Heed Audio Obelisk DT Digital CD Transport

  • The Obelisk DT is a dedicated compact disc audio transport, reading both conventional and HDCDs, and outputting flawless digital data to any high quality Digital-to-Analogue processor.

    Heed designed the DT to be one of the best optical disc players available. Its uncompromising technical approach makes it well suited for partnering with a wide variety of DACs, from our small Dactil 1.2 card module (as used optionally in many Heed components: Obelisk Si, Obelisk PRE, Dactilus, Canalot) up to more high-end devices such as our Obelisk DA, the DT’s ideal partner.

    It must be strange to offer a standalone CD-transport in a market, where the digital-to-analogue converters advertised as the most important elements of a digital system. However, Heed thinks that the best data retrieval and transfer from a source disc is a very complex task and must be made with extra care to achieve a great sound.

    Like a phono cartridge and its preamp stage, the disc readout and the DAC have two entirely different role, and they must be separated to achieve the best results. As Heed has a DAC upgrade card system for our amplifiers, they have designed the Obelisk DT to be a no-compromise transport for the 12 cm discs.

    Of course, Heed strongly suggests a serious audition to hear what this exceptional transport is capable of. If you are a discerning music lover on the lookout for a truly musical player, even by the highest analogue standards, the Obelisk DT may well be your ultimate CD-playing device.


    • asynchronous, heavily buffered readout and output stages
    • quartz stabilized output signal
    • large current, transformator coupled digital output
    • separated linear supply rails for signal and logic
  • Supported disc types: CD-DA / CD-R / CD-RW (8 / 12 cm)
    Supported audio formats: CD digital audio / HDCD / MP3
    Outputs: 1x S/PDIF RCA / 1x TOSLINK optical
    Output format: 44.1 kHz / 16 bit stereo
    Max. consumption: 15 W
    Weight: 3.9 kg
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 22 x 8.5 x 32.5 cm

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