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Old 8th January 2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Electrical differences between Nakamichi MB-100 and MB-X?

There isn't much more to ask.

We know they have different faceplates. One has a rotary volume knob. Different manufacturing dates and presumably locations. Otherwise, they are pretty darn similar. Same DAC chassis, Same features, Same paper specs (24 bit DACs).

If I were to open one of each up, would I find the same chips inside? the same capacitors? Are they electrically the same? (implying the same sound quality potential).

Or do I have to assume the Malaysian manufactured MB-X with it's higher price tag carries a better potential for audiophile grade sound?

Also, given the same remote, the same buttons (different layout), same CD slot location, and I know for a fact the faceplate connector is the same on both faceplates, what is the probability I can purchase an MB-X faceplate and slap it on an MB-100 body? (I was afraid to try this when I owned both)

I know this works between the 35z and 45z players....

Thanks guys,

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Old 10th January 2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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From memory the faces arent swappable.
Weird light patterns and buttons dont function properly.

75 to 100, no probs.
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Old 11th January 2009, 12:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Mad Mutt.

Are the internals the same? Same brand caps, same DACs, same mechanics? Same volume control circuit? Same source switchers? Did Nakamichi just update the looks and add a rotary volume knob?

Or should we expect some real major differences in sound quality from the pieces?
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Old 13th January 2009, 07:02 AM   #4
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Been so long.
I think they are otherwise the same.
More of a face lift than anything else.
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