Last time I ordered some speaker elements from Germany I ordered some extra Tang Band W8-740C subwoofer elements for a later build. I’ve been oogling this design to go with my home-built?ProAc 2.5 clones. Micke, a friend will make the boxes for me, provided I sent him the drawings. What an exellent excuse to try to learn Solidworks. Amazing program. I have designed my own version of the venerable GainClone amplifier with a beefed up power supply and will use two subwoofers in stereo. Nice to not have to build the boxes. Last time when I built the clones the apartment was filled with MDF dust for months.
## Mods your Pioneer PD S-505 CD Player for better sound quality
So I bought this Pioneer PD S-505 for $40 to test how good audio quality I’m able to squeeze out by modifying it. But It will not be just the standard subjective judgement of improvement but also measurements. Back in 2000 you had to pay about $400 for it. It uses the stable platter which means you have to put the CD in upside down. So let’s get going.
There’s a lot of articles on the net about modding and enhancing the sound quality of your audio equipment by replacing components etc. But you never see measurements to backup their claims. Well, I’ve been busy the last two days taking a ten year old middle range CD player and trying to make it to sound really good. But I also have done measurements before and after doing the mod (within reason) and so far it actually confirms that modding really works (if done right). Now, let’s face it, the best measured equipment isn’t necessarily the one that sounds the best, but still, it’s interesting to see what kind of effects different modifications have.My best sounding DAC does not measure as well as some other ones I have. And I have started to get quite the collection.
Will be back with a writeup and test diagrams when I’m finished…
Many months ago I bought a DAC to use with my computer in the bedroom. Just to connect to my Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 for some serious headphone listening. I have used it, but not been impressed by it at all. But when surfing around, I got in to this amazing/crazy page about installing a tube amp output on CD players and DACs. And he listed the cheap one I have as one of the best DACs he ever heard. The guy bypasses the output stage and replaces it with a simple tube buffer/amp. This got me interested.
I just bought a new Mac Mini Core Duo2 as a media player in my bedroom. I connected it an old 23″ Cinema display that I don’t use. First I was a bit annoyed that I needed to use the keyboard and mouse, but then I found Remote Buddy. What a relief! I can now do almost anything with Apples lovely simple remote. I’m going to use it for playing back my CD collection that’s been ripped to a large hardisk. Watching DiVX, DVD, MPG films on it. And watch TV with my EyeTV kit.
So the next step was getting the audio out of the mini. Well, let’s face it, the output quality from line-out isn’t something you can call great. So I’m about to order an Zhaolu DAC 2.5 and mod the crap out of it! I’m thinking of installing a ZapFilter, better clocking etc. I’m then going to use mini-spdif connector to get the digital data out from the mac to the DAC.
Now I just need to get my home built amp finished.