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Old 2nd December 2002, 11:53 AM   #1
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hello everybody!

My name is Chris I am from Nottinghamshire, England and have only just returned to hi-fi from a long break, unfortunately I have no experience with D.I.Y. Audio at all but would like to ask your opinions.

A local man who advertises in HiFi World (Audio Specialists from Sutton-in-Ashfield) has had my CD player in for repair. It is the first time I have used the company for anything.
He carries out modifications aswell, so while he had it I asked him to see what modifications could be done.

He suggests:
40 replacement capacitors,
2 new op amps,
10 new diodes.

Now I have no technical knowledge relating to this at all, but he assures me it would have sonic benefits.

It intigues me as I have just read in HiFi+ that B&W spent a year listening to different capacitors and resistors for the Nautilus 800 Signature.

The CD player is about 10 years old and the modifications would cost 90 all in.

Sorry to come straight out with the question,
nak

p.s. I would like to try a kit one day (valve amp or loudspeaker)
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Old 3rd December 2002, 11:05 AM   #2
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Hi Nak and welcome

I would not recommend going for his upgrades as it stands, 90 seems like a lot of money to spend on a 10 yera old CD player.

I would just get the repair done, and then do some research on this and other audio forums on components, and then do the upgrades yourself, in stages, then you can easily tell if they make a significant difference. This will be more cost effective, as you can choose your own upgrades, and you are not paying for someone elses time to install them.

Good luck
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Old 6th December 2002, 10:25 PM   #3
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Default The main part of this is the chip

And a ten year old chip is about like an antique

with all due regard to Pinkmouse, who is no dummy - I probably wouldn't even pay to have it repaired if I could back out of the deal with integrity.

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Old 6th December 2002, 11:14 PM   #4
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And a ten year old chip is about like an antique
So in a few years it will be worth thousands

Ken, thanks, I try not to be...( and mostly succeed, I think! ).

Seriously, my second system CD player is 14 years old, was fairly cheap at the time, and still sounds as good as most budget to mid price current players. So if it sounds good, and will cost more to replace then repair, then hey think Frugalphile (c), and save the enviroment a bit.

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Old 7th December 2002, 02:04 AM   #5
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Default That's prolly a difference in the VAT and retail distro, etc

Here, minimum bench charge would probably be 45 to 75 bucks - say 60 for average would probably be about right.


And a new Sony CD player is about 90 bucks

for thirty bucks, you're better off to toss the old one

I know, I know - _he_ lives in the UK so I will take back seat on this one

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Old 7th December 2002, 03:53 AM   #6
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nak
Upgrade..., repair is not the way to go (unless it's a linn or burmeister)

I bought a dvp-ncp650 SACD player for a little over 200 dollars here in the states. Technology has come so far that for a "few"
bucks you can upgrade your system so much. And man It sounds so good..
tiptoeing because ... go for the new format's it's worth it BIG TIME
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Old 7th December 2002, 08:04 AM   #7
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go for the new format's it's worth it BIG TIME
This is the way to go if you can afford it... they will play your CDs and as you get new music the SACDs will make it sound like you have a whole new system.

May the source be with you...

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Old 7th December 2002, 08:25 AM   #8
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Hello Chris,

Welcome

I am Chris too
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