high voltage's affect on amplifier performance

in much of nassau county, voltage readings have increased during the last 3 years.

at one point i was getting readings as low as 117 volts. this past summer, readings have increased to 126. currently, readings are around 122 to 124 volts.

i have a hypothesis that frequency response is affected by input voltage to a tube amplifier.

is there a scientific principle, or mathematical equation which can support my hypothesis ?

if so, i might want to purchase a variac.

thanks for your help.
Instead of a Variac, which you will constantly have to adjust manually, why not try a voltage stabilizer, or isolation transformer?
Maybe something like this would help.

I doubt that frequency response would be affected. Do you have any measurements to support your idea? Since rail voltages are usually not regulated your amp will have a little more power output. I don't think that 124 volts would measurably degrade reliability but if it gets much higher I would start to worry.

Again I ask...what voltage spec is the power company obligated to meet? I know we have electricians on this site who can provide this info.
That is not enough to cause a problem. If you had 135v I would start to worry! (conversely, under 105v I would be MORE concerned than having 124v)
Yes, I too don't see how frequency response would be affected. I would think that power output, dynamic range, and linearity/distortion would be subtly improved on musical peaks, at the expense of slightly increased stress on tubes, capacitors, and other components (probably to an insignificant degree, as Eldartford indicated). If the design incorporates regulated filament supplies, that would minimize or eliminate possible reduction of tube life.

Re voltage stabilizers (as opposed to voltage regenerators such as the expensive PS Audio unit), the ones that I am familiar with use a servo motor to actuate a variac-type device. That means considerable mechanical noise will occur periodically (whenever line voltage or load current change significantly), so you would not want to have one anywhere near your listening area. Here is an inexpensive example:


-- Al
Mr Tennis, so has the cost!!
+/- 10% voltage swings from a transformer's voltage rating can cause
transformer hum.
can voltage variation affect the performance of preamps and cd players or dacs, especially if power supplies are not "robust" ?
I've had comments that familiar music sounded "slow" when the voltage dropped to 108V (amps on variacs) and that the same pieces sounded "correct" after the installation of regenerators. Was the CDP playing "slow".
can voltage variation affect the performance of preamps and cd players or dacs, especially if power supplies are not "robust"?

There are undoubtedly many subtle ways in which line voltage variations can have subtle effects on the sound, especially if the power supply and other aspects of the design are not robust.

Just to mention one, higher line voltage would figure to raise internal operating temperatures slightly, at least for anything in or close to the area of the power supply, and temperature is a parameter that is fundamental to semiconductor performance.

That said, I would think any such effects would be very subtle (within a reasonable range of line voltage, say 110 to 125V), and would not be consistent or predictable across different designs.

-- Al