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Most of us don't have technical background, I'm no exception. But I like to see what is inside a component. If I see a neat layout with quality parts it gives me certain feeling of "trust" with regard to both the product and the manufacturer. But I also know that just nice "cosmetics" and cool looks can be deceptive. OTOH some components don't have this neat interior but they are very good in reproducing music (= very musical). For example some of the point-to-point wired tube amplifiers (from Supratek and Atmasphere). Especially the Supratek units have very messy looking interiors.
Of course I look under the hood, I touch and caress under the hood, I play under the hood. I also do the same to my audio components :-)
But seriously, I've modified my own gear for many years now with spectacular results. Since I don't have to deal with manufacturer's price points I can put better components inside. Yes, there's been a lot of trial and error, but with time and help from others here and on other forums comes learning and experience.
Chashmal, good humor is always welcome. ;)
I take back that extra 10%. Full price now. Because it is you.
Yes, Supratek's guts look like a micro jungle project but hey, it sounds good so who cares.
Speakers and iPods I stay away from. Also, some CDPs. TT on the other hand are taken apart then put together and taken apart some more. But you won't see them up for sell anytime soon. So , no worries. If you find a tinny screwdriver or hex key set please send it back for the reward.
From time to time I have open box special and yes it means it was open, touched and analized for potential mods. Clearence sale means - that there is clearly something missing but I don't know what and where is it.
It was a somewhat jumbled question, in terms of temporal or time frames /organizantion..
To be clear I used to look inside of everything I owned just for the fun of it when I first started out 33 years ago.
Then the big hiatus for me while persuing a career, kept all my stuff. All of it kept on working replaced a stylus added a cd player etc. but fundamentally the same. all is good right? No of course not! My amp dies and the my stero shop just "round the corner " left town a decade ago. Big Box was All I could find. I bought a Pioneeer reveiver still only 2 channel with an incredible- by my old standads-120 wpc only to find it clipped and threw a relay with every Freebird crescendo.
At forty one or two Enters a student of mine tells me you need current not just watts(he posts here as sufentil) And I get introduced to a guy name Joe Trelli. The hobby is now called high end and my peering under the hood stops. Except for speakers which I admit I still am as clueless as I was when I pointed that out in the first post.
The only time I look now to do the car thing. I look hoplessly, well not totally, into a box stuffed with electronic parts hoping to isolate the problem. Just feeling better knowinw what general area needs attention.
I still don't solder, I have the iron but no courage. I even have a voltmeter still in its Rat shack blister pack. I have not looked under any of my functioning units that were broken that I manmagede to get going again.
Go on- I am sure there are a few more true confessions sans porno references thank you.
It's pretty much a given with tubed preamps that at some point you will have the lid off. I look at the quality of the solder joints, internal layout and overall quality of construction. I always like the photos in the magazines of components with the lid off. I am not impressed with 18,000.00 preamps with a folded sheetmetal case like the BAT Rex but at least it has plenty of electrical goodies to look at.
I always open 'em up and look inside, but I don't fool with anything-- I'll work on my motorcycle, which I understand pretty well, or turntables, which aren't really much different in principle. I do work on my loudspeakers, which are pretty straightforward classics, but put more than a choke and a cap or two in there and I'm lost.
You have to be real careful poking around in there. Back in '76 I was tuning a filter in a receiver and got a little too close to a couple hundred volts. Next thing I know I'm sitting against the wall on the floor six feet away. Still don't remember the short trip there, but remember the confusion I had before I started to regain my senses.