If you wish to stream music from the Internet, listen to high-resolution music from a computer, satellite receiver or TV, or play CDs at the highest quality, then the EVOLUTION 100CD is the product for you. Its, highly flexible, digital pre-amplifier easily switches between any of these sources and can remotely control the output volume, in the digital domain.
With multiple digital inputs and outputs, the EVOLUTION 100CD is one of the most well equipped and seriously high-end DAC products on the market, despite its competitive price.
The EVOLUTION 100CD is a high-end DAC, with built-in CD transport and not just a CD Player. It can accept a total of seven digital sources, including Bluetooth. It also has two digital outputs and a custom Creek RC bus to extend the Infra-Red Sensor or synchronize it with its matching amplifier.
To fully realize the potential sonic benefits of streaming hi-resolution 24/192 music files from a computer, asynchronous USB 2 support is vital. The EVOLUTION 100CD circuitry works with various computer platforms but requires a custom ASIO driver to enable it to work with PCs.
The highest quality audio output is available via balanced or un-balanced sockets for maximum flexibility. Balanced outputs are recommended if long interconnects are needed. After extensive listening tests, Creek Audio’s staff selected the best sounding output circuitry before finalizing the design. Un-balanced outputs are via heavy duty gold plated, solid RCA sockets.
If discreet headphone listening is required, there is a built-in high performance headphone amplifier capable of driving most types of headphones, (8 to 2k Ohms recommended range). Volume is adjustable from the front panel or by remote control.
To maintain top performance, the custom CDM-1 slot-drive CD transport is clocked by a separate, extremely accurate ultra-low jitter, master-clock, situated right next to the DAC for bit-perfect performance.
The EVOLUTION 100CD uses a powerful 30 Watt toroidal mains transformer to maintain a low magnetic field and excellent noise performance. It features three separate windings, to power its analogue and digital circuitry and custom CD transport. Multiple low-impedance power supply capacitors and voltage regulators are used to optimize the power supplies’ performance. Organic polymer capacitors are used to decouple critical analogue and digital circuits and high-grade WIMA polypropylene capacitors are used in the output filters.
To optimize its performance, the EVOLUTION 100CD uses two top-of-the-range 24 Bit 192 kHz stereo DACs, running in double differential mode, to improve the cancellation of distortion and noise. A multiple frequency, low-jitter, clock optimizes the performance of the DAC at all sample rates. A completely independent clock maintains bit-perfect performance for Compact Disc.
Cosmetically the EVOLUTION 100CD is similar to the EVOLUTION 50A and EVOLUTION 100A integrated amplifiers; its slim case and luxurious front panel is finished in either black or silver brushed aluminum and deeply engraved. Also, like the matching amp, the EVOLUTION 100CD’s soft touch push buttons have excellent tactile feel. Each button is backlit to clearly display usable functions, for optimum user-friendliness.
All Creek EVOLUTION products now feature large OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays, providing higher clarity and resolution than other technologies. Display and button brightness levels can be adjusted or turned-off, via the remote handset.
The EVO system remote handset controls all the functions of the EVOLUTION range, including the Amp, CD/DAC, Ambit Tuner and Ruby DAC.
The Class 2 USB input is capable of playing high resolution music files, up to 24 bit 192 kHz, from either a PC or MAC computer. Streaming from a PC requires an additional (ASIO) driver software to be installed and possibly a USB2 driver, if your computer hasn’t already got one. USB cables up to 5 meters (16.4 feet) may be used with the Evolution 100CD.
detailed technical information
DIGITAL INPUTS 2 x SPDIF, 24 Bit 192 kHz, transformer isolated
2 x Toslink, 24 Bit 192 kHz, optically isolated
1 x USB, 24 Bit 192 kHz
No additional software drivers are needed for OS X
Windows PCs require additional drivers.
1 x Bluetooth input
CD TRANSPORT Custom designed, ICE quality, CD slot-loader, externally clocked for bit perfect performance
SNR > 110dBA unbalanced
DIGITAL OUTPUT 1 x SPDIF and 1 x Toslink optical output, pass-on all input signals
DIGITAL FILTERS Optional digital filters are selectable via the remote
ANALOGUE OUTPUT 2 x RCA un-balanced, 2.0V RMS. 2 x XLR balanced output, 4.0V RMS
HEADPHONE OUTPUT 1 x 6.35mm or ¼” Jack socket Output impedance
AUDIO BUFFERING Professional high-grade audio buffering
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 47 Ohms
POWER SUPPLY 30 Watt toroidal mains transformer with 3 separate secondary voltage windings, with multi-cap power supply decoupling and multiple ultra-low noise discrete power supply voltage regulators.
RC BUS Input/output connection for external IR remote and serial link to Evolution 50A.
DAC TYPE 2 x Wolfson WM8742, 24 Bit 192 kHz, double differential.
INPUT RECEIVER WM8805, multichannel digital input receiver and clock generator.
OPERATING VOLTAGES 100 – 120V/ 200 – 240V, Switchable
POWER CONSUMPTION 20 Watts (at idle)
DIMENSIONS W/H/D 430 x 60 x 280mm
FINISHES Silver or black engraved front panels