High-resolution digital music replay has never been more popular. Its convenience, variety and versatility make it a “must have” in any hi-fi system.
Whether you prefer to stream music from the internet, or a local network, the Voyage will convert your high-resolution digital data files into analogue perfectly. As its name suggests, legacy Compact Discs can also be played to perfection on its rugged and reliable Stream Unlimited CD80 slot-drive transport.
Cosmetically, the Voyage matches the Voyage i20 integrated amplifier. Its rugged 2mm thick steel case and luxurious 12mm extruded aluminium front panel is available in either a black or silver brushed and anodised finish. Discreet push buttons mounted on the wide acrylic window operate the main compact disc functions, digital input selection, and volume control. All functions can also be remote controlled for convenience.
A large OLED display indicates all functions and settings and its brightness can be adjusted or turned off completely.
The Voyage can be described simply as a “digital pre-amplifier”, allowing the user to easily select between six digital sources and control the volume in the digital domain, if required.
To ensure the Voyage delivers top class performance, Creek has chosen to use a premium AKM 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) with VELVET SOUNDTM technology, for its low-level distortion and wide dynamic range characteristics. The DAC’s switched capacitor filter design enables it to support a wide signal range and its Over Sampling Ratio Doubler technology greatly reduces out-of-band noise.
“Sound quality through passion, design and innovation.”
Mike Creek – Creek Audio
The DAC’s built-in, non-decimating, volume control can be activated with a switch on the back panel to enable audio output level adjustments in 1 dB steps, enabling it to be connected directly to a power amplifier or i20 integrated amplifier with direct power amp mode selected.
Flexible sound tuning is managed by six types of 32-bit digital filters for a wide range of applications.
Bit-perfect operation may be realised when streaming digital signals to the asynchronous USB Class 2 input, which is based on an 8-core XMOS microcontroller circuit, running custom Creek firmware, and clocked by two low phase-noise and low-jitter oscillator circuits. It can support PCM signals sampled at 384 kHz and 22.4 MHz direct stream digital (DSD) data, making it ideal for high-resolution digital to analogue playback.
System firmware updates may be downloaded and installed by the user in seconds, via USB, future proofing the Voyage.
Audio is output via unbalanced, professional quality RCA and Neutrik balanced XLR sockets, buffered by two Texas Instruments OPA2134 Sound PlusTM op-amps. Close tolerance WIMA polypropylene capacitors and MELF surface-mount resistors filter any remaining digital aliasing artifacts.
To further optimise the Voyage’s performance Creek has developed a custom high frequency power supply to provide a regulated, noise free, DC voltage to power the DAC and CD transport circuitry, operating seamlessly from 85V to 265V AC mains input voltage. This type of modern power supply ensures optimal performance, regardless of the mains quality, voltage, or frequency, in any part of the world.
When not in use, the Voyage circuitry will automatically shut down after a reasonable time, and its highly efficient power supply circuit will consume extremely low current in Standby mode, thereby conforming to the latest EuP European standby and off-mode standards.
Double pole common-mode mains filters, combined with the custom power supply’s natural immunity from the negative effects of poor mains quality, eliminate the need to use expensive external line conditioners, or surge suppression devices, to maintain optimal performance.
Multiple discrete power supply regulators provide clean and precise voltage for its various circuits and organic polymer capacitors decouple critical analogue and digital circuits.
The Voyage CD is a 21st century product, designed in the UK and Made in the European Union to the highest standards, using top quality parts and sound engineering.