The manufacturer has been making modifications on this CDP since it was first introduced. Have they FINALLY got it right yet?!!!
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I'm attempting to replace the DBR cones with the Symposium Rollerblocks JR, but do date find it very difficult to remove the BDR cones from the bottom of the unit. This is because the cones are bolted on inside the unit, and in order to get to them, all the circuit boards must be removed, including all the mountings for the connectors on the back.
If anyone as any better ideas as to remove the cones, please let me know.
I owned the Cap MK I and extensively auditioned the MK II- IMO the dac section in both units far outweighs the transport inherent in the unit (I know, as I have done tests with several outboard transports into the digital in on the unit).
If it were MY $$, and sell the MKII, and get the AA Prima dac, then pick up the excellent Audiomeca Mephisto II transport used, and THAT combo should outperform the Mk II for similar or less total $$. Just an idea...
I believe that the BDR cones are only threaded on, although someone might have put a little glue or something on the threads to secure them. If you're not worried about marking the cones up a bit, use a pair of vise grips and twist the little suckers off! Once you "crack" the glue, they should screw-off normally.
I'm thinking about removing the BDR cones as well, and substituting rollerblocks, a product I swear by. I think, instead, I'm going to try a Symposium platform with rollerblocks supporting it.. Possibly they factored in the performance of the cdp with the bdr cones and designed to that spec , although I have no information to support that.
By the way, I got a nice little performance boost by moving the rollerblocks that were under my old cdp to my ML 334 amp! Bonus!
Why would you want to modify it ?
I have had a MK II for six months. I am a firm believer in tweaks but can not find one aspect of its sound quality that needs tweaking.
Some Cd players have wonderful bass, others have excellent soundstaging, the AA Capitole simply plays beautiful music.
BTW a separate PS is not necessarily a good thing. Ideally, a PS should be located very close to the active circuitry, to reduce cabling inductance, RFI pickup and stray capacitance.