SD-EX111 1-Bit Digital Audio Component
Sharp's 1-Bit technology has matured since we first listened to these products over a year ago. At that time we were very impressed with the sound quality and the efficient design that allowed them to be compact. The latest SD-EX111 is an elegant looking 1-Bit product designed to be connected to your favorite speakers with a sturdy set of binding posts that work well with banana plugs, spade lugs or bare wire. The front panel has a very clean brushed aluminum look with only the display showing behind a mirrored panel. When the unit is off (standby), the display disappears behind the mirror, giving it a pleasant and modern look. There's also a dim setting for the display, making it more appealing in a low lit or romantic environment. Surprisingly, the amplifier section can drive 4 ohm speakers without a problem. The vast majority of today's A/V receivers cannot do this without the possibility of overheating and/or shutting down. Given the size and performance of the SD-EX111, it would work well in an office setting or any living area with limited space.
The full-function remote control is compact, simple, and fit nicely in my hand. The button layout is logical and easy to follow. We found some of the buttons rather small, but this didn't cause any problems with the functionality. Pressing the display button on the remote shows the time of day when the unit is off. A Timer Playback can be programmed for both On-time as well as Off-time. The Sleep Operation mode plays for a selected amount of time and then shuts the unit off. CD playback modes include Repeat, Random and Normal. The top loading CD mechanism is smooth and works well. Simply drop the CD into the slot, press Play and the mechanism pulls it into the transport. The CD slot automatically closes to eliminate dust from entering the unit.
The SD-EX111 samples the audio signal at a very high rate of 5.6MHz using a 7th-order delta sigma modulation A/D converter. The sampled data is converted to the same DSD format used for SACD. The converted data is then sent to the 1-bit digital amplifier, which results in a great sounding system for under $500.
new Sharp SD-EX111 1-Bit Audio System is an elegant looking and impressive
sounding compact audio system. The ability to drive any real-world load maximizes
its compatibility with many speakers, including some of the better audiophile
speakers available. The price and performance of this system makes it attractive
for many space constrained areas where high quality sound is still desired.
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Sharp - SD-EX111 1-Bit Digital Audio Component
(WxHxD): 13 1/8" x 8 1/8" x 7-1/2"
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