Check to see if your speaker wires are in phase.
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the phase on my speaker cables and to see if the image improves?
I guess I can answer that question myself by just trying it.
Where can I find such a disc for set-up? Do any of the Avia or DVE discs have this option? I was thinking of picking one of these up anyway for my rp calibration.
Thanks again for the insight and suggestions!
Just a short follow up. I'm going to blame most of the issue on the source player. I had an older Sony 755 SACD/DVD player pulling ht duty and had the marantz for redbook. The sound was very "thin" and when I swapped in my 999es it has improved.
I still don't believe it projects the "best" center for dialogue but I'm still getting used to the difference in sound from SS to Tube gear.
Music is still glorious but I want to make my speakers more transparent.
On some material they just vanish and then on others, and this may be due to the recording, there are still traces of "speakers" being present.
I'm chasing the unicorn again guys and gals but at least I feel as if I'm gaining!
Thanks for the suggestions!
BTW, polarity/phase was fine on both amp and speaker end.
Having "correct" polarity coming off of a tube amp requires YOU inverting the polarity (in other words, either on the amplifier OR on the speaker you have to have + on the - and - on the +).
If all of your plusses and minusses and red and black match up you are out of phase on tube gear. THere has to be an inversion of polarity somewhere in the chain.
My preamp inverts polarity and as such I swap the speaker connections on the amp side. However, polarity can be inverted on front end source equipment (like DACs), amps, and from speaker cross overs as well (actually experienced the last one unexpectedly while swapping a woofer out). Only way to tell is by test. For my analog front end (TT and phono stage) I used the HiFi news test record and the system tested fine. I imagine there is a test CD that can do this as well for digital front end, but I haven't located one. Maybe someone can recommend one.
No tongue-in-cheek. Most tube amps do not invert the phase of the output signal in order to simplify the circuit. The positive and negative taps are correctly positive and negative but the signal is 180 degrees out of phase. THe easiest and most efficacious way to get things in line is to swap the +/- at either speaker or amp end. If your preamp has a phase inversion feature (as Clio09's does) you can use that instead.
The manual for Auditude's ASL should state if this is the case with his particular amp. If it doesn't then I guess that most flawed of instruments must be employed,... the human ear.
If I were experiencing "out/reversed" phasing wouldn't I also notice a lack/cancellation of bass and mid-bass performance?
I am experiencing wonderful and glorious amounts of bass, though not as "tight" and controlled as my B&K it is there in spades compared to my SS gear. Funny as I thought that this may be the area where I'd be at a loss when going from SS to tube. Happily, I am no where near at a lack of bass. (I'm attributing this to the "harmonics" of the ASL running in triode mode. It's not as prominent running pentode).
At any rate, back to my question, "Wouldn't I notice lack of bass with reversed phase?" as each side would theoretically "cancel" eachother out and I would hear a hole in the lower freqs.
I'm only familiar with that occurrence due to calibration of my subwoofer previously with the ss gear. 85% of the time my sub is off as I am truly a 2ch. guy at heart and these lil' reference 20's punch you in the gut with the ASL.
Please let me know if I am incorrect in my above statements.
Thank you again for the tips and suggestions!
Eureka! I've found the culprit! I sat down and did a level calibration with my ratshack spl meter and found that the right side was 4.5db's louder than the left!
I had the 999es set-up menu and ran the internal test tones with trusty spl meter in hand and lo and behold 4.5db's in variance!
Well, for now, I've set the 999es -4.5 db's on the right channel but long term what can I do? If I'm running my 63se I don't have this luxury.
Replacing internal parts are not the easiest of options but I'm considering checking the resistors and "freshening" up the guts.
Any other thoughts to remedy this 4.5db in difference?
TIA have a safe and happy New Year!