CEC TL-1 CD Transport, Champagne finish, top loading belt drive transport. In its own right, a superb transport, Check out the review in Stereophile Magazine detailing its many strengths, and one weakness, less than state of the art bass response, as also discussed in Audiogon forums.
This unit has had the Reference Audio Statement Modification, which totaled $2845.00. As put by another Audiogon member in the forums, they were worth every penny. Bass response is now state of the art. Jitter is now nonexistent, so the use of the highly recommended Genesis unit is not necessary, period. Sonics throughout the ferequencey spectrum is simply better, with many more acoustic cues. along with width, depth, and localization of instruments and performers.
From the Reference Audio website:
?NEW STATEMENT MODIFICATION!!!
"Reference Audio Mods presents the latest Statement modification to the CEC Transports. With constant development and improvement from exclusive suppliers Audiocom and Audio Consulting RAM is now able to further develop its modifications to new levels. Improvements in clock, power supply, and transformer technology makes this possible."
"-Audiocom UltraClock Upgrade and Ultraclock PSU upgrade COMBO ($1550 installed)-
Replace stock oscillator circuit with the improved Audiocom Statement Ultraclock. The Ultraclock presents the pinnacle of clock technology building upon the strengths of the Superclock 4. Every parameter has been optimized thus resulting in vastly lower jitter. The clock itself has even been Cryogenically treated for optimal resonance control. The difference we hear at RAM is astonishing! A sense of immediacy is easily noticeable with greater inner detail and more correct harmonic structure. Bass definition and impact now resemble that of SOTA turntables. This is probably the most telling improvement. We never though there were any problems in the bass until Ultraclock arrived."
"Adding an Ultraclock PSU to power the Ultraclock is simply required for optimal performance. Comprised of SOTA level components and a unique voltage regulation circuit Audiocom has managed to provide a PSU without equal. Basically head and shoulders above even the Superclock 4 PSU!"
"Statement Upgrade Path:
Power Supply Upgrades ($1300 Installed)
Ultraclock/Ultraclock PSU Combo upgrade to unit ($1545 installed)"
" $2845.00 installed, Free UPS Ground Return Shipping within USA"
More information available on the Reference Audio website.
Cosmetically, this unit is between a 7 and an 8, simply because of very light marks on the unit, Sonically, it is superb, Here is your chance to own one of the best for less than the price of the modification alone.
Please add an additional $20.00 to cover the cost of secure packaging.
This transport is sold with a money back guarantee. If not completely satisfied with its performance, simply return it in the same condition it was received in, and purchase price will be refunded, less shipping.