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McCormack DNA-500 Silver Upgrade in Excellent Condition
Complete overhaul and Silver upgrade performed by Steve McCormack himself in September 2017.
I own a DNA-125 Platinum Plus and it has been my reference amp for many years. I have not been able to find something that can best it without spending a sum of money that I consider staggering. This DNA-500 can actually do that. I bought it from a friend locally and really wanted to see what it could do so I sent it to Steve for the works. It took quite a while to have the work completed and in that time we rearranged our living room and when I tried to put the DNA-500 in the system, my wife was not having it. It’s not to say that the amp has a low WAF… it’s just quite a bit bigger than the DNA-125 and I did not account for the difference.
This amp can drive any speakers with total authority and ease. Read all about it online and also what a terrific and talented guy Steve is. I am very loyal to his brand and it pains me to part with this amp. This amp was $7,000 new and that is certainly before the upgrades.
The Silver Edition Upgrade The Silver Edition upgrade is designed to strike a balance between price and performance. It employs a carefully selected set of parts to deliver significant performance improvement, well along the curve of diminishing returns. Without reservation, this is a superb upgrade for an already excellent amplifier. While Platinum and Gold Edition upgrades seek to establish absolute performance goals without regard for cost, the Silver Edition delivers outstanding performance at a relatively modest cost. A select subset of parts used in the Gold Edition are installed in the most critical circuit locations, delivering a wonderfully cost-effective performance enhancement. Sonic improvements will be found in greater textural richness and a fuller tonal palette, improved transient detail and ambience retrieval, as well as much more vivid dynamic contrast. Like its higher-priced cousins, the Silver Edition upgrade delivers the liquid, relaxed musical signature that my work is well-known for. This amp “gets out of the way” and lets your music shine through with emotional impact and involvement. It invites you to listen hour after hour, disc after disc, as you rediscover your music collection.
The Silver Edition offers the following: - Select product rebuild with the finest available parts - Hand craftsmanship and expert attention to detail - Audio Note, Vishay, and Caddock resistors (selected locations) - Nichicon Gold Tune, Muse, and RTI capacitors (selected locations) - Shunyata wiring - Soft-Recovery Diodes for the input stage - WBT RCA jacks - Cardas HCBP binding posts
With the addition of the Furutech XLR and AC inlets, I’d say this is closer to a Silver Plus and edging up near a Gold level upgrade.
The parts alone for the upgrade were nearly $1,000 and that is does not include labor. Message me with any questions and I am also happy to get on the phone to discuss. I can send additional photos, etc.
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