Hot: Even tonal balance with great detail retrieval capabilities. This player is never additive and has a firm comprehension of timing and speed. Full potential is realised when the digital output jumper inside is removed, which results in a more open sound and wider stage, with better bass and more sparkling highs. CD players like this one do much to extend the shelf-life of the format. “Involving” seems like an understated term to describe it.
Cold: Looks not as spectacular as the sound. BNC output may limit connectivity to outboard DACs (although the sterling performance of the internal unit may lead to the question why one would want to do this).
Encore: It’s great that Exposure is paying this much attention to competitiveness – the 3010s2 seems like a steal, given that it stands up to units twice the price. This one is for those who want to “leave it there and just enjoy the music.” Well done … if you’re putting together a CD-based system, this will suit many configurations.
Specs: Dual-mono Burr-Brown PCM1704 24-bit DACs / 2V RMS output / Discrete output stage and multi-stage regulation / 2 digital outputs (optical and BNC) / 1 pair of analogue outputs / Remote handset / Defeatable display / Jumper connection to disable digital output for better sonic performance / All-aluminium caework / Dimensions: 90 x 440 x 300mm (h/w/d), 5kg / Finish options: Silver, black