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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
This is slightly off topic but I have a copy of the Shelby Lynne album you mentioned and I have a question as you preport to be on the cutting edge of digital perfection.
The vocals on the first track are distorted early on into the tune. They break up a few times which sounds to my experienced ears as input overload at the mixing console. I have heard this album on other peoples gear with their copy and the same distortion in the same location of the song is exposed.
Do you hear what I'm referring to on your system?
I agree with your comments. I think overall it is an excellent recording as I mentioned, but I would not say that it is cutting edge.
And, yes, I can easily hear the break up on the first track.
It's a great disc to listen to though....
It is a nice album. I guess they (producers) went with this take as it was probably the best performance even with the slight glitches. It does make it feel more real.
I'm very curious about the upgrades to your SONY. I've been out of touch with consumer electronics and don't really understand 'modded'. I do understand and appreciate separate DACs
and isolating the 'clock' from the transport.
Would you mind enlightening me, please. I'm being quite serious, I really would like to know as I'm inching my way back into the industry.
BTW: My amplifiers are 300B SETs which when fed excellent recordings provide a holographic image so real it's almost palpable. 'Naked Songs' by R.L. Jones sounds so 'there' that I can pin-point her mouth and the guitar she is holding which 'appears' about 18 inches below her mouth and just slightly to the right. It's amazing. Digitally stored sound and playback have really improved the past ten years.
In regards to considering a modded player it's best you look over the Vacuum State website and read up on it. There are plenty of review links there as well.
The reason that Allen mods the players is that the players are simply not designed the best way in the first instance, for many reasons. His mods greatly, greatly, greatly improve the sound to a standard that would cost you many, many, many more dollars from an off the shelf player.
Thanks for the info. I get it now. Modded is slang for modified. Duh! Silly me. I often overlook the obvious. As for my SACD player: I'm very pleased with it as is. On well produced SACDs, the sound is very, very close to vinyl without the extraneous noise. I haven't heard any player under $5000. that sounds better and most much worse.
I much prefer to use "upgrade" than modding. Anybody can change a few caps, throw in an additional part or two, or swap the odd IC here or there. That's modding (more like way to sell pricey parts). Almost anybody with minimum effort can do a mod. But a real "upgrade" is a far more arduous proposition, one that can take many months and even years to develop. One is just changes to an existing design, often minimally, the other stretches the limits of what can be done. At least it does in this case. "Terra Firma" isn't a mod, it's a totally different solution that challenges the status quo. The Vacuum State module completely replaces both DACs and all subsequent IC based circuitry. That's more like upgrading your computer by replacing and adding a super-duper state-of-the-art Video Card to feed your monitor. They don't call that a mod, that's called an upgrade.
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