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Old 3rd February 2006, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Best cheap CD player to start modding...newbie, searched

I am trying to really learn this stuff and would like to modify a CD player. Seemely decent CD players are available at most local thrift stores. I have trying to learn about DAC and stuff. What is probably the most common, cheapest CD player that I could mod to sound decent. I was able to score a Jolida 302 tube amp, and would like to learn to modify. I need to work on my soldering skills and such, so a cheap CD player (if i break it) would be nice to start on. It seems like I want to find something with a TDA1541A (i found that list, lots of philips and marantz). Am I ok on this?

I really appreciate it and trying to learn!

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Old 4th February 2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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Most people starts with Marantz.
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Old 4th February 2006, 01:50 AM   #3
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The Nakamichi CDP2A can be had for cheap. It's got the TDA1541A chip in it.

You might want to check out the Toshiba SD-3980 DVD player and the Swenson / Vinnie Rossie mods too....
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First one I started with was the Philips cd723.

It's fairly easy to work with for a first project because there is lots of information spread all over the internet.


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Originally posted by Leolabs
Most people starts with Marantz.
Here's a thread with lots of info about moding the Marantz CD63 and CD67. Marantz CD63 & CD67 mods list

If you can get your hands on a cheap CD53 or 57, these mods also apply, since they use the same PCB internally. They can be made into very nice sounding players, and there's lots of help and info available.


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