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Emotiva ERC-2 CD Player


Introduction to the Emotiva ERC-2 CD Player

Emotiva continues to occupy an interesting space in the audiophile realm. It is now possible to get an entire two channel or five channel system consisting almost entirely of Emotiva products, CD player or DAC, a preamp, a variety of amplifiers from one to five channels, a pre-pro on the way and interconnects, all at a fraction of the cost most of the competition. With all of this activity creating new products I was surprised to see Emotiva upgrade their ERC-1 CD player though. They have the DAC after all, isn't that the upgrade path? Besides, I read somewhere that everyone is listening to music off their iPad. Not that I'm complaining. I still listen to CD's, when I'm not listening to vinyl, and I prefer to listen to an entire album as opposed to a compilation so CDs still work for me. I'll chalk up the new player to engineering restlessness. At $449 , the ERC-2 costs $50 more than the ERC-1 and has balanced outputs for low noise transfer between the CD player and your preamplifier.


  • Design: 2 Channel Slot Loading CD Player
  • Codecs: Redbook CD, HDCD, MP3
  • Analog Outputs: 1 Set XLR Balanced, 2 Sets RCA Unbalanced
  • Digital Outputs: 1 RCA S/PDIF, 1 Optical (TosLink), AES/EBU digital output via XLR
  • Output Voltage: 1V rms (7V peak)
  • MFR: 0 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: ≤0.01% 0dB 1kHz
  • Digital Output Filter: 24-Bit, 384 kHz (Analog Devices 1955
  • Analog Output Filter Frequency: 80 kHz (-3dB)
  • Dimensions: 3.75" H x 17" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 17.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $449 USD
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