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Mesh 5th October 2003 01:42 PM

My custom CD 63KI case with granite base
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Purpose of project:

"DIY mod my CD63 to the max" - by:

-building custom case for cd63
-mod electronics as per
-build or source custom DAC to fit inside new casing

This is an ongoing project but lets start from the begining.

I wanted to refit the guts of a Marantz CD63KI into a new case, the following pics are of my new casing. Ive gone for an extremely rigid chasis - 20mm granite. the sides are 20mm perspex, lid is 4 mm perspex. the back plate is original copper plated Marantz back panel.
I love this Cd player but hate its cheap pasic front and excess of buttons. My new casing has buttons on the top surface - just the basic functions. I aim to run a wired remote to a Dedicated Listening seat which will have attached to it a panel with functions for my DIY setup. - long term plan.

The perspex has been painted (copper colour) on the inside surface making the whole units Paint finish very tough.

Has anyone got suggestions on DAC to build which I could mount internally?

Are the tweaks at audioasylum the right way to go?

BTW: I know Peter Daniel talks about making chassis rigid, but i dont think this is what he is talking about.......

Mesh 5th October 2003 01:43 PM

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Mesh 5th October 2003 01:46 PM

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Level adjustable gold plated feet....

Mesh 5th October 2003 01:48 PM

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Granite base.

Mesh 5th October 2003 01:50 PM

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Inside Pic - note wiring to top panel push buttons.

Eccu 5th October 2003 02:04 PM

Well done...

I have had fairly long time plan that some day I will mod my Marantz CD 67SE.... some kind aluminium case.

Mesh 7th October 2003 12:01 AM

Anyone got any Idea's on a DAC for my CD63 ?

SimontY 7th October 2003 12:36 AM

Maaate, that case is cool! I'm kinda drunk, but still, I'm quite sure that copper finish looks awesome!

Why not try some mods on the unit before making new things?

Take out the ouptut caps and muting transistors for an obvious improvement. Change the op-amps too. Change it all! It'll be cool!

Seriously though, looks nice.


SimontY 7th October 2003 12:45 AM

Hmm, I've just re-read your first post. You say you love the player. Now that you have changed the aesthetics completely, why do you want to mod it more? The sonic character will change quite a bit, most likely.

Personally, I disliked my cd63 from day one (I have ruthless speakers, I guess, they bring out the harshness). After about 15 mods, I like it a lot, so from that I say do it! But the character does change, it will probably get softer/more subtle, so if you like the hard-hitting upfront nature of the 63ki, then I say be careful, as it will change, no doubt.

Actually, whatever you think about the sound, taking out the dc blocking caps will make an improvement!!! (unless too much dc gets through your amp and breaks your speakers of course, not sure how it works really, so be warned, but others will surely chip in soon with technical stuff).....


Mesh 7th October 2003 03:36 AM

Hi SimonY

I understand that the case is far from conventional.... but i Love it! I know everone says this but the unit looks much better in real life than in the PICS.

I hear what you say about the mods changing the way the unit sounds.....

What 15 mods did you do to your CD player?

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