The Mother of all CD Players
For all of you aficionados who waited for this to happen: here’s the fifth generation of Audionet’s famed high performance CD player (we’ve skipped one in the developing stage, so here’s the legitimate new, bettered G3, so to speak). The new ART G5 is nothing less than Audionet’s final statement on the perfect transmogrification of the classical compact disc. At the same time, it also represents a thoroughbred high-end D/A converter. Its marvelous sound capabilities can thus be used for all your digital systems, especially computers, via optical and electrical digital inputs.
The new ART G5 with its new and even better drive redefines the hitherto undreamt-of potential of CDs to produce a really involving and fascinating listening experience beyond anything streaming even of the highest bitrates can give you. It literally conquers unexplored sound dimensions, transforming your music into an unprecedented, wholly satisfying experience for the senses. The very best hifi critics have “built a virtual pedestal for this top-notch instrument in (their) editorial office”, as have our very own scientists for their own use at home.
Our development team has re-engineered both the housing and circuitry, subjecting every detail of the machine to stringent checks. The new ART G5 combines an innovative construction and circuitry with the insights gained from the development of STERN and HEISENBERG.
Our 25 years of experience at the forefront of audiophile science bring you an authentic reproduction so good almost nobody would actually suppose a CD as the source. For critical praise and acclaim of its predecessor, please refer to the Reference section further down on this page.
ART G5 is a carefully revamped legendary construction, based on an uncompromising concept and implemented with maximum attention to detail. Every phase of retrieval and playback was subjected to rigorous testing and optimisation.
Audionet Aligned Resonance Technology
The new ART G5 houses the silver disks with the precision and safety of – a safe, away from all external influences. The housing is an elaborate mixture of amorphous granite, steel, aluminium and low-resonance MDF. The ART G5 is also fitted with an ingenious noise-free ventilation concept.
Audionet Aligned Resonance Technology (ART) decouples the read-out unit and the control board from the housing. A mounting system ensures that damaging movement energy is dissipated in a targeted fashion and that the read-out process is subject to a minimum of disturbance. The reading module is a solid tape deck fitted in full aluminium, dampened with heavy foil, sitting on acoustically friendly brass pins. Developed for professional use, the new drive has an exceptionally robust mechanical and electronical construction. It guarantees the highest read-out quality and stability as well as excellent CD acceptance both in terms of surface quality as well as copy protection procedures. Further innovations are the puck and its cylindrical receiver. These two precision rotation parts fit together exactly without any play. The reduced contact surface and the low revolution impulse work together with an exceptionally strong, ring-formed magnet to produce a strong and even contact pressure. The pre-load guarantees an exceptionally stable and smooth disc run.
A solid slider plate isolates the drive from external influences. The slide runs equally and deeply in strong aluminium rails. Together with the machined aluminium ventilation lid of the MDF cover bowl this provides additional stability.
Sound Data Processing
Only the use of the very best-quality materials enables the hih performance quality of reproduction achieved by the new ART G5. The first sound-relevant point is the current flowing through a special fuse at the network entrance of the ART G5, made of rhodium and copper. We use exclusively pure silver for the current feed to the separately structured analogue and digital network components. This produces a significantly calmer and more spacious sound. A generously-sized network filter and push-pull I-core coils strengthen the ART G5 in the mid and subwoofer area.
The newly-developed, multiple-layer, impedance-linearized circuit board layout makes ART G5 even more broad-band and low-resistance. The energy flow is homogenous and unlimited over the entire frequency spectrum.
Audionet’s intelligent sampling technology ensures an entirely clean analogue signal recovery from the digital data flow. In doing so, PCM data is run through an elaborate, two-stage filtering and decoupling procedure. The output data is filtered and upsampled simultaneously in a high-performance signal processor using Audionet software. The filters are set for optimal impulse and frequency faithfulness under audiophile criteria. Optimized in this manner, the data is then unlocked with an asynchronous 192 kHz/24 bit upsampling procedure and decoupled from its input cycle. The PCM data is then transferred to two high-performance DAC converters and processed to an analogue signal in separate channels.
Since the presentation of our first source drive 19 years ago, we have worked continually to reduce jitter, i.e. tremors in digital signal flanks. Jitter errors restrict the sound reproduction in every possible manner, affecting the reproducibility, stage and depth of performance.
In developing the new ART G5 we were able to reduce the jitter of the individual circuitry elements to an almost immeasurable minimum, using a unique structural achievement. For example, our engineers have effectively reduced the jitter of the D/A convertor to a unique 60 picoseconds sigma. To deflect sound-impairing oscillations, the dampened precision tact generator for the sampling convertor and the DACs are located in the read-out unit swinging in the Z direction.
There is no information loss, and all data is processed at the correct time. This enables a unique clarity, depth offset and platform lighting.
Analogue preparation is effected via a differential current/voltage converter and an extremely complicated filter/amplification circuit. The switches are set on an extremely impulse faithful and high border frequency and thus established on the best individual components. The newly-developed Audionet operational amplifier employed here uses the finest tolerated, high audiograde film capacitors. The decoupling stage works internally with a triple degenerative feedback mechanism and an even higher current drive capacity. Overall distortion and internal malfunctions in the new ART G5 have been reduced to an absolute minimum.
The digital audio data transmission also represents a unique development: Audonet’s intelligent sampling technology prepares and decouples the PCM information, transmitting it to a high-performance output transmitter via a low-jitter LVDS data transmission system absolutely resistant to interspersion. In its HighBit mode, all data is made available on Audionet’s proprietary HighBit interface with 192kHz/24 bit, on the AES/EBU output with 96 kHz/24 bit and on the optical output with 44.1 kHz/16 bit. In its LowBit mode, the digital outputs are provided with 44.1 kHz/16 bit. Thus in digital mode, the best possible PCM output data is always available.
The ART G5 can be controlled simply and easily with the ergonomically-formed Audionet system remote control Harmony One included in the scope of delivery. All functions can be accessed easily and can be read-off from the well-illuminated colour display. An attractive row of hard keys and the background illumination enable easy control even in dimmed rooms. The remote control is preprogrammed for all Audionet components and can be programmed for up to 15 devices. A recharging cradle and a lithium ion battery are also included in the scope of delivery.
Compact Disc Player
D/A converter function for audio- and pc-data
Top loader with damping MDF, aluminium and granite casing construction, solid aluminium cover (10mm), run on Teflon bearings
Audionet “Aligned Resonance Technology”, decouples transport unit, boards and the clock generator
customized reference CD drive CD-Pro 8
Disc stabilizer (puck) and its cylindrical receiver made of POM
Separate power supplies for read-out and converter unit
Completely DC-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path
Discrete, extremely fast and stable filter and output stages
D/A converter function with USB/SPDIF digital input and optical TosLink input
Audionet HighBit-Interface with 192 kHz/24 bit output
AES-EBU output with 96 kHz/24 bit
Digital outputs can be switched off
Professional operating concept
Audionet Metal Remote Control RC
In- and Outputs
|Analog audio outputs:||1 pair RCA line, gold-plated
2 XLR balanced, gold-plated
|Digital audio outputs:||2 RCA, 600 mVs into 75 ohms, gold-plated
1 AES/EBU, 110 ohms, gold-plated
1 optical (TosLink)
|Digital audio inputs:||1 USB, as USB-Audio (44,1 kHz/16 bit or 48 kHz/16 bit) or SPDIF (32 kHz-96 kHz/24 bit)
1 SPDIF optical TosLink (32 kHz-96 kHz/24 bit)
|Remote activation:||1 Audionet-Link in, optical (TosLink)
2 Audionet-Link out, optical (TosLink)
|External power supply:||
- CD, CD-R, CD-RW (finalized and non finalized disks)
- Disc sizes 80 und 120 mm according to IEC 908
|Stereo channels:||192kHz/24 bits, Dual-Mono-DAC, Multibit-Delta-Sigma|
|Sampling rates:||44.1 kHz|
|Laser system:||Semiconductor laser, 780 nm wave length|
|Bandwidth:||0 – 90.000 Hz (-3dB) analog|
|THD + N:||typ. 103 dB; (A weighted) @ -60 dBFs|
|SNR:||> 110 dB|
|Channel separation:||> 130 dB @ 10 kHz|
|Output impedance:||33 Ohm real|
|Output voltage:||3.5 Veff.|
|Power consumption:||< 1 W stand-by, max. 40 W|
|Mains connection:||120 or 230 V, 50…60Hz|
|Dimensions:||width 430 mm
height 120 mm
depth 360 mm
|Front panel:||Brushed aluminium, black anodized, light grey printing
Brushed aluminium, silver anodized, black printing
|Display:||Red or blue|
|Cover:||MDF, Nextel coated, grey|
|Slider:||Aluminium, 10 mm, black anodised|
|Chassis:||Granite, sheet steel, black|
Reviews for ART G3 – new for G5 coming Soon…
High Fidelity PL
“Its interpretation fully corresponds to what is required from a modern digital source, but with the added presence of the dimensions of ‘smartness’ and ‘vintage’, which gives it a timeless dimension. The sound is deep and very rich, but also open. It shows great events on the stage and gives you all the energy on low frequency. A comprehensive, thoughtful message, which situates ART among the most successful and sophisticated sound sources. An extremely ergonomic player you can really rely on.”
“Le lecteur ART G3 est une électronique superbement fabriquée et dotée d’un pouvoir musical de haut niveau. Pas de signature particulière, mais une haute résolution de tous les instants qui gravit plusieurs crans qualitatifs quand on associe le lecteur à l’alimentation stabilisée externe EPS G2. L’ensemble Audionet ainsi constitué joue dans la cour des grands, il offre à l’auditeur une écoute de tout premier ordre qui privilégie haute définition et réalisme poussé. Le prix, sans atteindre des sommets, reste conséquent mais entièrement justifié vu les solutions technologiques coûteuses adoptées. Longue vie à Audionet!”
“As we have come to expect from Audionet, the ART G3 presents itself in an immaculate, elaborate form leaving nothing to be desired. It’s reproduction quality unearths previously hidden pearls in the music, releasing previously unimagined potential from the common or garden CD. With its convincing quality, the ART G3 significantly exceeds the sound produced by its predecessor. The Bochum manufacturers have once again defended their position at the top of the audiophile tree. The new reference player for us at av-magazin.de is called Audionet ART G3.”
“Over the last few weeks, our colleague Olaf Sturm enthused our readers for the new Audionet integrated amplifier SAM G2, establishing a virtual pedestal for this top-notch instrument in our editorial office. Having heard its output, I understand fully what moved him to do so. The clarity and precision produced by the ART G3 matched only by the almost quaffable yet lucid tonal substance makes it into the best CD player ever to have presented itself at i-fidelity.net. The immense musical competence with which this new ART G3 draws us into the world of sound only serves to underscore our decision to declare the Audionet ART G3 as our new reference point.”
Pro High End Russland
Maksim Semeykin, PRO High End Russia, edition no. 22 from february 2014:
“Magnificent player. Such designs do not appear as a result of the development budget or as a planned pro-program to update the lineup. This is a consequence of sleepless nights in a creative workshop. Splash engineering and design potency. […] Audionet ART G3 – clearly the work of a true master. […] And a fine selection of not only those who love and appreciate the real music, but also those who love and hears music in itself.”