Network / Super Audio CD Player

Grand Class, High-quality Sound Design

Announced January 2019

Technics today unveiled the new SL-G700 Network / Super Audio CD Player. The SL-G700 is a multi-digital player that covers most of the digital audio media available today, from traditional CD/SACD to the latest high-res and many streaming services, and plays them all back in the highest possible quality.

Premium High-grade D/A Converter and Dual Mono Construction D/A Circuit

For analogue audio output, the D/A circuit is one of the most important circuit blocks since it recreates the original analogue waveform from a digital source, such as a CD. For the D/A converters, Asahi Kasei Microdevices' top-of-the-line DAC AK4497, with their high S/N ratio and low distortion, are isolated for the left and right channels. The power supply for the D/A converters is separated into five sections according to the application, and supplied individually. 

The power supply for the clock employs an original Battery Driven Circuit System to achieve high-accuracy D/A conversion. The Dual Mono Construction and symmetrical layout eliminate mutual interference between left and right channels, taking the reproduction of sound imaging and sound space recorded in the source to a higher dimension.



Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

High-Res Audio Playback

Announced Feb. 2018

The reference-class UB9000EG/EB offers not only high picture quality but also extremely high sound quality thanks to its analogue audio circuits, including a dedicated audio power supply, a high-performance D/A converter*, and XLR balanced output. Housed in a newly-developed vibration-reducing chassis with high rigidity and lower position for the centre of gravity, the UB9000EG/EB produces excellent sound quality.

The new Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray players are designed for high-resolution audio reproduction. In addition to conventional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD (11.2MHz/5.6MHz/2.8MHz) ALAC and AIFF music files can also be reproduced. Simply connect to a home audio system to enjoy music sources equivalent to studio master sound quality.

* UB9000EG/EB adopts the AK4493 that is a new generation Premium 32-bit stereo D/A converter with VELVET SOUND technology.



SD Car-navigation

9-inch DYNABIG display SD car-navigation system

Released Jun. 2016

Strada CN-F1D is a new concept car-navigation system with a large-size display and high-resolution playback function from Blu-ray Discs*1 and high-quality sound sources. The CN-F1D integrates a high-speed DSP enabling playback of linear PCM sound sources with high-fidelity of up to 192kHz/24-bit. This is the highest quality capable on a Blu-ray Disc. 

*1 High-resolution WAV and FLAC files are not supported. The CN-F1D can support linear PCM (uncompressed 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution source) format. DTS digital surround and Dolby digital format are compressed to 48kHz for playback. 

*2 As 32-bit, 192kHz high-speed DSP, the AK7738 is adopted to Strada CN-F1D.



Blu-ray Disc Recorder

Premium DIGA Supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback

Released Nov. 2015

The DMR-UBZ1 is the world first*1 Blu-ray disc recorder that supports playing back “Ultra HD Blu-ray” format that is the next generation 4K Blu-ray disc standards. The DMR-UBZ1 is a premium model of the “DIGA” series: high resolution picture and high quality sound Blu-ray disc recorders. It adopts a new body with high rigidity and strong base sound by newly developed drive base, center frame structure and four layered base chassis. High-carbon cast iron insulators for vibration damping characteristics and three block independent architecture that suppresses noise interference are designed into the chassis for high quality sound in the DMR-UBZ1. In addition, proven parts with previous premium models such as high quality sound capacitor, 192kHz/32-bit DAC*2, Low noise operational amplifier for hi-fi audio, OFC power transformer, high-voltage schottky barrier diode, common mode filter and high-capacitance switching MOSFET are adopted.

*1 Among commercially available Blu-ray disc recorders.  Researched by Panasonic Corporation, it is current on the 13rd Nov. 2015.

*2 As 32-bit, 192kHz D/A converter, the AK4390 is adopted to the DMR-UBZ1.


VELVET SOUND is a sound philosophy and brand concept for AKM’s next-generation audio devices, featuring new chip architectures and core technologies.

The new circuitry found in VELVET SOUND devices is designed to maximize dynamics and ensure pure, unaltered audio data, prioritizing the accurate capture and reproduction of the source material in order to achieve high performance and rich musicality. These devices were designed specifically for the high-resolution digital audio era.

* VELVET SOUND ™, VELVET SOUND | VERITA ™ and Audio 4 Pro ™ are trademarks of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation in Japan, Europe and the United States.