What mod did you have done?
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There's the issue of burn in - and then there's the issue of tube warm-up. I don't think you experienced the full flower of the CD player's burn in after two hours (granted, I've never heard the unit so I can't know - but burn in ususally, not always, but usually takes a bit longer). Tube warm-up - a vital thing for tube listening is another deal altogether. Tubes will not produce sound at all for the first 30-60 seconds they're on. Then they fuzz into life and sound dead and lifeless for an indeterminate period. I generally find (with gear like my Dynaco 70, or ARC Classic 60 amps) that music becomes listenable after 2-3 minutes and gets audibly better for the next 30-60 minutes (pretty dramatically better over the first 20 minutes - then very subtle improvements in speed and transparancy after that to the terminal level after about an hour). Now, preamp tubes may take different periods, and I imagine any given tube will take a varying period to warm up over its life span, and at various starting operating temperatures etc... The point I'm trying to make here is that you probably didn't need to put on "endless repeat" (a burn-in strategy) for 2 hours just to hear your tubes warm up. A quick 5 minute trip to the mailbox would probably suffice to get you started most days...
I to have just recieved my mod shandling (with parts connection mods), even though this unit is no where near burned in, what a difference from my prior cd player(arcam 72)! The soundstage has greatly expanded, detail has increased. The tube side just a little softer, solid state more punch. Not sure what the stock unit sounds like, but this mod unit is outstanding.
assoc equipment-- Audio Research LS25,Bryston 4BST,Walsh 300's Cat Cable interconnects and speaker cable
Thanks for your reviews guys,I have recently bought an un-modded CDT 100,it certainly is all it's reviews promise.I'm tempted to go for the mod,but it's not a simple matter from over the pond in the U.K.Has anyone had a cooking version and sent it for the upgrade.You find reviews of either version,but nowone seems to give a comparison.Can anyone give a comparative opinion?
thanks in anticipation.