The all new B-410XS is the new entry level CD-player from Densen. It is the first in a strong line of new CD Players, which all combine CD Playback with a input that allows to use the CD Player as DAC. The B-410XS is the successor to the B-410+.
Densen has a strong reputation among audiophiles due to the Densen's CD players highly engaging musicality. The task for the Densen development team has been to not only replicate the qualities of the former models, but to make a new generation of CD Players that surpasses the old players in every aspect.
The design of the B-410XS started when the B-410+ was launched. During the lengthy development phase, a completely new ATAPI controller was made for control of the CD Drive. Using Densen's own software, the controller not only controls the drive, it also controls the complete user interface with remote, and display. The display now matches Densen's B-110, B-150, B-250 amplifiers.
The CD Drive is modified at the Densen factory with a clock controller that allows the motherboard to control the system clock, to avoid jitter by using same clock in both sending and receiving end of the data stream.
The power supply of the B-410XS uses a large custom made toroid transformer, which has 4 individual outputs, so the B-410XS uses 4 individual power supplies. The B-410XS contains 4 custom made capacitors each of 10.000uF giving a total storage capacity of 40.000uF which would not be out of place in a power amplifier, but which in a CD player is exceptional.
The DAC and analogue board is separated from the main CPU board, and can be upgraded as technology is progressing. Already from the beginning the B-410XS can be upgraded to the B-420XS and B-440XS players. However, upgrade from B-410 and B-410+ to B-410XS is NOT possible.
The DAC is a 24 bit type which is mounted under a shielded box, to avoid digital interference on the analogue stages. Naturally the B-410XS can have the absolute phase of the signal inverted, so even recordings with wrong phase can be played correct so even recordings with wrong phase can be played correct.
The analog stage uses Densen’s unique non feedback class A topology. It is further perfected from the earlier designs, and are one of the key elements that secures the extreme high sound quality of the B-410XS.
Sound-wise the B-410XS is the result of Densen head-honcho Thomas Sillesens desire to make a CD Player that not only surpasses the exciting Densen models, but a CD player that will be a benchmark for what can be expected from CD players not only at the price point of the B-410XS, but also at price points much higher. The B-410XS is transparent, dynamic, precise, engaging, musically correct, with a precise soundstage, and the ability to create a sound so good you forget you are “just” listening to a CD Player.
The B-410XS has double outputs, BNC digital output and Densen’s own Digital output format which allows for easy upgrade to separate DAC and Transport, if Densen decides to launch a separate DAC. The digital outputs can be switched off. It also has DenLink for easy communication between Densen products and for use in multi-room systems.