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post #16 of 60
Don't let it bother you. When I moved into my house in 1992 I replaced all of the outlets in the living room, bedroom and den with Arrow Hart hospital grade recepacles (20 amp, floating ground, 3D contact area). However, I bought them from an electrical supply house and obtained a contractors pack of 12 outlets for $105. They do indeed grip tighter than the standard outlets in the rest of the house. Do they change the sound? I don't care enough to do the necessary testing. They provide me peace of mind and that's enough for me.

P.S. I use vibrapods under most of my components, cones underneath my turntable and spikes under my floor standing speakers and power amps. Just because I can
post #17 of 60
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Originally posted by JMT
I would like to be a fly on the wall when you tell your wife about the $50.00 wall outlet that you bought. "But dear, I save $100.00 by not buying the wall outlet that costs $150.00. I did good, right? Oh, and the wood blocks underneath the CDP? Did I tell you that they are made from the rarest of woods known to man?"
Believe it or not, I get so excited when the gear arrives that I show her everything. She just rolls her eyes and giggles at me -- she finds me a bit of a goof. I showed her the WATTGATE catalog yesterday and told her I wanted a WATTGATE 381 ($160). I can imagine it's all quite hilarious to her.....when the Brick Wall came, she watched me as I scanned every inch of it for EMI/RFI with my AlphaLab meter. Observing this, one's wife would find that her husband has gone off the deep end, find it quirkily cute, or both -- she seems to think both, and maybe a bit more of the former.
post #18 of 60
LOL, the difference between having "disposable" income and not having it:

1) Having it: your spouse thinks your audio expenditures are "cute."

2) Not having it: your spouse decides that being married to you and your amazing audio equipment is *not* better than eating and paying rent.


sorry, Jude. We're only making fun of you because we can't buy new outlets...
post #19 of 60
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Originally posted by MacDEF
sorry, Jude. We're only making fun of you because we can't buy new outlets...
Nah, you all probably just have a firmer grip on your sanity!

Seriously, though, it's all in fun. I post these crazy things because I think I actually enjoy the teasing and fun we have with the craziness. You all are like friends I've just not met in person. I imagine this place as a sort of virtual pub. Imagine us all showing up at a real pub, discussing headphone-related stuff, etc. And then I walk in with this $50 AC receptacle in my hands to show to you all. I would fully expect to be teased!

JMT and I were having some funny PM discussions the other day about how it's easy for the hobby to get "out of control!" And, friends, I think I'm getting there....
post #20 of 60
Jude:

WHAT! You're not using vibrapods yet? Oh, man . . . .

Seriously, get some quick, and have fun . . . but stop scaring the straights!
post #21 of 60
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Originally posted by Videoshielded
Jude:

WHAT! You're not using vibrapods yet? Oh, man . . . .
Videoshielded,

You definitely steered me in the right direction with those Markertek/Canare mini-to-mini cables. So the Vibrapods, eh? I'll definitely consider them. What has had me most intrigued are those half-spheres of sorbothane -- you ever play with a slab of sorbothane before? It's great at absorbing forceful impacts -- its effectiveness with small vibrations is something I have to find out more about.
post #22 of 60
Jude, go to your local grocery store, buy a pack of grape Jello, make it, and stick it under your equipment... voila! $1 shock absorbers, and they taste good too!
post #23 of 60
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Originally posted by chych
Jude, go to your local grocery store, buy a pack of grape Jello, make it, and stick it under your equipment... voila! $1 shock absorbers, and they taste good too!
LOL! Yeah, right.

Seriously, though...go to http://www.sorbothane.com and look at some of the data on the properties of this material. I played with a slab of it a long time ago, and it's pretty remarkable stuff for impact absorption. Looks like this web site has some info on its vibration dampening properties too.
post #24 of 60
Sorbothane is amazing stuff. Years ago at one of the C.E.S. shows in Chicago, a company was marketing turntable mats made from sorbothane As a sale/promotion tool, they gave everybody two small black identical looking rubber balls....one made out of some sort of "normal" rubber and the other made of sorbothane. When you dropped the normal rubber ball it bounced in the air about 3 feet. The sorbothane ball, while feeling similar to the normal ball, would plop on the ground, not even bouncing an inch. I have one of those tt mats around someplace still.

When I recently purchased my MG head from a high end audio store, I mentioned sorbothane to the store's owner when he tried to sell me some graphite cones for the amp. He said it used to be popular but that sorbothane "took away the highs" when used under an amp. Graphite is much more neutral apparently.

I didn't look to see what type of wall plugs he was using.
post #25 of 60
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"took away the highs" when used under an amp. Graphite is much more neutral apparently
Someone, tell me, how at all, this is possible...

Holding the MG Head upside down doesn't seem to do much either...
post #26 of 60
Check this page out. It describes the differences between using wood and graphite for dampening material in guitars. In a nutshell, it says the wood absorbs more of the higher frequencies, causing rolled off highs as compared to the graphite, which absorbs about the same amount at all frequencies. I'm no physics or materials science expert, so if anybody wants to chime in on these claims, be my guest.
post #27 of 60
well, without reading that page, i'm quite sure that different materials have large effects on the sound of ACOUSTIC instruments.

but for electronics, i'm at a loss on how the materials matter so much...
post #28 of 60
Jude, I wish you didn't post about that receptacle, now I want one too.
post #29 of 60
You know what? I just now fully realized why you peeps are thinking of power sockets and such... because you have everything that is important before it! Your high priority equipment has been bought and you need something else to buy.

Take me for example, before I had just a headphone connected to my pos sound card and pos speaker headphone amp. I bought a new amp, great! I thought I needed a better source so I got a better sound card. Next in line were some new headphones. Then I wanted to really have a real source so a DAC was in order. Whats next for me? Some cable upgrades. Then probably a sound processor (crossfeed filter)... then what? Who knows, maybe I'll go buy some expensive power cord, then a power block, then that $50 wall socket... Then some vibration thingies... then some audiophile grade paint to paint my equipment with, then some audiophile grade security locks to keep my system safe... then I replace my entire system! Eventually I'll have a nuclear power plant up my sleeves...

Someone needs to make a cure for this disease...
post #30 of 60
Head down to the local hardware store or home center and buy a 20 amp rated outlet. It will have the same contact area and pressure as the exspensive ones. They do grip alot better.
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