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Utilizing Esoteric engineers’ expertise in the development of discrete technologies has resulted in the introduction of the New “Master Sound Discrete Clock.”

In the endless pursuit of musical expression that stays one step ahead of everything that has gone before, Esoteric’s first-ever in-house developed OCXO* clock module, the G1X Master Sound Discrete Clock, is finally complete. The new Grandioso G1X represents a new horizon in master clocks that brings out the full potential of a digital player’s ability to play music, realizing unprecedented levels of profound musical excitement.

New Esoteric SC1 Crystal

From its high-accuracy oscillator circuitry to the core crystal oscillator itself, the new Master Sound Discrete Clock is a completely custom-made component produced exclusively by Esoteric. The material forming its crystal provides a more natural tone quality, extremely low phase noise, and exceptional stability when used in combination with the G1X’s advanced temperature control system. Since quartz crystals generate their clock signals through vibration, or resonance, there is a profound correlation between the physical characteristics of the base material and ultimate sound quality. Larger crystals tend to produce a higher drive level that is less easily affected by high resistance within the circuit. They also produce a more stable oscillation. Therefore, every detail in the manufacturing process, from cut shape to size, was carefully examined in pursuit of creating an oscillator that offers the best electrophysical characteristics for ultimate sound quality. Based on a highly reliable variety of quartz crystal developed for the aerospace industry, Esoteric was able to complete the development of its exclusive musical reproduction-dedicated SC1 crystal. The crystal material itself is grown slowly over an extremely long period of time, and then SC (Stress Compensated) cut into its final shape. To ensure optimal control of its resonant vibration, Esoteric proudly introduces the largest sized mass-produced crystal in its class, carefully selecting and utilizing only those pieces whose center frequency fluctuations are within Esoteric’s strict standards.

Original Master Sound TC* Temperature Control Program

Since the frequency accuracy of a crystal can change drastically due to the influence of ambient air temperatures, temperature control is the most important factor in maintaining a clock’s highest possible accuracy. Esoteric’s exclusive Master Sound TC is a total temperature control system designed to maximize the performance of the crystal oscillator. Not only the physical hardware, but also its control software is designed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the G1X Master Sound Discrete Clock achieves the ultimate in audio performance.

In most conventional OCXO circuits, the crystal is kept in a compact oven at an appropriate temperature of approximately 85°C. However, since the temperature at which a crystal exhibits its best performance can vary widely from one crystal to the next, it has been common until now to correct for any clock frequency error using a supplementary correction circuit. In the Master Sound TC system, a customized program micro-controls the oven in order to maintain the optimum temperature for each individual crystal to achieve its most accurate operating performance. This design keeps any circuit signal correction to an absolute minimum, thus providing the purest and most natural clock output, and by extension the cleanest and most accurate sound.

ESOTERIC GRANDIOSO G1X Master Clock Generator

Color: Silver
  • NEW

    Warranty 3 year 
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