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Old 14th March 2003, 01:14 AM   #11
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Maybe you guys could have some suggestions for a new nickname ? Something like "The guys who doesn't stop asking dumb question"
How about "The guy who continually learns cool new stuff because of it". Go Elkaid...
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Old 14th March 2003, 02:53 AM   #12
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Hi guys !

After some research, I've found the following :

from :
http://www.grandata.co.uk/

CDM4/11 226$CAN 152$US
CDM4/18 71$CAN 48$US
CDM4/19 71$CAN 48$US
CDM4/44 126$CAN 85$US

however, I don't know the differences between those models.

from :
http://www.daisy-laser.nl/

CD-PRO 2 kit 778$ CAN
528$ US

I looked for Philips units as they seems pretty appreciated from DIYers. Am I right ?

Jean-Paul : You will be happy to know that your can order CDM4s from the first link provided above.

I'll probably go for the cheaper of the bunch... Didn't find any CDM2 mechanism

Then I'll guess I'll need an appropriate DAC. Any suggestions ? Nothing esoteric, I appreciate simple stuff that I can replace or upgrade later.
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Old 14th March 2003, 03:42 AM   #13
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CD-PRO 2 kit 778$ CAN
528$ US

That seems pretty high. How did you get that figure?
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I used the following table

And I've done the Euro->Can$ or US$ using this link:

French :
http://www.banqueducanada.ca/fr/exchfo-f.htm

English :
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/exchform.htm

Have I missed something important ?
Of course this is the price for the whole kit. The transport itself is 335$CAN or 226$US

Shipping cost seems like 110Euro for the whole kit... that's crazy isn't it ? Ordering 10 500Va transformer would be cheaper
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Old 14th March 2003, 04:25 AM   #15
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if you order the cdm 4 , you will only get the basic laser and motor - unit, there is no "control- electronics!!!! and it will not work.......
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I don't remember paying VAT last time I was ordering. Also I ordered bare display board and assembled it myself.The cost was more like $500 CAD. Add $30 for wiring the money.
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That's ruining my plans !

Is there only the CD-PRO 2 that comes with a controller ?

What about CD-PRO ? How much ? Doesn't read CD-R I guess...

The project is becoming scary... maybe I should look for a CD-Rom based project after all...

I took a look at some of your projects guys and some of them are just crazy (I mean way too much complex for me... I saw a DAC with more components than on my PC's motherboard)

Well, a very very simple DAC and a CD-Rom should do the trick for a beginning... The only drawback is that I will not be able to listen to my Nsynch CD (joke) and Nathalie Imbruglia (that's really sad)

Any suggestion from you guys ? Good working IDE/SCSI controller project ? Simple DAC schematics ?

Thanks !

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Old 14th March 2003, 04:59 AM   #18
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Why don't you buy a used CD payer and modify it. Old Marantz or Philips players can be obtained relatively cheap, they feature good transports, they even have DAC chips you might be after. All you have to do is bypass oversampling chip and improve output stage. It's definitely easier and cheaper than building the whole player from a scratch (especially if you want to make it on a budget).
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Amen !

Modifying a CD player would be a nice idea Maybe not "rewarding" as much as doing the whole thing but the goal is to get a better sound right ?

Don't laugh too loud but is there anything to do with a pioneer PD-103 cd player ? What improvements could be made ? Changing the whole thing and just keeping the case ? It's probably too cheap to have anything to do with hehehe...

Well, at least it doesn't bother me too much to do severe experiments with it...

Suggestions are welcomed !

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i bought a broken NAD 502 off ebay for $20, had it fixed, and am modifying it. a nice marantz or phillips could be had just as easily.
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