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XA9000ES problems

Several problem with this player:

MCH default play mode seriously affect 2-ch SACD and redbook CD playback sound quality. Switching to 2CH playback mode (via menu) avoid unnecessary drain on the power supply section, allowing the player to sound more robust, less flattened, and overall more musical sounding.

The iLink circuit board (located directly behind the iLink output) is another source of degradation. To totally erradicate the problem it poses, the 2-cable power supply cable feeding this circuit board needs to be unplugged from the motherboard. But before doing this, you need to deactivate the iLink output from the front panel button. After the iLink board is removed, you must never touch the iLink again. If you accidentally activate the iLink output while the board is not connected, there will be some degradation. You will need to connect back the iLink board, then deactivate the iLink output to fully ensure no more interference to the player's power supply.

Thirdly, switching to slow filter will cause interference with power supply. This will affect sacd playback even though this digital filter is designed to affect redbook cd playback only. With cd digital filter set to slow, sacd playback will sound leaner and less extended at the bottom frequencies.

The XA9000ES is a totally diffferent animal with each setting changes. Accumulatively, all 3 setting changes together, improve this player beyond recognition.

Edits: 08/01/17

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