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Old 30th July 2007, 08:12 PM   #111
mr-mac is offline mr-mac  Scotland
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It is almost definate that the capacitors have leaked. Any good hi-fi repairer should be able to repair circuit board and replace all capacitors.

Filers and Input cards are second hand only these days. Keep an eye on ebay and places like that as they turn up from time to time.

Cheers

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Old 31st July 2007, 02:02 PM   #112
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Hi John,

Thank you very much for your quick answer.

This Cardinal of mine now works, now it doesn't. When it dos not, it just shows the "-disc-" message on the display, nothing else. The usual case is that when I switch it on, it plays OK or does not anything at all (just -disc- message), but (least of times), it sometimes works and suddenly stops playing. Most erratic issue... (just the ones that drive you mad).

Of course, when it works I'm in heaven. Cardinal & DaCapo are the best CD player I've ever listened to (here's my fond gratitude to John Westlake).

Does this problem fit with the caps leak?

Luckily, my DaCapo is provided with two DICs, the "Cardinal one" (coaxial & clock) and a BNC terminated one. Lately I'm using an oldie Cambridge Audio CD3 as the transport, connected to the second DIC, and, at least, it plays. I've also switched my PC (m-audio sound card) to the DaCapo and it sounds beautiful, never imagined mp3s and PCs could sound so well!.

My options are:

1) Having my Cardinal repaired (best option, if I can pay for it and find the adequate caps and prepaired technician), but what happens if the DaCapo has the same problem afterwards.
2) Find another decent transport and switch it to the BNC DIC
3) Play records.

Many regards to everyone. This forum is adorable.
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Old 9th August 2007, 06:46 AM   #113
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Hi John,

another PT fan joins the thread.

i have Pip2 - 3 box
DaCapo with HDCD
Cardinal

the only board that shows damage is the small one in the Pip PSU. It is so burnt that one of the resistors is falling out. Do you think this is a seperate problem from the Chemi-Con caps?

the batteries are ko'd so i may send it to Dave Holden(Ex PT) again as he serviced the Pip back in 2001.

Like all the rest i would be interested in your new filter for the DaCapo. i've just gone back to HDCD filter from the 24/20 after reading your comments. Arthur convinced me years ago that the 24/20 was the ultimate and the apparent lack of HDCD disks probably swayed it.

Sometimes the Cardinal is a bit pickey about reading the TOC for certain disks. Any idea if there is a simple adjusment as 98% of all disks play fine.

Thanks for any advice
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Old 14th August 2007, 11:25 PM   #114
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My options are:

1) Having my Cardinal repaired (best option, if I can pay for it and find the adequate caps and prepaired technician), but what happens if the DaCapo has the same problem afterwards.
2) Find another decent transport and switch it to the BNC DIC
3) Play records.

The 4th option is to carry on playing from the PC to the DAC.

Are you storing your CD's on the HDD then using the USB out of the PC into a converter then via a glass TOSLINK to the DAC?
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Old 17th August 2007, 05:56 PM   #115
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Hello Ian,

From one end to the other:

1) Intel PIII 1000 Mhz, Asus motherboard, 512 Mb RAM, 250 Gb HDD, M-Audio 2496 audiophile soundcard with S/PDIF digital output (RCA).

2) QED QUNEX P75/3 (RCA to RCA coaxial, 3 m.)

3) RCA to BNC adaptor

ttp://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2xGOLD-PHONO-BNC-ADAPTORS-FOR-NAIM-32-42-52-62-PRE-AMPS_W0QQitemZ300128245835QQihZ020QQcategoryZ12264 9QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

4) DaCapo BNC input.

My Cardinal is being repaired by CPTAcoustics (Colin Toogood). In the meanwhile, I'm using a Cambridge Audio CD3 as the transport device, but its sound is almost pathetic, man, that's why I tried this (old)PC-DaCapo combination. While I usually listen to Bach, Haydn, Haendel, etc, with the Cardinal, these holidays I'm listening to a lot of Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, King Crimson, Pink Floyd ... in MP3 format , and it does sound (IMHO).

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Old 17th August 2007, 11:10 PM   #116
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You might find your sound improves if you use a plastic or even better a glass optical TOSlink from your sound card or motherboard if it has SPDIF output.

We tried many forms of electrical cable for SPDIF, including a BNC onto a DACMagic and an S700.

The shorter and better the wire the better the sound, even a solid silver lead was used.

But even the cheap plastic TOSLink always was better.

Then we used USB out to converters into SPDIF with either or both electrical and TOSLink output.

Was better than soundcard or Mobo.

The very best so far is an Edirol, no longer made. Even though it's only USB bus fed it beat an MAudio converter with a very elaborate PSU (300VA toroid, Black gate's, discrete regulators).

I don't think I'll be going back to using my CD player again. That was a Philips 960 that over the years I spent about 1000 on. It has 5 transformers, 3 of them being large custom audio types, multiple black gate and OsCon arrays, discrete regulators, silver PSU wire to the DAC board and Litz returns for the digital earths to the digital PSU, full re-wire internally eliminating most copper tracks, decoder and filter updated, custom reclocking module feeding the DAC and decoder and filter, DAC replaced with a SAA7350 with 5 regulators and black gate decoupling, output chips being AD847 and AD797 with black gates, vishays and polystyrene, to the terminals. Etc!

Despite the substantial rework it was far from perfected but when compared to the 'pute setup into just a standard DACMagic 2 I bought for 30, WOW!! I've not used the Philips since!

I feel the 7350 might have been a large part of the problem. Although it was a pretty good CD player, it always had a somewhat recessed mid. The S700 sounds the same as does another player conversion I had that also used a 7350 for it's DAC.

The Philips 1305 DAC (or is it 1307, I forget just now) however, whilst still being bitstream, does not have that problem. The DACMagic uses that chip.

I did try DACMagic's from a few transports over the years and thought it was a very poor sounding DAC. But I realise now that the transports were to blame.
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Old 17th August 2007, 11:16 PM   #117
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A friend is now using an Auzentech X-Meridian soundcard.

Taking analogue out direct to his amplifier (no pre-amp used) and that's sounding very good indeed.

Of course we had to mod the Auzentech

Changed the chips to OPA2134 which gave more bass than the 2132's. And removed the electrolytic DC blockers. Yeah, it was well worth taking those out! By measurement, inc during power up and power off, the DC offsets are small enough to never cause a problem.
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Old 18th August 2007, 07:38 AM   #118
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M-Audio soundcard has no optical output; I could use a coaxial/optical converter, though. My DaCapo has no optical input (is there such DIC available?).
Funny you mentioned the DACmagic as it was designed by John Westlake too.
What the hell is a "USB out to converters into SPDIF with either or both electrical and TOSLink output" ?
Do you really mean that the PC-TOSlink-DACMagic set sounds better than a CD transport-DACMagic one?
Interesting issue. Thanks, Ian.
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Old 18th August 2007, 05:37 PM   #119
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"DaCapo has no optical input"



"the DACmagic was designed by John Westlake too"

That's WHY I said that


USB out of the PC to a
converter to change USB into SPDIF with either electrical or TOSlink output, but preferably TOSlink, to
the DAC's SPDIF input.



"Do you really mean that the PC's USB output-converter-TOSlink-DACMagic set sounds better than a CD transport-DACMagic?"

Yes, a lot better.

The ideal would be to have a USB socket on the DAC. Then a chip that changed USB into something the DAC chips could use and there be no SPDIF anywhere at all as that seems to be a source of degradation.

But Lo....

Step in to the frame the Auzentech X-Meridian.

PCI bus-digital processor-Decent DAC chips-Decent OpAmps. Then (in my case) long analogue interconnects to monoblock HiFi poweramps right up near the speakers with minimal length speaker cable.

Yay!

It could be better still if they made it an external soundcard with a USB socket and charged much less money. Then I could easily have a soundcard right up with, or inside, each monoblock power amp and completely eliminate all interconnect cable. Provided the software could control up to 8 soundcards for a 7.1 system.

The new John Westlake digital amps are rather like this but they go further by having the DAC and amp as one. But I expect he hasn't included a USB socket nor software for the PC to control them.

There is a USB to SPDIF chip and I planned to make such a fitment myself so I could eliminate the TOSlink and have USB into my stereo DAC.

If your PC is a long way from your DAC you can run up to three USB extention cables each five metres in length and keep the SPDIF run short. We could hear no degradation with the USB extentions.

As you have no optical on the DaCappo you could do what we did originally and, using a phono plug to BNC plug adapter, plug the converter direct onto the SPDIF coax input on the DaCappo. Of course you'll need a converter with coac output.

See if you can find an Edirol UA-1D.
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Old 18th August 2007, 06:27 PM   #120
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Another possibility is the Edirol UA-1X or UA-1EX.
http://www.rolandus.com/products/pro...x?ObjectId=635 http://www.rolandus.com/products/pro...x?ObjectId=743

There is also the M-audio Transit.

I haven't tried either.

UA-1D:
http://www.rolandus.com/products/pro...x?ObjectId=455

I just saw there is a UA-3D for 5.1 use. My 1D doesn't pass the Dolby Digital through to my Yamaha home theatre amp when I connect to there for video playback.
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