modify CD25 or buy new CDP...


I am feeling the need to upgrade my CDP somehow. I am a bit torn on whether or not to just modify my current Music Hall CD25 or buy a new CDP.
The short list of CDP's that I could afford used are pretty much as follows (under $2500 new / $1500 used quality CDP):
Primare D-30.2
Vecteur L4.2
Arcam FMJCD23

I have never heard a modified CD25 and just am not sure how it would stack up against CDP's in my price range.
My current system consists of the Vecteur I-4 integrated and PSB Silver-i's.

Thanks for any insight.

Showing 2 responses by mattybumpkin


I do not think it would, however, there are many different modifications for the CD25 that can be done. I can only speak about the modded player that I have.

That said, british gear is known for PRAT. My player may not have the PRAT of an Arcam, but it does have presence, texture, air, more of the analog sound but not skimping on detail. Quite enjoyable.

Sounds like you may want to look into the Arcam CD23.


I had the CD25 for awhile, and then I went with the modified CD25, Modwright RAM CD25 (no op-amps, has tube output stage). For me, it was a worthwhile upgrade. I have not been able to compare it to other cdp's but I am sure it would hold it's own.

I have always been curious about the Arcam CD23 though.