Vincent's CD-S1.1 is the answer to audiophiles who love the smooth analog sound of LPs but enjoy the convenience of CDs. Its German-engineered vacuum tube and solid-state hybrid technology blends the warmth of classic tube sound with the benefits of cutting-edge circuitry. The CD-S1.1 uses a 6N16 tube for signal processing, which greatly contributes to the unmistakable sound of this CD player. Special analog audio circuitry incorporating a GIC low pass filter contributes to the pure and natural tonal quality that breathes new life into every CD. On the digital side, the Vincent relies on a 24-bit, 96 kHz chip from Burr-Brown for detailed resolution with both CD and HDCD source material. The fully balanced design with high-quality XLR-type connections takes maximum advantage of the CD-S1.1's impressive audio capabilities. Unique to the Vincent is its built-in volume control. This is a great convenience feature for getting the sound level just right from the comfort of your easy chair. But it's also way more than that. This feature lets you connect the CD-S1.1 directly to a power amplifier without the need for a separate preamp. Now that's capability! And speaking of the volume control, the Vincent also boasts a built-in audiophile grade headphone stage with volume control. This high-quality dedicated circuit is light-years ahead of the standard headphone output found on most components, bringing full glorious fidelity to private listening. Add your favorite pair of 'cans' and launch yourself into aural bliss.