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Firestone audio supplier

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Has anyone tryed this:
http://www.firestone-audio.com/cgi-b...asp?pdtseqnm=9

Its the firestone audio supplier..

I cant find any reviews on the internet except for one only.

So if if anyone tryed this.. explain for me what it does and if its good or bad

// David
post #2 of 24
Having a quality power supply is a big part of getting better sound quality. A lot of the amps people speak of in these forums use some kind of outboard power supply and to be honest I cant remember reading a post where is was not an improvement when upgrading the power supply. Hopefully someone who has used this power supply can chime in.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Will it make any diffrence for a dac? I have the fubar 2.. so im thinking of connecting the supplier to the fubar 2.

Will that make any diffrence or is it the amp that should have the supplier connected?
post #4 of 24
What kind of headphones?
post #5 of 24
I have both (the Supplier and the Fubar II), and, yes, it makes a difference, and I feel it is worth it. If you can use it with a Fubar II or an amp (and you have only one), then I'd suggest seeing with which component the power supply would make the most difference in your particular setup.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by olblueyez View Post
What kind of headphones?

I have sennheiser hd650 and fubar II dac. and harmony design headphone amp.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jude View Post
I have both (the Supplier and the Fubar II), and, yes, it makes a difference, and I feel it is worth it. If you can use it with a Fubar II or an amp (and you have only one), then I'd suggest seeing with which component the power supply would make the most difference in your particular setup.

THe headphone amp i use (Harmony Design) (not balanced)

I wont be able to connect the firestone supplier with that amp? So the only option i have is to connect it to the dac i guess?
post #8 of 24
Review.
Here, he didn't find any difference
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
He still gives it 4 out of 5?
I tryed to translate with google ... not so much impressions from the supply.

Someone else on this forum uses the supply unit?
post #10 of 24
I used the Supplier with the Fubar and the Spitfire DAC as well as the Cute Beyond.
I found it a useful addition to all three.
post #11 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by b_w View Post
THe headphone amp i use (Harmony Design) (not balanced)

I wont be able to connect the firestone supplier with that amp? So the only option i have is to connect it to the dac i guess?
correct
post #12 of 24
A power supply upgrade usually means that there is more power for your euipment to operate better.

IMO, the best way to lower floor noise is a better power section, especially because everything is checked relatoive to ground. Everything should run much more stable too since it won't have to work hard to get what it needs. Less stress on your components is a 100% plus.

You will find that many high end amp manufacturers put as much time and effort into the power sections as the amp sections. I believe that Mikail was even quoted as saying that amplifiers are basically beefed up power supplies for headphones. Analogue seems more power dependent though because there isn't stuff like parity bits to do data checking and correction.

Though from my experiece and other peoples comments, some things and pieces of equipment scale better than others.
post #13 of 24
I just got my supplier today and I heard the difference immediately.

I don't know if it applies to everyone else, I'm suspecting one of the reasons I hear a difference is because the power regulation in NYC is horrible, so something like this helps it play "quieter" and more effective.

Worth it but if you have good efficient power (read: anywhere but here), you might not notice it.

Now I have to change the power cords on my speakers . . . that might be a while.
post #14 of 24
I've used the Firestone Cute Beyond amp without supplier for a couple of months and I finally decided to order the Supplier earlier this week, even though I had a feeling it would be tantamount to throwing money out the window (around $150 from the, I believe, only Danish store with Firestone products. Only $80 less than the amp itself).

Well, I obviously spent the first few hours after the Supplier arrived doing A-B testing, and with a fairly wide range of music, it was pretty much impossible for me to hear any difference with the Supplier replacing the basic 24V adapter that came with the Cute Beyond.
But then again, I've also been struggling greatly to notice any differences when I've been comparing 320 kbit MP3s (or 256 and arguably even 192 kbit) to the original CD tracks - so I'm guessing I just don't have a very good ear for details (although with regards to MP3 vs. CD I guess it's possible that the DAC in my Playstation 3 is less than great. Though right now I can't really say I'm feeling inclined to take a chance on a DAC as well ).
post #15 of 24
I have the supplier hooked up to my fubar3 and it made a huge difference imo the noise floor is dead silent and it added punch to the bass as well as opened up the mid range and treble. I love this combination plus they look great together. My set up is Black Macbook>black fubar3 usb dac/headphone amp with black power supplier>headphones or audioengine 2 black speakers. It sounds awesome to my ears and those little speakers really sing when they have a good signal to them.
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