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And the Editors’ Choice Award goes to….

Category Disc Players

Playback Designs

Playback Designs MPS-5
Digital playback reaches stellar heights with the Playback Designs unit. It possesses a liveliness and analog quality that qualify it for reference-class. SACD playback is also stellar. While it does not have the sonic heft of the higher-priced dCS gear, the Playback enjoys a nimbleness and smoothness that are second to none. Build-quality is also exceptional. It would be difficult to think of a CD/SACD player that offers more value than the Playback. Reviewed by JHb, issue 204

Welcome to the 2011 edition of The Absolute Sound’s Editors’ Choice Awards, our annual Recommended Products list. On the following pages we present the gear that our editors and writers have selected as most worthy of your consideration. These are the components we ourselves would buy—or recommend to friends and family. Each product category is divided into price ranges, with components listed in order of ascending cost (though a few items, like cables and accessories, are listed alphabetically for clarity’s sake). Each recommendation is also accompanied by a capsule review, the original reviewer’s name or initials, and the issue the review appeared in. Note that in a few cases a product may have been reviewed in one of our sister publications, Playback or AVguide.com, or the review may be pending publication, or the product may not have been formally reviewed but earns a recommendation based on one or more writer’s extensive experience with it.
Given that this is the high end, where components generally have long lifespans, some of our recommendations look back several years. At the same time, in an effort to be as selective and up-to-date as possible, we have dropped some components that appeared on last year’s list, usually because they have been discontinued but sometimes because fresh competition has caused us to reconsider the choice.
TAS founder Harry Pearson’s selections can be found in this issue’s HP’s Workshop.

Playback Design 

Durob Audio is pleased to introduce to the BeNeLux market Playback Designs.
We believe that Playback Designs' systems represent the finest audio playback in the world for the finest listening system in the world... your ears! In addition, we are not the only ones to believe it, see a few press comments from the last CES in Las Vegas. They LOVED it….click here Quite impressive. Besides, do not forget that we also distribute darTZeel products … so go   to listen to this fantastic combination if you have the opportunity.

Not only the press is impressed, but also sound engineers:

Peter McGrath - Recording Engineer and Wilson Audio “face to the world”
"The Playback Designs, in my opinion, is the ultimate all in one digital device. The fact that it allows me to enjoy SACD both in stereo and surround (utilizing the MPD-5 for rear channels) at the highest possible level is staggering.

Also, the redbook playback of the Playback Designs MPS-5 or MPD-5 is unrivaled. As a recording engineer, I trust implicitly what the sound quality of the Playback Designs does when I connect it directly to the output of my recording system. It brings my recordings to musical life.

Overall the Playback Designs is without peer!"

Bruce Brown - Puget Sound Studios
"Being a Mastering Engineer, I have to depend on my equipment to reproduce the music exactly the way it was recorded. Since I got my Playback Designs MPS-5, I am always amazed by the sound. We have listened to many DAC's in our studio and we have chosen the MPS-5 as our new Reference! This is the best sounding SACD/CD player period.

We expect the highest quality from our equipment and our clients trust we have made the proper adjustments to their projects. Any player/DAC can deliver bits. We count on the MPS-5 every day to deliver emotion; the emotion that went into the music when it was recorded. We want to bring out that emotion and the Playback Designs MPS-5 is the only player/DAC that can."


Durob Audio will introduce the MPS-5 - Playback Designs Music Playback System 5
in DÉ HifiWinkel in Beek-Ubbergen.

The Playback Designs Music Playback System 5, also known as MPS-5, is a product that can compete with some of the finest analog setups and comes closer to the original recording session and master tapes than anything we have heard. The MPS-5 is really two products in one single box: a world class CD/SACD transport combined with a DAC that can also receive a variety of external digital sources, including PC based music servers – not only a unique and powerful combination, but also versatile in applications


The Playback Designs MPS-5 starts with a modified Esoteric transport mechanism. Although there are quite a few very good mechanisms to use for a lot less money, the chosen transport delivers excellent stabilility and reliability. The build quality is excellent and being the work horse of the player, we decided that the substantial increase in our cost to use these devices was well worth it, especially for the long term.

While the MPS-5 is a world class CD/SACD player, its internal DAC can also be used with external digital sources through a multitude of digital inputs. In particular it can be connected directly to a PC via the USB interface, whereby the MPS-5 becomes the soundcard of the PC and converts all the digital audio from the PC to analog via the same processes used for the transport. Finally you can expect the same level of sonic performance from your PC as you can from the transport. The MPS-5 automatically recognizes any source (such as a PC, IPod, Discman, etc.) and uses new technology we have developed called PDFAS (Playback Designs Frequency Arrival System) to completely eliminate all jitter.

The Playback Designs MPS-5 will challenge what you have come to expect as the limitations of digital playback!


Analog outputs:
            XLR: balanced, 4Vrms @ 1kHz full level, pin 2 Hot
            RCA: unbalanced, 2Vrms @ 1kHz full level
            BNC: unbalanced, 50O, 2Vrms @ 1kHz full level

Digital outputs:
            XLR: AES/EBU formatted for stereo linear PCM data.
                        If playing from disc the data on this output will be 16bits / 44.1kHz.
                        If playing from a digital input the data on this output will be up to 24bits and up to 192kHz.

Data / Clock:
            For future expansion.

Digital inputs:
            AES: XLR connector for AES/EBU formatted stereo linear PCM data, up to 24bits and up to 192kHz.
            S/PDIF: same as AES, but S/PDIF formatted on RCA connector.
            TOSLINK: same as S/PDIF, but on optical connector.
            PLAYLINK: Proprietary links to future Playback Designs equipment.
            PC: Direct USB connection to computers for sample rates up to 48kHz.

System Control:
            REMOTE: RS-232 wired remote control