I just sold a modified Aiwa bitstream DAC player for an embarrassingly low amount of money. Seems folk just don't trust 1 bit. To be honest, I myself prefer what seems to be a slightly more forward and exciting sound of multi-bit DAC players. The Aiwa sounded glassy and hard when I got it, and now sounds a lot more relaxed (basic clock mods and analogue stage mods) - but not as involving as my Marantz. The multi-bit Marantz players really are a fantastic base to work from.
Not really getting anywhere with the SL-P2000B. Cant get diagrams, and it doesn't bear much resemblance to the KEK version. It did spin the disc briefly the other day though, which gives me some confidence that it's not totally f***ed, and the lens tries to focus. I have a few ideas, but I need to step away to other jobs from time to time or I get frustrated.
The Thorens, I've found some diagrams of that bad boy now. It's a lovely bit of kit. It has an on-board synthetic three phase generator to drive the motor - you know, that thing you pay A LOT extra for on a Linn? Yes, you get it for free on these for a fraction of the mula! So, I'm thinking of moving that board external, and combining it with a custom PSU, all in one box. Will open it up and have a look. Other than that it just needs output cables as the ones on it are shabby - I may just fit decent phono sockets so the user can just fit whatever cables they choose, whether that be sensible or snake-oil
What else? My Quad refurbs and DIY refurb kits are going down a storm. I do the 33, 34, 44 and 405 now, or provide a DIY kit for the 33. Any suggestions for other classics that I may enjoy refurbing welcome.
Enjoying the presentation from the Mission 770s very much still, but note their midrange just doesn't hold a candle to the Celestion 44s which is just sublime ... but man cannot live on midrange alone, and the whole thing hangs together nicer on the Missions, and has a 'drive' missing on the 44s. Oh to have the 44's midrange quality in the 770s. Perfection!
Gazz, if you like what the Marantz does, an external DAC may ruin it. The transport is a minor player in CD player character. If it reads the disc accurately, it's doing about as much as it does. The DAC and analogue stage is where the flavour is.
Panda, you don't seem to be missing the 8000P...
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