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.


View the Specifications

CD section
Supported media
CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW* (8cm CDs not supported)
* Supports CD-DA format on CD-RW
Max number of files
300 (including Folders)
Max number of folders
Max number of layers
USB section

Supported USB devices
USB Mass Storage device class
USB2.0 (FULL-SPEED), USB1.0 (HIGH-SPEED), USB3.0 compatible
File system
FAT16, FAT32
Max number of files
300 (including Folders)
Max number of folders
USB bus power
DC 5V, max 500mA
Supported file formats

WAV (USB only)

.wav, .WAV
Bit depth
Sampling frequency
44.1k / 48kHz

.mp3, .MP3
32k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency
16k / 22.05k / 24k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
MPEG1/2 Audio Layer-3

.wma, .WMA
32k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency
8k / 11.025k / 16k / 22.05k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
WMA ver.9 standard (DRM not supported)
AAC (USB only)

.m4a, .M4A
8k to 320k bps and VBR
Sampling frequency
8k / 11.025k / 12k / 16k / 22.05k / 24k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
MPEG4 AAC-LC (Audio stream)
Tuner section

Frequency range
FM 76.0 to 108.9MHz
Number of presets
FM 20
Audio outputs

Analog LINE audio

RCA Pin × 1 pair
470Ω or less
Maximum output level
2.0Vrms (1kHz, Full scale, 10kΩ loaded)
Coaxial digital audio

RCA Pin × 1
Output impedance
75 Ω
Output level
Optical digital audio

TOS-link × 1
Sampling frequency
Bit depth
AC 100 - 230V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption
Overall dimensions
8.5" × 2.4" × 9.4" / 215 × 61 × 238mm (W×H×D)
4.6 lbs. / 2.1kg
AC 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)
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