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Why are SACD's soo much better?

This forum addresses questions on installation, configuration and troubleshooting you might encounter with your Sony MD/CD/SACD.

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by mykyll2727 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:16 pm


On 2011-02-26 19:28, scott1019 wrote:
My "new" DVP-NC555ES with SACDmods is coming shortly!!  I can't wait to report my findings!


COOL!! I love my 555ES'. Please inform us of your findings. BTW How did you come by it?

  I was going to inform you of one of Matt's modded DVP-NS999ES' is on sale on Audiogon right now for $295 (as well as a 9100ES). I think you may prefer having a 5disc changer._mykl
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by scott1019 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:33 pm

I will. A friend of mine mentioned that he was selling his and I jumped on it, especially after just selling my other one.  I'll have to look into those other players as well.
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by scott1019 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:41 pm


On 2011-02-27 00:16, mykyll2727 wrote:

On 2011-02-26 19:28, scott1019 wrote:
My "new" DVP-NC555ES with SACDmods is coming shortly!!  I can't wait to report my findings!


COOL!! I love my 555ES'. Please inform us of your findings. BTW How did you come by it?

  I was going to inform you of one of Matt's modded DVP-NS999ES' is on sale on Audiogon right now for $295 (as well as a 9100ES). I think you may prefer having a 5disc changer._mykl


I'm not seeing the NS999ES?

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by scott1019 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:37 am

SACDmods.com NC555ES evaluation.

Not having a non-modded player here to do a comparison makes it difficult to say what the exact improvements are.

What I notice right off the bat is that the load times have improved and it just functions better overall. This is a later unit, so perhaps there was a firmware difference.

CD playback doesn't appear to have improved greatly, it does what it is supposed to do and has equal performance to my CDPC701ES, so much so that I have "retired" the CDPC701ES as my everyday player. I like the interface of the NC555ES better, and its more versatile.

SACD playback is where it really shines. Using the analog outs to my DB930 receiver I notice no discernible difference between the direct analog in and my glass toslink. And my DB930 is no slouch when it comes to digital processing. Overall I am very pleased with the performance and its as if I am using a completely different player. Transients have improved and the bass response is much better than what I remember. Sounds more musical and more like a great vinyl record. The un-modded player could get a little overbearing at times.
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by mykyll2727 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:49 pm

 I've never listened to a C701ES so I can't comment on it. But I was able to make direct comparisons between a stock 555ES(before I had it modded) and Matt's modded unit. I found Matt's unit to be better in all areas to varying degrees on both RBCD and SACD but it's on SACD playback where it shines the most. Because of Matt's emphasis on SACD playback it's the MCH analog outs that receive the greatest attention and improvement. If you're using the 2ch analog outs on the 555ES try using the fronts from the MCH outs (that's where the Auricaps are installed) and see if you notice any improvement. It's pretty much the opposite of my XA9000ES where the 2ch outs benefit from Sony's Tri-Dac configuration._mykl
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by scott1019 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:37 pm

I noticed exactly what you are talking about. SACD playback is where its at with this player. Its in reference level territory. I couldn't be happier!
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by mykyll2727 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:33 pm

 I think all playback benefits from the master clock upgrade but Matt really placed emphasis on SACD thru the analog MCH outs. Like I said that's where he installed the Auricaps ( on the fronts). Everything sounds much better thru these than stock. It is the best sounding changer I've heard so far. Given it's performance and the price for the mod pkg I feel it can't be beat given it's final cost. I do feel it is at reference level for a DVD changer. It's in the bass that I found the most noticeable difference between it and my XA9000ES. The bass on the modded 555ES is full, forceful and expansive and somewhat richer than the 9000 but not as tight or detailed. I think a properly modded XA9000ES would be a world beater as I feel even iLink would benefit from a clock and power supply upgrade.-mykl 
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by Yequan » Tue May 31, 2011 5:21 pm

This is just too unrealistic for me, there is elaboration Tera CDKey and inconvienent set specific things, I put so little time to listen to me....



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