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    The stock versions were a bit too plain Jane for me. In this first pic I already added a piece of chrome pinstripe tape to the volume control knob notch because I couldn't see it being all black. I had also installed the optional wooden high gloss black side panels. However, they were still lacking.

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    This is the finished job. I replaced the black buttons with silver ones and added the silver Marantz star emblem to the integrated so that it matched the SACD/CD player. The story and work involved in this cosmetic surgery is just way too long and convoluted for me to go into, but it turned out exactly like I wanted and well worth the effort.

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    Very nice looking indeed.
    Great idea on the chrome tape. I'd like to try something like that for my Parasound 2100.

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    Impressive. While I just want to listen to music, not screw with it, I can 'see' how these tweaks can make it better, at least during the day.

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    Looks great Jesse. Now I see what you were trying to accomplish. Kuddo's. glad it worked out.

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    Thanks guys.

    Great idea on the chrome tape. I'd like to try something like that for my Parasound 2100.
    Any hobby shop should carry it. Comes in a multitude of widths.

    While I just want to listen to music, not screw with it, I can 'see' how these tweaks can make it better, at least during the day.
    Amazingly, they sound exactly the same as before.

    Now I see what you were trying to accomplish.
    A picture truly is worth a thousand words, eh? Thanks again for your efforts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Thanks guys.
    Amazingly, they sound exactly the same as before.
    Are you sure there isn't some placebo effect goin on here ? I mean seriously, some company out there has to have silver chromey type tape that costs a grand a foot lol. Seriously nice simple subtle touches, very classy.
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    Are you sure there isn't some placebo effect goin on here ?
    I had a terrible time getting a pic that looked that good. They actually look much better in person or do they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I had a terrible time getting a pic that looked that good. They actually look much better in person or do they?
    What are you using to take the photos with ? a phone ? I just got a fancy little DSLR, still reading through the manual but it's produced some incredible photos even on full on idiot mode (Auto)
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    It's a Sony that usually takes great pics. The problem is the can lighting and I couldn't use the flash as it would wash out the fronts.
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    Ah k, I'm assuming the faceplate on the SACD player is similar to mine, how well built inside ? Seems fairly solid on my unit. I like that actually.
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    Impressive build quality, top shelf components and more importantly, sounds great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    top shelf components and more importantly, sounds great.
    I have to agree here, even my little CD6004 sounds amazing for being a disc spinner. Quite happy when it was added to the chain as it just fit in to the SQ goals I was trying to achieve, can I do better? Yep however how much more do I have to spend to get small upgrades in the SQ? You know what I paid for this wonderful player and it wasn't anywhere close to normal retail prices.
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    I was able to get good close up pics. The silver buttons on the SACD/CD player.

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    The integrated.

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    Very nice! Rich, subtle and not over done.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Kenny...

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    PolkieMan, what's up with the link to a roll of one inch wide tape?
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    Jesse when I first saw this thread listed I was wondering why the hell you were having reconstructive surgery.

    Nice work as usual.

    What speakers are you running with that set up?

    Do you use the treble and bass controls or keep them flat? I am not sure I saw a bypass for them.

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    Very nice Jesse, not sure how I missed this thread..
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    You added a touch of class. Marantz should consider making the change for their next line-up.

    I have the Marantz PM5004 and CD5004 in my basement rig and I am impressed even being their entry level. The amp could use a little more drive but is very sweet sounding. I am sure yours has that drive.
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    Nice look; nice work, Jesse!

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    How do you like the Dac on the 8004? I think it sounds very good when I have compared it to the w4s dac2 and ps audio mk2.

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    What speakers are you running with that set up?
    The same ones I've been using.

    Do you use the treble and bass controls or keep them flat? I am not sure I saw a bypass for them.
    Post #15, the source direct button is lit.

    Marantz should consider making the change for their next line-up.
    Agreed and I think they should hire me as a design consultant.

    How do you like the Dac on the 8004?
    I like it very much.
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    Jesse, you have good taste in SACD players! I have the same one, love it. Nice touch, I like.
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    oh my mistake I saw the word tape and I thought that you somehow covered the black buttons but reading closer I see they were replaced with silver ones

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    Just when I thought I was finished tweaking my equipment...You've inspired me to BeDazzle the face of my SC-05. I like sparkles
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    Yea it's really nice, must hide my credit card

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    Jesse, you have good taste in SACD players! I have the same one, love it. Nice touch, I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Amazingly, they sound exactly the same as before.
    Just wait until they break in

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    Damn, now I wanna do the silver button treatment to my CD6004...lol
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