Originally Posted by music_man
there is a difference between $50 players. most of them right now suck. this is the new toshiba 3960. since the 3990 also sucks.
modded, this aproaches the krell. seriously. so did the modded toshiba 3960. that is a well known fact. is it as good as the esoteric? what the heck do you want for $50+$250 in parts
. it is the same as when you put a rega arm on a technics 1200. all you are doing is swapping junk parts for good ones. which is sadly all that seperates most $50 players from $2,000 players today. designs remain similar. the front loading transports have gone way south by now. shiny 5 inch discs seem to be on their way out(thanks apple).
if someone could figure out a way to replace the ess lsic with a yamaha lsic in the same package configuration we would then also gain the video performance. i assure you most of todays transport designs suck compared to those of yore. this is because of oversmapling upsampling etc. it is much less money to implement software than hardware to corect things such as jitter. this has worked out to the modders advantage of course.
What Krell are you talking about? The KAV-300CD is a beast, I finally auditioned one the other day and there's no way that Philips will be able to touch it, modded or not. Even players from Krell's newer line like the KAV-280, blow the Philips out of the water. If you're using the Krell as a transport it's a waste, it was designed to have it's analog output used, but even still the digital out is amazing. The Philips is good for what it is, a cheap transport, nothing more nothing less. For $50, yeah it's a steal but don't think you're buying something comparable to a $2-3000 player just without the name and metal casing. If you really want to compare it to something somewhat fair, compare it to a Theta transport like a Data III or Data IIi, these were designed
to be used with the digital out, and had the money put into that area of the player then see if your bargain player can still compete with the big box players.