I’ve been playing with a gorgeous PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC and found a spare hour or two to implement some tweaks. What a difference a few parts make…
My apologies for the lack of articles recently, I’ve been inundated with work and this really slows down my writing. Much more soon! I recently acquired a PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC here @ Liquid Audio.… Read more
The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC shares some of the same DNA as the awesome Tri-Vista 21. Come along as I upgrade this DAC and discover just how good she can sound.
Think of the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC as the little DAC that could. For its very modest asking price when released, you got a lotta DAC for the money.… Read more
Join me for my longest video yet, as I repair and upgrade a broken Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC.
Follow along as I describe finding and repairing the faults, upgrading and then testing this wonderful Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC. In the end, I was able to achieve just 0.001% THD + noise from this baby, a superb result!… Read more
The Meridian 506.24 is a seriously good CD player, one of the very best I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. This 506, however, had a strange, mystery fault. Read on to discover how I serviced and finally fixed this stunning CD player.
If you want a smooth, relaxed, organic-sounding player, you’ll go a long way to find one better than a Meridian 506.24.… Read more
Here is your chance to own a rare and extensively upgraded Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 192K Tube DAC, in almost pristine, unmarked condition. Priced @ just $1595.
UPDATE: This DAC sounds so good that I’ve decided to keep her for now and do even more upgrades. I listened to her again and just couldn’t bring myself to sell her, despite having a potential local buyer!… Read more
Wow, I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system! This is incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality.
The Kenwood L-1000 series are becoming rare now, so to find a complete system in the hands of its original owner is something pretty special. This stack of gear consisted of the Kenwood L-1000M power amplifier, L-1000C preamplifier, L-1000D CD player and L-1000T tuner.… Read more
I’ve just serviced two gorgeous Kenwood D-3300P CD players for a customer of mine. He loves his classic audio gear and owns three of these beasts!
The Kenwood D-3300P CD player dates to 1986 and is a superbly built component. In fact, this unit is built from such quality hardware and components, that it would cost way too much to make now.… Read more
I recently finished another round of modifications to my Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Class A Tube DAC. In this post, I go into details about the changes and the MIL-spec vintage parts I’ve used!
Actually, I will do some more power supply modifications in 2018, more on that when it happens. This is part three, in an ongoing process to develop and evaluate the best performance mods for the wonderful Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 DAC.… Read more
In the vinyl vs CD debate, I am often asked why vinyl sounds so good and why compact disc (CD) was created, if vinyl was a better medium in the first place? To put this another way – the question might be: “Vinyl vs CD – is vinyl higher resolution?”
This is not a simple question to answer, there is a great deal to consider.… Read more
I was recently asked by a customer to repair and service his Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD player. The player was misbehaving, not reading the table of contents (TOC) with some discs and was also skipping occasionally. I was actually really pleased to work on one of these classic disc spinners again. The Marantz players were all very similar across the CD-63 – CD-67 range and the SE and KI Signature models really only brought parts quality improvements in key areas, rather than different circuit layout.… Read more