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In Reply to: Re: Marantz SA-11w/ Reference Audio Mods Modifications posted by l2sasm on March 9, 2007 at 17:10:50:
I find it odd you knock on the appearance of RAM's mods (oak-mounted parts-oh the horror), but don't speak to the sound at all. I'm glad interconnects were succesful for helping your "dull" (your words) sounding E-sound player, but no interconnect is going to yield the performance gains the original poster listed.
No reason to make personal atacks. Everyone has an opition to make. I assume ou will spend mega dollars on RAM mods.
I am sorry that you felt personally attacked, but what exactly are you basing your comments about RAM on?
I thank you for your sentiment. I am in full agreement with those who moded their equipments as I had the chance to listen to their work. I feel RAM should pay attention to the appearance of their work as well. I had a look at an Esound internal work from RAM and although sound reproduction was super it was deplorale to see such poor workmanship. One other factor is high cost, but there is a price to pay for everything.
Please undersa=tand that when I decide to buy a CDP, several factors must sutisfy my requirements such as aesthetics, internal layout, build quality and most importantly sound quality.
Fair enough. To me, the sound easily outweighs the look of a mod. Please try to keep in mind that they are working with a predetermined layout and are trying to keep a purist approach with their execution. This may mean gluing a power supply resevoir cap and some output transformers down. BTW, there's a good reason why they use wood with their diode bridge and other small circuits.
Here is a internal pic of the RAM Esound CD-E5 for information purposes.
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