I thought the whole point to using these was that the converter chips were good.
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So I guess 6-moons and stereophile can not listen to the great gear you own. Why would at least two mags who could not sell ads for a outdated game player speak so highly of it?
So I guess you can spend 5 grand on a player whose lazer is going to go bad and hope you can still get one as the industry goes to computer drives.
The assumption is the sony sounds good because of the dac. How do we know it is not the transport?
i was sceptical about all the ps1 hype, but there actually is something to it--the damn thing does sound weirdly good, almost vinyl-like and free from digital glare. i didn't like using that silly controller, but that's just me. i agree that it doesn't make sense to modify it or bypass the dac--i'd use it as-is.
i have read online somewhere that there is a slight mod you can do with a soldering iron and the unit will play cd-rs. stock unit was designed to only play new cds and games. i enjoy the sound of mine but just use it sporadically. i agree with loomis, it has a weirdly good sound. i think the directions are in the audioasylum archives.
I own one I picked up for $15.00 and a $3.00 wireless remote. Is it the most resolving player? No. What it does for a very low cost is sound non digital and smooth. I use mine feeding my tubed head amp. I compared to many lower cost players and the ps1 earned a spot. And yes it is the dac that makes it worthwhile. I believe if a naysayer listened to my head rig without knowing whats driving it wouldn't laugh quite as loud.