgraded by adding Esoteric’ s external rubidium master clock generator. Both the P-02 and D-02 are equipped with a 10MHz master clock input jack for connecting a 10MHz-output clock system. You can connect the units to a wide variety of optional external clock generators for upgrading incrementally to a higher quality Esoteric sound system.
Abundant use of high-grade components in design
Esoteric has made maximum use of high-grade components for the internal construction of the P-02 and D-02. A total of eight independent Esoteric toroidal core power supply units are installed in the combined system to supply clean and stable power to each circuit. The inside of the chassis has our multiple layer structure that is partitioned into 5 sections. Each circuit block is assembled in a dedicated compartment and placed three-dimensionally, in order to minimize interference between circuits and to achieve the shortest signal paths. The exterior is constructed with aluminum and a 5mm gauge steel bottom chassis, supported at four points with Esoteric pinpoint feet (patent No. 4075477). This four-point system effectively suppresses vibration, reduces resonance and assures extremely high rigidity.
A new digital link: "ES-LINK3"
The P-02 and D-02 have support for Esoteric's original transmission format "ES-LINK3" and can perform a maximum 48-bit/176.4kHz broadband PCM digital transmission (*1) using two XLR cables. These models also have support for "Dual AES 8Fs" standard (maximum 24-bit/352.8kHz) (*2). These models can also perform conventional Direct Stream Digital (DSD) transmission and direct DSD-to-analog conversion processing for Super Audio CD (SACD) playback.
*1 The D-02 can handle inputs of signals up to 48-bit/192kHz. *2 The D-02 can handle inputs of signals up to 24-bit/384kHz.