Category Archives: Upgrades

These articles are about upgrades to hi-fi equipment. The main focus here is on modifying and improving hi-fi electronics for better performance.

Musical Fidelity X-Can V3 Headphone Amplifier Modifications

I recently modified a Musical Fidelity X-CAN V3 headphone amplifier. My goal was to see what sort of improvements I could make without spending too much cash.

The X-CAN V3 uses bipolar output devices, with a tube driver stage. The tube driver stage is a JAN (Joint Army/Navy) 6922 mil-spec dual-triode tube, per channel. These tubes run in class-A and give the voltage gain necessary to drive a pair of BD139/BD140 bipolar transistors.… Read more

Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner Alignment & Upgrades

I recently treated my Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner to a very careful alignment and upgrade. This beautiful tuner, with upgraded power supply and output buffer, is easily the best sounding tuner I have had the pleasure of listening to.

After modification and alignment, I compared Marantz 125 to a Sansui TU-717 and several modern digital tuners including the gorgeous Kenwood L-1000T.… 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