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CEC Audio, synonymous with analogue playback, musical and engaging, their belt drive transports were the pinnacle of CD spinning. So to their D/A converters had that musical soul that reminded us of vinyl playback…Sonic Art is proud to be offering CEC again to the Australian market, we have been involved with CEC since the late 90’s selling many TL series transports and DX series DAC's. We look forward to again, being able to offer audiophiles a digital playback system with a musical, analogue sound.


Since CEC introduced world's first Belt-Drive CD Transport in 1991, a lot of music lovers have enjoyed its rich musical sound, which CEC continues to improve on. A heavier stabilizer brings a more stable rotation of the disc and the Belt-Drive system eliminates the affects of vibration and electromagnetic noise caused by the motor rotation.

In order to read the signal recorded with Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) on CD, rotation speed should be slowed down as it goes to the outside. Usually the spindle motor controls the variation of speed. All CD players and transports place the spindle motor beneath the turntable for CD and the motor shaft works as the turntable center, this is a direct drive system. Stable and accurate rotation requires a higher torque motor, which inevitably creates certain vibration and the electromagnetic noise. In CEC TL 5 the spindle motor is placed independently from the center shaft and vibration, as well as electromagnetic noise effect to the CD are thus minimized. A heavy CD stabilizer provides the inertia of a turntable, and achieves a stable and smooth rotation of discs. Smaller torque motor and longer distance from the motor to the center shaft (turntable) creates the ideal fundamentals of musical reproduction.

The new CEC TL 5 features multiple digital outputs: AES/EBU, COAXIAL and TOSLINK. The shortest possible signal pass and stability of signal quality have been maintained by direct mounting of all terminals to the single circuit board. Superior Fluorescent display can be dimmed and even disconnected.

By placing the turntable shaft in the center of the top loading open space the rubber belt replacement is now done with ease on the CEC TL 5.

The word about the musical cohesion, the rich detail and emotionally gripping "analogue-like" sound got out very quickly. No other CD drive has sounded so analogue to this day. There has seldom been higher quality compact disc playback in this price class!

With the belt-driven CEC TL 5 in the system, one can benefit from the advantages of this type of drive. The newest CD belt drive by CEC helps improve the tonal progression. Test reports in international magazines as well as the testimony of our satisfied customers worldwide confirm that we have achieved our musical objective: Music reproduction on its highest level!


Drive System:       Belt Drive Spindle

Playable Discs:    Audio CDs & Finalized CD-R/RWs

CD Stabilizer:       Diameter 70mm, Weight 330g (Brass)

Outputs:                AES/EBU / COAXIAL / TOS

Power Supply:      230v/50hz

Consumption:       17W

Dimensions:         435x335x109mm

Weight:                 Approx 9kg

Colour:                  Silver or Black

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 17 July, 2021.

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