I totally agree about the output section. They're really cheesy compared to
the first few generations of players and pro equipment and "audiophile"
goods. Most audiophile CD players make use of the same basic transports and
chip sets with special attention paid to the power supply and the output
stage. The best sounding mods I've ever heard were to power supplies. The
audio stages are just modulating a power supply that needs to be as clean
and low impedance as possible. A lot of push/pull and complementary
circuits are making up for half assed power supplies (canceling out the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 4:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity
> On 03/07/06, Rod Stephens wrote:
>> Hey Phillip,
>> Are you tongue in cheek about the $140 player? If not, I'd like to
>> know what brand/model it is. For that amount, I'd like to try SACD,
>> especially if you say it sounds good.
> The SACD player I am using is labelled Samsung.
> It sounds good when used with a buffer amp (Musical Fidelity X-10 V3)
> between it and the power amp. The problem with most cheap audio gear is
> that the analog output stage is inadequate and has too high an output
> A buffer amp with a high input impedance and low output impedance deals
> with this.
> Without the buffer, this player sounds rather hard and shrill, as do most
> Many CD players allow you to use an external D to A converter, which has
> some advantages. This is not possible with SACD. Even so, SACD is
> clearly better than CD, on two speakers.
> Don Cox
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