Originally Posted by RUR
By my math, if we set aside all of the new or very low post-count members, we’re left with:
Three long-term members @ A-circle/AVS with negative experiences
One long-term member here with a positive experience
Fair point; difficult to argue with that, but there are reasons to explain ...
Originally Posted by Johnla
Problem is, neither you or ANYBODY else with any real credibility, has even remotely proven that any of his mods really do any such things!
When I first posted in this thread I was reluctant to participate because of the likely scepticism and hostility, and I expect that would apply to many of Schulte's other customers. I think its somewhat inevitable because of his unusual business model, and I can understand part of that - I nearly stayed away myself.
I haven't had much time to finish my story due to pressure of work. That's over, but it looks like I might be too late to overcome the momentum of this thread. I think that would be a shame though, as the story is worth finishing, and I'll give it another go. It seems like credibility is important, and I might be able to do something about that.
My ambition is to have an AV system that plays music like a stereo, but that seems a tall order, and I've been trying to figure the best way to achieve it for a year. I started in this thread by comparing lots of players and processors.http://www.avforums.com/forums/audio...ml#post8654537
I went to great lengths to understand what players and processors could do in a system, and found good ingredients but poor implementation with the Onkyo processor. I heard good things about what Schulte could do with the Onkyo, but needed more confidence than just a bunch of extravagant claims and testimonials on the TUC web-site. That didn't count for anything to me, so I tried to validate the testimonials by contacting TUC customers directly. Their recommendations were unsurprisingly a bit more qualified than what you see on the website, but they did broadly back-up the claims.
With a lot of apprehension I took the plunge and bought an upgraded Onkyo. To check out the claims, I bought and borrowed all the best processors I could get my hands on, and stacked them up against the upgraded Onkyo. I don't want to repeat everything I wrote, as I described this here:http://www.avforums.com/forums/audio...kyo-sc885.html
Hopefully you can spare the time to read some of the threads that I listed, and appreciate that I take this subject more seriously than is good for me. Its been quite an obsession, and in hindsight I wish I could have simply known the answer and gone straight to the end result. It would have saved a great deal of time, effort and money, but its done now, and I think other people might like to benefit from what I've done this year. It has been self-serving, but I think a lot of people want the same information about what works and what doesn't. (I've been auditioning about a half-dozen power amps as well, but that must wait for another thread.)
Therefore I have a lot of relevant experience of comparing high quality processors, and how the TUC upgrades fit in with the market. (I have much less experience of assessing the improvement to disc players, so I leave that to others). To my mind, the upgrades take the Onkyo 885 from the bottom of the heap to the very top, which is a remarkable achievement considering the cost of the upgrade. I had a good look at the inside of the modded unit, and though I won't comment on what I saw, I dont' suppose anyone here would be too surprised if I posted pictures of it here.
The most important point though, is that whatever they are, the upgrades actually work. Although much of my review kit this year has been sent to its original or new owners, I still have an Arcam AV9 sat next to my Onkyo 885 SE, and I can demonstrate them together to anyone who would like to hear. Not much use to Americans I know, but although the Arcam is near the top of the pile in some ways, the Onkyo beats it at everything. I've done my utmost with a variety of revealling systems (which have shown up the shortcomings of some well-regarded power amps) to find fault with the Onkyo, and I really can't.
On the basis of my experience with the Onkyo, I bought an upgraded Denon 3800 from TUC. I've since sold that (could have sold it three times over) and since had a Pioneer BDP-09 upgraded. Based on my experience I have a lot of subjective and qualitative comments to make about TUC, but this post is long enough already.
Originally Posted by CruelInventions
If this is a cult, it's certainly a patient and polite cult, I'll concede and give them lots of credit for that. It's difficult to maintain your composure in the face of aggressive doubters, but most of these Upgrade Company customers do. That's impressive.
Believe me its not easy, so that is appreciated.