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Old 1st December 2002, 09:55 PM   #11
halojoy is offline halojoy  Sweden
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Thumbs up This is my very low budget Favourite.

Pioneer PD-206 comes with remote. PD-106 does not.
It does not use the Legato Link, which I am not convinced
I need.

It is in the top of its price range,
even BEFORE you have
upgraded with better OPamps, fed by voltage regulators,
and better Output Capacitors (elyts!).

This review, which I found now,
confirms my opinion about this machine.

It is compared with a Marantz with separate DAC.
Unfair? Yes!

Performance:
A Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD player hooked up to a Cambridge Audio DACMagic 2 DAC and Cambridge Audio A1 amp were favoured terror tools, with speakers a pair of Monitor Audio 201. Cabling was MIT Terminator 3 throughout.

Pioneer PD-206 Review

I believe it can be found in most countries around the world.
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Old 1st December 2002, 09:57 PM   #12
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I have buy recently a Sony scd-xb940.

It reads cd and sacd but not cd-r.

It feature a single ended output but the dacs are balanced.
There are 2 dacs .
It is worth to modify the output stages first couse that way it is avaiable a balanced output . Second a J fet output stage is easy to implement with the internal regulated supply and sound much better .
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Old 1st December 2002, 10:09 PM   #13
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Default Re: CD ON THE CHEAP

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Originally posted by fdegrove


People always seem to overlook the obvious.

If you really want it cheap get a computer CD-rom.
Add an old PC PSU and get your analogue output hooked up to a little amp.
This may take some splitting but it's pretty straightforward
That's what I use in the bedroom and it isn't have as bad as cd-players costing twice as much.
The Plextor brand has a good rep on sound quality.

Ok I admit I run the CD into a SE 2A3 tube amp but if the source were bad si would be the end result.

Happy listening,
Although very few Cd-Roms have buttons to control access, and alot that do only have a forward track button. Plextors are nice though, we had a quad speed that lasted forever and had an access time lower than probably most cheap ones do today. I know they used to make externals that were top loaders. I was thinking about this, but the lack of control of the disc scares me off. Is the digital output on CD-Roms an SPDIF form that a DAC could interpret?
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Old 1st December 2002, 10:12 PM   #14
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Q Audio has sold reconditioned NAD for years. Even have a C541i for $339
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Old 1st December 2002, 10:31 PM   #15
raul_77 is offline raul_77  Europe
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Hi all,

I have examinate the inside of almost all the CD players of the market and, my preferred for tweak are: Yamaha CDX-396 and Yamaha CDX-593.

Reasons: Have the most big AC transformer on your price bracket, also include AC filter. The internal construction are excellent (well, the PCB ca be slightly better, are all) the electronics are very easy of extract from the chassis, and are specially good choice the 593.

Have display off, the busses of supply are made with 1mm wire, the supply and the output have low esr capacitors and, in the best design that I have see in this price, have buffers from the output of the DAC to the filters, and high current buffers -with transistors- from the filters to the output RCA's.

I have the service manuals of the two and y have modified many, so I can send you photocopies if you want.

Have a new model: the CDX-596 but I yet don't know.

Happy days,

Ral Couto
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Old 1st December 2002, 11:23 PM   #16
joensd is offline joensd  Germany
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Quote:
Pioneer PD-206 comes with remote. PD-106 does not.
It does not use the Legato Link, which I am not convinced
I need.

It is in the top of its price range,
even BEFORE you have
upgraded with better OPamps, fed by voltage regulators,
and better Output Capacitors (elyts!).
Hi Halojoy,
sounds like you have the schematics of the Pioneer PD-206!?
As I have the same CD-Player itd be nice (in case you have it) to send them over.
Im about to do some mods as well and its always nice to have the schematic to hand.

Thanks in anticipation
Jens
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