The best tweaks EVER..


In audio history, thumbs-down for cable lifters, green paint for CDs, clock radios claiming to reduce RF, primitive wall-absorption panels and bass traps. Or 'soundstage-expansion' devices  -like Stein Music or Synergistic's Atmosphere. Did they improve sound quality or just make small speakers sound bigger ?

Not for analog sources, a list that worked:

**CDRs/disc cleaner-polishers. Either one or both -these did good to improve the reflectivity of CD and help the laser do its job. No longer needed with file or RAM-buffer playback -although Essence's treatment might help w/ ripping and burning.

**Power cords, grounding units, balanced-power units. I'm throwing these together as they did the same ting -strip away the excess charge that accumulated near (or in) our systems. "Power conditioners" from the 90s to 2010 did no such thing (or helped in some ways but hurt in others).

-The first effective power cord was probably Custom's Top Gun ca. 2000. Many others since.

-Ground units. The first one, if it was grounding, was the Bybee-Curl device starting in the mid-90s. But its effectiveness was not certain until it improved ca. 2010. Newer entries incl. 'blocks' (and claim grounding). Euro-brands Entreq, Nordost, CAD and Vertex while the U.S. has Synergistics. Others, like Audioquest and Shunyata are grounding -but with full-sized units.

-Balanced power is even newer and seems to be *as effective* as grounding, Only a few reviews, though.

**Component noise killers (best -Bybee iQSE). Removes a large part of radiated noise inside a component -incl. RF +switching noise.

**Room tuning. The 'resonators' from ASR and Synergistics. I've personally used these for years and know of others also -all say helpful ! More recently and not quite 'tuning', Stillpoint's wall panels seem to be effective at removing harmful room reflections.

**Bass-mode breakup. About a dozen years ago, there was a corner-woofer idea -2 units time-corrected w/ DSP. This never took off, even though Kevin Voecks (of Harman/Revel) said it was a "huge breakthrough". Synergistic's newer take on bass modes, the Black Box, might be as good.

**For the 'tweako' -Teflon capacitors and better internal wiring (for passive XOs). The caps for equip, too..

**For CD players and those with BIG speakers -footers (from Stillpoints, Black Ravioli and Magico) reduced vibrations and microphony to a high degree.

Tweaks are finally working !!


jonnie22
Phlogiston filled cables
My first introduction into Audio Tweakdom was a set (6) of Tiptoes to spike the floor-standing speakers to the floor. It was a nice improvement for sure. I call it my best tweak because it opened my eyes to the possibilities. What I used to refer to as my living room, is now referred to as "Tweaksville." Some of the more successful tweaks over the years have been:

1. SR Blue fuses.
2. SR HFT’s (10 pack).
3. Shatki Holograms -- Four; one in each corner of the room.
4. Custom turntable belt from originlive.com
5. Solid Mapleshade maple 2" platforms spiked to the floor.
6.  Herbie's tube dampeners. 

And finally - one of the best of all, if not THE best.

THE SECRET MEGA-TWEAK .... SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED. STAY TUNED ...

Frank
Hiraoka Diskmat SE-22. Bought mine new from Harvey Sound (NYC 48th St) in 1977 - $20! Still in use on my Ariston RD11S! Possibly the best TT mat ever!
Synergistic Research Blue Fuses
Bybee internal Quantum Signal Enhancer
High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5 Magnetic Wave Guide

Herbie’s Audio Lab:
UltraSonic Rx Tube Dampers
Tenderfeet
Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders
Square Fat Dots

Core Power Technologies Equi=Core 300 Balanced Power Cable
HiFi Collective RCA Shorting Plugs (for unused inputs)
highend-electronics Digital Terminator (for unused SPDIF outputs)

All of these have proven very effective in removing various types of unwanted noise in my system. Their effects are complimentary & cumulative, and have greatly increased musical involvement and enjoyment.

1. Replacement tubes.
2. Replace platter mat with a 10" vinyl EP.
3. Brass counterweight.
4. Remove lid from tube pre-amp.
5. Use solid core OCC teflon wire for speaker cables.



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12-10-2017 11:30pm
Standard fuse tweak
311 posts12-09-2017 12:34amA test, for anyone who is interested. Take a 1 1/2 inch piece of painters tape ( I use the blue Scotch 3M 1 inch width size roll ), cut this piece the long way, to get yourself a 1/2 inch wide strip, and apply it on the glass of the fuse, leaving a bit of the glass showing on each end of the fuse, and put the fuse back. Of course, make sure the equipment is off, when you are doing this, clean the ends of the fuse of fingerprints, reinsert the fuse, and listen. Keep in mind, the equipment needs to warm up ( restabilize ). Do 1 fuse at a time. Can do this on any fuse. Let me know what you hear ? And yes, I am a tweaker. mrdecibel311 posts12-09-2017 12:36amMaybe, just maybe, keep the fuse in the same direction as before removing it
mrdecibel317 posts12-10-2017 11:39pmAnother tweak that works  :  
312 posts12-10-2017 5:13pmThere is a relatively new product called Anti Vibration Magic, which works. The painters tape mimics the same effect. A buddy of mine uses black electrical tape ( which comes in many colors ). AVM is quite expensive ( imo ), and is used by a few high end audio manufacturers, and is very popular in the diy community. A long, long time ago, I was one of the 1st ( that I knew of ) that used mortite, under the platters of direct drive tts. At that time, I had a friend who was an engineer with Nakamichi, who told me about a simple and easy tweak, that I have been doing for years ( similar to AVM ). This tweak was to use a non glue, waterproof, silicon sealant, available at your Lowes or HD ( even Walmart ), and with a tooth pick ( or something like it ), apply to areas within a component. Wiring, capacitors, circuit boards and the chassis. Caveat : MUST LET IT DRY. It is all removable, and, can be quite messy. But, incredible improvement. This can be for the same purpose as adding a piece Dynamat ( or similar product ) to the underside of a component lid, to dampen vibrations. Anyone who feels I am looney ( kosst ), I do not care. Never knock it until you try it. MrD
mrdecibel312 posts12-10-2017 5:29pmIf anyone wants to try it, I use Dynaflex 230, window and door sealant, by DAP. It is available in a squeeze tube, but I purchase it in the 10.1 ounce tubes. If you purchase it in these larger tubes, you need a caulk gun, and, need to puncture a seal at the bottom of the tip ( after cutting off the tip itself ). The color does not matter, but I use clear. It comes out white, but becomes clear after it dries. I finished up a Monster Cable power thingy, and, unbelievable ( not my first conditioner ). Another thing. i DO NOT DO THIS ON ANY EQUIPMENT UNDER A MANUFACTURES WARRANY, as it would likely void it. I only dabble in the used market anyway, and, I do it to products I intend to keep.mrdecibel312 posts12-10-2017 5:40pmOne last thing. There are many parts within a component that are temperature sensitive, in other words, get hot ( transistors, resistors, transformers, tubes ), that I encourage caution. I do not apply on these, but if given room and with proper heat dissipation, certainly around them. For tubes, I recommend dampers, and not caulk ( or AVM ).mrdecibel312 posts12-10-2017 5:45pmLast thing. Certain parts within a component chassis are very heat sensitive, and require dissipation of that heat ( transistors, resistors, transformers, and some others ). Proceed with caution. I leave these components alone, but will apply around them if given the room for proper heat dissipation. Tubes, I recommend dampers, nothing more.geoffkait
mrdecibel


moving the speakers around and actually listening to them

fake fig or bamboo tree

using Tweek on connectors
@chrshanl37

That’s funny. ;-)
Cryoing CDs and LPs is pretty cool but I think my favorite tweak of all time has got to be the photos in the freezer tweak. ❄️ ❄️ ❄️
Looks like the OP has made plenty of con-men happy.

These tweaks are making me hungry! 🤑
@chrshanl37

Yes funny, and on the right track. I do an ear wash every two months or so.


When I think of best tweak, I correlate it with an affordable one. Having said that, I've been a big fan and experimenter of/with springs for a few years. I recently purchased a set of 4 Connex shock-proof anti-vabration isolation feet from www.partsconnexion.com @at $37.50.

It's a complete, viable product that allows you to experiment with different loading and even comes in a cool box. It's a no-brainer for hearing the benefits of a low cost, well made product.
Best tweak has been a Vibraplane. Ok expensive and I think of it as a piece of equipment but once heard there's no going back. I've had one for over 15 years.
As Clark Johnson once wrote "There's a whole lot of shaking going on by mother earth,"
An inexpensive spring/decoupling device will get you most of the way there for multiple times less money.
slaw I've tried dozens of isolation "things" from inexpensive to very and nothing comes close to the Vibraplane IMHO.
Room treatment, hands down the best tweak ever and least costly

If you haven’t spent big bucks 🦌 on room treatment the odds are very good you haven’t done it right. 😬
If you haven’t spent big bucks on room treatment the odds are very good you haven’t done it right.

Let's be honest, if you haven't spent big bucks on anything and everything audio related the odds are very good you haven’t done it "as right as it otherwise could be". However, that doesn't mean you cannot get very good sound :)


All I meant really was there are so many things wrong just on the level of room acoustics it would take a major investment in time and effort and unless you were an outstanding DIYer considerable funds to address everything. For example how many folks map out the entire 3D space of their room to locate all the sound pressure peaks? Obviously some room treatment is better than none.
Geoff, depends on what you consider big bucks, and I guarantee its done right. Although I must admit the room was really close to optimal.

You guarantee It? Well, in that case....😛
Geoff you never fail to amaze me. Love reading your words of wisdom..........
Tiptoes under floorstanders (1980s)
Primacoustic room treatment (currently)
Super balls in those heavy glass incense candle holders. Set of three. 
Change your basic IEC power cord for a BLE Design OFC one on Ebay for $30. 
Well made and big improvement on my preamp.
Maybe not best tweak ever but one that I had let slide for quite a while until today...

Degaussing your cartridge. I've never tried any of the electronic devices. I use the Cardas lp. Works like a charm!
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