Category Archives: CD Players & DACs

Articles where the focus pieces of equipment are CD players & DACs. This includes CD player and DAC reviews, their service, repair and modification.

Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC Modifications, Part 3 – ERO Goodness!

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

Vinyl vs CD – is Vinyl Higher-Resolution?

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

Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD Player Service & Repair

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

Kenwood L-1000 Series – Exceptional Audio Components

I was recently asked by a customer to service and repair two of his gorgeous Kenwood L-1000 series components. In the lab this time were an L-1000T tuner and matching L-1000D compact disc player. All I can is wow! This gear is seriously well put-together and just beautifully engineered.

In what was a great result, I successfully repaired both units.… Read more

Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player Restoration & Modification

I have just finished the restoration and modification of a Musical Fidelity Trivista SACD Player for a client in Alice Springs.

This particular Musical Fidelity Trivista SACD Player was to receive an update of critical signal path and DAC electronics and involved changing many dozens of parts, including eight op-amps and what seemed like hundreds of electrolytic and ceramic capacitors!… Read more