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This collectible and desirable vintage Tube and Solid State DAC was serviced in house for preventative maintenance based on our Sonic Frontiers experience.
We've fully restored this same model in the past, so we know where to look to avoid known issues down the line in its new home.
This specific model suffers from leaking electrolytic caps, as the power supply is actually fully running whenever the unit is plugged in.
We replace all of the original Panasonic HFQ capacitors with long life 105C Nichicon electrolytics to ensure smooth operation.
It's also highly recommended to unplug this DAC when your system is going to be left unused for a long period of time.
It's now working absolutely perfectly and is likely to do so for a few more decades.
This is also the more desirable MKII version with the HDCD chip that improves non-HDCD source material, along with many more refinements.
Please click here to read the glowing Stereophile review for more details on its sound quality. AND it's featured on the fabulous The Vintage Knob website so you know it's truly something special.
Original MSRP was a whopping $5300 in the 1990's. That works out to over $10k in todays dollars when adjusted for inflation (!!)
Sonic Frontiers SFD-2 MKII - Owner's Manual
More from the Manual:
INSERTION OF THE TUBES
The SFD-2 MKII comes with two 6922 (6DJ8-type) tubes, individually boxed and bagged along with a cotton glove, screw- driver, and screws for fastening the SFD-2 MKII cover. If desired, replacement of these tubes may be done to suit the listener’s preference.
The following tube types will work under the same technical parameters as the 6922 and require no circuitry modification to function:
• 7308/E188CC • 6DJ8/ECC88 • E88CC
THE HDCD PROCESS
The SFD-2 MKII includes a free HDCD-encoded sampler CD to demonstrate the HDCD process. This process is a true advancement in digital audio reproduction, providing one of the single greatest improvements in digital audio since the introduction of the CD format more than a decade ago.
This sophisticated encoding/decoding system greatly reduces both additive and subtractive distortions in digital recordings, providing a resolution and freedom from distortion equal to that of analog recordings.
In addition, the HDCD decoder’s internal digital filter provides significant sonic improvements to non-HDCD source material as well.
Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.
Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects
Kimber Kable - XLR Interconnects
Kimber Kable - Coaxial Digital Interconnect
Kimber Kable - Optical Digital Interconnect
Kimber Kable - Digital AES/EBU (XLR Connector) Interconnect
Kimber Kable - Power Cords
Click here for a list of HDCD-encoded Compact Discs
More on HDCD from Wikipedia:
"High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) is a proprietary audio encode-decode process that claims to provide increased dynamic range over that of standard Red Book audio CDs, while retaining backward compatibility with existing compact disc players.
Originally developed by Pacific Microsonics, the first HDCD-enabled CD was released in 1995. In 2000, the technology was purchased by Microsoft, and the following year, there were over 5,000 HDCD titles available. Microsoft's HDCD official website was discontinued in 2005; by 2008, the number of available titles had declined to around 4,000.
A number of CD and DVD players include HDCD decoding, and versions 9 and above of Microsoft's Windows Media Player on personal computers are capable of decoding HDCD.
HDCD was a favorite for several artists such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and the Beach Boys, all of whom have had many titles in their catalogs reissued in this format.
HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by using custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding: Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter; and Low Level Range Extend, which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of a very minor increase in noise.
The claim that the encoding process is compatible with ordinary CD players (without audible distortion) is disputed: not being able to decode the peak soft limiting, a normal CD player will output distorted peaks."
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PURCHASING FROM SKYFI:
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home unless you opt for local pickup from our shop. Please note that all local pickup items are only wrapped with industrial strength clear cling stretch wrap if the original manufacturer packaging is unavailable.
Local pickup is available in Glen Rock, NJ, just a half hour drive from Midtown Manhattan, with convenient parking near our building.
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WHO WE ARE:
SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you’re local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
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TRADE IN POLICY:
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration. We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we’re running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you’re looking for top dollar, we suggest selling direct on your own.
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We are currently operating from our shop inside our dedicated building in Glen Rock, NJ. You’re welcome to make an appointment if there’s a piece of equipment you’d like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have several well-equipped and dedicated listening areas, plus a dedicated listening studio with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We’re not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you’re just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence - no tire kickers please.
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