With our Arcam Alpha 9 CD Player Upgrade - Stage 1 applied, this cd player produces superb sound.
We begin by addressing the real achilles heal of this player in stock form: The power supply. The original transformer is under-sized, causing the voltage rails to sag under load. This affects the sound quality, producing a ploddy, and muddled sound when the music gets busy. To combat this we fit a new transformer for the main analogue & DCS Ring Dac Board power supplies. We then add two new power supply circuit boards which allow the use of the excellent Mundorf MLytic smoothing capacitors.
The end result is a huge increase in clarity, bass depth & tonality and a more separated and natural sound across the whole spectrum.