Ensembleexperience Dirondo Drive

The Ensembleexperience DIRONDO DRIVE – as a dedicated CD turntable – pushes the limits in the last remaining domain, which is in a more fundamental handling of the digital data. Thanks to a special algorithm, a DSP recalculates the data and puts them into a more precise time frame, thereby arriving at an enhanced virtual resolution of 19½ bit. 

Further, the re-calculated data are characterized by ultra-low jitter levels and show excellent linearity of phase. The carefully designed power supply has a medical grade isolation transformer. 

  • Reference quality CD transport (turntable)
  • with top-loading professional CD Pro-2M mechanism
  • Bit•Zoom signal processing technology
  • provides re-sampled, practically jitter-free, bit-enhanced digital signal
  • with 48 kHz, 96 kHz or 192 kHz sampling frequency
  • digital phase inversion by remote or panel control
  • digital outputs: 75 ohm coaxial (Swiss precision made)
  • and 110 ohm balanced (mini-XLR), alternately switchable
  • ultra-low noise power supply with proprietary isolation transformer.

The DIRONDO DRIVE offers the user the possibility to determine the sample rate of the output data (48, 96 or 192 kHz) by the touch of two buttons on the face plate.

With another combination of buttons it is possible to add ’dither’ (a spectral noise used in digital technology to linearize and improve conversion), providing a chance to tame down aggressive and bright sounding recordings. 

At its two outputs (BNC and balanced 110 ohm via mini-XLR, alternatively switchable) the DIRONDO DRIVE delivers a signal that in the hands of a high quality D/A converter presents music in such quality that higher order formats often show only theoretical superiority.


CD mechanism

  • Philips CD Pro2M, die-cast frame professional mechanism

Decoding format

  • CD, CD-R, CD-RW : 16 Bit, 44.1 kHz sampling

Digital output format

  • 24 Bit; 48 or 96 or 192 kHz sampling (user programmable)


  • BNC: coaxial 75 Ω / 0.5 Vpp; mini-XLR: balanced 110 Ω; switchable

Output level

  • max. 840 mV (-1.9 dBFS after DSP)

Resolution (Bit·Zoom processing)

  • virtually up to 19½ Bit (THD+N -120 dB, not full scale)

Distortion THD+N

  • < -100.2 dBFS / linear (-92 dBFS with extra dither, user programmable)

(full scale,@ 1 kHz, 0-80 dB) < -102.2 dBFS, A weighted

Rise and fall time digital signals

  • 3 nsec (10-90 %)

Jitter (full scale)

  • 10 psec RMS, 100 psec peak-peak (worst case)

Mains fuses

2 x 1 A T / 250 V slow-blow for 100 – 230 VAC


  • 13 kg (29 lbs) net, 16 kg (35 lbs) shipping weight