JOINING Creek Audio’s Evolution range this month is the 50CD, configured as a CD player and digital-to-analogue converter. Cosmetically, it follows the theme of the earlier 50A integrated amplifier, and is built into a slim case that’s finished in black or silver brushed aluminium.
According to Creek, the Evolution 50CD is “principally a high-end DAC, with built-in CD transport and is not purely a CD player.” It has five digital inputs – two coaxial, two optical and one USB (operating in asynchronous mode). The USB circuit is modular in structure, allowing for future upgrades.
Balanced and single-ended analogue outputs are provided, as are two digital ones (coaxial and optical).
A first for Creek is the use of two flagship Wolfson 24-bit/192kHz DACs, running in double differential mode; the 50CD also has custom, low-jitter clocks for optimal performance at all sample rates. Optional digital filters can be selected via the remote control.
The 50CD is the second Creek product to feature an OLED display, which gives higher clarity and resolution than a normal display.
The men behind the design of the 50CD are Creek’s Senior Engineer David Gamble and Dominik Peklo, the latter consulted on the digital architecture and development of the new transport and software stack employed on the machine (Peklo worked with John Westlake on the design of the acclaimed Audiolab 8200CDQ).
Check with your local dealer for price and shipping schedule.