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My SCD-1 with Terra Firma Lite

Since there have been numerous postings on the Terra Firma Lite upgrade, I thought I might add my own experience. I had to send my SCD-1 (with VSE 6+) back to Bill Thalman for what (fortunately) turned out to be a minor repair problem, and given the hassle involved in packing and shipping this monstrously heavy machine, I thought I should give the TFL a try. I've had the machine back only about a week, and the outcome has already exceeded my expectations in every way. I don't have the analytical audiophile vocabulary to describe my experience fully (nor do I have a pair of ultra-sensitive ears). All I can say is that for me, all the digital artifacts -- the glare, grunge, and the rest -- are things of the past. I only hear natural high-resolution sound against a totally black background. Voices come through especially nicely; I had never heard Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sound like this in Strauss' "Four Last Songs" (with Szell). (I have a distant but vivid recollection of a live recital she gave years ago.)

I think the TFL is worth every penny. The only problem for me now is: What do I do with that big black Wadia and stack after stack of LPs?

Bill Thalman did his usual efficient, effective, and friendly work -- and was gracious enough to waive the charge for fixing the repair issue.


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Topic - My SCD-1 with Terra Firma Lite - Amade 08:25:23 09/07/09 (8)


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