Buy my SP6B its a wire with gain and expand your budget, do the CD mods and the Speaker mods, you have a great system. You just need to buy my ultra clean super modded legendary preamp, while your at it.
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Wow! Actually that does make sense. Attacking the source first is probably the most logical approach. Any suggestions on the next step. Preamp or speakers? I hear that the Northcreek mod is outstanding, but if the source isn't up to it then I might not be hearing everything that I could. However, Northcreek will be phasing out the crossover upgrade very soon.
I would follow the source upgrade or addition with the Preamp. If you play your cards right..you can come out with extra cash to go towards the speakers or the preamp....your choice.
Honestly before I paid to mod the Sony. I would just add a DAC.It is the safest way to go. You could always return it if it doesn't work out. Use the analog outputs of the player for SACD.Use the digital out for your redbook thru the DAC.
I came across a fellow(dcbingaman)on audiocircle with your cd player. Here's his comments regarding the stock Lite Audio DAC 60 compared to the Sony SCD-C555ES. Never heard this DAC but it does look like a viable move. You may want to check return policies with the companies you deal with. GR Research sales this line of DACs and they also modify some of the units.
Well... All of you make me feel pretty good about my choices of components... although, I am starting to hear a tiny bit of noise coming through the speakers.. Since this noise is there even when the amps are turned off, I'm going to assume that it's time to have my 17 year old Counterpoint preamp looked at. Any ideas why I have a tiny bit of a hiss when their is no signal.
I did recently change the tubes, but I did have a slight hiss prior to this also. Right now, I believe that I have Telefunkens in there. However, I collected tubes for years so they could be Amperex or Mullards, etc. I have about 30 NOS 6DJ8s by those manufactures. Actually, come to think of it, I think I actually have Bugle Boys in there. To tell you the truth, I never really believed the hype about differences in tubes until I replaced the Platinum Ram tubes with the Bugle Boys. Oh My God!!!! The Bugle Boys buried the low noise Ram tubes that I had in there. Perhaps I should did into my private stash of unused tubes more often. I'm not sure why I collected them since I never actually used them.