Under the movable lid meanwhile…

… one would see a puck-weighted disc bathed in blue light which of course stops spinning as soon as the lid opens; and upon removal of the disk…

… the optical head facing up to read the 1s and 0s represented by pit patterns in the tracks whizzing by.

Here's a final look at one of the support stanchions before I put the lid back on.

Touching the glass screen's logo for two seconds accessed the menu's sub layer to reveal…

… colour options for parts of the readout as well as six digital filters, analog output level values of 1.4Vrms, 2.5Vrms and 3Vrms plus defeatable inputs. As shown, a loaded CD displays track number, time elapsed, repeat/shuffle modes, tubes on/off as well as back/next, fast forward/back and pause. With another source selected, the display defaults to displaying its name plus the sample rate and format of the data received. When I asked Jean Marie Clauzel to update Joël's company impressions from two years ago, "so many things have happened since, it’s difficult to summarize in a few words. We built a new facility and are presently constructing an additional building. Our staff now numbers 11, we doubled our turnover and continue to grow. We launched a number of new products and added streaming with the Digital Sharing range and the DreamPlay Stream in the Kalista range." About AQWO the name, "I was searching for something without acronyms but different from what we've done until now. I then found that in ancient Greek, akouo means 'to listen' or 'I'm listening to'. I just changed the spelling which sounds the same." Relative to the tube buffer, "it has its own power supply section". About the digital filters, "we use AKM's on-chip code".