Stereo Compact Disc Player
Disc format: CD
Digital converter: 4 x PCM1702-J
CD Mechanism: KSS-240A
Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic range: 100dB
Signal to Noise Ratio: 118dB
Channel separation: 110dB
Total harmonic distortion: 0.0018%
Line output: 2V
Dimensions: 343 x 135 x 340mm
Accessories: RC-253 remote control
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Reviewed Apr 14th, 2016 by tjs129
Having been a bit of a Sony ES fanboy for a while now, I bought this on a bit of a whim with a drive malfunction for a bargain price (£130 delivered!) thinking it could be used as a DAC if all else fails.
Having bought a genuine Sony laser for about £15, it turned out this was all that was needed.
Luckily, this uses one of the cheap and cheerful Sony laser mechanisms that are still widely available and not very adjustable - meaning someone like me who is technically minded but hasn't done this before could replace it relatively easily!
So, a bargain! Near mint..
Returning to the Sony obsession; before this I used a CDP-XA2ES, which I was expecting to lag not far behind this - 117db/0.0023% vs 118db/0.0018%.
Contrarily, this thing is a big improvement - instruments are better separated in the mix, reverb tails etc. are accurate, and much more can be heard in the bass - I'm talking layered synths and guitars dissected, and all totally tuneful.
Build quality is also stellar - easily on a par with ES gear. Massive Elna Silmic caps in the power supply, and Silmic everywhere else too!
It's pure speculation, but I imagine clock modifications might really set this off.
I'm genuinely curious to hear this against a '7' series ES player now!
Point of note: This is the mk1, but I found only one transformer not the two most commonly seen. I've seen ES gear like this too - the Japanese versions might get two while everyone else gets only one! It's an imported machine from a Scandanavian country. I usually find them to be good sources of fairly-priced gear, with less 'eBay shyster' culture! Also - yes this can be used as a DAC, it has optical & coaxial digital inputs.