stereo.net.au

Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

QLS QA-550 WAV Player review


  • Please log in to reply
103 replies to this topic

#1 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:33 PM

curiosity got the better of me.at a $189.00 including postage i could not resist.thanks to john from coemaudio.really nice chap to deal with...QLS QA-550 WAV Player is very compact and easy to setup.
very plain and simple wav player.9v power supply included.

first of all i changed the power supply to a 12 car battery(no problems).its much better on a 12v battery then the standard power supply.
sound stage depth and with is very good indead much better then i thought its going to be.
no changing cd's is a bonus.sd card does it all.
resolution is great outstanding i am actually supprised how well it sounds in stock form.
worth every $$$$$ at a $189.00

now for the open minded people,yes tweaking can be done.capasitor changes and power supply(12v battery)yes it comes with sony osconns in the board.they are the sp version the sg version is better.(more weight less analytical
comparing to my marantz cd94 modded transport.
it lacks weight in the instruments and vocals in fact the whole range.the depth and width of sound stage is just like a cd94.so it has pottential and a lot of it.if it had the weight that my cd94 does, then i would be in heaven.

at $189.00 its still bang for your buck.i have started modds all ready,waiting for more caps to arrive.
all of the above is whats happens on my sytem,yours could be diffrent.
i will post more as i do modding.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#2 coemaudio

coemaudio

    Member

  • Members
  • 754 posts
  • Location: QLD

Posted 16 January 2010 - 06:13 PM

Thanks for the kajak :)

If anyone is interested in trying this out, just shoot me a PM. I'm sure I could work something.

#3 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 16 January 2010 - 06:31 PM

Waiting for mine to come in the post John :)

This could be the ultimate digital transport. What jitter??


#4 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 16 January 2010 - 09:54 PM

Good stuff Kajak12, wondering when you were going to reveal your latest toy.

I'll be keen to try one when I can decide on a DAC.

I look forward to your updates when you put the different caps in.

Don't forget to include before and after pic's too!

Cheers, flemo.

#5 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 17 January 2010 - 02:31 PM

Good stuff Kajak12, wondering when you were going to reveal your latest toy.

I'll be keen to try one when I can decide on a DAC.

I look forward to your updates when you put the different caps in.

Don't forget to include before and after pic's too!

Cheers, flemo.


here you go flemo more mods done,system warming up.i had this combination at mrsquishy house yesterday,i neede some of his caps i cant find mine.will report later on in the day

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#6 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 17 January 2010 - 04:16 PM

well people cap changes work very well with this transport.getting better more weight less analytical sounding.still not up to the cd94 but it will get their.
take the little lcd screen off you cant see it anyway and works better without it.
also i will disconnect the toslink out put as i dont need it anyway.

bang for your buck transport forget dvd player they are useless.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#7 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 17 January 2010 - 06:54 PM

I can see the potential for DIY modded WAV Player GTG shootouts here in Perth.

That would be interesting as most people would mod them to suit their system's requirements.

Cheers, flemo.

#8 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 17 January 2010 - 10:01 PM

I can see the potential for DIY modded WAV Player GTG shootouts here in Perth.

That would be interesting as most people would mod them to suit their system's requirements.

Cheers, flemo.

bingo flemo combination of caps to suite systems and create synergy.very early stages flemo more work to go.another toy to play with.so far i have spent only $189.00 as i have a some caps at home.rule no1 dont throw any caps away one day you might need them....

well one day i will take wav player to a GTG and run it against any transport people have.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#9 coemaudio

coemaudio

    Member

  • Members
  • 754 posts
  • Location: QLD

Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:49 PM

Waiting for mine to come in the post John ;)

This could be the ultimate digital transport. What jitter??


Should arrive today mate :) sent it out by Express Post last Thursday.

bingo flemo combination of caps to suite systems and create synergy.very early stages flemo more work to go.another toy to play with.so far i have spent only $189.00 as i have a some caps at home.rule no1 dont throw any caps away one day you might need them....

well one day i will take wav player to a GTG and run it against any transport people have.


Keep us update :) I will be performing mods soon, just when I know what you guys have come up with.


Cheers
John

#10 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:01 PM

R&D is $50.00 p/h current rates john

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#11 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:04 PM

I'm running this little beauty in my system at the moment and I can hear good things. Very good things. a LOT of potential. This player in stock form would kill most peoples cdp transports easily.

Let the mods begin!! ;)

PS. Thanks JohN!


#12 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:59 PM

I'm running this little beauty in my system at the moment and I can hear good things. Very good things. a LOT of potential. This player in stock form would kill most peoples cdp transports easily.

Let the mods begin!! :(

PS. Thanks JohN!

i told you tuyen its only the begining.too bad for transports costing big $$$$$$$$$ like $10,000 sonicly i will take them on anytime.
basics are their just have to tune them to your system.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#13 gamve

gamve

    Member

  • Members
  • 515 posts
  • Location: Tasmania

Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:47 PM

Thanks John,
Mine arrived in the post earlier this week. Playing for the first time tonight. Very promising but a few bugs to iron out. Sounds pretty good strait out of the box and I'm only using the direct digital in DAC in my Aiwa XK-S9000 cassette player at the moment as a friend has my Altmann. I'm sure a decent DAC better power supply, caps and the IS2 connection will make many of the better CD players sound a bit frightened. This thing has giant killer potential at an icy pole price.

#14 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:11 PM

Using a 12V car battery instead of the poo 9V DC wall adapter. Little bit more weight in the sound :(


#15 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:03 PM

so its just getting better in my system as i play around with diffrent parts and combinations.the way i have it setup now is a killer.its tuned to what i like and sounds full and reach with space around instruments.enough detail without being attacking.i can certanly live with this in my system for a very long time.


FLEMO this is where you come in and make a nice box to fit the caps in.but first i have to wait on some other caps to arrive as R&D is still happening.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#16 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:34 PM

That's the first time I have seen cap's which are bigger than the actual component!! :)
Lookin' good mate, I'm keen to listen to it so we'll have to arrange that in the near future.

No drama's about the box just let me know what you need, but please don't ask me to paint it!! :nana

#17 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:15 PM

I'm not far behind you Mario. Hope you are having fun trying different internal components and learning bit more each time. I know it is a much more rewarding feeling then forever changing external components and finding such little to nil difference each time! (even though price might exponentially increase ha ha).

Will forever keep my crazy modded marantz cd94 transport as a backup but for now, this little gem has taken over as my primary transport! My system is sounding pretty good.

thumbs up


#18 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 01 February 2010 - 08:16 PM

That's the first time I have seen cap's which are bigger than the actual component!! :)
Lookin' good mate, I'm keen to listen to it so we'll have to arrange that in the near future.

No drama's about the box just let me know what you need, but please don't ask me to paint it!! :P


well flemo smd caps and resistors (surface mount)is just a cheap way of doing audio.they are small and very very cheap.a long time ago caps and resitors looked like components.now you cant read values with the naked eye.that is why most pcb's are small in components now they use smd crap.saves costs and more profit margin.
well i dont like smd stuff i think it suck it sounds thin analytical cold no weight too hifi like.
how ever the circuit desighn is great so what it needs is some better more musical caps and resistors.

flemo its a great toy to play with.i am ready to take the big $$$$$ transports on now,but i dont think anyone in perth will be up to it.(their $10,0000 transport worth less then a $1000.people dont like that flemo,their pride is on the line.



flemo one day you will make a box for it,what we have to do is write WADIA on it so its worth X 10 the original $$$$$ + gst.:nana

we use nice pine and varnish it flemo.or any other wood of your prefrence.
anyway i am really enjoying this little wav player and i hope i will get to mod a few in perth for people.also tune them to their system...

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#19 ozcal

ozcal

    Member

  • Members
  • 2,593 posts
  • Location: WA

Posted 01 February 2010 - 08:36 PM

Great stuff guys, look forward to hearing one soon.
Now if Flemo will build me a beautiful case and someone can work out how to fit a bigger front panel mounted display and buttons and Kajak or Tuyen will do the tuning mods I will be happy :)
Audio GD CD7SE transport , Satch Max DAC (NOS 16bit ,valve output stage)Sony CDP -502ES ,Supratek Chardonnay pre-amp: , Rotel RHB10 power amp, Gale 401A speakers. Linn Sondek TT Grace 707mk2 tonearm , AT91BL cart , Modded Yaquin MS-22B Riaa pre,
PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

#20 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:16 PM

Hey Ozcal, maybe we should both buy a WAV player at the same time, I can build a few cases at the same time, and Kajak12 and Tuyen assist can with the tweeking at the same time. Like a bit of a mini production line for the Perth SNAers? I think it could work??

flemo.

#21 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:56 PM

Great stuff guys, look forward to hearing one soon.
Now if Flemo will build me a beautiful case and someone can work out how to fit a bigger front panel mounted display and buttons and Kajak or Tuyen will do the tuning mods I will be happy :)

the lcd screen just shows track numbers.its very small,and it works better without it as it creates noise in the circuit.thats why my is off.besides i just listen and dont care about numbers or looks,its the sound ozcal.
mods are not a problem,soon i will have a smd removing soldering iron as its too much f---ing around with a normal soldering iron.
its my excuse to my wife to get one anyway.
thats why i just sold some valves om sna to fund my new soldering iron.i will be selling more valves soon

i have 2 of them at home right now ready for tweaking for some friends.

Edited by kajak12, 01 February 2010 - 10:08 PM.
adding xtra

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#22 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:59 PM

Hey Ozcal, maybe we should both buy a WAV player at the same time, I can build a few cases at the same time, and Kajak12 and Tuyen assist can with the tweeking at the same time. Like a bit of a mini production line for the Perth SNAers? I think it could work??

flemo.

i dont see why not flemo.i can set the wav player up for caps and then people can buy their own and try until they get a synergy on their system.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#23 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:53 PM

the next phase is starting soon,when i get my resistors to replace the smd ones.hope fully they should be all here in about 2 weeks.
pain in the arse job but it has to be done flemo.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#24 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:59 PM

the next phase is starting soon,when i get my resistors to replace the smd ones.hope fully they should be all here in about 2 weeks.
pain in the arse job but it has to be done flemo.


I'm glad you know what you're doing mate. I hope to order mine soon, though I wont have a dac for little while yet!

#25 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:41 PM

I'm glad you know what you're doing mate. I hope to order mine soon, though I wont have a dac for little while yet!

i dont know what i am doing just playing around until i get the right combination of parts,it takes time and money to get synergy.
but its a passion and a chellange to get their flemo.
once i get the combo right it will all be worth it.(combination of parts will not be made public)

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#26 ozcal

ozcal

    Member

  • Members
  • 2,593 posts
  • Location: WA

Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:59 PM

I'm glad you know what you're doing mate. I hope to order mine soon, though I wont have a dac for little while yet!

Pete you can borrow my dacmagic to get you up and running if you like.
Wolster has it at the mo.
Kajak , understandable reason to remove the display but I have other folk in the house to consider.Is it possible to do something electronically to prevent the display feeding noise back in to the audio circuits?
Audio GD CD7SE transport , Satch Max DAC (NOS 16bit ,valve output stage)Sony CDP -502ES ,Supratek Chardonnay pre-amp: , Rotel RHB10 power amp, Gale 401A speakers. Linn Sondek TT Grace 707mk2 tonearm , AT91BL cart , Modded Yaquin MS-22B Riaa pre,
PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

#27 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 05 February 2010 - 11:45 PM

Pete you can borrow my dacmagic to get you up and running if you like.
Wolster has it at the mo.
Kajak , understandable reason to remove the display but I have other folk in the house to consider.Is it possible to do something electronically to prevent the display feeding noise back in to the audio circuits?

not that i know,display just shows track number.i have a tech friend in qld who is also working on the wav player he might be able to do something way over my head.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#28 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 08 February 2010 - 01:05 AM

I was able to listen to Kajak12's DIY modified wav player today and I have to admit I was impressed. So much so that I will not be puchasing a CD transport (or CDP).

It was pitted against a modded Marantz CD94 transport and althought the CD94 had more weight and was a tad smoother, I felt the wav had more resolution and a better overall dynamic sound without being washed out.

The scary thing is Kajak12 is still modifying it and he believes it has more potential for significant improvement.

We also compared Kajak12's modded wav against a stock wav and the differences were substantial.

At $187.00 it would have to be the hi-fi buy of the decade, now I just have work out where I heading with a dac!

Cheers, flemo.

#29 wolster

wolster

    Listening to music

  • Moderators
  • 6,064 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia
  • First Name:Yes

Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:49 AM

As ozcal said, flemo, I have his dacmagic and am not using it so call & arrange to pick it up, mate.

Cheers
wolster
"If you like to make love while listening to music, always choose a live album. That way you'll get an applause every three or four minutes"
Will Ferrell

#30 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 08 February 2010 - 04:58 PM

You have good ears flemo. I agree with your thoughts. The modified wav player is a bit more precise, imaging is bit sharper/clearer.

Note this bargain priced wav player is going up against my marantz cd94 (cdm-1 mechanism) with upgraded caps in the digital output stage and a highly modified trichord clock running off 12v car battery. Pretty much beez kneez for standard cd transport in my opinion! Damn impressive!!


#31 ozcal

ozcal

    Member

  • Members
  • 2,593 posts
  • Location: WA

Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:12 PM

I was at the same gtg as Flemo and while I preferred the Marantz over both the modded and unmodded wav player , at this stage, the difference between the Marantz and modded WP were not huge making the WP a great bargain.Even the stock unit is pretty great value for money.
Gordon
Audio GD CD7SE transport , Satch Max DAC (NOS 16bit ,valve output stage)Sony CDP -502ES ,Supratek Chardonnay pre-amp: , Rotel RHB10 power amp, Gale 401A speakers. Linn Sondek TT Grace 707mk2 tonearm , AT91BL cart , Modded Yaquin MS-22B Riaa pre,
PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

#32 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:37 PM

its great how opinions differ on the wav player against a marantz cd94 modded.i personally agree with gordon:)
as the marantz cd 94 is still more involving in its presentation of music,to me anyway.
but it also depends what i play,so it comes down to name your poison.....
i guess i have have both the diffrences to me a greater i spent more time with both players and hours of listening.
it takes time to understand each players presentation.they are both great just diffrent.
it not over yet its only the begining..

full wadia version will be available soon:nana or mark levinson or krell what ever brand turns you on

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#33 tuyen

tuyen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 2,888 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:10 PM

I still find my CD94 to sound bit sweeter/smoother in presentation Mario. No doubt after the resistors and futher cap changes it should be on par or possibly better.

I did find the modded wav player did out perform the Droplet CD5.0 in tonal smoothness and separation.


#34 ozcal

ozcal

    Member

  • Members
  • 2,593 posts
  • Location: WA

Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:13 PM

The Droplet through your Dac Tuyen had a punchy sound which I quite liked but I agree that the Droplet even as a transport seems to be less smooth than your Marantz.
At this stage in it the wav players developement and from only the brief listen the other day my prefernce was CD94 , Droplet , wav mod , wav.
As Mario said it is still early days for the wav but the potential seems to be huge and I am sure between you and Mario there will be something exceptional soon.
Gordon
Audio GD CD7SE transport , Satch Max DAC (NOS 16bit ,valve output stage)Sony CDP -502ES ,Supratek Chardonnay pre-amp: , Rotel RHB10 power amp, Gale 401A speakers. Linn Sondek TT Grace 707mk2 tonearm , AT91BL cart , Modded Yaquin MS-22B Riaa pre,
PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

#35 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:15 PM

The Droplet through your Dac Tuyen had a punchy sound which I quite liked but I agree that the Droplet even as a transport seems to be less smooth than your Marantz.
At this stage in it the wav players developement and from only the brief listen the other day my prefernce was CD94 , Droplet , wav mod , wav.
As Mario said it is still early days for the wav but the potential seems to be huge and I am sure between you and Mario there will be something exceptional soon.
Gordon

well gordon regarding the droplet,its digital sounding(hard edged and seperation of musical instruments and timbers washed out.)
punch yes but real weight lacking.
to me the standard wav player is on par with the droplet not much seperates them.
remember gordon that cd94,wav modded,wav. i know what they are like i can pick the droplet good and bad points,
quick as all the other players i know what they are like.
for me prsonally standard wav and droplet i could not live with.i would have to modd them.just too digital sounding for me.

Edited by kajak12, 10 February 2010 - 07:19 PM.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#36 flemo

flemo

    5 cougars thanks!!

  • Members
  • 2,347 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 10 February 2010 - 08:24 PM

Pete you can borrow my dacmagic to get you up and running if you like.
Wolster has it at the mo.
Kajak , understandable reason to remove the display but I have other folk in the house to consider.Is it possible to do something electronically to prevent the display feeding noise back in to the audio circuits?


Thanks Gordon, I'll be more than happy to borrow your dacmagic when I get a wav player.

#37 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 28 February 2010 - 12:34 PM

as more parts arrive the greater this little transport performs.power supply upgrades are finished,
also their is a version 4 available now that has a transformer output spdif,instead of a buffer chip.

version 3 and 4 on the same photo.the other photo is version 3
:)
soon i will bypass the buffer chip on the version3 as i dont use the toslink its not needed.
note that the transformer output on version 4 can also be bypassed if the optical output is not used.what is still unknown is if it sounds better with the buffer chip or the output transformer connected.soon i will find out as the circuit is going to be changed.

Edited by kajak12, 28 February 2010 - 01:53 PM.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#38 mackem

mackem

    Member

  • Members
  • 107 posts
  • Location: Western Australia

Posted 11 March 2010 - 06:20 PM

I have just recieved one of these, I seem to have downloaded my music in the wrong format, can anyone tell me the correct way to download for this device, when I insert the sd card it reads no music
Regards roger
diy bottlehead pre, pass labs f3 clone, diy pi 2 tower speakers harman kardon cdp zhaolu 2.5 dac

#39 coemaudio

coemaudio

    Member

  • Members
  • 754 posts
  • Location: QLD

Posted 11 March 2010 - 06:27 PM

I have just recieved one of these, I seem to have downloaded my music in the wrong format, can anyone tell me the correct way to download for this device, when I insert the sd card it reads no music
Regards roger


You'll need 44.1kHz 16-bit WAV files.

Cheers
John

#40 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:35 PM

more work done xtra caps and and resistors put on.much better again more analogue sound less digital.at the moment i wont do anymore as i am burning in a pair of ml1 plus in candy apple red.
next week some more resistors will be added to the pcb in stead of smd resistors.
fantastic player for very little money

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#41 markm1111

markm1111

    Member

  • Members
  • 1,478 posts
  • Location: NSW
  • Country: Australia

Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:35 PM

Out of interest, just what percentage of the original player is left in your version?
Stereo: SB Touch (Bolder), Welborn psu, Bel Canto Dac3, Pre3, Ref1000 MKII's, Lenehan ML-1 Ultras, Rel 505 HT: Add Oppo BDP-95, iQ2, Onkyo 875, ML-1 centre, Yam In-Ceilings
Study: SB Transporter, Burson PI-160, ML-1 PlusR's, Leben CS-300XS, 47 Labs Lens Head: Add Violectric HPA V200, T1/K702/ATH-W5000/AH-D7000/DT770 600
Cables: Jungson Silver XLR, Audio Art Cable IC-3s, Black Cat Veloce digital IC, Lenehan Ribbontek SCs,Consonance/Zu/stock power cables, Consonance power filters

#42 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:05 PM

Out of interest, just what percentage of the original player is left in your version?

about 80% original.main electrolitic caps with decoupling caps changed and 2 resistors.dioides bypassed.most people wont have to none of this only the really fussy ones like me.keep in mind its going against a cd94 marantz modded trans port not a easy task for most players out their.cdm1 mechanism is no slouch.

the cost is still low great value for money....,

Edited by kajak12, 23 March 2010 - 09:02 PM.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........


#43 coemaudio

coemaudio

    Member

  • Members
  • 754 posts
  • Location: QLD

Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:12 PM

There is a new version out!

It has a built in DAC, line out and headphone out. Everything else is about the same, but for a reference player I'm still sticking with my QA-550.

The new QA-350 also has a built in battery and comes with a charger.

#44 bleoberis

bleoberis

    Member

  • Members
  • 290 posts
  • Location: Victoria

Posted 23 March 2010 - 08:46 PM

Yes - I saw a post about the new version today on head fi.
Is there any way around the 16gb capacity issue? That's bugger all space when you consider it only plays WAV.

#45 kajak12

kajak12

    ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

  • Members
  • 4,867 posts
  • Location: WA
  • Country: Australia

Posted 23 March 2010 - 08:59 PM

Yes - I saw a post about the new version today on head fi.
Is there any way around the 16gb capacity issue? That's bugger all space when you consider it only plays WAV.

i use 4G sd cards on my wave player enough for 5 to 6 cd's plenty of space for me.

Edited by kajak12, 23 March 2010 - 09:02 PM.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank......

Give a man a bank and he can rob the world..........