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Here's a wild update that could skew the break in timeline
And to many its going to sound CRA-CRA
2 days prior to my system popping with new clarity, my own hearing was less, at least in my left ear, which has been that way for decades
So what changed? I had just completed a 2 day Water Fast (lots of YT videos). Lots of evidence of all kinds of healing, but hearing loss? Seems so. Last night same great openness in both channels:
whether it's my new found left ear hearing, or something else (I am also hearing better right channel information), cds I am extremely familiar with, like The Judds, or Chet atkins & Mark Knopfler Neck and Neck , which I played yesterday sound incredibly better than I ever heard it/them. The 3 dimensional separation of voices, and instruments made for most joyful listening
The HD CD 1 is a absolute bargain, at least as a transport
Currently out of the system
After adding Machina Dynamica New Dark Matter (highly recommended) the player started frequently skipping. No issues with my Oppo 105, so, probably just a coincidence
I was trimming the NDM while on the tray, and a sliver could have gotten into the mechanism. Haven't gotten around to investigating, which could simply be turning it upside down and giving it a few shakes. It is not in warranty, and at $80+ for bench time I haven't bothered
Been too preoccupied with many other system changes, mostly done now, so thanks for the reminder
SO.... after turning it upside down and gently shaking it, I just reinserted it. Fingers crossed that the skipping was due to a lodged sliver of NDM
Only been fired up for maybe 10 minutes played 2 cds, no issues so far. It is much more focused than the Oppo with a deeper sound stage, and a more organic sound. Plus, I am able to play it at a lower volume with excellent tone
Assuming it doesn't skip anymore, the Oppo will be relegated to SACD and DVD-A playback
Thanks for contacting me today!
Really good news so far, no more skipping
The difference is the Marantz has an astonishing black (quiet) background for the music to present itself. The pluck on strings has the appropriate instant awareness and tone, voice is titled more into the midrange than the Oppo, which improved significantly, post upgrades.
When I bought the Marantz I wanted a Jay's Audio CDT 2 Mk 2, which has a reasonable MSRP of $2500, but way out of my retired budget. I scored this virtually new HD CD-1 for $500!
Anyway, one thing I've learned, regardless of hobby, be it motorcycles, cars, boats... squeezing another 5-10% performance costs quite a bit more money over stock.
I am confident the Marantz will not disappoint, AND it's also a player, which I have not tried
Apparently MSRP is $599. I may have paid as little as $400 for mine
FYI: TMR is selling one. Here’s a bit of Marantz copy from their page
Combining more than 30 years of Marantz expertise in compact disc playback with the latest developments in digital audio technology, it’s ideal for use as a CD transport when used with the HD-AMP1, or as a CD player in any situation where a compact form-factor is required without any compromise on sound quality. Small it may be, but it makes use of state-of-the-art Marantz technology carried over from our Award-winning CD players, including a high-resolution 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter from Cirrus Logic, a high-accuracy system clock, and the famous Marantz HDAM-SA2 amplifier modules, as found in our flagship Reference Series CD players and amplifiers.
and here’s a review (the white is only available in Asia, SIGH!)
Ok, Zug asked about bass, well...
When I was using the Oppo I had a WireWorld Eclipse Series 7 power cord ($300), which I left on as I wasn't sure whether I had resolved the skipping problem: seems like I did. ;)
Carefully listening to Eagles Hell Freezes Over, I noted the top end was rolled off (guitar strings a bit blunted) , but the Marantz hadn't been on 24 hours, so... about an hour ago I decided to move the Oppo from the top replacing it with the Marantz, so I plugged the WW into it. Not only did the top end open up, the bass got a lot more punch and tone
Marantz HD CD 1 Awesome Transport
Looks like it could be a good transport, as it uses a CJDKT690 (Sanyo SF-P101N) laser/mech which is not a DVD laser just dedicated cd.
Same goes for the very good sounding Cambridge Audio CXC, a dedicated CD laser/transport only, even cheaper than the Marantz here in Australia.
Thanks for the tip.
I went to WW site: Looks like I do have the Electra 7 on amp, pre and HD CD 1. But now that the 8 series out, be interesting to hear how much better it sounds
Last night I played Jennifer Nettles ’Playing with Fire’. I love this cd but for the most part the recording sucks. And it still did last night, but sounded better than ever, by a long shot
Thanks George. Confirmation is always nice
Though the Cambridge looks well built, the Marantz is a beast, and the small chassis no doubt minimizes bad vibes
Saving my coin for a Jays CD II Mk II. They rarely come up used. I did see one that looked identical on Alibaba but the clamping device was not the Spider that the Jays has, so...? And it wasn't that much less
FYI, Ive been reading TNT for over a decade
and as always all my kit rests on Machina Dynamica Cryoed HD Springs
Last night I noticed an issue I also had with mine I can hear the disc rubbing.Very common, it’s usually the disc clamper magnet just touching the top housing arm it sits in before playing, an easy fix if you study and are a little mechanically minded.