Monrio Top Loader 2 – CD player

Privilege was the first CD Player built by Monrio. Launched in 1997, the Privilege was the beginning of an uninterrupted series of CD Player characterized by excellent musicality and an aesthetics almost always innovative and particular. Thanks to the long experience in achieving and testing different circuit solutions in the analogue section and D / A conversion, we were able to achieve a world-class CD Player with excellent musical characteristic and construction; the Top Loader Type 3. The Top Loader Type 3 was born in 2007, is distinguished by its exclusive and original aesthetics matched to a very good electric characteristics but also by its high cost due to the material used and to its complex construction.
Strengthened by this experience, we wanted to make a CDP of equal musical characteristic – if not higher, because in the meantime we were able to experiment with new technology in both digital and analogue section. – but with more affordable cost by simplifying the mechanical construction.
Solid and elegant, the Top Loader Type 2 CD Player combines aesthetics design with the latest and most advanced in digital technology. Combined with the best digital and a fully differential circuit topology with dual-triode vacuum gain and solid state regulation – located directly on the audio circuit board -, the Top Loader Type 2 is a remarkable performer. Power Supply stage, DAC stage and Output stage are isolated electronically and mechanically from the mechanism via a separate chassis. An aluminium stabilizer centers the disc and provides good vibration absorption and achieves strong clamping force without affecting laser performance. The TOP LOADER Type 2 CD Player is housed in a custom built extruded aluminium case and includes a strong base assembly that ensure the maximum stability to the mechanical part. The massive aluminium case permit a lowest resonance across the full system The chassis rests on four stainless steel spikes fitted with aluminium pads designed to decouple the unit from the rest of the system. Digital-to-Analogue stage consists of two Sigma/Delta, 24 bit/192kHz converter. Chosen after careful comparison between the best DAC on the market and after extensive listening tests. Power supply is made up from 10 separate power supply’s feeding the mechanism, micro controller, display, clock circuit, DAC digital and analogue section and output stage. It consist of two parts design – one dedicated to the reading mechanism, servo digital and user control and the other for DAC and output stage amplifiers – with individual power transformers and complete independent lines power. Analogue output stage uses two 12AU7 triodes, the audio stage features high-voltage regulation using high-voltage transistors coupled to a massive power supply. There are two physically separate printed circuit board for the servo and digital circuits (motor drivers etc.) and for the DAC and output stage.
The TOP LOADER Type 2 has a generously rated toroidal transformer with separate windings for the high-voltage, filament, DAC digital and analogue power supply. Jitter-reducing benefits of the I2S bus – which transports the audio and clock data separately instead of merging them, as is done with both AES/EBU and S/PDIF standards. It uses a single master clock for the transport and digital processor section. Balanced analogue output is via a pair of XLR jacks, and single-ended output is from RCAs. Digital output is from coaxial on RCA jacks.
Selection of the highest quality components throughout the digital-to-analogue chain, and superior component placement and chassis design help render as full and distortion free the signal output as possible.



OUTPUTS, ANALOG (Stereo): Balanced XLR 4.4V RMS; Single-Ended RCA 2.2V RMS
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 660 ohms BAL, 330 ohms SE.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 0.5-20,000Hz+0 -1dB.
DISTORTION: .01% 1kHz.
RESOLUTION: 2 x 24bit/192kHz Delta-Sigma DAC.
OUTPUT DIGITAL: RCA coax SPDF 75-ohm 0.5V p-p
SIGNAL FORMAT: Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz.
DRIVE MECHANISM: Philips CD-PRO2M (Top Load): Wow & Flutter: Immeasurable
1. Discs: Accepts 5” (12 cm.) and 3” (8 cm.) size.
POWER REQUIREMENTS (Detachable power cord): 200-250VAC 50/60 Hz. – 100-135VAC 60Hz.
CONSUMPTION: 60 watts Max.
DIMENSIONS: 438 mm W x 94 mm H x 380 mm D
WEIGHT: 10,5 Kg. Net, 15 Kg. Shipping