Rotel 965-BX CD Player upgrade with Burson HD Opamps, Burson Jitter Correction Clock and Burson Regulators – By Eric K.
I now prefer to listen to the Rotel and more importantly, I no longer have a great urge to look for the next CD upgrade!
Comments on the modifications done on the Rotel 965-BX CD player which included HD Audio Opamps, low jitter clock and low noise regulator.
Rotel 965-BX CD player about to be totally stripped down. Notice the empty space inside, on the right. Dis-assemble!!!!
Clean, neatly laid out circuit board, fitted with Blackgate capacitors!! Picture before modification with Burson parts.
Finally, player is reassembled after all the Burson parts are installed. AC input is also modified with new IEC inlet socket (top right).
Close-up showing all the Burson parts neatly installed in a row. Op-amps, clock & regulators.
First of all, Thank you!
Your products have brought a new leash of life to my Rotel. You have also saved me a bundle as I was about to plunge into that deep abyss of finding the next best CD player.
My Rotel was the first CD player I ever bought 15 years ago and I kept it around for sentimental reasons. I felt that the old banger still had a thing or two to show the other younger players but the fight gets longer and tougher. In essence, the Rotel got tired.
When my friend, Ronald, suggested the modification, I was skeptical to say the least. But I trusted his judgement and let him do the modification for me. After the modification, the Rotel had a deeper and darker background, a much more defined/focused and convincing soundstage, and yet managed to bring out finer details of the music which was subdued before this. The latter was the part which I painfully noticed when compared to the newer generation of players.
Now, when I play the Rotel to my Rega Apollo (another fine player), I find the distinction between the two less obvious and in fact, the Rotel came out more musical. The bass was somehow more punchy yet refined. The treble is now richer and fuller, with a more pronounced upper treble (but not tizzy). This is the part where the Marantz had an upperhand over my Rotel but this is no longer the case.
I now prefer to listen to the Rotel and more importantly, I no longer have a great urge to look for the next CD upgrade! I would like to thank my friend Ronald for introducing me to Bursonaudio and I thank you BursonAudio for your excellent products.