I love mine too, but "stock Amperex tubes"? I wish.
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I'll chime in and say that I have the Raysonic cd 128 and it has finally broken in after 200-300 hrs. of play. I have to concur with what Dave Pogue and others have said about the 128. Let me tell you, I felt some frustration and doubt as I waited for it to come around. Did some PC changes and power conditioner changes with it as well. But now it has proven to me that it is a real champion player. Clean and smooth top end; rich, textured, and full midrange. It's also very detailed. Let me not forget, INVOLVING; this player is very involving! For the retail cost and higher, it seems to me that it must be considered by anyone planning to spend up to $3k. Like others have said, it's heavy (I think 33lbs), the build quality is rock solid, it works flawlessly, and the looks, while truly unconventional, are of high end quality. A final comment, as others have said also, it is very much like listening to analog. I have no affiliation with any dealer or Raysonic. I'm just impressed with it! I think this player is something special, and I've had some good players in my home before. My system: Blue Circle BMPH integrated, Acoustic Zen IC's and SC, FIM outlet, Raysonic CD 128, Reimer Wind River Speakers.
Setting the record straight - in addition to the stock tubes not being Amprex the unit weighs 24 pounds, not 33 pounds. I haven't heard it but am considering an Underwood HiFi modded unit. Anyone out there have one of those? I'm trying to choose between a new modded Raysonic 128 or a used Audio Aero Capitole SE.
I have the new C128 modded by Underwood HiFi only one
week. Twenty hours of play time so too young to make
any firm judgements. However, I replaced a five year
old ML 390S for this unit and can tell you that I am
not sorry in the least. (The packaging is darn near
10 pounds so that makes the dif in the wgt.) Clean,
involving, bright, inviting music that even my wife
appreciates. You want "dynamic", you got it. Have not
heard the Audio Aero Cap.SE. I bet even the unmodded
C128 would satisfy. Go for it.
I think you'll have to go some to beat the internal DAC -- I tried a couple with my unmodded 128 and it wasn't close. As for tubes, a friend tipped me to JAN Philips 6922s, hardly an audiophile favorite but seem to work especially well in this player. Do a search on Ebay and you'll find plenty for $15 per tube (when I bought mine they were under $10, so step lively!). Good luck, Dave