Sony CDP-338ESD

September
1 9 8 8 september 1988
1 9 8 9
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1989+

World bestseller - but which Sony player back then wasn't a bestseller ?

The 338ESD is the lower-end and later companion of the (bestselling) CDP-557ESD and follower of the (bestselling) CDP-337ESD ; it fits in just before the appearance of the famed (and, yes, bestselling too) CDP-X7ESD.

Inside isn't the mighty KSS-190A laser but the equally excellent and more widespread (somewhat) KSS-151A - guaranteed twenty years of use, if not more. The mechanism rests on an integral G Base.
Filtering is done by an 8fs / 45bit Sony noise-shaper IC while actual d/a is done by two BurrBrown PCM-58PJ for dual 18bit resolution.

As in all of Sony's late 1980s / early 1990s players, the parts used are always excellent : ELNA for Audio, Nichicon Muse, copper bus bars, excellent PCB layout.
However, lower-end oblige, there is no chassis copper-plating here or mammoth transformer(s).

There are seemingly two versions : a dual-transformers and a single transformer....

Sony CDP-338ESD, image 1 Sony CDP-338ESD, image 2 Sony CDP-338ESD, image 3
Sony CDP-338ESD specifications
Title Value
Frequency response : 2Hz...20Khz (± 0,3dB)
THD : 0,0022% (EIAJ)
S/N ratio : 113dB (EIAJ)
Dynamic range : 100dB (EIAJ)
Stereo separation : 110dB (EIAJ)
Analogue outputs : 2V (fixed)
0...2V (variable)
28mW (32 Ohm load, headphones)
Digital outputs : 1x coaxial (75 Ohm / 0,5V p-p)
1x optical TOS
PC : 18W
Dimensions : 47 x 12,5 x 37,5cm (with sideburns)
43 x 12,5 x 37,5cm (without sideburns)
Weight : 12,5kg.
IR remote : RM-D670
List price : 89,900¥
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