Highly Refined VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S Transport
Esoteric is justifiably proud of its advanced VRDS-NEO transport, which achieves significant improvements in reading accuracy with its highprecision turntable, optimized for both CDs and Super Audio CDs, and mechanical correction of disc surface irregularities. The P-02X’s new VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S transport features a highly refined drive circuit design. The spindle shaft bearing assembly is supported by a pair of specially selected high-precision steel ball bearings, while its duralumin turntable, machined to micron-level accuracy, and 20mm-thick steel turntable bridge weigh a total of 5.2kg (12kg if the chassis’ rigid steel base is included).
Inherited from Esoteric’s legendary P-0 CD transport, the P-02X’s coreless three-phase brushless spindle motor is driven by a high magnetic flux density magnet and utilizes thread feed control for its sliding shaft pickup to maintain the laser beam at a precise right angle to the disc. These features combine with a whisper-quiet tray shutter mechanism* to ensure the ultimate in precision and accuracy.
* The shutter automatically closes and locks itself into the front panel when the tray is in its stored position, shielding it from the effects of external sound pressure and vibration, etc., on sound quality.
VS-DD* Spindle Servo Driver
* VS-DD = VRDS Spindle Discrete Driver
A Massive Investment in Materials, Inside and Out
The interior of the chassis features a double-deck structure and optimized 3D chassis construction that allows all circuit blocks to be connected with the shortest signal path possible. Its exterior case is formed from thick aluminum panels, and its 5mm-thick steel bottom plate is supported at four points on Esoteric’s exclusive pinpoint feet.
Vibration transmission has also been effectively minimized by the highprecision laser slot processing used in the manufacture of its rigid base.
A Selection of Digital Outputs
The P-02X’s digital outputs are conveyed through three types of connectors (2 ES-LINK, 2 XLR & 1 coaxial), including new dedicated ES-LINK4 HDMI ports and dual XLR connectors that maintain compatibility with earlier versions of ES-LINK.
Organic EL Displays
Both units feature smooth-operating, low-consumption electroluminescent (EL) displays that are eminently suited to such state-of-the-art components.
High-Quality Remote Control With a Luxurious Feel
The P-02X’s RC1315 Remote Controller is constructed from a thick panel of solid aluminum. The brushed finish on its control panel matches that of the unit’s front panel and offers a luxurious feel of the highest quality.