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    Arcam Alpha and Alpha+ CD players

    I have two other CD players, both standard Arcam Alphas. One is skipping, the other doesn't skip but has a problem with the DAC or the output. I was going to swap the good transport over to the faulty transport player. As both transports are identical, approx how long would it take me to take one out and replace it with the other, bearing in mind I have not done this before? Thanks thecrimsonsquirrel
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    CD Player transport removal and fitting

    Hi Approximately how long does it take to remove a complete Philips CDM4/19 transport from an Arcam CD player and replace it with a new one? Thanks
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    Differences between CD players with the same transport

    Sorry, having a thick moment.............Do I know what player....what...were based on?
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    Differences between CD players with the same transport

    Yes there is a 32" CRT TV only a metre or so from the amp and CD players. The amp is an Audio Innovations S500 vlave amp.
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    Differences between CD players with the same transport

    Thanks for that.
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    Differences between CD players with the same transport

    How do I do that. I am an infrequent user of forums so not familiar with How To stuff.
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    Differences between CD players with the same transport

    Hi Lawrence Thanks for this. Lot of useful info in this article. I notice a couple of points in the article. Someone mentioned changing the clock on an Alpha player. Back in the 90s I had a clock change by a company called Trichord. In my experience, the Alpha then sounded harsh and piercing. I had the clock changed back and the sound improved notably. This, I suspect had something to do with the revealing nature of my valve amplifier I had then and still do. I also had a Creek integrated amp back then that didn't clearly show a major difference when attached to the Arcam CD player. Someone else mentioned an Arcam Alpha 7SE. I bought one of these from ebay years ago, and thought it bland with much lower dynamic range than the original Alpha player. It it appears that the early Arcam Alpha and Arcam Delta players, early Philips players and maybe early Rotel players (that used the Philips transports) got it right, and there has been a steady downward trend in sound quality of CD players since, particularly those under £1000. A friend of mine working in the hi-fi industry suggests the same and uses a Canary CD player that has a sound similar to the early days of the 'Philips Red Box' players. Not sure what the Philips Red Box term means, but I am guessing it was a concept or products from a certain time that got the sound quality right.
  8. Hi I recently posted about whether anyone knew of someone who fixed old Arcam players. Hopefully that is sorted now. On a similar subject. I have an Arcam Alpha CD player and an Arcam Alpha Plus CD player. The only difference is the DAC used in the Plus player. If I use a single Digital Out cable from the Alpha to a Rega standalone DAC the sound can be glorious, particularly when the mains AC is stable later at night. The same cable from the Plus player to the Rega DAC, at the same time of night, playing the same tracks sounds duller with much lower dynamic range. If I am by-passing the onboard DAC in each case, and the transports are the same, why should there be such a huge difference in sound quality? If I connect the two players directly to my amp (using the on-board DACs in each player), the Plus sounds better. Anyone had a similar experience? thecrimsonsquirrel
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    Arcam Alpha and Alpha+ CD players

    Thanks. Do you have contact details for John Caswell? I can be reached at thecrimsonsquirrel at outlook.com Many thanks
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    Arcam Alpha and Alpha+ CD players

    Hi I think some years ago I contacted them and they said they didn't repair old models that were late 80s and early 90s models.
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    Arcam Alpha and Alpha+ CD players

    Hi Dose anyone know of a someone in the UK who specializes in repairing old Arcam Alpha and Alpha+ CD players? I love mine but may need a transport change or maybe a change in some of the caps. Thanks thecrimsonsquirrel
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    The reality of streaming audio quality

    This was one area that interested me. Never used or seen a Raspberry Pi before. From what I can gather its a simple computer motherboard that can be adapted to many different tasks. Had a look at the Hifi Berry website and looked at a video. Unfortunately it was a running commentary by either an automated voice or someone that simply can't speak English properly. Zoned out quite quickly. So, do you use a Raspberry Pi as a storage device for audio files, or for streaming from a website and playing through a seperate DAC and amplifier? Can you rip CDs through one of these?
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    The reality of streaming audio quality

    Which streamers that can also rip CDs are recommended?
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    The reality of streaming audio quality

    Yes
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    The reality of streaming audio quality

    My DAC is a Rega DAC about 4 to 5 years old. It has USB sockets but apparently its not asynchronous.