Creek Evolution 50CD DAC & CD Player (Silver)
The Evolution 50CD DAC and CD Player is part of a new generation of Creek
products, designed for digital connectivity and uncompromised flexibility.
Switchable from 115 Volt 60Hz to 230 Volt 50Hz Operation.
Cosmetically the Evolution 50CD is similar to the Evolution 50A integrated
amplifier; its slim case and luxurious front panel is finished in either black
or silver brushed aluminum and deeply engraved. Also like the matching amp, the
Evolution 50CD uses a custom soft push button arrangement that offers excellent
tactile feel. Each button is backlit with a white LED to clearly display usable
functions, for optimum user-friendliness.
This is the second Creek product to feature an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)
display. This white on black display provides higher clarity and resolution than
a normal display. Display and button brightness levels can be adjusted or
blanked, via the remote handset.
Demand for Digital to Analogue Converters (DACs) has increased proportionally to
the demise of dedicated CD Players. To fully realize the potential sonic
benefits of streaming music files from a computer, asynchronous USB support is
vital. The USB circuit is modular to allow for future upgrades, as the
technology is constantly evolving.
The Evolution 50CD is principally a high-end DAC, with built-in CD transport and
is not purely a CD Player. It can handle a total of six digital sources,
including CD, and it has two digital outputs, plus a Creek RC bus. In keeping
with the matching integrated amplifier, both balanced and un-balanced analogue
outputs are offered for maximum flexibility. Balanced outputs allow for long
Creek’s Senior Engineer, David Gamble, was responsible for the overall design
and development of the Evolution 50CD, together with Dominik Peklo who consulted
on the digital architecture and development of the unique new CD transport and
In keeping with earlier Creek products, the Evolution 50CD uses an
over-specified toroidal mains transformer, with separate windings for analogue
and digital circuitry and low magnetic field for excellent noise rejection.
Multiple low-impedance power supply capacitors and voltage regulators are used
to optimize the performance. Organic polymer capacitors are used in key analogue
and digital circuitry, plus high grade WIMA polypropylene capacitors are used in
the output filters.
This is the first Creek digital product to feature two top-of-the-range Wolfson
24 Bit 192 kHz DAC ICs, running in double differential mode, to extract the
maximum possible performance. The Evolution 50CD uses custom, low jitter, clocks
for top performance at all sample rates.
A plethora of inputs and outputs make the Evolution 50CD one of the most well
equipped and seriously high-end DAC products on the market, despite its
The EVO system remote handset controls all the functions of the Evolution 50
range, including the Amp, CD/DAC, Ambit Tuner and Ruby DAC. The Evolution 50
range also has an optional IR extender to enable the products to be hidden away,
but still operable via remote control.
Digital Inputs: 2 x SPDIF, 24 Bit 192 kHz, transformer isolated / 2 x Toslink,
24 Bit 192 kHz, optically isolated / 1 x USB, 24 Bit 96 kHz, galvanically
CD Transport: Custom designed, ICE quality, CD slot-loader, externally clocked
for bit perfect performance
SNR: > 110dBA unbalanced
Digital Output: 1 x SPDIF and 1 x Toslink optical output, pass-on all input
Digital Filters: Optional digital filters are selectable via the remote
Analogue Output: 2 x RCA un-balanced, 2.0V RMS. 2 x XLR balanced output, 4.0V
Audio Buffering: Op-amp audio buffering and filtering
Output Impedance: 47 Ohms
Power Supply: 25 Watt toroidal mains transformer with 3 separate secondary
voltage windings, with multi-cap power supply decoupling and multiple ultra-low
noise discrete power supply voltage regulators.
RC Bus: Input/output connection for external IR remote and serial link to
DAC Type: 2 x Wolfson WM8742, 24 Bit 192 kHz, double differential
Input Receiver: WM8805, multichannel digital input receiver
Operating Voltages: 100 – 120V/ 200 – 240V, Switchable
Power Consumption: 20 Watts (at idle)
Weight: 12.12 lbs
Dimensions: 16.9" x 2.3" x 11"