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California Audio Labs Tempest II

Compact Disc Player

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California Audio Labs Tempest II


The Tempest II's analogue stage is a full triode, pure Class-A design, and uses no overall negative feedback, and neither transistors nor integrated circuits contaminate the signal path.

Other circuit details included passive de-emphasis, the elimination of gain stages for a further reduction of noise-induced distortion, separate power supplies for the digital and analog sections, and a Class-A triode current-to-voltage converter.

Naturally, the Tempest II features Waveshaping circuitry, thus guaranteeing that the signal fed into the analogue stages is as coherent and accurate as possible.

To ensure the reliability of the Tempest II as well as its performance, only the finest components have been specified. Tubes are supplied by Gold Aero, connectors are by Tiffany and internal wiring consists of high quality linear-crystal cable.

The combination of novel circuitry, attention to detail, parts specified to laboratory standards, as well as thorough subjective design input and assessment blend together to form the California Audio Labs Tempest II. It is the CD player of choice for music lovers the world over.


Disc format: CD

Digital converter: TDA1540, 16 bit, 4 x oversampling

CD Mechanism: CDM-2

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 105dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.03%

Dimensions: 19 x 5.5 x 12.25 inches

Weight: 22lbs

Year: 1988

Note: separate 22lb power supply unit

Price: USD $2995 (1988)


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