With our Arcam Alpha 9 CD Player Upgrade - Stage 1 applied, this cd player produces excellent 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 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.
OUR STAGE 1 UPGRADE INCLUDES:
New large toroidal transformer for analogue supplies