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The following mods were undertaken by Coherent Systems to a stock Musical Fidelity X-Ray V3, and PMC GB1s:

X-RayV3:

Trichord Clock 4 crystal oscillator fitted.
Trichord dedicated clock PSU fitted.
5 Volt digital supply replaced with custom super-regulator.
All decoupling and bypass capacitors upgraded.
Main power supply through-hole smoothing capacitors upgraded.
Furutech Rhodium-plated IEC inlet socket fitted.
WBT "Nextgen" digital output socket fitted.
Digital wiring replaced with Coherent Systems "Connoiseur" wiring.
PLL Filter upgraded with metal-film capacitors and precision resistors.
Power-supply wiring improved.

The mods reflect its use as a dedicated transport.

Used with X-DACv3, X-10v3 tube buffer biamped with X-150 and X-P200 amplifiers - initially via stock Tannoy 609s, later with Coherent-modded PMC GB1s.

Result: even before running-in, the lift in performance was dramatic and immediate. Even through the (temporary) Tannoys the modded CDP immediately outperformed the unmodified setup, with a musically more cohesive performance. 250 hours of run-in time later and the performance is massively bootstrapped - as much as two price-classes above its previous capability. The X-Ray remains a neutral and detailed player that simply plays the music without sanitising it, while the vital "Believability Factor" has leaped-up!

In my experience, you would need to spend at least £1500 new to improve on this sound, and I have heard CDPs retailing close to £2500 that do not sound better to my ears.

PMC GB1s:

This job involved an upgrade to the crossovers. All capacitors and resistors were significantly upgraded with carefully-selected high-grade components.

Result: stunning: WOW! Before, the PMCs "presented" the sound, not unpleasantly, but not neutrally either. Now they "communicate" it. All definable areas have improved, so seamlessly that it is my pet-fave, that Believability Factor that once-again sums it up best - everything, very simply, sounds more real. Cost of the upgrade was £175 and I'd be looking to spend at least £1500 to even *equal* the modded GB1s.

There is always the possibility that DIY mods can put a system out of synergy unless painstakingly chosen items, based on thousands of hours of experience, are used. Using Coherent's expertise has avoided that pitfall, and yielded a result that comfortably exceeds the sum of its parts. I consider this work an absolute bargain, and commend it to anyone who is approaching where they want to be on their upgrade path, and who wants to increase their system's performance without losing either its fundamental character nor the approval of their nearest and dearest!
 
Date of Posting: 11 July 2006
Posted By: Paul Jeffery Oxfordshire
I have used various different mains treatment devices from isolation transformers to capacitor/inductor filters.

When I had the Coherent Systems PowerMaster on trial it was a very large eye (ear!) opener. It rendered my previous mains treatments obsolete immediately. I'm not sure how it does it but it works very well. In my system the main attributes it gives are, a much lower noise floor, cleaner highs, better defined bass and a more prominent midrange. Along with these improvements came a much wider soundstage, this necessitated moving the speakers farther apart and along with that came a deeper stage as well. It is now much easier to hear each instrument and its ambience, vocals are cleaner and better placed. All this is without loosing any musical integration, not clinical in any way. It has none of the bad attributes of some other types of mains treatment, for instance, I found that capacitor/inductor filters can have a detrimental effect on dynamics. The Power Master has no effect like this at all, in fact I believe that due to the lower noise floor, dynamics now have way more punch and almost seem faster.

The unit itself is very small considering it has six power outlet, this makes it a doodle to hide behind your rack and helps keep things tidy. I would recommend anyone who wants to eek out more from their system gives this unit an audition, but be sure you have the cash as I doubt you will want to return it!.

System -- Raga Jupiter CD player. Scheu based DIY turntable, modified Raga RB300, DV10x5 cartridge. Transcendent Sound Grounded Grid Pre-amp (Modified) Bel Canto Evo4 power amp Meadowlark Kestrel Hotrod2 speakers. Supports - Seismic sink under CD player and power amp. Other items on marble and spike combo.
 
Date of Posting: 06 May 2006
Posted By: Andrew Penance
A quick note on the customer service provided by Tony at Coherent Systems. I've known Tony for several years and have been extremely impressed with the service he's provided over that period. My first contact with Tony was after upgrading my DAC and finding that the resultant tonal balance of my system was too bright. I'd contacted Tony to take advantage of the 14 day trial offer on his cables with the intention of trying to tame the brightness by changing my interconnects. Tony was more than happy to pay a personal visit in an effort to cure the problem and given that he was making a 170 mile round-trip I was more than a little concerned that I would be under pressure to buy whatever products he was bringing along to try and cure my problem. To my surprise there was no 'sales' pressure whatsoever, Tony was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject and after explaining my problem proceeded to swap cables in and out of my system while I sat and listened to their effect, and what an effect they had! It was difficult to believe I was listening to the same system! Each change of cable built upon the last until finally I had what he called a 'full loom', a digital interconnect between the transport and d/a converter, analogue interconnects from the d/a converter to the amps, bi-wire cables from the amps to the speakers and a power cable on the transport, d/a converter and on each mono bloc amp.

At this point the sound-stage of my system was incredible - considerably wider, deeper and taller than with my original cables, also, the replacement cables had reduced the effect of the system brightness by significantly reducing the edginess and harshness in the treble that I hadn't really noticed had been present until now. The last trick Tony did was to plug the transport and d/a converter power leads into one of his Power Master mains conditioners, this moved the system up another notch, with another increase in sound stage width, depth and height, with a further reduction in the edginess and harshness in the treble.

At this point I was completely shocked, it was like all the components in my system had been upgraded to something much more expensive. Over the ensuing months I purchased the various cables piecemeal as funds became available and just recently took delivery of my latest purchase from Tony which were a pair of custom re-engineered mono bloc amplifiers based around Bel Canto Tripath digital technology and a customised version of his Power Master III power conditioner. The amps are absolutely stunning, a significant step up from my Krell MDA 300 mono blocs with the bonus of drawing much less current than the Krell's allowing them to be used with the customised Power Master III mains conditioner, which has now resulted in the reduction of edginess and harshness in the system to the point where it's virtually non-existent.

Equipment:

 
Date of Posting: 22 January 2006
Posted By: Gary Griffiths West Midlands

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