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post #91 of 275
I believe I can hear differences in fuses. I think it is a worthwhile yet inexpensive tweak to try. If anything, you know that fuse will work when and if you need it to. I've used hi-fi tuning and isoclean fuses but have not directly compared the two.
post #92 of 275
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Originally Posted by BIG POPPA View Post
splaz, if audio grade fuses are not your thing, Great! If you are not going to try them, fine. Please try to keep things nice for others.
Well I'm just trying to encourage thinking outside the small plane of existance that is your gear and think in greater terms...

I am fairly open minded, I never said I wouldn't try them. I feel I would be unlikely to hear a difference... not from closed mindedness or pessimism but from what previous choices I have made, such as this white figure 8 electricians wire over prettier clear OFC wire for the pure fact, why pay 10 times as much for something that makes no audible difference to me ?

My point is I have seen and helped work with the cables in the walls of houses and some very expensive houses at that... the build quality of such cables would come nowhere near such a fuse. I would estimate that most electrical wiring would only be 10c-$1 or so per meter depending on the gauge. However they do get the job done, they work for what they are intended to do.

A lot of things work... for the simple fact there was nothing else on hand, a cable for a subwoofer was made up of speaker cable and some slightly broken RCAs. It was a pretty shocking cable really... I would ultimately throw it in the bin but it worked and it worked as it was intended.

Anyway back to my point, just think beyond the GPO.
post #93 of 275
Thread Starter 
It's all good splaz, this a good tweek that won't break the bank. As simple as that.
post #94 of 275
@splaz
I have personally found good experiences in changing Fuse. They're cheap compared to changing opamps or capacitors on an amp or CDP (counting cost of labor and materials too). If it doesn't work or someone personally doesn't find any difference. It won't break a bank account but might cost breakfast and lunch money.

With most hobbies everyone has his wn opinion and preferences. No one is actually pushing someone to accept anything. It's actually the exchange of information that makes it fun too.

@Big Poppa
Thanks for pointing out the IsoClean fuses. I'm still sourcing this out in my current location. I've tried Hifi Tuning and Furutechs. But the Furutechs seems to be the way to go. A sad experience w/ the Hi-Fi tuning is it did make my rig quitter (nomore audible distortions) but the soundstage was constricted. I changed fuse to the furutechs right away.
post #95 of 275
My experience is just like rolling the tubes.
post #96 of 275
Thread Starter 
Exactly!
post #97 of 275
[he hovers over the keyboard, uncertain whether any further entry might stir the evil dragon of controversy or feed the forces of the good...]

for my money, the Hifi Tuning fuses make a noticeable difference in my Magnepan speakers, where the fuse is literally a notorious bottleneck... not sure whether I'd change fuses anywhere else though - certainly one of the cheapest tweaks out there, and I am very content with it.
post #98 of 275
for my money, the Hifi Tuning fuses make a noticeable difference in my Magnepan speakers, where the fuse is literally a notorious bottleneck... not sure whether I'd change fuses anywhere else though - certainly one of the cheapest tweaks out there, and I am very content with it.[/QUOTE]

Thanks, I will try them on my maggies. I found bypassing the fuses always a bit scary
post #99 of 275
So far I've good result with Isoclean and Cryo Audio which improve the high and mid.

Hifi Tuning sound a little dark to my liking. I find that it works best on source that's on the bright side.
post #100 of 275
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I just got an all silver Hi-Fi Tuning Fuse for my 336SE. My forth fuse for it. From the get go it is so much easier to listen to than the gold plated silver. Dark is not the word to describe it. Easy to listen too. Not as liquid as the Furutech. More full bodied sound than the Furutech. Sound is softer than the Isoclean. More laid back than the Isoclean. These are initial impressions. in a few days I will post more.
post #101 of 275
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So I popped the Furutech back in. So much more liquid and smooth. The Silver Hi-Fi tuning is easier to listen to than the Gold Plated. The Isoclean is still King. Still the most neutral and most musical fuse. Still prefer the Furutech in my Darkvoice 336SE. Have to get the PS Audio and the Cryo parts fuses now to see if Isoclean is still the best and Furutech is my favorite.
post #102 of 275
Don't waste your money.
post #103 of 275
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Originally Posted by tricia258 View Post
... Shall see which fuse I can actually find in UK (furutech or isoclean).
Well I can't find isoclean at all in the UK. The nearest distributer is in Italy and I don't understand a word of their website. Anyone with ideas for isoclean mail order options for the UK? It seems a shame for a fuse to go halfway around the world to get from China to US/Canada, only for it to then go halfway around the world again to get to non-Italian speaking Europe.
post #104 of 275
Dont think this has been posted:

Studies On Residential Power Line Noise - Part 7: HiFi Tuning and Isoclean Fuses
[Review] Studies On Residential Power Line Noise - Part 7: HiFi Tuning and Isoclean Fuses - Club Polk

For the record Ive tried quite a few different fuses in various components and there is a definite audible change but it usually quite subtle and is different for each component.

And sometimes the stock fuse sounds the best.

If you don't want to go into the audiophile fuses then USA made Bussman ceramics are a good general fuse. With standard fuses, ceramics generally sound better.

One tweak I also do with all fuses which also makes a difference:

*With an empty fuse holder:
*Clean the fuse holder contacts with caig or isopropyl alcohol
*tension the fuse holder so it presses in with more force
*use Quicksilver gold on the contacts
*clean the fuse ends
*insert the fuses
*put a small section of 1" heatshrink around the fuse holder and heat shrink it on so it tightens around the fuse holder clenching the arms in with force and sealing in the top of the holder/fuse.

This makes a tight grip which puts constand pressure holding the fuse in tighter. Over a few days the Quicksilver gold hardens and the result is increased 'solidness' to the sound.
post #105 of 275
Thread Starter 
Man , had to read the thread again. With the Woo 3+ severely upgraded had to go through the fuses I had. The IsoClean is still King.
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