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822 Super Audio CD Player

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The Lindemann Super Audio CD Players raise the bar for CD and SACD performance with a sense of musical realism that transports the listener directly inside the studios and concert halls of the world.

Innovative technologies, implemented with great skill and attention to detail, make the 822 one of the world’s most fascinating signal sources; yet it offers much more than just high resolution and a sensational measured performance. With this player, you will forget you are listening to hi-fi equipment. The 822 handles everything from powerful orchestral performances to intimate vocals, from historic to modern recordings, with extraordinary ease. Enjoy your CDs with unimagined levels of quality, and experience the audio dreamscapes of Super Audio CDs at their maximum potential.

Highly advanced converter architecture

Highly advanced converter architecture

The 822’s digital to analog converter is based on our own HiDRA® (High Definition Resampling Architecture) technology, which previously appeared in models CD1SE and D680. Now HiDRA® has been further developed and refined for the 822. At the heart of this innovative technology are a sample rate converter (SRC) with origins in the professional recording studio, today’s state-of-the-art DAC’s and a high-precision master clock. The SRC upsamples the CD signal to 176.4 kHz, 24-bit to improve soundstaging, low-level detail and the purity of high frequencies. The converter (PCM 1792) then raises the sample rate further to 1.411 MHz - equivalent to a bitrate of 5.64 MHz for the subsequent sigma-delta multi-bit DAC. Unlike the PCM signal, the DSD signal is not converted. Since it already has a bit-rate of 2.82 MHz after decoding, it is simply filtered by the DAC.

At the heart of the design is the master clock, which features fully discrete construction and is powered by a dedicated feed from the outboard power supply. Its close proximity to the converter circuits ensures ultra-fast re-clocking and thus a highly precise data stream.

To ensure the best possible synchronicity of the digital audio data, all required clock frequencies in the signal processing chain are derived from this master clock – from the generation of audio PCM and DSD data on the servo board right through to the converters themselves. This provides a closed loop which, together with the HiDRA® architecture, virtually eliminates timing jitter in the D/A conversion process and preserves the precise timing of the digital audio signal. The result is a sound picture of unequalled transparency and tonal accuracy from both CD and SACD.

Fully balanced design

Fully balanced design

The 822’s entire signal path is fully balanced. The D/A converters (operated in mono-mode) produce a double differential analog signal, which is routed to a phase linear filter to remove unwanted high frequency noise. The subsequent analog volume control and output stages are also fully balanced.

Total isolation of transport and converter

Total isolation of transport and converter

A unique design feature of the 822 is the complete electrical isolation of the transport and converter sections. From an electrical standpoint, the 822 is a separate transport and converter in a single enclosure.

Data from the transport passes to the converter via an innovative device known as the iCoupler. This extremely fast inductive coupler enables digital audio data to be transferred in I2S or DSD format. Moving data directly in this way is far superior to the traditional method of converting to SPDIF at the digital output and transferring via a cable.

Decoupled transport mechanism

Decoupled transport mechanism

The high quality Sony transport used in the 822 is equipped with a dual laser pickup with coated glass optics and a servo system with separate decoding for CD and SACD data. To prevent vibration reaching the transport, the mechanism is mounted on a 3.8 kg steel block, being connected to the bottom of the casing via polymer dampers. The bottom panel is constructed from three separate layers to effectively absorb vibration. Fitted beneath the unit are high tech aluminum feet, each of which contains three ultra-hard ceramic balls, which conduct resonances and vibration away from the player into the support.

Sophisticated user features

Sophisticated user features

A high quality system remote control providing a host of control options is available for 800 Series components. The player is fully configurable via a user-friendly setup menu. A communication interface (SYSCOM) lets you link several 800 Series components. Finally, yet importantly, the easy-to-read CD Text display with adjustable brightness makes the 822 a real pleasure to operate.