Originally Posted by varsitypride3
I decided to give the ps1 a 2nd chance. I plugged in a component a/v cable (original sony product) from a ps2 into the a/v out of the unit and threw a cd in.
At first, i was getting teeeeeeeeeeerrible, loud distortion whenever the music peaked. I thought something has gone horribly wrong. I unplugged and plugged everything back in a few times and even opened the ps1 up to check for dust or other debris. After letting it play maybe 20-30 minutes, the distortion went away completely. I let it play various cd's for the rest of the night.
It was maybe 2-3 hours into my listening session that it dawned on me. The ps1 didn't sound like my cd transport + external dac setup.. at all. It sounded like my late 1970's year old marantz turntable. Mellow, darker (as in, no brightness) with rolled off lows and highs. This resulted in the mids (read: vocals) coming thru well. The vocals had a good weight to them, and were clean. The artists just seemed "there" in the room. I came to the conclusion that the reason people like the PS1 is because it sounds like a Vinyl player than a CD player. This has its advantages and disadvantages--its a matter of preference.
Which brought me back to the stereophile article. Toward the end, John Atkinson states that he thinks people are enjoying the ps1 NOT because its a technically excellent cd player, but rather, because its coloration might be masking some of the inherent cold-sounding nature of the CD. I venture to say that most of the people who have a ps1 and love it also have a turntable and love Vinyl music.
the ps1 now has a permanent place in my setup.
Thanks for the updated report.
When I want to test the highs and lows of a CD player I insert a 1990 digital recording of Virgil Fox playing the Ruffatti organ at the Gardern Grove Comminity Church in Garden Grove, California (
Laseerlight 15 313):http://www.virgilfoxlegacy.com/discographycd.html
I also listen to various tracks on a copy I have of an "Audio Sense" sampler CD that I've listened to a hundred times on various players from high-end to low-end. (By its current price, the PS would probably fit in the latter category.)
In short, I do not hear any deficiencies in playback, but this is probably a matter of taste, as you say. I read Stereophile
articles with some interest, but I keep in the front of my mind that irresistable political forces must come to bear on a Stereophile
reviewer who is "confronted" with the audio quality of the PS. Combine this with the "taste" factor in the sound quality of audio components in general, and it becomes difficult for the reader/consumer to know what
to think after reading this review in particular.
That being said, however, Stereophile
's 2000 review of our Paradigm Studio 100 v2 spekaers is what prompted me to connect the speakers to the 4-Ohm terminals of our integrated tube amp, and that simple act instantly transformed the semi-conscious Studios into the fire-breakthing dragons that were described in the Stereophile
If you happen to be interested in just possibly further improving what comes out of an already-great-sounding (IMO) PS CD player, you might want to consider this person's modification service:http://trade.audioasylum.com/ca/list...-Service/40409
I was seriously considering that service myself, but the 5501 that I bought sounded so good the first time I used it, that I didn't feel it necessary to spend the extra bucks, and my opinion hasn't changed as my listening hours stack up. If you do spring for that mod, I'd love to hear what you have to say about the result.
FYI, I have our PS powered on all the time, ready to do its thing whenever the need arises. If this player is not the audio bargain of the century, I'd like to know what is.