Why should I upgrade my CD player’s clock?
Even today, after many years of circuit development, the sound quality of all digital audio disc players (SACD, CD, DVD) is determined by the quality of the master clock and it’s associated power supply. Of course the rest of the circuit design is extremely important, but if the quality of the clock is not up to scratch then the overall performance will suffer. If your audio system suffers from a tiring, unfocused sound, with harsh treble and a weak bass, the cause is most likely to be high levels of jitter created by the clock in your player or transport.
We can install a more accurate clock from our friends over at Trichord, who guarantees that there will be less data corruption as it is all gated much more cleanly. The result is that less error correction needs doing when working out the data points to build the music back from digital dots…so you are listening to the original data, not made up numbers which introduce brashness and a type of distortion.
You may have also noticed that below there is a power supply. This is because we can either fit the module so that it runs off the CD player power supply, which is of course cheaper, or fit it so that it can use its own, which is much better for sound quality as it prevents any of that nasty AC hum from getting into the module.