Denon DCD 2500 NE SACD Player Upgrade
Upgrade your purchase with these options:
Almost any Hi-Fi component can be upgraded to higher performance using our techniques and components. The two things go together – the know-how and the right component. Over the last 30 years, we have developed our knowledge of where the biggest problems lie and how to overcome them to unleash better performance from a given piece of equipment.
Every now again we get the chance to carry out a full, bells and whistles upgrade to a component. A while back it was the Marantz SA-10, then a Denon 1600NE and now this time it’s the turn of the 1600NE’s big brother, the Denon 2500NE.. and what a result! Launched initially in Japan back in 2016 as part of range of new budget to high-end, high resolution players, the 2500NE sat at the top of the pile. Besides CD and Super Audio CD playback, the 2500NE also features playback of audio recordings up to PCM192/24 or DSD5.6 recorded on a DVD R/RW on its Advanced SVH Mechanism.
Featuring a revised and improved circuitry to previous models, where the signal paths have been kept as short as possible and the whole circuitry minimized. The engineers also redesigned the disc drive mechanism brackets and the chassis to eliminate vibration and noise the great enemy of disc players, and achieve ultra-vibration-resistant performance.
The Denon 2500NE sounded great in stock form and punched well above its price point and we were mightily impressed here at Russ Andrews HQ. Its no-nonsense minimalist design produced a smooth, detailed and dynamic sound. But we identified quite a few key areas for upgrade. The upgrade builds on the strengths of the player. Everything you love about the sound remains – it just gets so much better.
43 significant component upgrades/changes are made across the power supply, digital and analogue circuitry, and output sockets. Upgrades include a Trichord Master clock, Russ's favoured audio grade Panasonic capacitors which give a smooth and detailed sound, together with Kimber capacitors.
The Denon 2500 is completely disassembled to gain access to key areas of upgrade. Post upgrade, the unit is then soak tested for 24 hours.
Starting with the mains input, a new IEC socket is fitted, the internal wiring is upgraded to Kimber TCX pure copper wire which features our proprietary Super Burn-in process.
The power supply section is then upgraded with Panasonic Audiograde Caps.
Additional mains conditioning modules are also fitted – Silencer, Zapperator and ClarityMains all designed to further smooth the mains supply.
On the left is the upgraded Trichord Master clock we use. On the right is the original clock we’ve removed. Quite a difference!
An external Grounding post is fitted to facilitate the easy connection and integration with our grouding eco system.
If you don't have the exact model, but a similar variant, then we can also offer an upgrade for those players too! a very similar unit, then it's highly likely that the same or similar upgrades will apply. But we can't guarantee that until we have the unit here for inspection. Get in touch and let us know what you have.
Equipment upgrades are proving hugely popular. During peak times there may be a wait of several weeks before we can carry out the upgrade. So before we get your equipment here, it must be booked in so we can ensure a speedy turnaround of the upgrade. Once you have placed your order, we will contact you to arrange a suitable week and getting the equipment here.
For those of you who are local enough or if you fancy a trip to the lakes, you can drop off your equipment personally and then collect it when it’s complete or we can ship it back to you.
We can arrange a courier collection of your equipment for an additional cost. We currently use UPS.
To make things easier, we can offer several collection options.
1. We can arrange a specific day for the courier to call and collect your equipment. Someone will need to be available all day at the collection address as we’re unable to arrange a time slot for collections.
2. Dropping off at a UPS Access Point. UPS use a network of local shops to deliver and collect parcels from and to. We can either post you a collection label or email you the label (you will need to print the label at home/work). Securely box up your equipment, affix the collection label to the outside of the box and take it to your preferred Access Point where you will be issued a receipt. UPS Access Points can be found here (link opens in a new window), simply enter your postcode to find your nearest one.
Please note this is an upgrade modification, it does not include a Denon 2500 SACD player.