■ What is SUPER LINK?

 SUPERLINK is a unique digital transmission method that transmits music signals and synchronization signals such as clocks on independent lines. Transmission methods such as SPDIF (Sony Philips Digital Inter Face) and AES / EBU (Audio Engineering Society / European Broadcasting Union), which are used for general coaxial digital output and optical output, are clocks for audio data and control. Since signals are transmitted on a single line, in principle, jitter caused by interference between signals cannot be avoided. SUPERLINK separates and transmits audio data and clock data without going through an encoding / decoding circuit such as the SPDIF method. By synchronizing the signal using the clock sent from the master clock generator on the D / A converter side, the deterioration of sound quality is minimized while reducing the jitter.

The word clock is input, the super link is
displayed when D-SUB is selected , and the digital filter is displayed when pulse is selected.

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● Specifications

■ Separate 4 lines of SUPER LINK transmission

 Each of the four different systems sends / receives the following signals.
1. MCK (master clock): The master clock is transmitted from the D / A converter through this system. Upon receiving the master clock, the CD transport acts as a slave to the D / A converter, allowing the transmission of fully synchronized audio data to and from the D / A converter.
2. BCK (bit clock): Sends the bit clock required for bit identification and extraction of digital data (sampling frequency, etc.) from the CD transport to the D / A converter.
3. LRCK (L / R clock): Sends an L / R clock (word clock) that identifies the left and right signals.
4. DATA: The transport sends an audio signal to the D / A converter.


■ How to connect SUPER LINK

 In addition to the BNC terminal that connects to the TL3 series and TL1N, including the CD transport TL0 3.0, it also has a D-SUB-9 pin terminal that connects to the TL51 series. The SUPER LINK connection, which is an ultra-low jitter transmission method, can be used with all compatible CD transport players of all time.


■ Word clock input

 Equipped with a 44.1kHz word clock input. The master clock to be regenerated based on this clock is transferred and supplied to the transport. By connecting a high-precision clock generator, you can expect even higher quality playback sound.


■ SPDIF (COAXIAL) input –Optional function–

 Although it is exclusively for SUPERLINK, the BCK terminal of BNC can substitute SPDIF (COAXIAL) input. This is useful when listening to the upsampling sound of TL3 3.0, or when reconfirming the splendor of SUPERLINK by comparing it.


■ ESS Technonogy DAC chip

 For conversion from digital to analog signals, 32-bit compatible hyperstream DAC ES9028 PRO is adopted from ESS’s flagship model SABER PRO series. By ensuring a high-dimensional dynamic range and harmonic distortion, not only the spread of the stage but also the depth and atmosphere are realistically reproduced.
The digital filter can switch between a flat with excellent frequency characteristics and a pulse with natural attenuation characteristics in the high range while suppressing ringing.


■ Output terminal

 The analog output has a balanced XLR terminal in addition to the general RCA terminal. A balanced XLR connection is recommended to take full advantage of the balanced circuit of this unit.


■ Superlink compatible models by connection method

BNC (4) TL0 3.0, TL1N, TL3 3.0, TL3N
* As of May 1, 2021
■ Main specifications

Master clock output BNC (MCK): 16.9344MHz
D-SUB-9 (9): 16.9344MHz
Word clock input BNC: 44.1kHz (regenerated for MCK output, disabled in SPDIF input mode)
Super link input BNC x 3 (BCK, LRCK, DATA): 44.1kHz
D-SUB-9 (2: BCK, 4: LRCK, 6: DATA): 44.1kHz
SPDIF (COAXIAL) input BNC x 1 (BCK terminal combined / switchable): PCM 24bit / 32 to 192kHz
Digital filter BFLAT / PULSE switching
Analog output Balanced XLR (2nd hot) x 1: 5Vrms
Unbalanced RCA x 1: 2 Vrms
Frequency characteristic 20Hz-20kHz / ± 0dB (CD playback, FLAT digital filter)
S / N ratio 105dB, 1kHz / 0dB
Crosstalk 105dB, 1kHz / 0dB
THD 0.003%, 1kHz / 0dB
Power supply AC100V, 50 / 60Hz
power consumption 10W
External dimensions Approximately 435 (W) x 335 (D) x 103 (H) mm (including buttons, terminals and legs)
mass About 8.2kg
accessories Power cord, 4 BNC cables, BNC-RCA conversion plug, remote control RU-219, 2 AAA batteries, instruction manual, warranty card
Appearance color Silver / black
Country of origin Japan
JAN code Silver 49 92287 10200 2 / Black 49 92287 10201 9
* Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.

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