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Premium CD Player in Reference 301 footprint, with FM radio and USB memory playback

Color Variations

PD-301-B (Black)

PD-301-S (Silver)
Not available in the US.


Main Features

A CD player, USB flash player, and FM tuner combined in a compact format

Slot-loading CD drive mechanism enables quick loading and automatic playback

The CD drive utilizes a compact high-precision slot-loading CD drive mechanism. The drive, designed especially for audio with a record of professional use, loads quickly for instant playback. The automatic playback function, which automatically starts playback after a CD is loaded, allows you to enjoy music soon after inserting the CD into the slot.



Supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files

WAV (USB only), AAC (USB only), MP3 and WMA files can be played back from USB flash drives and CD-R and CD-RW discs. The song name and artist can be shown on the unit's display during playback of MP3, WMA and AAC files (assuming files have ID3 tags.)




High-precision Digital-to-Analog audio converters

A Burr-Brown PCM5142 D/A converter, made by Texas Instruments, is used to convert the digital audio signals read from CDs and USB flash drives to analog.This D/A converter has a reputation for rich, smooth audio performance, to make your CDs sound greta. 




Coaxial and optical digital outputs also allow digital output of FM broadcasts

In addition to analog outputs, coaxial and optical S/PDIF outputs are included for pure digital connection. Plug the output into an AI-301DA, UD-301 or other component with S/PDIF digital input for lossless digital playback. Plug in a D/A converter with even higher precision to upgrade your CD playback to greater audio quality. Even the FM radio tuner can also be output as S/PDIF digital signal.
(Note: Digital output is at 44.1 kHz/16-bit regardless of the playback format and source.)

Solid aluminum body and compact installation space

While maintaining the elegance of a traditionally styled hi-fi component, the all-metal chassis provides a solid body with excellent vibration control, minimizing the effect of vibrations on audio quality. With the 501 Series, we advanced the concept of compact high-performance audio devices that can be placed even on desktops, and we have further developed this with the 301 Series. The body, which has been restricted to a width of 215 mm, enables even greater freedom of placement.


Included wireless remote control with number pad

The included remote control with a number pad that is convenient for selecting tracks is included. The AI-301DA remote can also control the basic functions of the PD-301.







System configurations

Combine with an AI-301DA and LS-301 speakers to create a compact Hi-Res system

The PD-301 can be combined with an AI-301DA pre-main amplifier (also from the 301 Reference Series) that has a USB DAC and allows aptX® Bluetooth input. Together they form a compact high-resolution system that allows USB audio input from a computer and wireless playback from smartphones and tablets while also supporting CDs and USB flash drives as well as a wide range of FM frequencies.

Combine with a UD-301 for a high-precision CD player system

By connecting this model digitally to a UD-301, which is a USB DAC with a dual mono structure in the same 301 Reference Series, you can upconvert the PCM 44.1kHz/16-bit digital data of your CDs to 192 kHz. By conducting D/A processing after converting to a higher-precision digital signal, a smoother analog signal can be output. 
Furthermore, in addition to RCA unbalanced outputs, the UD-301 has XLR balanced outputs, so it is possible to incorporate it into a more advanced system with a hi-fi amplifier that has balanced inputs.

Features at-a-glance

  • Slot-loading CD drive (CD-DA, CD-ROM/R/RW)
  • Automatic playback (on/off switchable)
  • Playback of WAV, AAC, MP3 and WMA files from CDs and USB flash drives
  • Program playback (CD DA only)
  • Random and repeat playback (CD DA only)
  • File ID3 tag data display (song and artist names)
  • Switchable folder and file browsing mode
  • USB-A input connector (for playback of files from USB flash drives)
  • One coaxial digital output connector
  • One optical digital output connector
  • One RCA stereo line output connector pair
  • Compact dedicated remote control included
  • Inverted-F antenna connector for FM radio 
  • FM tuner supports RDS (UK/Europe model only)
  • All-aluminum enclosure
  • Automatic power saving (on/off switchable)



CD section

Supported Media

CD-DA, CD-ROM/R/RW (CD-RW supports CD-DA format only)
* 8cm CD not supported.

Max. Number of Folder

50 Folders

Max. Number of File

300 Files (including Folders)

Max. Number of Layer

16 Layers (max. 260 characters of full-path including file name.)

Supported Formats


CD-DA (Audio CD)

16-bit, 44.1kHz


32k to 320kbps and VBR, 16k / 22.05k / 24k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
MPEG1/2 Audio Layer-3


32k to 320kbps and VBR, 8k / 11.025k / 16k / 22.05k / 32k / 44.1k / 48kHz
WMA ver.9 Standard, DRM not supported

USB section


Supported Media

 USB Mass Storage Devices


USB2.0 (Full speed), USB1.1 (High speed), USB3.0 compatible

File System

FAT16, FAT32

USB Output Voltage


Max. Number of Folder

50 Folders

Max. Number of File

300 Files (including Folders)

Supported Formats



16-bit, 44.1k / 48kHz


8k to 320kbps and VBR, 8/11.025/12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48kHz
MPEG4 AAC-LC(Audio Stream)


32k〜320kbps/VBR, 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48kHz 
MPEG1/2 Audio Layer-3


32k〜320kbps/VBR, 8/11.025/16/22.05/32/44.1/48kHz
WMA ver.9 Standard、DRM

Tuner section


Frequency Range

FM 76.0 to 108MHz

Number of Preset

20 stations

Analog Audio Output





RCA Pin  x1 pair

Output Impedance

less than 470 ohms

Max Output Level

2.0Vrms (1kHz, Full-scale, 10k ohms loaded)

Frequency Response

20Hz to 20kHz (-3dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio


Total Harmonic Distortin

0.005% (1kHz)

Digital Audio Outputs




RCA Pin x 1 pair

Output Impedance

75 ohms

Output Level





TOS-link x 1

Operation Power


AC 120V, 60Hz


AC 220-240V, 50Hz

Power Consumption


Overall Dimensions

8.5" x 2.4" x 9.1" / 215 x 61 x 232 mm (W x H x D)


4.6 lbs. / 2.1 kg

Operation Temperature

+5 to +35 degrees (Celsius)

Operation Humidity

5% to 85% (no condensation)

Storage Temperature

-20 to +55 degrees (Celsius)


AC Adapter (GPE152-120125W), Power Cord for AC Adapter,
RCA Audio Cable, Remote Control (RC-1323), AAA Batteries x 2
FM Antenna, Owner's Manual (including Warranty Card)