MP 3000 HV
Multi Source Player

The Multi Source Player

T + A was the first High-End manufacturers to equip a CD player with additional digital sources. The idea was unusual at the time, but it was certainly logical and justified. Our first machine to incorporate the principle was the E-Series Music Player. The sound quality of a digital music source is determined to a great extent by the quality of the digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) employed. Since T+A CD players had always boasted excellent converters, it made a good deal of sense to add additional digital sources to them, such as a network streaming client, a tuner and various inputs for external digital sources, instead of producing a separate case for each individual source. This makes obvious economic sense, but is also sensible in technical terms, since there is no need for additional cases, converters, mains power supplies and cable connections. It is much more effective to build one really superior converter and play back all the sources through it – even though that converter is more expensive in the first place.

That is why we have developed the unique Double Differential Quadruple Converter for PCM digital to analogue conversion. It processes the signals from the jitter reduction stage, whose own design philosophy is probably unique, and receives data from the high-quality pushrod-operated CD mechanism, the FM tuner, the streaming client and the seven digital inputs. The D/A converter is followed by the current / voltage converter, which is so crucial to sound quality, and an analogue output stage, both of which are of fully discrete construction, and incorporate our HV technology.
The FD 100 bi-directional RF remote control system can be used to control all functions of the HV-system. It displays the full content of the device screen and coverart as well.

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Technology

We have fitted out the MP 3000 HV with a high-quality CD mechanism which offers very fast access times and superb error correction. That is why we have selected a disc unit with a high-quality mechanism and heavy-duty motors, and invested a great deal of effort in its mechanical design in order to prevent any form of interaction between the moving mechanical parts and the remainder of the player. For this reason the CD mechanism features two-stage isolation: firstly it is installed in a solid, heavy housing which has a mass-damping effect, and prevents the transmission of structural sound from the base surface to the electronics and the disc mechanism; the second isolation measure is a three-point suspension system, optimised to prevent resonance effects, which de-couples the disc mechanism from the player’s case itself. The CD drawer is guided accurately on two stainless steel pushrods, and features a high-quality aluminium – ABS support.

The streaming client (SCL) is a network-capable processor board which was designed specifically for audio applications, with audiophile requirements at the forefront. It offers USB sockets (one on the back panel, a second on the front), as well as WLAN and LAN interfaces, and provides a high-quality connection to networks and the Internet. We have very deliberately eschewed the use of a standard computer solution in order to avoid loss of quality caused by high frequency interference signals.

The SCL supports high-resolution formats and media servers, and offers the convenient vTuner Internet Radio Station Service at no additional charge.
The VHF FM tuner has excellent sensitivity, high crosstalk attenuation and overload margins, and sounds excellent both with cable and an aerial system. It features Radiotext, pre-sets and auxiliary functions.
The fourth digital source takes the form of seven digital inputs, which can be used to connect any external source, such as set-top boxes, disc drives, digital recorders and players. The machine includes the following professional or semi-professional inputs: 1 x AES-EBU, 5 x SP/DIF (2 high-quality BNC, 1 standard co-ax, 2 TOS-Link optical) and high-quality connection facilities for PCs: 1 x USB Device Mode with USB Class1 (max. 96/24) and USB Class 2 Mode (max. 192/32), including support for asynchronous (USB 2 Mode) + synchronous (USB 1 Mode) data transmission.

In the MP 3000 HV the four digital sources described above pass through the same digital signal processing path with all its revolutionary features, such as T+A DSP oversampling with optimised algorithms, clock generation with jitter elimination and resynchronisation.
Jitter is one of the most serious problems affecting digital music. It develops in the source device (especially in computers) and during the data transfer process between source and converter. For perfect reproduction any jitter must be removed from the data before they are converted into analogue signals in the DAC. For this reason we have developed a unique two-stage method of clock generation (jitter elimination): in the first stage the circuit processes and decodes the data it receives. The flow of received data allows a raw clock to be generated, from which coarse jitter caused by the source device and the transfer path is removed in the first cleaning stage by means of a PLL circuit. The resultant clock is now examined in great detail by the micro-processor. If it fulfils certain minimum criteria in terms of frequency and stability, the D/A converters switch to an ultra-precise internally generated master clock with extremely low phase noise. This clock is completely de-coupled from the source device, thereby eliminating all traces of jitter interference from the source and the transfer path.

The local master clock is generated by a pair of separate quartz oscillators adjusted to extremely fine tolerances – one each for the clock groups 44.1 / 88.2 / 176.4 kHz and one for 48 / 96 / 192 kHz. This refined solution provides perfect converter clocks for all frequencies from 44.1 kHz up.
If the incoming signal does not satisfy the criteria for switching over to the local clock oscillators, a second PLL stage (2nd jitterbug) is employed instead of the quartz oscillators. This further refines the result of the first jitterbug stage, and reduces the residual jitter after the first stage by a factor of four.

After the clock generation process the data are converted in our quadruple converter, which has again been improved. It is equipped with a high-performance 56-bit signal processor and offers four switchable oversampling algorithms. It also features four of the latest 32-bit converter chips for each channel, arranged in a double symmetrical quadruple circuit. This circuit perfectly compensates for lack of linearity, and the residual noise – which is excellent in any case with the 32-bit converters – is reduced again by approximately a further 6 dB. The overall result is virtually unsurpassable dynamic range with a perfect “black value”, extreme linearity and freedom from distortion, even in crucial passages and minute musical details.
Like the converter, the analogue section is also of fully channel-separate construction (double mono), and is completely galvanically separated by means of jitter-free i-Coupler devices. This design excludes all traces of interference from external source devices, and even the typically hideous interference from computers is rendered harmless.

 

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Specifications

CD-Player

Formats
CD/DA, CD-R, CD-RW, CD Text
Frequency range + Dynamics
2 Hz - 20 kHz / 100 dB

Streaming Client

Formats
MP3 , WMA, AAC, OGG Vorbis,
FLAC (192/32 over LAN), WAV (192/32 over LAN)
AIFF (192/32 over LAN), ALAC (96/24 over LAN)
Supported media servers
UPnP 1.1, UPnP-AV and DLNA-kompatible Server,
Microsoft Windows Media Connect Server (WMDRM 10),
vTuner Internet Radio Service, DLNA-compatible Server
Features
Auto network config,
Internet Radio Station database (automatic updates)

Tuner

FM Radio
87,5 - 108 MHz
Sensitivity
1,3 μV
Overload margin
> 125 dB
Stereo overload damping
40 dB
RDS-Display
Station name, Radio text

Connections

Analogue outputs unbalanced (RCA)
2,5 Veff / 50 Ohms
Analogue outputs balanced (XLR)
5,0 Veff / 50 Ohms
Digital outputs
1 x co-ax, IEC 60958 (LPCM)
Digital inputs
1 x AES-EBU with 192/24, 5 x S/P-DIF:
2 x high quality BNC 192/24
1 x Standard-Coax and 2 opt. TOS-Link 96/24
1 x USB Device Mode in USB Class1 (max. 96/24)
1 x USB Class2 Mode (max. 192/32),
Assists asynchronus (USB2 Mode) + synchronus (USB1 Mode) datatransfer
2 x USB Master-Mode for USB-Mass storage (Stick or HDD)

D/A Converter

Principle
Double-Differential-Quadruple-Converter with 4 D/A-converters per channel,
32-Bit Sigma Delta, 352,8 kSps/384 kSps
Upsampling
freely programmable signal processor with four selectable oversampling algorithms.
FIR short, FIR long, Bezier/IIR, Bezier
Analogue filter
Phase-linear Bessel fi lter 3rd Order with 60 or 120 kHz cut off frequency
Frequenzgangfrequency responce
2 Hz - 20 kHz / (44,1 kSps)
2 Hz - 22 kHz / (48,0 kSps)
2 Hz - 40 kHz / (96,0 kSps)
2 Hz - 80 kHz / (192,0 kSps)
Total harmonic distortion
< 0,001 %
Signal : noise ratio
116 dB
Channel separation
110 dB

Mains / Accessories / Dimensions

Mains
2 x 110-120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hz, 40 W
Standby
< 0,5 W
Remote control
FD 100, bi-directional radio remote control system
Accessories
WLAN aerial, RF-aerial, charger for FD 100
BNC / RCA adapter
Dimensions (H x W x D)
17 x 46 x 46 cm
Weight
26 kg
Finishes
Case: silver laquer 47 or titanium laquer 64
Technical modifications reserved

Support

Catalogue

Catalogue HV-Series

User manual

User manual MP 3000 HV

Driver

System requirement
Installation manual USB-driver

Reviews

AV Premium 18

Lujo y sofisticación que seducen

La más “sencilla” de las fuentes de la serie de referencia de T+A es, como no podía ser de otro modo, un producto altamente sofisticado que combina el perfeccionismo
mecánico de sus compañeros de gama con soluciones técnicas únicas para obtener el no va más en transparencia y calidez.

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AV-Magazin 03/2015

Vorsicht Hochspannung

T+A zielt mit den Komponenten der HV-Serie weiter als je zuvor und landet mitten im audiophilen Olymp. Während der Multi-Source-Player MP 3000 HV mit umfassender Ausstattung punktet und bei allen Tonquellen über klangliche Zweifel erhaben ist, misst sich der Vollverstärker PA 3000 HV sogar mit einigen gewichtigen Vor-End-Kombis. Der MP 3000 HV und der PA 3000 HV von T+A geben eine durch und durch wirklich ganz große Vorstellung ab! Ach ja: Die Verarbeitungsqualität beider Geräte ist schlicht hervorragend und sehr ansprechend gestaltet sind sie auch. Die Performance des MP 3000 HV und des PA 3000 HV macht sie zu unserer Referenz bei Multi-Source-Playern respektive Stereo-Vollverstärkern.

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WHAT HI-FI? 12/2013

Exceptional build quality, refined sound inside, nuanced dynamics, impressive clarity. If you want High End sound quality from a variety of different sources but not the plethora of different boxes that are normally required to get it.

stereoplay 6/2013

Echt spannend

Technisch und optisch kompromissloser CD/Netzwerkspieler mit hervorragender Ausstattung und hinreißend farbenprächtig atmosphärischem Klang.

Klang: absolute Spitzenklasse
Gesamturteil: überragend
Preis/Leistung: überragend

Audio 6/2013

Geölter Blitz

Der MP 3000 HV ist sicher nicht der letzte spannende Digitalplayer aus Herford, aber er verkörpert zumindest mittelfristig einen Meilenstein, der die Digitalkompetenz von T+A besonders eindrucksvoll untermauert. Sein greifbar solider, einladend musikalischer, zugleich aber lupenreiner Klang harmoniert zudem exzellent mit dem Vollverstärker-Bruder PA 3000 HV – keine Sekunde lang hat man das Gefühl, auf dessen gnadenlose Auflösung auch nur kurz verzichten zu müssen.

Wuchtiger, sauberer Klang, extgrem vielseitig und sehr komfortabel
Klang lossless: 142
Bedienung: gut
Verarbeitung: überragend
Preis/Leistung: sehr gut

Audiophile 2/2013

High Voltage

Extrem kompetenter Digital-Allrounder trifft den saubersten Verstärker des Universums: Zusammen ergeben die HV-Geräte eine absolute Traumkombination.

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Hifi News 06/2013

We don’t give away our ‘Outstanding Product’ badges lightly. This magnificent digital front-end component exhibits considered thinking and is evidently a work of passion and dedication to excellence. Frankly, in the world of specialist high-end audio, it can be considered a steal – since if it came from a boutique marque it might easily
cost three or four times the price. It is utterly fabulous.

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Stereo 5/2013

Paukenschlag aus Herford

Der MP 3000 HV ist eine Gerätesammlung der absoluten Spitzenklasse (CD-Player, DAC, Streamer) in einem Gehäuse. Eine wahre Materialschlacht zum Kampfpreis, die zu allem Überfluss klanglich praktisch nicht zu schlagen ist!

Bedenkt man, dass man mit dem MP 3000 HV nicht “nur” einen High End-CD-Player von Weltklasses enthält, der mit Blick auf die anderen Top-Referenzen sogar überraschend günstig zu haben ist, sondern einen DAC, einen Streamer und einen adäquaten Media-Player beinhaltet und obendrein noch einen sehr ordentlichen UKW-Tuner, dann möchte man fast von einem “Schnäppchen” sprechen. Umwerfend gut!

Klang CD: 100%
Klang DAC: 100%
Klang Streamer: 100%