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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC Performance Upgrade & Review

I've designed and tested some enhancements for the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC. The sonic improvements 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…

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Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC Repair, Upgrades & Testing Video

Join me as I delve into a broken Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC, repair and upgrade it with my own range of improvements. 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…

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Meridian 506.24 CD Player Service & Mystery Fault Repair

The Meridian 506.24 CD player is a seriously good machine, one of the very best I've had the pleasure of listening to. This 506 had a strange fault, read on for more about how I serviced and repaired this stunning CD player. If you want a smooth, relaxed, organic-sounding player,…

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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 Tri-Vista 21 DAC sounds so good that I've decided to keep her for now and do even more upgrades. I listened…

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