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Impressed with the Terra Firma Lite upgrade to my SCD777-ES

I got my SCD777_ES back from Warren Gregoire who just installed the terra firma lite upgrade. The player was already at Level 6. I had made an initial decision to forgo the upgrade because the player had been relegated to my second system and wasn’t getting much use. Serendipitously, the drawer stopped opening and needed a trip to Warren anyway, so why not, I rationalized, spring for the clock upgrade at the same time?

When I got it home I put the upgraded Sony in my main system to give it a proper audition. I was amazed at how much richer it sounded. I played the delightful Floratone CD first, and drum-thwacks where I used to notice just the sound of the skin now portrayed the resonance and hollowness of the drum. This disc has a lot of soundstage to it that the FTL took to a much higher level of depth, spaciousness, and solidity. Next was Brian Bromberg’s “Wood” CD where the harmonic richness of his bass was much more evident than before. Of course I had to try an SACD and I went for the play-weary ‘When I Look in your Eyes” by Diana Krall. To me, there was always a stridency to the mass violins that got under my skin (pun intended). The terra firma upgrade made the strings rich with beautiful resonance. I found myself laughing after every track at how amazingly good it sounded.

I mentioned bumping my reference CD-player to audition the upgrade. It’s a Spectral Audio SDR-4000 Pro, which I really like, as I should given its lofty price. I’m in no hurry to swap it back in. The musicality, harmonic texture, and naturalness of the Sony is so good, it leaves nothing to be desired. And the fact that it plays SACD’s is the icing on the cake.

You can see I’m pretty enthusiastic about the TFL upgrade. If anyone is on the fence about getting this upgrade, my advice is to get it. It was by far the most cost-effective upgrade I’ve done and worth every penny.

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Topic - Impressed with the Terra Firma Lite upgrade to my SCD777-ES - Dan H 15:22:44 09/05/09 (10)


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