The new CH Precision D1.5 CD/SACD, MQA compatible player transport will be making its first public appearances on November the 5th and 6th at The Tokyo International Audio Show, Japan & Acoustic Gallery, 8 rue Gounod, 75017, Paris, France. 

Despite advances in high-resolution file-replay, the optical disc remains the reference standard for digital music replay. Those who have predicted the imminent demise of CD and who already danced on the grave of SACD might want to take a look at the rude health of the vinyl LP, a format long ago consigned by many to the dustbin of audio history. In fact, there have never been so many CD and SACD titles (or formats) available – and they have never been so affordable, making them the most consistent and stable digital source currently available – and one that is constantly evolving as superior materials and manufacturing techniques continue to improve performance. They are a source that’s going to be with us for years to come, making a high-performance optical disc player central to any high-end audio system. But the key to that statement is the term “high-performance”. At a time when many CD players are little more than an off-the-shelf transport option, bolted onto a multi-input DAC, the reputation of optical disc replay has suffered significantly.


The heart of any disc player is the transport mechanism itself. But what do you do if current mechs simply aren’t up to the job? If you are CH Precision, you build your own! The critical mechanical parts of our proprietary Mechanically Optimized Reading System (MORSe) are built entirely in-house, combined with. The carefully selected optical pick-up and motor are precisely mounted on a massive brass sled that weighs almost 1kg (2.2lbs). This high-mass lowers the mechanical resonance frequency of the module several orders of magnitude lower than in most other transports, while ensuring an ideal counter-weight to the torque of the spinning disc.

The complete module is isolated from the rest of the chassis using four alpha-gel isolators, fine-tuned to filter vibrations all the way down to AC mains frequencies. This prevents vibrations generated by the spinning of the disc from reaching sensitive electronic boards, as well as low frequency vibrations originating in the power supply or chassis disturbing the accurate tracking of the laser mechanism.

The disc clamp is made of lightweight PEEK polymer, which provides optimal grip and dimensional stability, ensuring slip-free transmission from the direct drive motor to the disc.

The chassis holding this crucial sub-system is a 2 kg rigid aluminum structure, directly coupled to the heavy base of the D1.5. This makes an ideal mechanical ground reference for the rotating parts that, along with our updated mechanical grounding system effectively eliminates mechanical interference.

Built around the massive MORSe mechanism, the D1.5 is a configurable CD/SACD player/transport, the card-cage output architecture allowing owners to optimize the output topology to suit their system requirements, whether they need a player, transport or prefer to have both in a single unit.

The digital output board (CH-Link HD, S/PDIF, AES/EBU and TosLink) is supplied as standard. The CH-Link HD connection allows digital output of high-definition material, including DSD direct to the C1 or I1 DACs. In the case of CD replay, the D1.5 allows users to choose between the raw MQA (44.1kHz/16bit) output and an MQB output.

It is also possible to fit a pair of dedicated, mono DAC boards, utilizing our proprietary PEtER spline filter algorithm, to create a reference player capable of SACD, CD and MQA CD replay. The optional SYNC IO clock synchronization board allows the D1.5 player/transport to be slaved to either a DAC master clock or the T1 Reference clock for optimum performance. Finally, the D1.5’s performance can be further upgraded with the use of an X1 external power supply.

All replay, output and user interface functionality is accessible via the CH concentric control on the front panel, or remotely, via the CH Control App. The large AMOLED screen can be color configured to reflect different source/output formats, while the color itself and brightness can be adjusted to offer a perfect match with other units in the system. This flexibility when it comes to configuration or application, along with its ease of operation, make the D1.5 not just the highest performance but also the most adaptable, upgradable and future proof optical disc replay solution available.


Frequency response

  • DC – 20kHz for CD
  • DC – 50kHz for SACD

Full scale analog outputs level

  • 4V RMS balanced
  • 2V RMS single-ended

Dynamic range

  • > 96dB for CD and > 120dB for SACD

Signal to Noise Ratio

  • > 120dB for both CD and SACD

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise

  • < 0.002% for CD < 0.0015% for SACD Dimensions/Weight
  • 440 x 440 x 133mm (W x D x H), 22kg
  • 800 x 600 x 300mm (W x D x H), 30kg (in box)