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Yes I sympathise!


Might be worth a cruise on eBay see if there's anything with the Philips CDM4 drive :?:

 
 
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well i succumbed to temptation and put a bid on a sony cdp x3000 on ebay. i always loved the looks when they were new and i like the smooth sony cd sound.
the current player is a sony cdp xb930 qs and although i really like what im getting from it, its the controls that are causing the problems. the jog dial for track selection operates in a hit and miss way, the drive sometimes wont respond to the buttons and it wont read discs every now and then. when it gets warm after an hour or so this gets worse. which is a shame as its a fine sounding player. the switchable filters are a lovely feature which the 3000 has too.
the 3000 was well reviewed when it was new and was quite expensive iirc. i did hear one when i was buying the x ray all those years ago but chose the mf and it was better with the mf system i had at the time.

plus i hope to pay a fair bit less than 500 quid.

hmmm use the rest on transformers, or a new cart for the jbe
kt77 amp using an ecc81 and the 77 as a pentode?
i really like that little el84 sep mi old mans done so that might be an option :shock: :D
that'll fit staight into the guaranteed bently amp chassis without cutting it up too :D
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That's a pity, don't much about that one. Dirty switch contacts? Also could just be the laser lens needs a clean :?:


 
 
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i secured myself an inca design katana cd player yesterday from a very nice fellow who advertised it in the back of hifi world. gorgeous. i cant wait to get it! all the reviews seem to point to exactly what im after
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cressy wrote:i secured myself an inca design katana cd player yesterday from a very nice fellow who advertised it in the back of hifi world. gorgeous. i cant wait to get it! all the reviews seem to point to exactly what im after
The Inca people were pretty clever, but I never knew they designed CD players. :wink:

I hope it meets your expectations.
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pre65 wrote:
The Inca people were pretty clever,
Evidently not. Quote from 2003 review:

The answer given is that by designing the player in the UK and manufacturing it in China they can keep costs low. The fact that other brands who use the same approach have not achieved as much is, they claim, that while all products are priced in order to maximise margins, theirs are tighter than most.

They don't seem to be in business any more!!
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My attempt at humour failed.

I meant South American Inca's of years gone by. :oops:
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I meant South American Inca's of years gone by.
I think Shane knew that, but employed the "ignore that it was a joke and treat as serious" method to see your humor and raise you.
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Nick wrote:
I meant South American Inca's of years gone by.
I think Shane new that, but employed the "ignore that it was a joke and treat as serious" method to see your humor and raise you.
Aha, that's what living in South Devon does for one. :wink:

Is that the same Inca that used to make Inca Tech amps ?
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Nick wrote:I think Shane new that, but employed the "ignore that it was a joke and treat as serious" method to see your humor and raise you.
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colin.hepburn wrote:Oh that’s interesting I also still like my marants CD52 SE but it does sound a tad rougher than the CD67 I am tempted to upgrade the op-amps but my de-soldering skills are not the best as far as the tracks lifting never been very good at it :shock:
I have one of these (CD-52 Mk II) and I like it.

I had two (used both at home and for Disco) and when both reached about ten years old both loading trays failed, the same nylon cog on each just disintegrated.

So when the first one failed I threw it away but when the second one failed I mentioned it to a friend and he asked for it so I gave it to him.

Fast forward quite some time to a month ago and during a phone conversation said friend said he'd managed to locate spare parts and repaired the CD-52 Mk II.

'Really?' said I 'Damn, I really liked that CD player'

So he gave it back to me and I gave him the £20.00 he'd spent on the spare parts. So after a five year gap it's back with me, remote control, grubby fingermarks and all.

The friend in question is known to both DTB and myself, he being an ex-work colleague we affectionately refer to as 'Fat Guts' or 'Slim'. Because he isn't. Slim, that is.

I also have a Marantz CD-50 which isn't really used, it's in the kitchen atm and a Cambridge Azur 640C which I'm not at all impressed with, tbh, the pair of Marantz's outshine it easily.

So which are these op-amps that could improve the CD-52 Mk II? Pray tell :)
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I have a Jungson Moon Harbour, which I think is the OEM version of the Katana - very pleased with it. One of the reasons I bought it was for the balanced output. I fitted a better clock, which seemed to improve it. I think the clock was from Guido Tent.
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