May just be me, but is anyone else suffering from serious fatigue from all of the Toshiba posts here on the asylum?
Don't mean to complain - I think the product and the excitement is (was?) great..
Put a good 75-ohm termination (with BNC/RCA adapter) on the digital out. I had a similar complaint, but the termination greatly ameliorated the problem. Still not perfect, but a lot better.
By more of the "same"....I do not mean price. I would have happily spend up to 3x amount that I did to get a warm and rewarding detailed sound. The 3950 is not perfect (items 7,8 and 9) as you can see from the link. But I think there are a flood of consumers who would upgrade to a a good sounding DVD/CD unit over getting a universal player. (One of the inherent advantages of SACD/DSD is that it makes the output stage simple...one less thing to get wrong).
I'm not sure what the "art" in the sound of the 3950 is but it probably has to deals with items 1, 5 and 6 in the top 10 . My take on this is that they gave this journeyman assignment to an engineer that is an audiophile familiar with DIY issues of
- low jitter
- good vinyl playback reference
- good output op-amp stages
Hmmm... Make 25 cents on each $60 machine or $4000 on each $8000 machine? What will I make, what will I make.
there's a couple of product managers - one here in the US and another in Japan somewhere - scratching their heads wondering why there's this spike in the numbers on their spreadsheets ;-).
I'll bet they don't really know why, too, 'cause they haven't checked into the asylum like us.
You call 200 machines a spike?
Get real. A Spike is 60000 if not 80000. It did not even make a ripple in the bathtub compared to the Ocean of Toshiba manufacturing.
Production runs are in the 300K range. 200 machines does not mean SPIT.
Really and no offence...but did you not feel your post was arrogant...feeling they would notice a few machines? No way at all do they pay attention on a 100 dollar retail price point to an "audiophile"
No one here has even ventured into Toshibas "high end machines" because they are not marketed to American average consumers.
I have 2 of them...but they would never know because I discarded the warranty cards and the reciepts. No way I want the "crowd" to know I was using such a low priced unit. Perhaps I can put it in a Cary case and go to market for 4K. That would work, change the voicing a shade, it is done all the time.
Audiophiles have never made up kmore than 0.5% of the consumer electronics market. We are "pee-ons"
What's funny is that when this all started, some were calling this just "the flavor of the week" and saying "it will soon pass like all the other fads." Little did they know :)
The truth seems to be that many people on this board enjoyed learning about and tweaking their $59 players and getting sound on par with players costing a few times more. It's no surprise that
these topics are still going strong and probably will continue to.
What I recommend is a separate forum, maybe call it a Budget DIY Digital forum or whatever. I don't know :)
yup -going on about 4 months now.
and i still havent got any cash yet-LOL- also i wanted a roscony's corner at stereophile but they arent interested in my opinions.
but you have to admit its been one heck of a ride, the sucker isnt just here ITS EVERY WHERE.
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