Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 CD player

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,632
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Yeah, don't remind me. Not looking forward to it. People in my neighborhood love to set of these huge mortars for several days leading up to and after the 4th. My skittish cat gets really freaked out and scared by it every year, feel so bad for him. :(

    Our old neighbors would have real fireworks (AKA missiles) that they would shoot directly above our house, making it pretty much impossible to go outside every night unless we wanted to get rained on with burning ash. They would do this for one to two weeks. Ruby (our St. Bernard) was always so so scared. It was defeaning even inside the house. And on the actual night of the fourth, they would have a huge party involving fireworks, ATVs, and beer. Two years ago they flipped the ATV twice, and two of them were sent to the hospital for being basically blown to bits when one held a Roman Candle and pointed it at himself and his friend. Thank goodness they are gone.
    Micah

    Ok so I was reading this thread and these last two sentences sound terrible! That is not at all what I meant, the two guys are ok, and they moved away two years ago. :#
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp and 4155 tuner courtesy of DaddyJT, NAD C352 playing power amp, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.

    Resident Child of Club Polk
  • halohalo Posts: 5,201
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Listening to this player again and continuing to be impressed.

    If nothing else, it's worth buying one of these on sight just to experience for yourself the great stereo imaging it has. So very nice! :)

    You got a good one there Drew. May be time to give it a dedicated shelf on your SolidSteel audio rack!
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,112
    Drew, that's nothing compared to a good tubed pre-amp. Glad you're enjoying dipping your toes in the world of the ancient glass bottle.

    Soon it's time to hit the next level of the rabbit hole! >:)

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    I agree man. I've been researching tube preamps for a while now. There's several interesting designs and implementations of various tubes that I've come across.

    Unfortunately it's not a good time for me to buy any gear right now due to being in the process of getting laid off, but maybe when I land a new job I will finally get one for myself!
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Soon it's time to hit the next level of the rabbit hole! >:)

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,112
    No hurry enjoy the cdp and good luck with the job hunt. I will tell you though as Murphy's Law, the best deals come up when you don't have $$$. LOL. :D

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,322
    heiney9 wrote: »
    I will tell you though as Murphy's Law, the best deals come up when you don't have $$$. LOL. :D

    H9

    Ain't that the TRUTH !!!

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    Glad you got to a time in your life that you can LOVE the sound that comes from your personally designed system. B) Isn't it elating! B)
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    I also hope you find a new job quickly or get the unemployment bennies coming in quick while you continue your search.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Thanks Tony. This is a real special player with a lot of personality!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    So I haven't used this player for the past week or two (getting ready to roll in the Siemens tubes though!) so it's powered off but plugged in, and I notice that occasionally I hear a relay click come from it randomly.

    Sometimes in the middle of the night, sometimes afternoon. It seems random and only 2 or 3 relay clicks per 12-24 hour period.

    I'm not concerned (should I be?) but just figured I'd mention it to see if anyone had any ideas regarding why it does this.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,457
    Settle down, Drew.... No worries
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Not worried, just simply wondering why.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,632
    One of my LSi’s subs did this for a long time, eventually I accidentally switched the plugs and the problem went away. I don’t know why, or how, but other than turning on and off, never clicked again. So maybe try a different outlet?
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD 1155 preamp and 4155 tuner courtesy of DaddyJT, NAD C352 playing power amp, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 courtesy of Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack, Millenium Falcon :)
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.

    Resident Child of Club Polk
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,690
    Worry, that's not usual.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Hm, I suppose I could physically unplug it between uses.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,690
    Better yet, figure out what's clicking and why.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    I just did a few searches, and I couldn't find anyone else discussing it's relay clicking while powered off. Just a lot of other discussion about it's various relays.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,166
    edited August 2018
    I recall a mute relay but that shouldn't operate if it's off. Maybe check with Upscale Audio. They were an importer and seller. They have experience with it.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Hah, if I do that, they'll just tell me I should buy a PrimaLuna instead!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,166
    Have Russ take a look at it....

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    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,991
    Have you (the OP) read Stereophile's review? You might find it interesting, if you haven't.
    Well, Rumpelstiltskin ain't my name, but would you believe me if I told you that all this is yours for a thousand bucks and change? A no-frills, basic version of the Dutch-made AH! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 CD player costs $699. It's based on a player that Kevin Deal, of US importer Upscale Audio, tactfully calls an "OEM 4000"—it's a Marantz under the skin. This basically provides the case, front-panel display, drive mechanism, DAC, headphone jack, and remote control. The mystery unit is then substantially tweaked. Deal says this process begins with the replacement of the transistorized muting circuit with a mechanical relay and the stock clock with a low-jitter unit called a Supercrystal. An AC Noise Killer, in a small black box mounted near the AC cord, purportedly contributes to a slightly quieter midband response.
    [emphasis added]
    https://www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/1103tjoeb/index.html

    TNT's review was pretty interesting, too.
    https://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/tjoeb4000_e.html

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    edited August 2018
    Very good detective work!! ^^^^^^

    Drew does have very sensitive ears doesn't he?

    He just might be hearing that mechanical muting! ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,991
    I remember something about these clicking back when they were new -- although the TNT article seems to draw the opposite conclusion (that the Ah! mods removed the stock player's click), so I am kind of perplexed. I may dig around a little more; it's kind of intriguing.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Yes, I've read the reviews.

    I hear a relay click upon powering the player on, and then also when powering it off. Additionally, a relay clicks upon the start of playing a CD immediately before the music starts.

    None of the articles mention relays clicking when the unit is powered off.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,991
    edited August 2018
    Aha! (pun oh-so-intended) :)
    Dick Olsher's review in Enjoy the Music is pretty to the point, and - I think - explains my memory - it was the first generation Ah! Tjoeb '99 that was particularly clickish.
    As with the Tjoeb '99, the stock transistorized muting circuit has been disabled. A CD player needs to be muted occasionally, as there are places where very loud pops can occur. The Tjoeb uses a relay which is either in or out of the signal path. This costs more, but sounds better. The only downside with the Njoe Tjoeb is a soft click when the player is started, paused, or stopped. Gone are the clicks between tracks experienced with the Tjoeb '99.
    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0501/tjoeb4000.htm
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,690
    edited August 2018
    This is the issue he is having. It clicks randomly when the player is not in use.
    None of the articles mention relays clicking when the unit is powered off.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,991
    edited August 2018
    F1nut wrote: »
    This is the issue he is having. It clicks randomly when the player is not in use.
    None of the articles mention relays clicking when the unit is powered off.

    Yup, good to reiterate after my ramblin's (which weren't too helpful, unfortunately) -- but I was trying to refresh my memory on these.

    Reading the reviews of the 4000 showed that its relay clicking is very well behaved -- I do think its precursor, the '99', was much clickier -- but, even then, I doubt (??) that it clicked turned "off" (i.e., in standby).

    Clicking in off/standby does sound like something's amiss, all righty.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
    Just read this thread. What? 6 pages with no happy ending? What's up Drew? :smile: Finish the tale my man! :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Haven't installed the Siemens tubes yet.

    Not sure if that is what you are referring to.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
    What about the clicking issue? Did you get it resolved?
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Ah! No. I did not take it anywhere to get evaluated/serviced, so it is what it is. It hasn't burst into flames yet, so I guess it's just another quirk of this unit!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
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