The B-440XS may look as the naturally progression of the award winning Densen B-440+ at least price wise, but actually is more of than a successor, and pushes the quality of CD Playback significantly.
The B-440XS is in all aspects optimized for perfect performance. The signal comes from the heavily modified CD transport, with external clock control to avoid jitter by using same clock in both sending and receiving end of the data stream. Passes trough the advanced pcb layout to the DAC, and further on through the analogue stage which 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-440XS.
The DAC circuit is completely new board, using several unique techniques and details. The Densen design team has focused totally on creating a CD player that not only sets new standards for the price range, but actually plays music in a way that allows the listener to really dig into the music.
In the B-440XS is not only the digital and analog stages optimized to perfection, but also the power supply. Being the heart of all audio, the power supply in the B-440XS is comparable to many power amplifiers with a 300 VA transformer, 40.000 uF storage capacity, and no less than 8 individual regulators and 4 bridges. Naturally this means that all digital stages, analogue stages, and microprocessors and display have individual supplies, to avoid interference, and allow all stages to work perfectly.
The microprocessor contains Densen's own control software, that controls both CD drive and all functionality including display, link and remote. The CD drive is modified with external clock controller. The analogue stages are based on Densen's famed 6 watt class A amplifier stage, with no negative feed back (neither global or local), which here is obvious used in a version without 6 watts output.
The B-440XS uses the best components throughout the design, such as custom made capacitors, Vishay metal film resistors, gold plated RCA’s with direct connection to the printed circuit board. And high quality film capacitors.
The B-440XS is available in either albino finish with chrome push buttons, or black with either chrome or gold push buttons. The display is the same dot-matrix used on Densen's B-110, B-130, B-150 and B-250 amplifiers.
The DAC and analogue board is separated from the main CPU board, contains DACs which are encapsulated for best performance, an advanced class A non feedback analogue stage, and shunt regulators in the power supply.
The DAC is a 24 bit type which is mounted under a shielded box, to avoid digital interference on the analogue stages. To optimize the PCB layout, the B-440XS uses a 4 layer PCB, where power supply and ground has their own layer. This allows making these planes extremely precise in the distribution of power to the delicate circuits.
There is a separate COAX/SPDIF Digital input, that allow the B-440XS to be used as DAC.
Sound wise the B-440XS is the result of Densen head-honcho Thomas Sillesens desire to make a CD Player that not only surpasses the current 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-440XS, but also at price points much higher. The B-440XS 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-440XS has double gold plated RCA 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.