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post #16 of 233
Nightfall, there was one on audiogon today for 599.00. it might still be there. It's in the cd players classified about 3 pages in.
post #17 of 233
That is an awesome SACD player, Markl. I know that you will like the mods that SACDmod does.

You do know that Mccormack Audio is making an Universal player and that it will come out this fall (September 2003)?

Here is a link to the info:

http://www.mccormackaudio.com/udp1.html

The McCormack UDP-1 Universal Disc Player is an audiophile quality audio/video disc player, designed to extract the full potential of these new high-resolution formats. The UDP-1 will automatically recognize and play CDs, CDRs (including MP3 files), SACDs, DVD-As and DVDs.
The UDP-1’s 24 bit/192 kHz Burr Brown DACs extract all the information contained in the new high-resolution DVD-A and SACD discs. Built in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding enable optimal multi-channel playback of DVD video discs. McCormack’s analog circuits with their own dedicated discrete regulated power supplies maintain the musical integrity of the audio signals.
Images are treated with equal respect. A 54MHz, 10-bit video DAC assures high quality DVD picture quality. Composite, S-Video, and Component Video (interlaced or progressive scan) outputs assure that you will be able to fully utilize the capabilities of your video monitor.
For the ultimate in music and cinema sound and for ease of use, connect the six analog outputs of the UDP-1 to a McCormack MAP-1 multi-channel analog preamplifier, with a McCormack DNA-HT5 to power your speakers. With the UDP-1, you can discover the extraordinary potential of music surround with SACD and DVD-A recordings.

Let us know how the 555 player works for you after the mods. Are you still going to use the Kenwood Sovereign for DVD-A? Or are you going to SACD?
post #18 of 233
Thread Starter 
Well, good news then for the rest of us regarding multi-channel playback on the mod-ed 555ES.

Nightfall,
PM me some time when you're ready to purchase and I'll let you know whereI got a better deal on the 555ES new than you can get used. I'm getting the Statement mod, only difference as far as I can tell is the statement mod adds an IEC so you can add aftermarket power cords (which is essential for me!).

The anticipation for this unit is almost unbearable! Luckily Mr. Anker (who I agree is very good to deal with, I've been badgering him endlessly with e-mails, sorry Matthew ) has a relatively quick turn-around at this moment, so hopefully by late next week I can post some initial impressions.

Mark
post #19 of 233
Thread Starter 
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Are you still going to use the Kenwood Sovereign for DVD-A? Or are you going to SACD?
Hi scottpaul_iu,
Yes I intend to hang on to the Kenwood for DVD-A and DVD-V. It has the Faroudja chipset and picture quality is not to be believed on my 36" Sony WEGA. The Kenwood won all kinds of awards in the Home Theatrer press, at the time, they felt it literally set the standard for image quality in sub $3000 players and I can see why.

Mark
post #20 of 233
Damn you markl! I get three weeks of pay on Friday as my first paycheck for my summer gig and you gotta bring this up . I used to be happy and content with my audio setup but now I've got visions of SACDmods in my head. You guys think the differences would be noticeable on something like a MG Head. I'm always interested in mods but I'm just hesitant that I won't be able to hear too much of a difference on my setup (and truth be told I don't think I'll change my setup too much in the near future until I get out of school and get a real job which is a ways off).

EDIT: Man, the cost of the mod (565-600) is really a turnoff though. Probably should use that money to get a set of RS1's....mmmmmmmm)
post #21 of 233
Sorry to thread crap.

But if you get the RS-1's you will need a different amp. I don't think that the MG Head and the RS-1's like each other to well.
post #22 of 233
born2bwire: You could upgrade your amp to the ASL OTL32 and get the RS-1's. I think scottpaul_iu is right about the MG Head and low impedence phones.
post #23 of 233
Yes yes, I realize all this. Actually I was thinking I'd probably go solid state for my next amp. Maybe a Gilmore or Headroom, anyway it's all a long way off. Bottom line is: I wanna see if markl thinks that it's worth paying up the same amount of money you spent to buy the player to have it modded.
post #24 of 233
Gotcha.
post #25 of 233
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Damn you markl! I get three weeks of pay on Friday as my first paycheck for my summer gig and you gotta bring this up . I used to be happy and content with my audio setup but now I've got visions of SACDmods in my head. You guys think the differences would be noticeable on something like a MG Head.
Hi born2bwire, my feeling is that yes, you would definitely hear a difference with something on the level of the MGHead (I say this without ever having listened to one, but based on what I've read). However, it's not outside the realm of possibility that the mod-ed 555ES would be capable of delivering more than the MGHead can show you. Still can't say as I haven't heard it yet. One of the "problems" with this review is that I never got the chance to hear the stock 555ES, I sent it straight to sacdmods. OTOH, as I mentioned above, I have heard the predecessor model the 333ES in both stock and Modright basic level mods plus Bybees. I expect there is a family resemblance at the least, so I will at least have *some* frame of reference.
post #26 of 233
Thread Starter 
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Well upon further discussion, I was half right. My mc outputs are disabled. However, anyone else who gets the mod doesnt have to worry because theirs will be fully functional. He even has a new mc op amp mod that matches the mc outputs to the zap filter output.
Hmmmm... I've just been wondering if it might be a case where some of those Cardas caps could be handy? I'm thinking of using them on the multi-channel outs as I will only be using it for two-channel headphone listening. I still want the multi-channel outs to work, but I also don't want them "interfering" in some way with the two main channels. This sounds really paranoid. Maybe that's the target demographic for Cardas Caps? Anyone have any thoughts? Or experience pro or con with these caps (yes I suppose I should just do a search ). Where can you get a small amount of them cheap?

Mark
post #27 of 233
Markl,

Caps work. Music Direct has demo ones for sale sometimes. Might check with them.
post #28 of 233
born2bwire,

I follow the old Linn maxim. Spend the money on a good source. Most people on this board will plow big dollars on the cans and cheap out on the source and have a decent amp.

Get the best player you can afford. In general I want my source to be able to read/resolve as much info as possible so that is can pass that to my amp and on to my cans.

Just my $0.02.
post #29 of 233
Source first. I think your source can make your amps and speakers sound better. I don't think it works the other way around. Everything you have can only be as good as the source lets it be. IMO.
post #30 of 233
Thread Starter 
Well I just priced the caps at $36.00 for a set of only 12 (12!!!!!) through audioadvisor (that's maybe 6 more than I need and seems to be the least you can buy). I was afraid they were going to be quite expensive for what you get (at least from my POV), but maybe pricing is related to performance rather than cost of materials. probably too rich for my blood, but I might be open to persuasion.

EDIT: Never mind, found a place that sells them individually. Bought 'em.

Mark
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