Luxman launches D-03X CD player with DAC and MQA decoding

Luxman launches D-03X CD player with DAC and MQA decoding
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With many of us stuck at home, it's arguably not a bad time to be upgrading hi-fi systems. If you have the desire, and cash, for a high-end CD player, Luxman would tempt you towards its latest disc spinner.

Launching this month, the Luxman D-03X is based on the company's celebrated D-05u CD/SACD player. It supports MQA: MQA-CDs can be played, as can MQA files up to 24-bit over the player's USB, coaxial and optical inputs. Decoding status is clearly shown by three different coloured LED indicators on the display – studio: blue, authentic: green, and renderer: red/purple.

The USB input also supports PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD files up to 5.64MHz, and features four Bulk Pet modes designed to optimise the transfer of hi-res audio files by reducing the workload between reading and reproduction. The coaxial and optical sockets, meanwhile, support 24-bit/192kHz signals. 

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The DAC architecture comprises independent left and right monaural mode DACs (Texas Instruments PCM1795 chips), feeding fully balanced (and unbalanced) output circuitry.

The CD-spinning side of things utilises Luxman's latest specifications, including a dedicated CD transport mechanism with a loopless structure to improve accuracy and reduce noise when reading discs. That's all enclosed in a shielded box chassis with a thick aluminium mechanical base and new steel top-plate.

The Luxman D-03X is available in the UK from this month, priced £3500. The player is also arriving in the US for a suggested retail price of $3495 plus tax.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.