Exclusive Output Buffer Delivers Powerful Direct Current Transmission: ESOTERIC-HCLD
The ability to produce comparatively large currents and high slew rates are two of the most important factors that enable an analog output circuit to accurately transmit the wide dynamic range of a music signal without degradation. D-05X offers ultimate performance as a line driver by adopting high-performance elements with a high-current output and exceptionally fast slew rate (2,000V/µs) for excellent response speed. Two of these buffer circuits are employed per channel. By configuring them differentially to drive the XLR outputs and in parallel to drive the RCA outputs, the instantaneous output current available gets maximized.
"ES-LINK Analog" Method for High-Quality Current Transmission
In addition to regular line connections (XLR and RCA), D-05X features the new "ES-LINK Analog" transmission method developed by Esoteric – a current transmission signaling that utilizes the high performance of the HCLD buffer circuit and its enhanced ability to supply current at high speed. It makes for ideal analog audio transmission free from impedance of signal route, fully maximizing the system's potential when connected to a compatible device.
Wide-Range D/D Conversion Compatible with Many Sources
In addition to playback at a source's original sampling frequency, D-05X features PCM upconversion capability (2x, 4x, 8x) and PCM-to-DSD conversion that uses a proprietary algorithm to convert the PCM signal to fixed 22.5MHz DSD, enabling significantly smoother musical reproduction.
Digital Inputs Support High Sampling Rates
D-05X's coaxial and optical inputs support PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and 2.8MHz DSD (DoP). Two XLR inputs support 48-bit/192kHz (ES-LINK3), 24-bit/384kHz (Dual AES 8Fs), and 5.6MHz DSD (DoP Dual XLR mode).
Handles 22.5 MHz DSD, 768 kHz/32-bit PCM, and Asynchronous
D-05X includes a USB terminal for connecting to computers. The driver and "Esoteric HR Audio Player" playback software can be downloaded from the Esoteric website for free. D-05X supports asynchronous transmission and playback at high sampling rates up to 22.5 MHz DSD and 768 KHz/32-bit PCM.
Changeable XLR Output Pin Assignment
As phase can be digitally inverted in a contactless system, either Hot 2 or Hot 3 can be selected with no deterioration in sound quality.