PD-301-X CD Player and FM Radio

A musical gateway for the 301 Reference series, the PD-301-X CD player and FM radio delivers a full listening experience in one frustration-free component.

PD 301 X with AI 301 DA X in living room


The PD-301-X is a combination product in the Reference 301 range, comprising a CD player, USB memory player and FM tuner, and provides a versatile digital media gateway for your existing desk-top audio system.

Thanks to its painstakingly developed circuit design, the PD-301-X delivers superb analogue audio sound to your amplifier, while the coaxial and optical outputs deliver digital audio signals to your favorite DAC (digital to analogue converter), not only from CD and USB memory sticks but also from the FM tuner.

Thanks to its low-profile and small footprint design, the PD-301-X greatly expands the flexibility of your desktop audio system.

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Quick Loading + Automatic Playback

The PD-301-X features a compact, high-precision, slot-load CD drive mechanism that’s exclusively designed for professional audio applications. Thanks to its quick loading times and automatic playback function, users can get on with enjoying their music mere moments after inserting a CD into the slot.

Support MP3, WMA, AAC + WAV

Conventional digital audio formats such as MP3 and WMA can be played back from CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW discs. In addition, music files in AAC and WAV formats are also supported when played from a USB flash drive inserted into the front USB port. Usefully, the player can show ID3 tag, song title and artist name info contained on MP3, WMA and AAC files on its LC-display.

32-Bit High-Performance

The PD-301-X employs a high-performance DAC (digital to analogue converter), the PCM5142 from BurrBrown, for silky smooth audio reproduction.

Full-Metal Body + Small Footprint

Employing aluminum panels for the player’s front, sides and top means that the PD-301-X provides unusual rigidity, minimizing the adverse effect of unwanted vibrations on sound quality. And all from a package with a tiny footprint that occupies an area of just 215mm x 232mm (8.5” x 9.1”), allowing users to comfortably locate the unit on the smallest of desktops.

Built-in FM Tuner

Unlike most other CD Players, the PD-301-X also features a FM Tuner module within its compact cabinet.

Digital Outputs for all Sources

In addition to conventional analogue audio outputs, audio signals from the PD-301-X’s built-in FM tuner are also delivered from the digital audio outputs, via both the coaxial and optical connectors (of course, these connections also deliver digital audio from CD).
Please note that the digital audio output format is PCM 44.1kHz/16-bit, regardless of the resolution of the original source.

10-Key Remote

A compact card-type remote control is supplied as standard with the PD-301-X.

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CD section
Supported mediaCD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW* (8cm CDs not supported)
* Supports CD-DA format on CD-RW
Max number of files300 (including Folders)
Max number of folders50
Max number of layers16
USB section
Supported USB devicesUSB Mass Storage device class
InterfaceUSB2.0 (FULL-SPEED), USB1.0 (HIGH-SPEED), USB3.0 compatible
File systemFAT16, FAT32
Max number of files300 (including Folders)
Max number of folders50
USB bus powerDC 5V, max 500mA
Supported file formats
WAV (USB only)
Extension.wav, .WAV
Bit depth16-bit
Sampling frequency44.1k / 48kHz
Extension.mp3, .MP3
Bit-rate32k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency16k / 22.05k / 24k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
FormatMPEG1/2 Audio Layer-3
Extension.wma, .WMA
Bit-rate32k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency8k / 11.025k / 16k / 22.05k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
FormatWMA ver.9 standard (DRM not supported)
AAC (USB only)
Extension.m4a, .M4A
Bit-rate8k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency8k / 11.025k / 12k / 16k / 22.05k / 24k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
FormatMPEG4 AAC-LC (Audio stream)
Tuner section
Frequency rangeFM 76.0 to 108.9MHz
Number of presetsFM 20
Audio outputs
Analog LINE audio
ConnectorRCA Pin × 1 pair
Impedance470Ω or less
Maximum output level2.0Vrms (1kHz, Full scale, 10kΩ loaded)
Coaxial digital audio
ConnectorRCA Pin × 1
Output impedance75 Ω
Output level0.5Vp-p
Optical digital audio
ConnectorTOS-link × 1
Sampling frequency44.1kHz
Bit depth16-bit
PowerAC 100 - 230V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption8W
Overall dimensions8.5" × 2.4" × 9.4" / 215 × 61 × 238mm (W×H×D)
Weight4.6 lbs. / 2.1kg
AccessoriesAC adapter (GPE-152-120125W), Power cord for AC adapter, Remote control (RC-1323), AAA batteries × 2, RCA audio cable, FM cable antenna, User Manual (including Warranty)

Audio performance

Frequency response20Hz to 10kHz (–3dB, LINE out)
Signal-to-Noise ratio113dB (LINE out)
Total harmonic distortion0.005% (1kHz, LINE out)
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