1st Page Translation on the photo: TACt - feeling Who delivers a better sound? Tube or transistor? With switchable electronics a precious player comes into consideration. Test: Hans Ulrich Fessler, Photos: Julian Bauer Text The sales company Sintron resident in Baden is a well-known size in HiFi and High ends circles. Managing director Uwe Bartel allows legends as Dual or Thorens to survive and maintains his own brands such as Vincent or T.A.C: “Tube audio company” since 1995 which stands as brand name for tube devices. The newest product by T.A.C wants to ascend up to the highest stage in rank & name list. In addition the 3400 euros player CD C 60 seizes to all means. On pressing the key it releases its tube duct and slips into the roll of a semiconductor of a player. Alternatively, to (volume-adjustable) it offers the Cinch the output signal to exit symmetrically. From a dim display to a complete all metal remote control arose Optically suitable for T.A.C. V 60 amplifier the specifications from its developer the pioneer Bartel. The Sintron boss also dictated the form: leant against the 11/07 tested T.A.C V 60 a solid steel framework, covered with a full centimeter thick aluminum plate with rectangular recess. Under the transparent plastic push windows spins the disc only developed for HiFi Philips drive (VAM 1202). Control logic is likewise correct from the drive assembly manufacturer. The inside of the CD C 60 shows itself as a structured three room apartment with steel walls. In the first chamber two completely enclosed Trafos accommodation can be found. As a co-inhabitant a Chinese two-way rectifier valve of the type 6 Z 4 anode DC voltages are fabricated for the tubes output stages. The (Theoretical) advantage of glass bulbs of the electric rectifier: It guarantees DC voltage in pure culture.
The middle spatialness occupies the drive assembly and the low volt current generators stabilizers, comparators and “to foot” developed from single transistors rule circuits smoothes any twitching supply voltages for the digital and semiconductors analog section. The last chamber reserves CD C 60 for the D/A transducers and the output stages for the analog signal. A converter model student of American semiconductors producer Texas Instruments (BB PCM 1792) cleans in first digital filter the CD music data not belonging to the information signal of the concerned data, and converts the 16 bits word length to 24 bits and increases the sampling rate of 44.1 to 352. 8 kilohertz (eightfold Oversampling). Besides it corrects the treble boost of older Emphasis Cd's with an accuracy of 0.0004 Decibel as documented in the data sheet, it regulates digitally in fine 0.5 DB steps the volume and could even decode another external HD CD decoder for more details and higher dynamics of appropriate HDCD CD's docking. T.A.C did not use the possibility,- cotd
Photo: Construction units fully and a structure as from the text book: Maximum distance between main adapter and analog signal processing, electrically clean separation by protecting partition walls -however gladly availed themselves the integrated level control. The symmetrical converter of exits does not allow the CD C 60 to remain idle. Symmetrical signal guidance starting from the converters
The filter and amplifier stages developed with inebriation and noise free operation amplifiers (BB 2804) are present in quadruple (for inverted and not inverted signal guidance). In the signal path T.A.C avoids sound-detrimental dual capacitor motor and regulates DC voltage portions electronically. At the exit the owner may decide by pressing the key: Should uncontrollable, complementary field effect transistors transform the player output at practically 600 ohms output resistance? Or does it leave the impedance transformation as cathode follower of switched tubes 6922 EH as the same, which occupy the entrance gate in the Stereo amplifier V 60 (11/07)? In the listening room the decision to omit stereoplay was clearly in favor of the tube. The FET output worked pale and flat opposite their sparkling elevator charm, the core structured basses, the deeply drawn transmitting rooms. In position tube the CD C 60 did not operate as magician, which does magic behind soft waft of Mist. Quite in reverse: The T.A.C proved itself as thrilling, sleek, very fast operating predator. If for instance the Rock group created in New York “The Silos” pitched in the Live concert “This highway is A circle”, the player acquired the listening room in such a way as to brew, as if the group would be live on the stage. With unrestrained force the drummer played straight on, nearly visible stood the rough singing voices in the room, and the E-guitars aggressively supported the rhythm melodiously. In relation to his traction of force and acoustics the others were there, highly-estimated tube players powerless with their sound worked more fragile and more softly around foundation. As an equal the 0/06 tested Linn Majik proved after all transverse checks. The Scottish sound is perhaps not so strong, arose with a velvet shake, was however in the musical river some more articulated and more lightfooted in the motion. On the other side the T.A.C scores with more breath-taking dynamics. that the CD C 60 could not add further over his symmetrical output, is no leg break. It stands as radiating winners there, if also not over its FET output. The CD C 60 is the best tube player, which the streoplay has ever tested. Photo: Hans Ulrich Fessler Result The question, whether transistor or tube output stages sounds better, the T.A.C CD C 60 clearly answers this with tube. It neither exaggerates itself ethereally nor as in beautiful spirit. It convinces by unrestrained dynamics and bass force. Stereoplays of highest-ranking tube players.
Stereoplay Highlight T.A.C. CD C 60 3400 Euro (Manufacturer information) Sales: Sintron, Iffezheim Telephone: 07229/18290 www.vincent-tac.de For overseas agencies refer in Internet Mass: B:45 x H: 12 x T:39 cm Weight: 12 Kg Measured values Frequency responses
Very balanced Rattling spectrum Very small, better rattle: hardly any noise, no faulty components Jitter spectrum Very less jitter ( 174 ps) Error correction ability Information error: upto 0.2 mm Surface defect: upto 0.2 mm Inebriation existence 105dB Consumption Standby/Function 0.1/28 W Evaluation Sound CD (max 70 points) 62 Measuring value (max 10 points) 8 Practice (max 10 points) 9 Priority (max 10 points) 10 Volume-adjustable tubes transistor player with gigantic electronics assembly. Sound via tubes sensational spatial and dynamic. Obligation for tube freaks.
Stereoplay Test evaluation Sound Absolutely top quality 62 points Total evaluation Very Good 89 points Price/performance outstanding