TEAC CR-H101: CD Receiver designed as a high-res USB DAC and CD player


The TEAC CR-H101 CD Receiver is designed as a high-resolution USB DAC and CD player in one, using advanced audio technologies developed over many years. Featuring a 192kHz/24-bit USB DAC, the TEAC CR-H101 supports playback of a variety of sources, including PC/Mac, CD, Bluetooth and FM radio. Milled aluminum panels with a thickness of 5 mm at the front and 3 mm at the sides and top increase structural rigidity and resistance to vibration, and protect against interference. The front panel is decorated with vertical knobs, like those of professional high-end equipment, and the input selector switch and volume control are machined from solid aluminum, which gives the owner the feeling of owning a cool and solid device.


For the DAC, the TEAC CR-H101 uses the Burr Brown PCM1795 chip, which is characterized by a wide dynamic range and low distortion, often used in high-end digital-to-analog converters. Previously, the same chip was installed in the UD-501 and UD-301 DACs. The TPA3118 power amplifier from Texas Instruments operates in a highly efficient Class D design and delivers 2 x 26 W into 4 ohms. In addition to a pair of speakers like the LS-101HR, specially designed for the CR-H101, the amplifier can successfully work with higher-end bookshelf speakers.

To stream audio files from Windows computers, you need to install a driver, but for Mac OS computers it is not needed; in addition, for iOS devices you will need a 30-pin/Lightning – USB (female) adapter, and for Android devices – an OTG cable. The high-quality Bluetooth receiver supports, in addition to the popular SBC codec, aptX® and AAC, which ensures playback from smartphones and tablets. The built-in FM DAB tuner with RDS support has a memory for 20 radio stations but only works in Europe.

There is a function for reclocking digital signals with frequencies less than 96 kHz, allowing you to listen to CDs, Bluetooth and even radio broadcasts with much higher quality.

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The USB interface supports asynchronous data transfer with resolutions up to 192kHz/24-bit, providing effective jitter suppression. Two clock generators with quartz stabilization of frequencies, multiples of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz, also increase the conversion accuracy. The built-in DSP processor implements the “HR loudness” loudness function, ensuring optimal matching of the LS-101HR speaker systems with the amplifier. This ensures powerful bass and clear highs at both high and low volumes. This function works not only for digital, but also for analog sources.

Characteristics TEAC CR-H101 

Number of channels 2.1
Nominal output power: 2 x 20 W (4 Ohm, 1 kHz, harmonic distortion: 1% JEITA), maximum: 2 x 26 W (4 Ohm, 1 kHz, harmonic distortion: 10 % JEITA)
Headphone amplifier output power 2 x 80 mW (1 kHz, 32 Ohms)
Supported disc formats CD-DA, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA files recorded on CD-R/RW are played; 8 cm discs cannot be played
DAC Burr-Brown PCM1795
Upsampler double oversampling for signals with frequencies up to 96 kHz
Two oscillators with quartz frequency stabilization for frequencies multiples of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz
Available formats when recording to CD PCM 16 bit/44.1 kHz; MP3 (16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz, 32-320 kbps or VBR); WMA (8/11.025/16/22.05/32/44.1/48 kHz, 32-320 kbps or VBR, DRM not supported)
Maximum number of supported files for CD 250 (including folders)
Maximum number of supported folders for CD 99
FM tuner with RDS and memory for 20 presets has
Bluetooth version 3.0, class 2, profile: A2DP, supported codecs: aptX, SBC, AAC
Frequency range 20 Hz – 45 kHz (- 5 dB), amplifier section
Signal/total ratio noise 90 dB (amplifier section)
Harmonic distortion 0.02% (1 kHz, 4 Ohm, 1 W, amplifier section)
HR Loudness function
Built-in clock/timer yes
Display brightness adjustment yes
Auto Power Save function puts the CD receiver into standby after 30 min. idle time
The TEAC HR Audio Player software player for installation on a computer is available, plays Hi-Res audio, supports WAV, FLAC, MP3, AIFF, ALAC formats; The Expand to RAM function ensures high-quality audio playback without loading the CPU
Inputs linear RCA, optical (24 bit/96 kHz), asynchronous USB port (24 bit/192 kHz)
3.5 mm outputs for headphones, RCA connector for subwoofer
Other switching socket for FM antenna
Output to speakers 2 pairs of gold-plated screw terminals (for speakers with impedance from 4 to 8 Ohms)
Remote control RC-1324
Power consumption 21 W, in standby mode: less than 1 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 182x93x221 mm
Weight 2 .2 kg

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