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When you upgrade fuses on an amplifier in addition to changi ... Jedinite24
Jedinite24, i have been advised that the fuse next to the po ... Milpai
I am lucky, i only had single fuse per component to change, ... Lacee
Jedinite, if you haven't experimented with a good power con ... Vhiner
Sebrof - "to me, this is the crux of the debate. when s ... Jeff_jones
I am firmly in the camp that upgraded power cords, whether d ... Lacee
Lacee - i'm in the camp that gives up after 3 pages of the s ... Jeff_jones
Happy listening is indeed the end result ,and the intended o ... Lacee
Did someone blow a fuse? happy listening, indeed, to everyo ... Nonoise
Jeff, you did not comment on my nordost vs signal cable poin ... Milpai
Hi you guys in my systems i do have aftermarket power cords ... Jedinite24
Jedinite, i like my hubbels...it'll be interesting to hear ... Vhiner
Carol 10/3 cables work quite well as power cord wire, but it's bulky.
I've used FIM, Shunyata, and many Hubbel receptacles, anything is better than what comes with the house, but some are better than others,if your pocket book rules the day, then look for some cheaper used plugs.
As far as IEC and male plug ends, I've found that the cheaper Furutech copper plugs do a good job for reasonable money.
I have also noticed a big step up when I made a new 20 amp power cord using the Rhodium 20 amp plugs from Furutech and their top line power cord wire.
It was costly, but still cheaper than a 20 amp Annaconda CX.
I have 4 Annaconda Helix power cords,the Hydra 8 and Hydra 2 power conditioners and two dedicated lines going into 30 amp breakers and using 10 guage solid core Romex.
My breaker is only a few feet away from my gear in my listening room, so perhaps the increase in sound quality by using upgraded cords and fuses could be more pronounced in such a situation.
But, I have been fooling around with DIY power cords and fuses since the 1980's and in a few different situations.I always noticed a level of improvement by using upgraded cords and fuses, even if they were cheap and DIY.
There are audible differences, and those differences are for the better .Once you hear them you won't settle for stock again, no matter how expensive the system is.
Look at your power needs from the panel to where your gear accepts it, and everyting in between.
It's a complete system, and like you've read millions of times'all systems can be compromised with weak links.
It's also cumulative.
If you can't do it all at once,try one component at a time.
Upgrade the power cord and fuse and receptacles and if you like the improvement, move on to the rest of your gear.
If you can swing dedicated lines, all the better.
I've found that one reason some tweaks get a bad rap is because they are expected to work miracles and transform a mediocre system into a high end one.
That's not going to happen.
But if a few tweaks used in the right places are combined with dedicated lines and the power is addressed, you can make a mediocre system sound better than it did.
Adding one HiFi Supreme fuse to an otherwise stock system, may or may not make an audible improvemnt if all the other essentials(for me) aren't addressed.
But leaving it out of the mix of a finely tweaked system which does have all the goodies, doesn't make sense to me either.
And in this case you should be able to easily hear what it can do to improve an already good system.
In all my years at this hobby, it amazes me why such a simple little investment(in an upgraded fuse)can create such controvery.
Fuses degrade the sound, you can try DIY replacemnents and discover this yourself as Peter Aczel discussed back in the late 70's early 80s, or you can just spend the money and buy the IsoCleans or HiFi Supremes, and know that your gear is protected and sounds better.
So why don't high end manufacturers add them to their products?
Some do.But most also only supply the most modest types of power cords.
HiFi is all about enjoying the music and making it sound the most acceptable it can to YOUR ears.
That's why they leave the aftermarket stuff to the purchaser to decide if one brand of power cord for example is better than the other.
In all fairness this isn't a cop out.
How are they to know what your room sounds like, what other components you have and how you've addressed the power?
They don't, because they are not big brother forcing you to bend to their wishes, although a few have tried this type of approach.Most have failed,and have become more conventional.
No, it's up to us to assemble audio systems that meet the demands of our listening environments and our ears.
Sorry if that sounds a bit out of tune with the way the newer thinking is concerning our hobby,but it's the way I've always approached it, and my experiences have been more positive than not.
All gear can be improved, or at least made to sound the way that it was designed to sound, or perhaps even exceed the expectations of the designer.
Sometimes all you need to do is replace the stock fuse.
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Well, how conveniently do the non-believers ignore genuine r ... Milpai
10-19-11: milpai well, how conveniently do the non-believers ... Metro04
Oh well. milpai - what exactly is your point, how does it r ... Jeff_jones
Metro04/jeff, my point was related to "generalization& ... Milpai
I just came upon this thread and offer the following story. ... Dougmc
Dougmc - what you say does make sense, however there is alwa ... Sebrof
Milpai - "my point was related to "generalization& ... Jeff_jones
Very interesting different takes on the fuse uograde advice ... Lacee
Lacee, your experience mirrors mine exactly. this hobby has ... Vhiner
Just to add another bit of info. i was glancing at the manu ... Lacee
Well....ps audio is shipping their pwd mk2 upgrade board wit ... Levy03
It's great to see that you are going to take the plunge and ... Lacee
Audio magic just came out with their all new nano-liquid pre ... Hifisoundguy
The flat earth society newsletter ( yup, they still print pa ... Vhiner
I think it's audio magic that a company can sell fuses for $ ... Audiofeil
I put off fuse exotica for as long as possible, but recently ... Dgarretson
Has anyone actually tried the $60 audio magic fuses? that ... Brownsfan
Way back when, peter aczel had a magazine called the audio c ... Lacee
Replaced all the fuses in my system sometime back with neody ... Theaudiotweak
Magnets! now that's interesting. could you add some more in ... Lacee
Lacee i have been using magnets instead of fuses as sugges ... Theaudiotweak
Mr l- re: maggies and fuses. it's not difficult(in the lea ... Rodman99999
Rodman,yes it is very easy to do,and when done, it's also ea ... Lacee
Sounds like i was preaching to the choir. happy listening! Rodman99999
Brownsfan, i just try out one of these audio magic nano-liqu ... Hifisoundguy
Hifisoundguy, thanks so much for sharing your experience wi ... Brownsfan
I bought the hifi tuning fuse - the $37.95 ones (basic ones, ... Gbmcleod
Goodness gracious, i done got me a case of the vapors!! it' ... Gbmcleod
No more calls! we have a winner!!!! and i'll just ask the g ... Gbmcleod
There is a difference between the two camps. one side, call ... Lacee
Gbmcleod, i *love * a guy who puts his money where his mout ... Vhiner
Sure, vhiner. my intent was to allow someone with no money s ... Gbmcleod
Fantastic quote! Vhiner
i only wished they had these nano-liquid fuses many years a ... Hifisoundguy
First i want to thank glenn for his generous offer on giving ... Zmanastronomy
I've dad very positive results replacing the stock fuses in ... Mross1949
The least expensive fuse upgrade is flipping all existing fu ... Geoffkait
I've had the audio magic fuses in my magnepan 3.7's for abou ... Brownsfan
Zman: we all love music, and sometimes, it takes someone hol ... Gbmcleod
Wow, after 4 pages of all this about fuses, i am really begi ... Stevecham
Nobody sways or converts? that's not correct. anyone who s ... Lacee
Gbmcleod - i somehow just happened upon your post of 12-30-1 ... Dadsears
In spite of the four pages of controversy, a consensus does ... Vhiner
The "stock fuse" is the.. weakest link Hifisoundguy
I recently tried an acme fuse in my pass labs xa30.5 amp and ... Erndog
And....hereeeee's ...glennie! wow, i'm really becoming addi ... Gbmcleod
I went ahead and purchased the supreme fuse for my cdp. i ha ... Zmanastronomy
Has anyone else tried the new audio magic nano fuses? i hav ... Audiotunesx
I have a theory on fuse directionality...i installed the hif ... Aj_f75
Noticed i used 'voltages' flagrantly. although this is ac, ... Aj_f75
I've tried it and it made a difference. it made my system m ... Hkmatch23
I just popped in two 5a slo blo hifi supremes in my old acou ... Lacee
Lacee, i know what you mean about more expensive upgrades n ... Vhiner
How would that power cord sound now that you've got the fuse ... Lacee
Lacee, good decisions *do* tend to have a cummulative effec ... Vhiner
I can tell you from painful expereience that the hifi suprem ... Lacee