I am a proud owner of one. I bought it in 1998 and its still going strong. I haven't modded it but I put some blu-tac on the horizontal cross brace and in the holes on top of the transport, to reduce vibration. T
he only complaint I have are the weak RCA output jacks. Interconnects can be hard to unplug and juggling can damage the solderings of the RCA output jacks. I have had to open the machine and re-solder the jacks.
Does anyone know of better RCA output jacks for this kind of player?
On my first modded unit I changed the 2 stock RCA sockets with something like this:
You just solder the RCA sockets out from the PC board and use short cables to connect the new RCA sockets. It is relatively simple. The design of CD63 is so good that you can easily strip down all the parts and not like those modern day designs that taking apart a unit is almost impossible.
On my 2nd unit I will use high grade audiophile RCA sockets with very high purity audiophile copper cables for connections.
Enjoying music from a dream hi-fi system in a well treated room.
I think I'll give the insides a good clean first, can you recommend something I can use to clean the pcd and capacitors....is it ok to use contact cleaner and compressed air?
Denon DNP-720AE network streamer, Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6, Cayin A-55 T, Technics-SLQ210, Denon DP-29F turntable, 540p, Dac-magic, Marantz 5004CD and 6025 Turntable, Mac ,Pure AV interconnects, QED Revelation speaker cables, QED Performance interconnects.
Akg K702, Grado SR60i, UE Triple-fi, Musical Fidelity X-cans, HRT Music Streamer 2+
Yes. It is an old watch makers trick to polish out scratches and I've used it in the past on Swatches which use a plastic crystal.
Takes a bit of elbow grease and has a habit of getting into nooks and crannies so I'd advise to either take the display cover out if you can or tape off the edges.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
Ha drummerman you really have a lot of DIY knowledge :clap: This is an old trick and I used to apply the same stuff to bring my watch shines again.
Thanks for that.
Do you use any special kind of cables to connect the RCA socket, or just ordinary jumper cables?
Recently the left channel of the player has started to distort and crackle the sound a little bit. I also notice low clicking noise on the left channel when I change tracks on the CD. This is not the case when I use the headphone output. I suspect the muting transistors in the analog output are starting to fail. Has anybody removed these muting transistors, and does it improve the sound?
Marantz CD-63 MkII KI Signature / Marantz PM4001 / Paradigm Atom Monitor v6 / Qed Qunex / Qed Silver Anniversary XT / Sennheiser HD558
I don't think it would make the player sound better, I thought when muting transistors were off then basically they're out of circuit. Hey try it, what's the worst that can happen
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 • HRT II+ DAC • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • MS 10i speakers [borrowed]
In storage: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
Muting trans. eliminate interference noise when cd in not playing. With them removed there should be a popping noise when you power up/power down the cd player. Workaround: Power up cd player before amp - power down amp before cd player.
Kudos to you Drummerman, worked wonders on my Marantz....the change is quite unbelievable. I also used brasso on my watches and they look great too. I did use contact cleaner after brasso and it seems to add some shine to it.
Removed the 4 muting transistors and I am quite impressed with the result. The sound opened up and is clearer. Minor drawback is low "click" sound when I turn on/turn off the player. Its not loud so no big deal.
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