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Old 03-11-2012, 12:32 AM
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Default New Review - Modwright Sony SCD XA5400ES Player - The Giant Killer

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:29 PM
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My Modwright Sony SCD-XA5400ES Player showed up today. Jeff is 1000% correct. This thing is awesome. It really brought up the level of my system and it's not even broken in yet. I've been non-stop swapping cds/sacds and loving every minute. Full, slighter warmer, musical, layered. I love it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:25 PM
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My Modwright Sony SCD-XA5400ES Player showed up today. Jeff is 1000% correct. This thing is awesome. It really brought up the level of my system and it's not even broken in yet. I've been non-stop swapping cds/sacds and loving every minute. Full, slighter warmer, musical, layered. I love it.
Sorry Joe, tubes and warmer are not what I want from my digital. Now layered in something else.

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Old 08-03-2012, 07:01 PM
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Sorry Joe, tubes and warmer are not what I want from my digital. Now layered in something else.

Keep us posted. Jim
Jim,

I think I am trying to compensate for the awesomeness of the rest of my system. I need a slightly more forgiving sound while still being musical (I think I can understand our Shindo friends). Even though I bought the CR-1's, too much of a good thing for someone else is waaaay too much for me. I am blown away how good this player is, to me. I am not a fan of harsh music, like some cds of yesterday and today sound. Everything needs a little balance. Unless the recording is PERFECT (like those specialty cds), I prefer my GAT/Dart. The ModWright gives me some of that tube goodness and rounds out the peaks that drive me out of the room. The ModWright on my 077/911/CR-1's sounds amazing. I am a happy camper.

If it had a digital input, I'd be done! Seriously. There are plans on the table but nothing concrete. Hey, it's whatever we enjoy.

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Jim,

I think I am trying to compensate for the awesomeness of the rest of my system. I need a slightly more forgiving sound while still being musical (I think I can understand our Shindo friends). Even though I bought the CR-1's, too much of a good thing for someone else is waaaay too much for me. I am blown away how good this player is, to me. I am not a fan of harsh music, like some cds of yesterday and today sound. Everything needs a little balance. Unless the recording is PERFECT (like those specialty cds), I prefer my GAT/Dart. The ModWright gives me some of that tube goodness and rounds out the peaks that drive me out of the room. The ModWright on my 077/911/CR-1's sounds amazing. I am a happy camper.

If it had a digital input, I'd be done! Seriously. There are plans on the table but nothing concrete. Hey, it whatever we enjoy.
Very happy for you Joe!

Jim - I know you aren't at all a tube guy, but you REALLY should figure out a way to hear a ModWright Sony 5400 or Oppo 95 in your system. I would lay greater than 50/50 odds you would keep it!
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Very happy for you Joe!

Jim - I know you aren't at all a tube guy, but you REALLY should figure out a way to hear a ModWright Sony 5400 or Oppo 95 in your system. I would lay greater than 50/50 odds you would keep it!
Thank you my friend. You were right, I resisted at first, but I love it and it's still breaking in. My upgraded tubes are waiting in the wings. For what they charge, it is a serious no brainer. I really think it competes with players 5X or more of it's asking price, easy.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:24 PM
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Thank you my friend. You were right, I resisted at first, but I love it and it's still breaking in. My upgraded tubes are waiting in the wings. For what they charge, it is a serious no brainer. I really think it competes with players 5X or more of it's asking price, easy.
Hey Joe, you're not the first person that has written that. Congrats on the new player.
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Hey Joe, you're not the first person that has written that. Congrats on the new player.
Thanks Kev,

I still need/want that killer dac/player and MSB is high on my list. John and you are pushing me in that direction and I can appreciate your enthusiasm. It may take a little while to get an MSB dac (or one or two others), but I'm willing to go there.

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Happy for you, Joe. I seem to recall someone else who found joy with a tube cd player.
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Happy for you, Joe. I seem to recall someone else who found joy with a tube cd player.
Oooooh, ooooooh I know


Seriously, it's a great player. I'm really liking it so far. At least it gives me time to survey the field.
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