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To be honest, I had a Stratos, a Tempest and a Candela. They were terrible audio components. I had spurious noise, hum and other low level noise. Klaus was very, very slow in communication. It took over a year and he bought the gear back from me at a much reduced cost. His attitude was very arrogant, he stated my problems were my ac?? not his gear?? I lost bigtime! I gotta be truthful, this was a bad audio year for me when I got into Odyssey Audio. They do have many happy customers though..... In fact, there is someone on audiocircle.com right now who is having the same noise issues with his preamp that I had with mine.
If I reverse the polarity of either the left or right channel, the sound is beautiful! The bass is back, the voices and instruments are where they belong! I'll look under the hood later and look for a couple wires that are reversed. No wonder this amp is on it's 4th owner!
Thanks for the feedback everyone.
@noromance , I truly wanted that to be the case... and now it can be ;-)
Lol! That definitely explains the 3 prior owners. I think this sort of thing -- gear sounding bad because of a significant wiring/circuit mistake, etc -- happens far more often than we’d like to admit. I once had a headphone amp serviced, and the guy said the new caps would "take a while to break in". But even so, it sounded so anemic in bass (as in NO bass), I had to crack it open for a look. Instead or wiring a tiny 0.47uF bypass cap in parallel to the big output cap, I saw that he wired it in series! I did the capacitor ESR calculation, and determined the bass was rolling of (-6dB an octave) starting at 1kHz! It would have been down by more than 20 dB at 100 Hz. A million years of burn-in couldn’t fix that! I also notice L/R channels occasionally being mis-wired in gear, etc.
Glad you got it sorted. Your excellent description of the issue is what lead to the solution!
ALWAYS questions things. Don't assume it was built correctly; people make mistakes (some more than others).
Inspected the inside of the amp tonight. The left channel speaker terminal had the polarity reversed. A simple 5 minute job with the soldering iron and it’s back in phase😊. Simple mistake, simple fix. I’m going to replace the blue power led too. It barely illuminates. Thanks again to all for the assistance!
@kalali, my preamp is phase correct. That was good to know, even though I’d never guess a preamp would be nothing but phase correct.
@mulveling I agree, ask questions. I’m surprised the original owner didn’t send it back under warranty. Yes, these little errors can easily happen amongst thousands of units custom built.
Companies like VAC and ARC say they listen critically to every unit before it ships. That makes a lot of sense in light of all the little things that can go wrong during manufacture. High end companies like these have a lofty reputation to uphold! If that reputation gets cracked, even a little, they don't survive. Think of all the damage that may have been done to Odyssey from the prior owners' dissatisfaction on just this one unit. Makes more sense to have a trained-ears listening session for final QA.
"...even though I’d never guess a preamp would be nothing but phase correct."
A good number of linestage tube preamps have reversed phase. Conrad Johnson is probably the most popular in this group.
Glad you solved your issue. Handmade gear can sometimes require some tweaking. Not a big deal in my book.
The Odyssey amps are very good for the price and can sound 3 D in the proper setup. There are a lot of excellent reviews on these on the internet and they are not often seen for sale anymore. Can they be bettered? Of course but you are going to have to dig deeper in your pockets. The NAD gear also sounds good and may be prefered by some.