Furutech fuse

Back story. I find the prices of Synergistic fuses extortion. Like someone charging $100 for a cup of water in the desert. The product may have value as a tweak, the materials do not justify the price to me. 

However, ever the tweaker, I succumbed to buying a $40 Furutech 20mm 4 amp fuse for my preamp.

It’s rhodium plated OFC.

I tried it in both directions. Yes, it sounded more coherent in one direction than the other. I ran it for about 10 hours.

I did not like the sound. Etched and dry with reduced bass. I swapped back the original.


Showing 3 responses by millercarbon

So you found that you can spend $40 for something that sounds worse than the $1 factory fuse. Yet you think $150 for a Blue Quantum Fuse that makes a bigger improvement than a lot of $500 power cords is a ripoff.

Oh wait. You don't know that. Because you haven't even tried one. 

Awful strong opinion to be based on.... nothing.

You say the SR fuse parts don't justify the price. Very interesting. So what exactly are the parts? Since you know so much I mean. About the fuse you've never seen. Or heard. 

The idea with long burn-in is if you can get the poor sap to put up with your crap component for 100 hours by then he's gone through so much crap for so long cognitive dissonance (I'm not stupid, I'm not wasting my time, I'm not THAT guy!) kicks in and he'll cling to ANY improvement as justification and hang onto his mistake. Er, I mean component.

In reality every really good component sounds good right out of the box. Not great. Good. Then it sounds a whole lot better WITHIN MINUTES. Then it sounds great within hours- the same day. If its "painful" at 10 hours its not a component. Its crap.

Cognitive dissonance. Its a thing. Knowledge is power. Look it up. 
I’ve no doubt they make a change or an improvement. I understand they have R&D costs and salaries to pay all those sales people. I’m just not diggin’ the price. For a fuse. I paid almost $400 for a pair of new tubes and that was pushing it!

You put your finger on one of the more perplexing aspects of high end audio. So many audiophiles seem to care more about being able to explain than being able to experience. Which okay, always nice to know why something works. Guys especially for some reason take pride in knowing what they’re doing, and why, and look down on all the poor weak saps stumbling around in the dark clueless. I’m a little like that myself. More than a little. Nowhere near enough though that I’m gonna deny reality and take a pass on some of the biggest bangs for the audio buck in history.

Because the plain fact of the matter is nobody really knows why hardly any of this stuff works. If they did they’d all be doing it. Like take aerodynamics. Pretty much everyone knows why airplanes fly. The result is they all look so much alike you’d have to be an expert to tell one from another. With audio its like they still haven’t figured out if three wings are better, or even if we need wings at all.

But whatever. I still say the greatest asset you can have in life is to know thyself. If you’re not the type to buy anything no matter how good it is or how great a deal unless and until you think it makes sense according to your own particular theory of how things should be, that is probably good to know.