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    Ferrox, you don't have to convince me.
    Cdp all the way.
    My possible move to streamer/dac will be ALONGSIDE, NOT INSTEAD OF my cdp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    I've had all the transports you listed and many more, the CEC TL1x (IMO) is the most musical and natural sounding of the lot followed by the Forsell but the Forsell has some dependability issues which the CEC doesn't!

    david

    PS. The digital link is just as important as the transport and the DAC!
    Dear David, Do you find the CEC TL1X to sound more natural than later CEC transport models?

    Have you auditioned the PS Audio Directstream transport which, I think, holds the bits in a buffer before reclocking them out to a DAC?

    Have you heard Jack's and Marc's Eera Tentation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Resnick View Post
    Dear David, Do you find the CEC TL1X to sound more natural than later CEC transport models?

    Have you auditioned the PS Audio Directstream transport which, I think, holds the bits in a buffer before reclocking them out to a DAC?

    Have you heard Jack's and Marc's Eera Tentation?
    Dear Ron,
    TL-0 is CEC's top and best transport, PS A's buffer has a smoothing effect on the sound and depending on the system this might sound right or homogenized and colored. Never even heard of the ET.

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    David, I know cd is as far from your fave format as you can get, but in my humble opinion the Eera Tentation does something totally magical.
    I would recommend anyone with a cd collection that wants to hear them approach an analog sensibility, approach Albert Von Schweikert in US or Cor Dekker in NL and arrange a demo.
    You won't be disappointed at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Dear Ron,
    TL-0 is CEC's top and best transport, PS A's buffer has a smoothing effect on the sound and depending on the system this might sound right or homogenized and colored. Never even heard of the ET.

    david
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    I forgot to update that finally, I have two transports. One is the Aqua La Diva and I also took the risk to take in my friendís Forsell.

    Totally agree with you, transport all the way.

    I got a working Theta Data Basic and will wait for its arrival by end of this month. I will ask my friend who happened to be a technician to replace the CDM 9 Pro of Forsell.

    Once the Forsell is up and running, I will compare the two..

    Quote Originally Posted by spiritofmusic View Post
    Ferrox, you don't have to convince me.
    Cdp all the way.
    My possible move to streamer/dac will be ALONGSIDE, NOT INSTEAD OF my cdp.

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    Finally..my Forsell is up and running..it's so smooth..all digital glare disappeared..I can listen to it until morning..my gosh! The ambience, air, sound stage, I should say, spooky..

    I found a seller who owns 2 sets of hydraulic arms..it is not used in VW but for general used. I got that info from a Thai friend who used to work for VW so many years back. He even sent me the link of the seller on eBay.
    USD 57 / pc if I am not mistaken.

    However, after spending 24 hours with Forsell..I really don't see why I need this arm anymore. My local and super skillful technician found the culprit of why so many Forsell out in the market has reliability issues. Forsell used the Philips motherboard inside, they're old and outdated. Some capacitors leaked, resistors dried. That causes incorrect supply of electric current to the IC servo. Thus, the reading capability of CDM 9 Pro optic is deteriorating.

    With so much effort for the past few months, I now have 2 working and very mint condition of Philips CDM 9 Pro..with two Philips servo board and motherboard. In other word, this Forsell will be singing for a very long time here..So glad I spent those efforts to get me here.

    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    No need to look for it - the Forsell is compatible with RC5 Philips. Any cheap programmable multi device remote, Marantz and hundreds of models are compatible with it - even Audio Research or Quad!

    The hydraulic arm is an automobile part - it is not easy to locate, but inexpensive. I think it was used by Volkswagen. Be careful when using it without the hydraulic lift - dropping it violently can damage the motor and spindle. The laser system of the CDM9 Pro is also compatible with other Philips mechanisms, the most critical part is the motor.

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