CD Players & DACs

Articles about CD players & DACs, including CD player and DAC reviews, service, repair and modification.

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Arcam DiVA CD92 CD Player Repair & Review

Let’s take a look at a lovely sounding CD player I recently repaired, the Arcam DiVA CD92. Arcam made some great gear back in the day, including various products as A&R Cambridge as they were initially, like this C-200 preamp and later the Arcam Black Box 500 I recently repaired and restored: This time though, …

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Legendary Marantz CD-84 CD Player Repair & Review

This story illustrates almost everything I’ve ever said about vintage hi-fi gear. Read on to find out why I love older CD players like this legend from 1984 and what makes this Marantz CD-84 so very lovable! It’s worth considering just how unbelievably disruptive the launch of CD was, back in 1983. I remember it …

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Krell KAV-300cd CD Player Repair & Restoration

In my second #Krellmonth article, I look at the repair and restoration of this lovely Krell KAV-300cd compact disc player. Thanks for joining me for my second #Krellmonth article. The Krell KAV-300cd CD player is a beautiful machine from the late ’90s, a period when Redbook CD was reaching maturity and producing some really lovely …

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TEAC VRDS-10 CD Player Repair & Service

Many won’t be familiar with their high-end products, but this TEAC VRDS-10 CD player is an absolute gem. Let’s take a look. The TEAC VRDS-10 is a very serious CD player from around 30 years ago now. Utilising the venerable Sony KSS-151A laser mech and a custom, heavy-duty direct-drive CD motor and chassis, the VRDS-10 …

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Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player Restoration & Improvement

Back in 2012, I restored and modified this stunning Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player. I’ve improved and updated my original article, for your COVID-19 reading pleasure. Musical Fidelity’s Tri-Vista range (in 2003) consisted of the Tri-Vista SACD player, Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier, the kW pre- and power amp, a vinyl player and a separate digital-to-analog …

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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC Performance Upgrade & Review

I’ve developed and tested some improvements for the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC. The results are astonishing and I’m now offering this service for my customers. Let’s take a look. Now updated with additional improvements and owner feedback. My apologies for the lack of articles, I’ve been inundated with work and this really slows down …

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