An improvement or a difference? Leave the magnets there for a week. After one week take them off and you will know if they are really an improvement.
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This does work, and I noticed an improvement in sound. I used a larger (stronger) Neodymium Rare Earth magnet on the Transformer side in My amp. I had it on for two weeks and can say it is an noticeable improvement, compared to not having the Neodymium magnet.
But being the Audio tweaker that I am, I put a similar size Neodymium magnet on the other side of the outside chassis of my amp. What happen was the sound became much cleaner sounding. The over all sound was louder, especially voices. But in away I liked the sound , but something was missing in the fullness area. So I tried a smaller Neodymium magnet and everything snapped right in place.
The nice but to lean sound was gone. The fullness was back, but better than with the one Neodymium magnet on the Transformer side. Dynamics were better as was the bass. So this combo of different size Neodymium magnets works in my current system. Power amps are the only place I have tried the magnets.
I used the Neodymium magnets on both of my Emotiva UPA-1 mono-blocs amps with great success. I only used one Neodymium magnet on each mono-bloc near the transformer.
Wish I would have thought to try the two magnet combo on each mono amp before I sold them.
Ozzy: Look at my system pictures. I just took some pictures of the Neodymium Magnets I use.
Yes you can place them on the outside chassis cover. I have posted a picture of a handful of the Neodymium Magnet that I have. They are all taken from computer Hard-Drives.
Some are larger than others, but they all are super strong, like you said. I have dozens of these Neodymium Magnets.
BTW you can cleanly break the Magnet from the steel plate by using two channel-locs pliers, and bending the steel back plate on each end to separate the glue holding the Neodymium Magnet. You will hear a slight pop
I like to leave the steel back-plate on, because the flat magnets are to much work to remove. But you can slide them on the chassis of your gear. I guess most would not want to do that for fear of scratching the equipment.
Jeaudio, Thank you for your response. I'm going to give it a try this evening on my Amp.
Back to my original post, and to respond to Rrog comments, I have taken the magnet's on and off the speaker cable as you suggested. The result???
Well, I'll be "dogg on" if there isn't more dynamics to the sound with the magnets.
Now, my speaker cables are DIY with only oversized Teflon tubing used as a dielectic so perhaps that is why the magnets seem to work so well.
I have tried neodymium magnets on all components that have a transformer -- on the outside of the chassis. The results have been uniformly good -- as well as on the MPCs. There are forums that talk about how people magnets in their systems. If you look for these forums you may find some useful information.
Check out my original posting for the size and shape.
I like the rod style because they won't slip off and grab together like the flat style does. As to strength, I just bought what was in that size. The Neodymium Rare Earth magnets all seem to be very strong. So strong that when the poles are together it is quite a feat to pull them apart.
My best option was placing three, on the back side of my
amp's transformer. The magnets don't "stick," as much as they
just stay in place. They are from Monster Magnets,
They are circular, with a hole, measuring .74 in od x .375 in id
x .105 in thk. These were the biggest ones in stock at a
local electronics store, $15.99 for three.
In my opinion, equal to or better than a cable or power cord upgrade!
The back of the transformer is the farthest point from the front of the
amplifier, with magnets placed on their side. Since the magnet is shaped
like a tire, the contact point of the magnet is like the side that faces the center of the car at all times.
On my Marsh A400 there are five wires
that go from the top of the transformer to the circuit board.
The three magnets are placed (clock analogy) at ten, twelve
(the center of the group of wires) and two.
This sounded better to me than placing them farther apart,
at eight, twelve, and four, for example.
When I remove the magnets after a while, I can feel
them continuing to vibrate in my hand for a few seconds!
I agree that placement on top thins out the sound. On my unit,
the magnetic attraction is very strong on top, and relatively weak
on the sides!
I me enjoying the WA Quantum transformer chip placed on top
of the transformer. Have you played with these, yet?
I tried them on my DIY Ground Control cables. They work good there. But I did notice that having the magnets away from the DIY Ground Control connectors at least 1 inch but no more the 2 inches makes a big difference in bang or bust in sound. So you may have to slowly (tweak) move the magnets towards the connector to lock in the best sound.
I have the PowerCell in series with a Bybee Stealth. Everything is plugged into the Bybee -- except the MPCs. I bottom load all my components. They sit on 3" high Tupperware-styled containers filled with dry beach sand. The block of neodymium magnets (bought off Amazon -- I am sure they are polarized) is directly under the right side of the Bybee about 3" below the chassis so it will not cling to the chassis. If you bring a block of these magnets close to any component they will immediately stick to the chassis and you will not be able to get them off.
Can you explain whats going on with the magnets? Where to buy them, where to place them? can you also tell me more about the windchimes? where to place them? wood / metal windchimes? and whats going on there, with the windchimes. any other room treatment advise would be greatly appreciated!! thanks!
B_limo, Sorry I cant explain about the Magnets, except that Virtual Dynamics spent many years and sold probably thousands of cables using magnets at the ends. Just do a search for neodymium magnets and you will find many sources to buy from.
The wind chimes has me stumped, never heard about them. Perhaps there use is comparable to the Synergistic Research stuff.