Category Archives: CD Players & DACs

Articles where the main focus is on CD players & DACs, and their service, repair and modification.

Rare Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 192K Tube DAC for Sale!

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

Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service

Wow, would you believe I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system?! Just incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality.

The Kenwood L-1000 series of components 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

Classic Kenwood D-3300P CD Player Service & Repair

I’ve just finished servicing two gorgeous Kenwood D-3300P CD players for a customer of mine who loves his classic audio gear and owns three of these beasts.

The Kenwood D-3300P originated in 1986 and is superbly built, made in such a way and from such quality hardware and components as would render it costing thousands if built like this now.… Read more

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 askedĀ 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