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In Reply to: RE: REVIEW: Vacuum State Electronics DVP-9000ES Level 7 SACD Player (Modded) posted by Mark Hoepfl on January 15, 2009 at 04:13:42
The Terra Firma "UberClock" can be easily made in the correct frequency for your big Marantz.
Unfortunately, Marantz fit a "Word Clock" extra input on the rear panel but that is not something we can currently supply, and don't believe a better word clock would make much, if any, sonic improvement any way.
Our clock is that of the primary DAC clock frequency (known as the "bit clock") that totally influences the jitter and therefor the sound of the player - a word clock is just for syncronisation of sevearl digital devices if used in a chain, like in a recording studio.
Why Marantz choosew to provide a Word Clock input and not the very much higher frequency "bit clock" I do not know - but we can sell you the UberClock directly, and the correct input can be easily added by any competent rech, he doesn't have to be a rocket scientist, he doesn't even have to be one of our officail agents.
Please contact me privately for pricing and ordering.
Regards, Allen (Vacuum State)
This is what needs to be worked out and in consultation with Allen and VSE installers around the world. I think you guys who haven't heard it (you may be surprised that quite a number has) but has read Mark's Level 7 REVIEW will realise by his description that we believe this Terra Firma development is a BIG DEAL. It has a very wide application and not just Sony 1st G SACD players, and in theory can be applied to almost any player, whether internal or external solution(s) will be adopted and in what determines which is chosen. We need a structure. If external, the interface will need to be fitted to the player and may possibly have multi-purpose uses, not just one player or DAC, master clock for both transport and external DAC. There are potentially many possibilities. Internal installation will be dedicated to the player itself. BTW, some have pointed out that this also has application to ADCs in recording studios. Don't think we have already thought of that.
So, as far as your Marantz SA-7S1 is concerned, it is imminently doable. It's a nice looking player and it's internals are quite beautiful in their neatness.
We have two options, either a Terra Firma "light" which will fit inside a player that has some extra space, such as your SCD-1.
Or the full Terra Firma "UberClock" which has to be outside as it's just too large to fit inside any player.
The difference between the two versions is their respective powersupplies, the full UberClock using an extremely sophisicated powersupply that is on a wholedifferent level to that of the Terra Firma light. Although the Terra Firma light is still lightyears ahead of any previous clock, from us or any other alternative clock manufacturer.
Regards, Allen (Vacuum State)
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