Sony SCD-XA3000ES
Oct 29, 2008 at 2:12 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

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Has anyone ever listened to one ? It's better than my old Sony CE345, it has more bass, better detail and some vocals are warmer. I was expecting more given it costed four times more than CE345. May be I need better interconnects.
 
Oct 31, 2008 at 7:50 PM Post #2 of 11

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Typical case of diminishing returns, not unusual at all. For groundbreaking differences best look at tranducers.
 
Nov 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM Post #4 of 11

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Bought an XA-3000ES myself off ebay. when I first fired it up I have to say it was nothing special. however after modding it with ad8066 opamps / Tentlabs xo & xo psu / blackgate caps / psu mods / removal off muting transistors it is now a stunning player . however over the last few months this has taken a fair bit of time and cost around £300.00 still inc its buying cost that = £570 total and think it will quite easily match any player upto £1500 ish. My choice at the end of the day :). its a good chasis to mod.
 
Nov 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM Post #6 of 11

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To be honest I think the ad8066's the shottky Diodes & PSU Caps . 4x4700uf & 2 x 2200uf Panasonic FC's and replacement of the 10 47uf decoupling caps on the audio PCB with 1000uF FC's instead of megga bucks blackagtes , and removal off the muting transistors and L/R output caps (zero cost) would achieve 90% of the gain in performance for about £80 quid and a few hours with the soldering iron.
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and its still £200 lower than a new scd-xa3000
 
Nov 2, 2008 at 5:54 PM Post #8 of 11

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well they do still do the scd-xa1200es scd-xa9000es and the new scd-xa5400es. I bet there's very little difference between the scd-xa1200es and our 3000's. personally id love to get my hands on a 555es
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To be honest I think the ad8066's the shottky Diodes & PSU Caps . 4x4700uf & 2 x 2200uf Panasonic FC's and replacement of the 10 47uf decoupling caps on the audio PCB with 1000uF FC's instead of megga bucks blackagtes , and removal off the muting transistors and L/R output caps (zero cost) would achieve 90% of the gain in performance for about £80 quid and a few hours with the soldering iron.
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I just bought a new SCD-XA3000ES, and planning to mod it too. Is the AD8066 pin compatible with the original OpAmps? Did I read correctly that you replaced 47uf capasitors with 1000uf BG capasitors? Is there a reason to use that much bigger ones? (instead of smaller BG capasitors). If you could give more details of the mod I would be perhaps on safer grounds...
 

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