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September 2006

Aurum Acoustics Integris CDP CD Player/Preamplifier: Measurements

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Please note: Although the Integris CDP is a combination CD player and preamplifier, these measurements were performed only on the preamplifier section.

Additional Data
  • Measurements were made at 120V AC line voltage. Measurements made on the left channel unless otherwise noted.
  • Unity gain for instrument loading and balanced I/O is "9.0dBu" and for unbalanced I/O is "8.0dBu" on front-panel display.
  • This preamplifier does not invert polarity.
  • AC line current draw
    • Standby: 0.14A
    • Operate: 0.17A
  • Input impedance at 1kHz:
    • Unbalanced input = 9k ohms
    • Balanced input = 21k ohms
  • Output impedance at 1kHz:
    • Unbalanced output = 75 ohms
    • Balanced output = 150 ohms
  • Gain, balanced I/O, volume at maximum:
    • Instrument loading, Lch/Rch = 3.65X, 11.3dB / 3.65X, 11.3dB
    • IHF loading, Lch/Rch = 3.59X, 11.1dB / 3.60X, 11.2dB
  • Gain, unbalanced I/O, volume at maximum:
    • Instrument loading, Lch/Rch = 3.95X, 11.9dB / 3.94X, 11.9dB
    • IHF loading, Lch/Rch = 3.92X, 11.9dB / 3.91X, 11.8dB
  • IHF Sensitivity, input volts for standard IHF output of 0.5V, IHF loading:
    • Balanced I/O, Lch/Rch = 139.3mV / 138.9mV
    • Unbalanced I/O, Lch/Rch = 127.6mV / 127.9mV
  • Output noise versus bandwidth and volume-control position:
    • Balanced output, at maximum, Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      496.4uV / 14.7uV | 458.6uV / 14.7uV
    • Balanced output, at unity gain, Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      268.5uV / 6.06uV | 260.3uV / 6.12uV
    • Balanced output, at typical listening level (20dB below unity gain), Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      230.8uV / 3.25uV | 225.0uV / 3.13uV
    • Unbalanced output, at maximum, Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      975.4uV / 37.4uV | 894.3uV / 37.7uV
    • Balanced output, at unity gain, Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      331.4uV / 12.0uV | 301.3uV / 12.3uV
    • Balanced output, at typical listening level (20dB below unity gain), Lch | Rch, wideband/A weighted =
      234.8uV / 5.57uV | 196.2uV / 5.39uV
Measurements Summary

General

The Aurum Acoustics Integris CDP CD player/preamplifier is a flexible component allowing both analog and digital I/O, in addition to playing Red Book CDs.

Chart 1A shows the frequency response in the unbalanced I/O mode with the volume control set for unity gain for 0.5V input with instrument and IHF loading. The closest front-panel gain setting for this is 8.0dBu. In this chart, both channels are shown. The effect of the IHF loading is pretty negligible. The two channels are tracking with 0.05dB at this point on the volume control.

Chart 1B is for the balanced I/O mode. Here, because the output impedance is about twice as high, the loading effect of the IHF load is more noticeable. In the balanced I/O mode, the closest front-panel gain setting is 9.0dBu. The bandwidth of this unit (as defined by the -3dB points) is less than 10Hz to over 200kHz. Furthermore, the frequency response did not change noticeably with the volume set to maximum, or down to the minimum setting before mute. Therefore, there is no Chart 2 figures showing how frequency response changes with volume-control setting. Volume-control tracking between channels was better than 0.5dB over the whole range. This is excellent performance indeed.

Chart 3A shows how total harmonic distortion varies with input level and frequency for both IHF and instrument loading in the unbalanced I/O mode. Again, we have a design in which the distortion vs. level is virtually the same for frequencies from 20Hz-20kHz with instrument and IHF loading. (For clarity, the data shown is for the left channel and instrument loading.)

Chart 3B shows the same things for the balanced I/O mode.

A spectrum of the distortion and noise residual of a 1kHz test tone at 0.5V output with IHF loading is plotted in Chart 4 for the unbalanced I/O mode. AC-line hum harmonics here are very low. The signal-frequency harmonics consist of a dominant third harmonic and a lower-level second harmonic.

Chart 1 - Frequency Response at Unity Gain with IHF and Instrument Loading

Chart 1A - Unbalanced I/O

Both channels shown with instrument and IHF loading.
(Resolution of graph prevents showing differences.)

Chart 1B - Balanced I/O

Both channels shown with instrument and IHF loading.

Blue line = instrument loading
Cyan line = IHF loading

Chart 3 - Distortion as a Function of Output Voltage and Frequency

Chart 3A - Unbalanced I/O

Blue line = 20Hz, 1kHz
Magenta = 20kHz

Chart 3B - Balanced I/O

Blue line = 20Hz, 1kHz
Magenta = 20kHz

Chart 4 - Distortion and Noise Spectrum

Chart 4 - Unbalanced I/O

Instrument loading
Red line = spectrum of 1kHz test signal distortion and AC-line harmonics at 0.5V input and output at unity gain.

 

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