This exciting and much anticipated upgrade of the Resolution Audio Cantata Music Center
provides an entirely new DAC board design, along with a new rear panel
to accommodate new connectivity options. This upgrade represents our
latest design thinking and advanced circuit execution techniques.
Proudly built in the USA as always!
Sonic Performance: The degree to which we have improved sonic
performance has even surprised us. The ability of the 3.0 version to
unravel complex music and draw you into the music with greater
excitement and musical understanding is really special. We have achieved
truly significant improvements in resolution, spatial recreation,
musical detail, dynamic contrast, bass weight, and flat out musical
involvement, all while maintaining the basic character that the Cantata
products have always provided. The improvements could not possibly be
described as subtle
Expanded Flexibility: We have reconfigured the Music
Center connectivity with three optical digital inputs plus two sets of
configurable “flex” inputs, which are currently set up as two stereo
analog line-level inputs. Future options will be support S/PDIF digital
inputs or built-in phono preamplifier (details to follow on those in
early 2018). With this new flexibility combined with the built-in CD
transport, Audio Class 2.0 USB, and UPnP network audio capability, the
Cantata Music Center 3.0 serves as the hub of any high-end system.
Technical Details: We are utilizing a new DAC
topology based on an R-2R ladder DAC that is typically used for medical
imaging and aerospace designs where extreme bit accuracy is required.
These DAC were not intended for audio use and hence require significant
care and feeding to maximize performance. We have a incorporated
minimum-phase digital filter in an advanced FPGA-based which is
field-updatable. The analog section was meticulously tuned by a
combination of measurement and listening across a broad range of music
genres. The power supply received special attention, getting higher
voltage rails and our special T-Network capacitors. Grounding and pcb
layout are more important than ever to achieve the sonic potential of
this groundbreaking approach.
In addition to the supplied full function remote
control, the Cantata Music Center and C50 integrated amplifier are
controllable from and iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch via the free Cantata
Other digital sources such as a DVD player can be played through the external inputs.
Based on the award-winning Opus 21 series, the
Cantata design has been further refined and optimized for the emergence
of computer-based music libraries. Built for simple integration into
popular sources, the Cantata’s modular architecture will accommodate
tomorrow’s formats and beyond.
There are a number of ways in which the Cantata Music
Center can connect with a source computer for playback of a digital
library. Below are just a few sample configurations.
In this configuration, the host computer is connected
directly to the Cantata Music Center over a USB cable. Playback on the
source computer can be controlled via the mouse and keyboard, or through
any WiFi-based remote control such as an Apple iPad. Note that a
secondary input can also be used (in this case, a DVD player) and chosen
with the supplied remote control or through the Cantata App with and
Because a USB cable is limited to a length of 15
feet, a USB cable connection may not be practical even if the source
computer is in the same room.
To overcome this limitation, the Resolution Audio “Pont Neuf”
Bridge effectively extends the USB port of the source computer by
transmitting USB audio data asynchronously over an Ethernet or wireless
connection to the Music Center. It requires no additional software
drivers and is compatible with all music playback software and audio
Due to the nature of ethernet connections, this approach also affords sonic improvements over a direct USB connection.
As with previous configurations, any WiFi-based
remote control (such as an Apple iPad running the Apple “Remote” app)
can control playback on the source computer.
Here, the source computer is in a different room and the Resolution Audio “Pont Neuf”
is extending the USB connection over a wired ethernet connection
through the home network. Likewise, the Cantata Music Center is
connected to the home network through an Ethernet cable. All of the
convenience and sonic benefits of an asynchronous USB connection are
retained over much greater distances.
If a wired (Ethernet) connection isn’t practical, a “wireless bridge”
can be added to allow the network information to travel wirelessly to
the listening room.
features and specifications
43 x 22 x 5 cm (net) / 54 x 33 x 22 cm (shipping)
5 kg (net) / 11.5 kg (shipping)
Preconfigured at factory 100-120 / 200-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
35 Watts maximum active mode, < 1 Watt standby mode
(3) Toslink, 192 kHz/24-bit maximum
USB 2.0: Asynchronous mode, 24-bit, 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Ethernet:100-BaseTX, 10/100 Mbit/s, full-duplex
2 pair, RCA. Standard configuration: line-level analog input
1 pair XLR (Balanced), 1 pair RCA (single ended). Both outputs can be used simultaneously.
Output Impedance: variable, 5.5 V rms maximum balanced, 2.5 V rms maximum single-ended 100 Ohms
0.5 dB steps from -30 dB to maximum 1.0 dB steps from -70 dB to -31 dB