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Sennheiser, the U.S. distributor for HHB Communications introduced the new HHB CDP-88, a 1U rackmounting CD player packed with an array of professional features, such as 24-bit Delta Sigma D/A converters, a full complement of analog and digital connectivity, and the ability to sync to word clock at any frequency from 32- to 96 kHz.

Discs are tray-loaded into the HHB CDP-88, not via a slot in the front panel, which can lead to disc scratching and dust contamination. Compatible with 8- and 12cm discs, the HHB CDP-88 plays CD and MP3-CD from CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs, with the additional facilities to play unfinalized CD-R/RW discs and indicate error rates via the front panel display.

Analog outputs include balanced XLR and unbalanced phono (RCA) connectors, while digital outputs include AES/EBU and optical/coaxial S/PDIF. Remote-control facilities include RS232 and parallel remote connections; the supplied infrared remote control can be converted into a wired remote (for single player control in multiple player systems) using the cable supplied.

The HHB CDP-88 includes a RAM buffer for instant start, a playback shock buffer to ensure uninterrupted performance if the player is knocked and a digital output attenuator. Additional features including a fader start interface, track intro and outro display modes, frame accurate cueing with jog sound, +/- 12.5-percent varispeed, and displays for elapsed time, track time remaining and disc time remaining.

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