Originally Posted by regal
Best part is anyone who can solder can do this mod, all the details are on diyaudio. I trust your ears enough to say we are talking about serious transport performance available to the masses for under $230. Meaning put your $20k transport for sale in an antique shop
I think computer audio has finally come of age, been a long wait hasn't it? Excuse me I need to finally order me a Hiface.
I agree, there is no reason today to spend insane amount of money on $20k belt driven transports. My guess is that a modded hiface with supercloks will put those ultra expensive CD transports to shame. That explains perhaps why Empirical Audio, for example, abandoned modding CD players and focused its efforts on the PC transport side.
BTW, regal, are you going to do the mods yourself or ask jkeny do it for you?
Originally Posted by upstateguy
Care to speculate how much better it is than a basic HiFace?
Sorry, I prefer not go into too much details at this point as I still have a lot listening and trial with different DACs to do. I will write a detailed review (with comparisons) in the next few days.
For instance, it is the first time I can clearly hear an improvement of native 24/96 over 16/44.1. Before, I could hardly distinguish properly upsampled 16/44 to 24/96 from the native 24/96. I really had to concentrate to hear any difference. However, now I can clearly hear the difference and it is pretty big. However, I have to try different combinations to determine the contribution of the transport into the increase in resolution.
The only thing I can say with confidence right now is that when the modded hiface is paired with the dac19dsp, it gave me the best sonic experience in my system so far. Sorry that I couldn't give a more direct answer at this point.