CD Player / DAC / Preamplifier
To this speciﬁcation, the new 8300CDQ adds high-quality analog preamp circuitry, coupled to three stereo pairs of line-level RCA inputs to connect analog sources. The preamp circuitry is kept as simple as possible using high-quality components to maintain signal purity, with line input signals passing to a precision analog volume stage. Much eﬀort has gone into the physical layout of the 8300CDQ’s circuitry, protecting the sensitive preamp section from noise interference.
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The 8300CDQ adds further ﬂexibility by incorporating a dedicated direct-coupled headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry. Accessed via a front-mounted 6.35mm socket, its gain bandwidth, and high slew rate ensure a dynamic, detailed, and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types.
The ﬁnal key feature introduced in the 8300CDQ is the decoding of MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). The brainchild of Meridian Audio co-founder Bob Stuart, MQA is a digital audio format designed for high-resolution music streaming and is available via subscription to Tidal's HiFi’ tier (among other sources). The 8300CDQ unpacks MQA data – received via the USB input – at the original ﬁle’s full resolution and passes the signal through its DAC and preamp stages, ready to feed a power amp or active speakers.