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Re: Get A Zhaolu First

Hi 11sasam,

You should get the AD-1852 DA chip. It's a whole different thing. The Esound CD-E5's analog output stage has no opamp, so it should have less noise than the stock Zhaolu.

What I meant is that SA-11S1 sounds too "thin" which make music less musical, compared to the Zhaolu's and certainly the Esound's. You may overhaul the whole analog output stage of your Zhaolu (AD-1852) with the Oritek Discrete Output Stage. This will make the Zhaolu become a top-notch-player. I had mine done recently.

Oritek Modded Zhaolu's will simply make you "floored". It has been tested against $$$$ CD players like Accuphase, dCS, Esoteric, Revox, and Meitner. They are in the same league !!

The superb thing of these players is that the *noise* level is extremely low. You only need a good design (not $$$$), like class-A zero-feedback circuit, and quality components to achieve "no" noise in the signal path. The Oritek Discrete Output Stage can give you this ! Some people do Zapfilter mod on the Zhaolu for this purpose too.

I had critical listening on XR and SA/CD versions of some titles I have, e.g. Vienna, Carmen, etc. The XR version incredibly improves details of music in the original tapes, recorded 50-years ago. However, if you listen music for entertainment or relaxation, the CD version can convey this sense to you.

That's right, 11sasam. Get decent digital, interconnect cables and power cord for the modded Zhaolu before you make a conclusion about it. A low-cost dvd player can be used as a transport. Today OEM transports are good enough though.

I'm more than happy now. My search for the source is almost over.


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