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Old 18th January 2012, 06:38 AM   #11
focal7C is offline focal7C  Australia
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Phase B of mods:

B1. OpAmps u317, u318 changed to AD797ANZ

B2. Main board p/s c183,188,189 changed to Panasonic FR 470uF 25V (meant to have done as part of Phase A).

A little clearer, more detail and separation between instruments, base string vibrations more naturally prolonged. Also confirmed with Fostex T50RP headphones plugged into amp.
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Old 4th February 2012, 02:35 AM   #12
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Phase C of mods:

C2. Installed the Audio-gd JZ-1 module (with combined Low jitter clock and Class A supply)
- Disconnect pin 4 of U314 (TC74HCU04AP IC). I.e. unsolder and pull/bend up
- Wire 1/3FO (11.28MHz setting on 33.86M Type 1 module) to pin 1 of U314
- Wire GND on same side as 1/3FO between ground and C330
- Wire DC input from U301 (NJM78M15 voltage regulator) pin which provides +15V
- Wire GND next to DC input of JZ-1 to negative side of capacitor C306 (next to regulator)

Sound improvements are very noticeable to say the least. In order of magnitude.

1. More separation between multiple vocals (eg backing vocals) and better instrument placement
2. Vibrations of instruments such as didgeridoos and baritone brass are more realistic/pronounced
3. Singing tones have more sounds coming from back of mouth and throat (for singers/recordings that can produce/capture those dimensions of vocals)
4. Handles percussion with more attack and settles faster
5. Little bit less congestion at HF and complex passages

Xavier Rudd's "Food In the Belly" show off these differences well.
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Old 29th March 2013, 09:00 AM   #13
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Default Phase D of mod:

Replaced C354 and C355 signal path output electrolytic Rubycon BlackGate caps 100uF 16V with Jantzen 10uF 400V Cross-Caps. I believe this should give around -3dB @ 2 Hz output response.

The mids are clearer and the highs appear more pronounced. The bass is a little more subtle (less depth) but still accurate and fast.

The sound signature has changed to some degree. The Blackgates gave it a certain sound that I'm obviously used to. The sound was a bit fuller, however this could possibly be attributed to some reverb/distortion. Will have to get used to it with the other benefits seemingly outweighing this...

Had previously measured the DC after opamps and it was very low. Therefore tried without the output caps altogether (just a cutoff cap leg across holes). There was no bass at all. Can anybody tell me why? Buffer role (and a couple of other 100uF caps/ceramics to ground that have a combined function?)

Then used a pair of Wishay MKP 1841 4.7uF 160V film caps I had lying around. Still limited depth and much reduced db at lower frequencies... Hence the Jantzen 10uF Cross-Caps.

Think its amazing how much this already very good CDP has improved with all the mods. And there are more component that can be upgraded or bypassed.
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Old 30th March 2013, 04:18 AM   #14
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Will add that the output response estimate was provided by another modder with experience with this model.
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Old 5th November 2013, 09:25 AM   #15
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Default Mod photos

Modification photos showing:
1. Audio-gd low jitter clock (TCXO and Class A PSU)
2. Wishay MKP 1837 bypass caps and power feed for clock
3. Jantzen 10uF output coupling caps (Cross-Caps)

Plus lots of blue tack
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File Type: jpg Output coupling Cross-Caps.jpg (193.3 KB, 79 views)
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Old 5th November 2013, 11:43 AM   #16
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Its OK adding a fancy clock, but the way you have connected it to the PCB leaves a lot to be desired, not even twisted pair (co-ax would be better) but separate leads, long length, return path miles away, it will negate any benefits of the fancy clock.
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