MP 3000 HV
The MP 3000 HV incorporates further refinements of T+Aâ€™s most renowned components, developed without compromise. It is by far the finest and most refined player we have every built, and features complete symmetry and channel separation in its construction. Its core is the new quadruple digital-to-analogue converter whose origins can be traced back to our High-End V-series and R-series CD-SACD players. It processes the signals from the jitter reduction stage, whose own design philosophy is probably unique, and receives data from the high-quality pushrod-operated CD mechanism, the FM tuner, the latest generation of streaming client and the seven digital inputs. The D/A converter chip is followed by the current / voltage converter, which is so crucial to sound quality, and an analogue output stage, both of which are of fully discrete construction, and incorporate our HV technology.
Like the PA 3000 HV, the MP 3000 HVâ€™s case is made of pure aluminium, without any ferro-magnetic materials, and features five compartments separated by aluminium dividing walls. These compartments house the digital section, the D/A converter, the analogue mains supply, the digital mains supply and - in the solid front panel - the control circuitry with high-power screen and sensor buttons.
The back panel reflects the symmetrical construction of the case and the over-all circuit design. The analogue output stages pass their signals directly to professional XLR or RCA output sockets. Below these, and behind the lower compartment, are found the sockets for the FM aerial, the receive aerial of the FD 100 radio remote control handset (supplied as standard), the USB DAC input (for PC), an SP/DIF output, five SP/DIF inputs (two high-quality BNC, one standard co-ax, two TOS-Link optical) and one AES-EBU input, the sockets for the streaming client with LAN, WLAN and USB Master-Mode (stick or HDD) and the H-Link (HV data bus) sockets. The voltage power supplies are consistently separate for the digital and analogue mains sections, and even feature their own mains sockets.
We have fitted out the MP 3000 HV with a high-quality CD mechanism which offers very fast access times and superb error correction. Of course, the significance of the CD is steadily waning, as it is being superseded by streamed content; this is exactly the trend which the MP 3000 HV reflects. That is why we have selected a disc unit with a high-quality mechanism and heavy-duty motors, and invested a great deal of effort in its mechanical design in order to prevent any form of interaction between the moving mechanical parts and the remainder of the player. For this reason the CD mechanism features two-stage isolation: firstly it is installed in a solid, heavy housing which has a mass-damping effect, and prevents the transmission of structural sound from the base surface to the electronics and the disc mechanism; the second isolation measure is a three-point suspension system, optimised to prevent resonance effects, which de-couples the disc mechanism from the playerâ€™s case itself. The CD drawer is guided accurately on two stainless steel pushrods, and features a high-quality aluminium - ABS support.
The streaming client (SCL) is a network-capable processor board which was designed specifically for audio applications, with audiophile requirements at the forefront. It offers USB sockets (one on the back panel, a second on the front), as well as WLAN and LAN interfaces, and provides a high-quality connection to networks and the Internet. We have very deliberately eschewed the use of a standard computer solution in order to avoid loss of quality caused by high frequency interference signals. The SCL supports high-resolution formats and media servers, and offers the convenient vTuner Internet Radio Station Service at no additional charge.
The VHF FM tuner has excellent sensitivity, high crosstalk attenuation and overload margins, and sounds excellent both with cable and an aerial system. It features Radiotext, pre-sets and auxiliary functions.
The fourth digital source takes the form of seven digital inputs, which can be used to connect any external source, such as set-top boxes, disc drives, digital recorders and players. The machine includes the following professional or semi-professional inputs: 1 x AES-EBU, 5 x SP/DIF (2 high-quality BNC,
1 standard co-ax, 2 TOS-Link optical) and high-quality connection facilities for PCs: 1 x USB Device Mode with USB Class1 (max. 96/24) and USB Class 2 Mode (max. 192/32), including support for asynchronous (USB 2 Mode) + synchronous (USB 1 Mode) data transmission.