In Reply to: Sony 777ES Redbook CD enhancement options posted by GSF on June 19, 2001 at 22:12:57:
Here's the link to my initial review of the Richard Kern parts upgrade on my 777. It improved Red Book performance to the point where I moved my modified Counterpoint DAC to my secondary system.
I'm not sure I understand the extent of the modification.
I spoke toRichard Kern about a month ago,he was very detailed and
explained everything. The swapping out of identical parts in the audio board and power supply for another manufacturers parts seems
like a minimal approach.
Why would you not favor using the 777 as a transport and going digital out to a super high end DAC that has the optional ability to perform algorithms for 24/192 for your redbook CD playback. Isn't
that truly High Rez. Why would one wish to upgrade and still be
stuck with 16/44 playback?
Because the results are, to me, extremely cost-effective in enhancing Red Book performance...especially when compared with a connection to an extensively modified DAC with a 24/96 card. I'm even more impressed with the mod's performance after 500+ post-upgrade hours on Red Book.
I'm sure that I could do better if I were willing to spend a _lot_ more...but I'd rather spend the difference in software...just a reflection of my priorities.
> > Because the results are, to me, extremely cost-effective in enhancing Red Book performance...especially when compared with a connection to an extensively modified DAC with a 24/96 card.
That's not a great testimony fo the "extensively modified DAC".
Agree about economics.
While I am enjoying my SCD-1 as much as I am now, I doubt I will be doing any mods in the near future, but I certainly will keep this in mind when the upgrade bug grabs me again.
Appreciate your detailed analysis.
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