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Level 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

I am considering getting a level one upgrade by Fidelity Audio on my Ki Sig . Have any members had this done and what did you notice the difference was . I was Audiolab 8000a&p amplifiers and a pair of Monitor Audio BR5 speakers

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

There was a very similar post last week:  http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/modifying-cd-players

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

lewis hurlin wrote:

I am considering getting a level one upgrade by Fidelity Audio on my Ki Sig . Have any members had this done and what did you notice the difference was . I was Audio lab 8000a &p amplifiers and a pair of Monitor Audio BR5 speakers

The mod is £369, your CD player potentially worth in excess of £200.

For that sort of moeny you could buy an Audiolab 8200CD, OPPO BDP103 or Marantz SA7001, all new and with warranty and offer more than just CD playback.

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lewis hurlin wrote:

I am considering getting a level one upgrade by Fidelity Audio on my Ki Sig . Have any members had this done and what did you notice the difference was . I was Audio lab 8000a &p amplifiers and a pair of Monitor Audio BR5 speakers

The mod is £369, your CD player potentially worth in excess of £200.

For that sort of moeny you could buy an Audiolab 8200CD, OPPO BDP103 or Marantz SA7001, all new and with warranty and offer more than just CD playback.

 

Do you mean the Audiolab 8200CD? Thought that was just a cd player and costs about £800?

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

Or a nice DAC & NAS

 

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

Keep the CD63 Ki in its stock form - still a superb CD player

 

Michell / Icon Audio / Kudos

 

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

BigH wrote:

Overdose wrote:

lewis hurlin wrote:

I am considering getting a level one upgrade by Fidelity Audio on my Ki Sig . Have any members had this done and what did you notice the difference was . I was Audio lab 8000a &p amplifiers and a pair of Monitor Audio BR5 speakers

The mod is £369, your CD player potentially worth in excess of £200.

For that sort of moeny you could buy an Audiolab 8200CD, OPPO BDP103 or Marantz SA7001, all new and with warranty and offer more than just CD playback.

 

Do you mean the Audiolab 8200CD? Thought that was just a cd player and costs about £800?

Yes, the 8200 would need to be bought used, but no difference there to maintaining old kit. The point being, that paying money for a modification of questionable benefit might be better spent on something altogether more capable in the first instance.

You also have to ask yourself why a chap like the venerable Ken Ishiwata would put his name to a product that had a 'compromised' power supply. So compromised in fact, that it so audibly affected the sound quality.

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

I think the difference in price between the 63SE and KI was £200 so i guess they can't upgrade everything. The upgrade cost does seem quite expensive. As one the other post someone is getting theirs upgraded so hopefully next week we will get an opinion however they are doing the level 3.

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

I would love to hear some opinions from people who have had this done before I decide . I am using the CD player with an rdac at the moment  . I think the upgrade would improve things some what

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

lewis hurlin wrote:

I would love to hear some opinions from people who have had this done before I decide . I am using the CD player with an rdac at the moment  . I think the upgrade would improve things some what

Just wondering what you think an upgrade to the CD player will improve if you're already using it with an external DAC. Unless you mean after the upgrade you wouldn't use the external DAC.

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BigH wrote:

I think the difference in price between the 63SE and KI was £200 so i guess they can't upgrade everything. The upgrade cost does seem quite expensive. As one the other post someone is getting theirs upgraded so hopefully next week we will get an opinion however they are doing the level 3.

Which would buy a Benchmark DAC1 HDR, ADM9RS, or KEF LS50 and A19 package.

Spending that much money on just a mod seems nuts to me.

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

I have modded a CD63 KI using top of the grade components. Material alone costed me more than £600.  When I compared the completed CDP with my Leema Antila II I can't believe that it can easily beat this £3000+ CDP.  Eventually I sold the Antila II in the Bay and I am now using my modded CD63 KI.

If you can carry out the modding work youself I suggest you do it your own instead of using a third party modder.

There are 2000 pages of discussion in the following thread which my modding project is based: 

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-source/54009-marantz-cd63-cd67-mods-list-1903.html

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

...and you'd be lucky to find a SA7001-KI kicking around.  There's a few but nothing like as many as the CD63-KI.  

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...and you'd be lucky to find a SA7001-KI kicking around.  There's a few but nothing like as many as the CD63-KI.  

The bay had one this morning. Besides, it was more of an example of what more modern/newer equipment can be had for the money.

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Inter_Voice wrote:

I have modded a CD63 KI using top of the grade components. Material alone costed me more than £600.  When I compared the completed CDP with my Leema Antila II I can't believe that it can easily beat this £3000+ CDP.  Eventually I sold the Antila II in the Bay and I am now using my modded CD63 KI.

If you can carry out the modding work youself I suggest you do it your own instead of using a third party modder.

There are 2000 pages of discussion in the following thread which my modding project is based: 

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-source/54009-marantz-cd63-cd67-mods-list-1903.html

Whilst I'm sure there are people with time to peruse 2000 pages, could you just point me to the bit where you took the before and after measurements?

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RE: Kevel 1 upgrade to Marantz CD63 ki

Thanks for the tips.  I will send it of to fidelity as not confident with a soldering iron.  I want the level 1 upgrade plus changing phono sockets as stock ones are  crap , which ones should I go for? Also mains cable too

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