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Kal 28th March 2004 03:26 PM

Playstation as CD-player

any experiences with the different kind of Playstations (1 and One) as a dedicated CDP?

It seems that some real hardcore hi-enders are using them in replacement for some real expensive CDPs.

Any suggestions for tweaking and modding in order to get a great CDP?


leadbelly 28th March 2004 06:24 PM

This is a very interesting topic for me as I own 2, and never even thought of searching the net for something like this.

So I went over to my 9001 series PS, which is the last model with on board power supply, before they went to the wall wart on the PSone, and opened it up.

no play button, so you need to hook it to a screen to play CDs
no digital output, no easy way to connect outboard DAC
can't recognize a crystal, where's the clock?

power supply is on a separate board, easy to make a better one and connect it via connector
it looks like 1 chip, the BA5977FP, may do everything for the mechanism, maybe even the DAC, but I can't find out because the datasheet is only in Japanese:

Kal 28th March 2004 06:54 PM

@ leadbelly:

Hi, I own a PS ONE (the latest version) and I was astonished by its sound right out of the box.
As far as I know, the PS uses a 32 bit DSP in the digital part, but that is all I know about it.
I heard that the output stage only delivers 1,5 V and therefore the cable is very important and it needs a sensetive amp. I bought an adapter which enables me to hook up every cable with RCA-connectors (cinch).
I heard that its drive mechanism is supposed to be one of the bestsounding ones and very durable (durable enough for a kids-room).
There is one German hi-end company building a distinguished CD-player around a PS ONE with a tube output stage (Dynastation)!

leadbelly 28th March 2004 07:08 PM

Wow, that's really interesting! I would appreciate if you find anything more out if you would post it.

I don't know about a tube output though. I may be getting cranky in my middle age, but I would definately insist on a Play button first.... :D

Kal 28th March 2004 07:31 PM

@ leadbelly:

With the PS One you can use the controller and it offers you:


leadbelly 28th March 2004 07:41 PM


Originally posted by Kal
@ leadbelly:

With the PS One you can use the controller and it offers you:


Thanks, I don't think I've ever actually played a CD in my PS, which has been in a box for quite a while, so I didn't know you could do that without navigating through onscreen menus.

I also own a PSone, so I'll have to look at building a quality replacement for the wall wart when I get it back.

bobcat190 28th March 2004 09:34 PM

I did this for awhile, worked fine but my ps1 broke so i got a dvd......Bob

Elkaid 29th March 2004 12:54 AM

Requesting your comments :

Anyone here actually using Playstation 2 as CD-Player ? I tried mine a few times and the audio output is absolutely horrible compared to my cheap Pioneer PD-103 CD player.

However, I'm using the standard analog output... not the optical output.

Is that normal that Playstation 2 sounds like crap or is it just me ?

Thanks !

jay21pee 10th April 2004 04:24 AM

I'm making a little system in my room using a 4 speakers and for sources my computer (has 555 mp3s), Sony Playstation (as a CD player) and my Sony MZ-N510 Minidisc Player.

C37 28th May 2004 10:56 AM

playstation as high end cd player
Hi, In one of readers letters in hobby Hifi of this month there is this link :
He uses a modified playstation as digital source... check the rest of his sytem, it can't be a joke...Too bad there is no email adress to contact him. I would really love to know more about how it can be done. (my german is so-so)

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