FWIW, as far as I’m aware Naim can no longer undertake the modifications to CDS3s that use the earlier VAM1250 mech to run the VAM1202.
Just because the factory can no longer replace the VAM1250 or undertake the update modifications doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a “kitchen table” tech who can scavenge an appropriate working mech from an old scrapped player or perhaps cobble together required parts (laser etc…) into a working mech of some kind to keep your player going. And if you’re not up for going that way, then there’s always someone who will be, and willing to buy your player for spares/repairs. That’s probably a better route than turning it into a cat litter tray.
Good luck and would be lovely to keep us updated of the outcome. I had 2 CDS3 and sold the one with the newer 1202 mech, which may have been the wrong choice. My current CDS3 got probably one of the last vam1250 replacement in 2015, so let s hope it still has some time left to work as intended.
I ran a thread Sustaining Naim CDPs - An Appeal - #404 on this very subject a while ago. As I write this I’m listening to my CDS3 - Mark Knopfler first studio album in HDCD - and it sounds sublime, in fact one well renowned Naim dealer said to me digital was never better, perhaps slightly exaggerated but I’m very inclined to agree.
This was the machine which in all its glory was the frontispiece on the Naim website. I get that CD no longer fits Naim’s business model but there must be a solution?!
Interesting - ripped on what, played through what?
For me my CDS2 sounds better then any CD ripped on my unitiserv through NDX2.
I love the convenience of the latter , and indeed the sound quality is great - but the engagement is not the same.