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Low End CD Player Warming
Old 29th June 2006
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Low End CD Player Warming

Any 'low end' units out there I can plug my cd player into to add some warmth?

Old 29th June 2006
Gear maniac

Why do U need this? For more pleasure during listening? It does not make sense for me, but... try BBE Sonic Maximizer (cheap and very good).
Old 29th June 2006
Gear maniac

bit of a fools errand in my opinion, but here's my suggestions:
you can't add back in the resolution and spatial information lost when you transfer to digital with a compressor/enhancer - if anything you'll exaggerate the bad points of cd audio(ie low resolutions at quiet levels) if you use compression and it'll end up harsher. try knocking back the treble a touch on yr hi-fi amp and turn up the volume slightly - this is what i do to try and make cds sound less out of place next to vinyl when i dj. if this doesn't work, copy your cds to cassettes and play them instead. buy a cd player with high-end D/A convertors. I'm told this makes a big difference. if this doesn't work buy the original vinyls(if they're from the pre-digital era) and play them instead. in good condition, they will sound a trillion times better in a hi-fi setting than cds. listen to led zeppelin II on both formats and I think you'll concur.

is there an ulterior motive? is it really your DAW mixes you want warmed up? or are you sampling?
Old 29th June 2006
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"warmth" for CD Playback?

Old 29th June 2006
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Tube power amp?
Old 29th June 2006
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One of the older 2 ch. meeks??

Or a toaster...Hotplate, Im not really sure for what this is?
Old 29th June 2006
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Try an old tube dynaco pas 1 or 2 pre amp ($200-$300). Use the aux channel. The phono channel is totally awesome as well (obviously for vinyl). Or replace your reciever with an old tube fisher or scott from the eary sixties ($300-400) and you'll see massive improvements, as long as you have efficient speakers...This is all assuming you're looking us this for playback. Or get a tube cd player...
Old 29th June 2006
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Originally Posted by mainrhythm
Any 'low end' units out there I can plug my cd player into to add some warmth?

Old 30th June 2006
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one time i plugged my output of my balari (sp?) entry toob pre, right into another to 'dubble the warmth'

and before that, i've thought nothing of thinking wild cows existed in tennessee
Old 30th June 2006
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I had a client who used two Lang PEQ1s with his stereo system to do this!

The tube power amp suggestion is a good one, or, slightly cheaper, get a bidirectional stereo +10/-4 box and a couple of (a suggestions for budgets sake) studio projects pres with the dialable tube warmth coupled to a passive volume attenuator straight to the power amp?

I love vinyl.


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