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    Default WTD - Marantz CD65 MKII KI

    CD 63 MKII KI wanted in excellent condition.
    Current system - Garrard 401/Mayware F4 in progress! 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's / QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    'ANDSOME IN THE SUMMER..'ORIBBLE IN THE WINTER. Barney Milne

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    To confirm cd63.
    Current system - Garrard 401/Mayware F4 in progress! 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's / QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad-moon View Post
    One like this :

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marantz-C...UAAOSwTptfQkXe
    Current system - Garrard 401/Mayware F4 in progress! 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's / QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    Or another cd player, that would beat the Marantz, or rather sound better, not necessarily drag up more detail, rega ?
    Current system - Garrard 401/Mayware F4 in progress! 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's / QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandvan View Post
    To confirm cd63.
    There’s a couple on eBay currently:

    Bidding https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303710342572

    Buy it now: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184467456237

    In fact, there’s currently ten for sale on eBay in the UK.

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    You don't mention your budget? The Marantz 63 garnered some good reviews, became very popular and so the second-hand price shot up. There are many Philips/Marantz players which use the same board (as in identical) and use the now famous but obsolete TDA1541 chip which can be found cheaply.

    You can find a Marantz CD40 for about 25 pounds or less which sounds great and if you can DIY mod this as per Lampizator you have a killer player, or the identical CD60 which has an anodised front plate and looks smarter. Details are on the Lampizator site, or were. I modded a bunch of these about 12 years ago. Easy to do as there is ample space inside to add a small transformer, power supply and 2 X ECC88 valves. Snip 2 traces to convert to NOS and after damping the resonant top panel and perhaps swap out the output RCA terminals for something better and prepare to be amazed.

    https://www.dutchaudioclassics.nl/th...verter_list/#P

    The above link provides a comprehensive list of DAC chips and transport mechanisms used. If you wish to go up a level look at players like Marantz CD85, 94, 94Mk2 or the equivalent and even cheaper Philips units, like the CD880. These use the excellent CDM-1 transports which employ a cast alloy and not plastic mechanism.

    I suggest you visit the Lampizator site and look at Lukasz' list of decent players for suggestions. There are many players of great quality now lying around unloved and unused that you could find cheaper than the Marantz 63 that will outperform it.

    The Marantz CD85 I mentioned uses the TDA1541A-S1 (single crown), a special selection, exactly the same chip used in the Sugden Masterclass but the Marantz uses the superior Philips CDM-1 MkII transport.

    Refer to the link and if you come across any player using the outstanding Burr Brown PCM 63, 1702 or 1704 then snap them up. Like the TDA1541 the PCM's are R2R ladder architecture and were used in the very high end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    You don't mention your budget? The Marantz 63 garnered some good reviews, became very popular and so the second-hand price shot up. There are many Philips/Marantz players which use the same board (as in identical) and use the now famous but obsolete TDA1541 chip which can be found cheaply.
    Many thanks for this Charles, I can't diy though, may'be someone else can.
    Current system - Garrard 401/Mayware F4 in progress! 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's / QED XT40 speaker cable/Straight wire interconnects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    You don't mention your budget? The Marantz 63 garnered some good reviews, became very popular and so the second-hand price shot up. There are many Philips/Marantz players which use the same board (as in identical) and use the now famous but obsolete TDA1541 chip which can be found cheaply.
    The CD63 was bitstream as far as I can remember. This is from What Hifi:

    The KI had a great platform to build from. The basic CD-63 was already a class leader at its sub-£300 price. It used Philips’s slim CDM-12.1 transport mechanism and a single bit DAC from NPC called the SM5872.

    Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk

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    Sure Mike, no problem.

    I see hifishark has a few Philips CD880's for sale at very reasonable prices. These units do not need any mods to shine. It has digital output so can be hitched up to a separate DAC if you should ever need. Has an assertive musical sound.

    https://www.hifishark.com/search?q=philips+cd880

    Good luck with your hunting.

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