Boulder 1021 CD/DA/Streamer Player.
LIKE NEW – Condition!
Retail $25,000!!! On SALE = $8500 OBO!! 66% OFF!!!
Manual, remote, boxes, etc.
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Pet and smoke free environment. It is in pristine condition. I doubt that you could tell it from a new unit. Has been used primarily as a network player so that the transport has not had much use. It is built like a tank. See the Stereophile review and Boulderamp website for all the technical data. I have owned and or listened to many of the very top players and dacs. This unit crushes them. It not only plays cd’s but can be linked to a NAS via an ethernet connection to a wireless router. This allows you to select and play music from an Iphone, Ipad, etc. Because it uses an ethernet connection, data is moved in digital packets which is far superior to a usb connection. Data is also buffered which then makes this one of the very few players which are able to read until right as when ripping cd’s to a hard drive which helps eliminate jitter. Variable output allows you to run it directly into your amplifier thus eliminating the need for a preamp. Unit comes with remote, owners manual, and original shipping box. Reason for selling is financial.
Stereophile April 2013 Recommended Components Class A+.
Technically, the 1021 is like no other CD player:
It offers Internet connection for accessing and displaying a CD’s metadata, has the ability to play high-resolution files in WAV format directly from a disc, and features a one-minute data buffer to reduce jitter.
Variable output allows the 1021 to drive a power amplifier directly.
It can be connected to a local network and use an Ethernet connection to decode digital audio from a music server.
The user can both play regular CDs or DVDs with high-res material up to 192kHz/32-bit, and play music files at the same resolutions from a computer or external hard drive.
The 1021 Disc Player in order to make music it doesn’t need a disc at all:
When connected to a computer network, the 1021 can decode and play digital music files streamed from a media server or computer anywhere in the home with absolutely no loss of realism. FLAC, WAV, MP3, ALAC, OGG, AIFF, it’s all covered. Ultra-high resolution music file playback up to 32-bits or 192 kHz from either a disc or streaming is simply icing on the cake.
AHC from The Absolute Sound found that the 1021 sound subtly and consistently more real in harmonic detail than any other player he has heard to date. “The Boulder 1021 is an absolute must-audition. Even if you can only dream about buying it, you should hear this kind of reference standard. If you are among the lucky few who can buy, rather than dream, this player has to be on your short list.”
“The Boulder 1021 may be very expensive, but it is both superbly engineered and superb-sounding. Its measured performance is at the current state of the art for high-resolution audio performance, and its ability to retrieve, store, and display the metadata for the CDs it plays is addicting. Its future is really guaranteed, however, by its ability to play data discs carrying high-resolution audio files, whether they be ones you’ve burned yourself from downloads, or commercial discs from companies like Reference Recordings or Fidelio. Yes, playing such files back from your computer is possible, but computer soundcards that can get the most from files sampled at 176.4kHz and 192kHz are few and far between. Boulder’s 1021 is highly recommended to those fortunate few with pockets deep enough to be able to afford it.”
“This is the most resolute player we’ve heard to date. In terms of fidelity to the
detail on the disc, it cannot be faulted. It is also incredibly well-built and will play
almost anything that the audiophile can get hold of. Source components don’t get
“…the sound of the hi-rez files the Boulder could play was stunning: open, airy,
grain-free, with a sharply defined soundstage and an excellent sense of the
recorded acoustic. Keith Johnson’s 24-bit/176.4kHz recording of Eiji Oue and the
Minnesota Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances (HRx,
Reference HR96) sounded more robust than the original CD—simply more real,
as if the glass of the window between the listening room and the hall in which the
recording had been made had been removed.”
“This is the best digital I’ve ever heard. I’ve heard everything and this thing beats
everything else by far.”
When the 1021 was first unveiled at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in
Las Vegas, it was the conclusion of one of the largest undertakings in the
company’s history. It was also the first complete source component from
Boulder Amplifiers. The development cycle lasted a painstaking two years
in which the entire digital audio playback methodology was examined
and reconsidered. The resulting 1021 completely redefined the limits of
what a digital player could be. In its short lifetime it has earned over-thetop
accolades by countless dealers, reviewers and other manufacturers
from around the world.
The 1021 boasts the first truly interactive display in a disc player and
countless breakthroughs in digital circuitry and software, including
Boulder’s own jitter eliminating Precise Interval Clocking System, research
into new D/A conversion technology, floating-point DSP mathematics and
a vastly superior data retrieval disc mechanism system. These advances
are all successfully integrated to produce a truly revelatory listening
But the most innovative aspect of the 1021 Disc Player is that in order to
make music it doesn’t need a disc at all: When connected to a computer
network, the 1021 can decode and play digital music files streamed from
a media server or computer anywhere in the home—with absolutely no
loss of realism. FLAC, WAV, MP3, ALAC, OGG, AIFF, it’s all covered. Ultra-high
resolution music file playback up to 32-bits or 192 kHz from either a
disc or streaming is simply icing on the cake.
The 1021 is a stunning example of just how far digital sound can be taken
when approached from the unique point of view that perfectly executing
the engineering is the only way to execute the engineering.