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Thanks. That’s an eye opener and food for thought. Hoping some Modwright owners, or at least some owners of gear with tubed power supplies, will chime in to give their perspective. I owned a MW Oppo 83 and still have a Pioneer BD player that was the immediate predecessor of the LX800. Not really the same as what’s in your review, and the Oppo is long gone, so I’ll abstain from commenting on their relative pros and cons.
Yeah, I saw that. I was just wondering if the reviewer's impressions of the stock unit were similar to yours. Anyways, having experienced (and liked) a dac in my system that has the newest generation ESS Sabre dac chip, I am curious about Pioneer's implementation. The build quality of Pioneer's upper end players is better than Oppo's in my opinion, which makes the potential of the LX800 very promising.
While I do not own gear modified by Modwright, there seems to have been many satisfied owners of such gear over the years so this reviewer's assessment is somewhat surprising. I do own Modwright's tubed LS100 preamp and Elysee DACs, as well as SS KWA100SE power amp. I have no problems with either the tube units or the power amp , and they sound great to my ears .