Comments From Our Customers
Just to let you know the Dino MkIII arrived yesterday and I’m really enjoying what it does. I think I see what you mean now about it ‘being quieter ’than say the Mk1. It’s early days I suppose but straight out of the box it sounded at least as good the MkI but there were subtle cues of ‘better to come’. Day 2 and I seem to be able to hear the key changes of individual instruments easier. Vocals seem even more natural and nicely better balanced. I’ve also noticed that fast pieces have a greater immediacy and precision. There seems to be better de-lineation of individual instruments being played, so you’re able hear what all the different musicians are playing, and follow what each one is doing. All in all a highly addictive and superb piece of kit.
Not so long ago I was listening to a Rega RP8 with an Apheta cartridge mounted on a RP1000 arm. The phono stage was Rega’s flagship phono stage retailing somewhere around £4k!! The music had plenty of drive but I noticed there was nasty upper mid-band lift, and I wasn’t the only one that heard it. The dealer said he thought this was down to the cartridge which might have been the case. That said, the conclusion I came to was that the phono stage used wasn’t £3k better than the one I had, what’s more I think the MkIII Dino could leave it very embarrassed indeed.
Ron C. – Cambs. Feb. 2015
Had the Clock 4 and Never Connected PSU fitted to my Naim Audio CDX/XPS. It’s been up and running for the past 2 weeks. It is a great upgrade, in every respect of sound quality.
I cannot believe how much of a bottleneck the original clock was. Next on the cards is to change the op-amps, I feel there is more to be had from this player.
Many thanks again,
John Ashbrook, 4/2/2013
I thought you would like to know that FedEx delivered the Alectos to me today. I have reassembled the mono-blocks and they are working fine. I expect the new components will take a few weeks to burn in and so did not expect to hear a significant difference in the amps right out of the box, so to speak, but am pleasantly surprised.
I listened to one CD right away just to make sure the amps were working properly. The increased power was evident in that a lower volume level on my preamp provided ample output volume, but that that was about it right off the bat. I left my system powered up for a couple of hours and then listened to a second CD this evening, and I have to say I am impressed. The sound stage is not only deeper as you predicted, but also extends much higher (taller) than before. Drums and other instruments now sit at or above the top of my Canton Vento 5 speakers (about 4′ tall), which is where they should be, instead of between the speakers, which is where they were before.
I will provide another report in a couple of weeks when the amps are fully broken in, but even at this early stage I am confident in saying it was worth the time and money to send the amps to you for upgrade.
Thanks much and best regards,
Dave Tedrahn, 12/06/2014
I received your up-dated Dino Mk2 yesterday and set it up today, it sounds fantastic. Thanks very much for your advice and a superb service.
John Beard, 10/5/2013
Thanks for the Clock 3 system you fitted to my Arcam Delta 70.2 last week – a remarkable transformation, obvious from the first disc I played. Everything a great deal more natural: more detail,more dynamics, better stereo etc etc. I just had to listen to music for the rest of the weekend. Great service, too!
Dr. Jim R Ralphs
I want to share with you my last experience.
The last 3 months cam and I hooked up to my system the following phono stages:
Tom Evans – the Groove
Heed Quasar + Q PSU
VDH – The Grail.
All I can say is that my Dino Mk2, Dino+ HP cable is at the top unnder the VDH Grail!
My congratulations! Very good work indeed.
Dim. G. Audio Consultant, 10/31/2013
I just wanted to thank you for the modification you made to my Dino Mk2.
You reduced the output because it was clipping my Cyrus amp.
Really fast service and it sounds fantastic, a big improvement over my old stage.
Paul Mallyon, 8/28/2013
Clock 4 with Never Connected Power Supply plus extra mods
After a two week burn in the player sounds fantastic. The Clock 4 and Never Connected power supply coupled with some board mods, diodes etc, burr brown opp amps fitted and biased into class a, iec socket mod and a few of my own mods namely loads of sound proofing, isolation feet etc, has turned this humble 90’s icon into a real £1000 plus sounding machine and easily beats my cd10 whos demise started my interest in player mods and for a fraction of the price I have a player that partners my £1500 pm17 ki superbly
Many thanks Trichord
Clock 3 fitted to a Marantz CD85
…I would like to say how delighted I am with the results of your work, I was hoping for something tangible, but I never imagined it would be so dramatic! When one goes in for this sort of modification you have to hope for the best, because there is no chance of a comparative audition. Audio memory is notoriously poor, and it is surprising how quickly you can become accustomed to a type of sound reproduction and accept it. Having said that, there was no mistaking the jump in quality of my machine. The extension of the bass depth, the reduction of the spikiness of the treble and the improvement in midrange clarity were all unmistakable, and, as you said, the width and depth of the sound stage have improved. I don’t know if being a Sound Engineer holds any sway with you, but you are welcome to use the relevant parts of this letter to endorse your work if you wish.