The Stage 2 Upgrade replaces the original, undersized power supply with a far superior, higher current and massively lower noise psu. The new power supply arrangement has dedicated positive & negative supplies replacing the original noisy "rail splitter" type. The transformer is replaced with a larger, higher current toroidal type which has better regulation. Much larger, Elna Cerafine smoothing capacitors remove more ripple from the voltage rails. The addition of our discrete low-noise voltage regulators really improves all aspects of the performance.
You hear a much more detailed and cleaner sound combined with more clarity and smoothness. Non of the graininess of the original design remains. Bass and dynamics are dramatically improved.
Overall, a huge step-up in performance.
STAGE 2 UPGRADE
Greatly improved, high quality toroidal transformer
Elna Cerafine Smoothing Capacitors
Dedicated power supplies for + & - voltage rails
Discrete low-noise voltage regulators
Elna Cerafine decoupling capacitors
Panasonic PPS PSU Bypass Capacitors
Solid Film MKS signal path capacitors
Unnecessary signal path capacitors bypassed for reduced grain
LME4910NA/LM4562NA National Semi Opamps
Additional Elna Cerafine Power Supply Decoupling Capacitors