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Get power cord+power conditioner first. Always powered the conditioner with your best power cable. you'll be surprised how easy it is to hear the difference.


This can make a huge difference. Remember that there are well established companies that special in power solutions beyond the audiophile community, so you don't have to spend much to get outstanding power conditioning. Pick up a few of these guys and you can completely isolate blocs of components in your system:

 

http://www.tripplite.com/products/series/sid/839

post #47 of 55
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Get power cord+power conditioner first. Always powered the conditioner with your best power cable. you'll be surprised how easy it is to hear the difference.


This can make a huge difference. Remember that there are well established companies that special in power solutions beyond the audiophile community, so you don't have to spend much to get outstanding power conditioning. Pick up a few of these guys and you can completely isolate blocs of components in your system:

http://www.tripplite.com/products/series/sid/839

Do you own one? I'm just wondering if these make any kinds of audible sounds, whether a built-in cooling fan, or some electrical buzzing that you can hear from ~1m away or so.
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I do own a few, as well as some of their power strips for other things. The units make absolutely no noise. If you have home appliances (washing machine, etc) on the same circuit as your gear, these will help out. I also work at a major laboratory, and Tripplite gear is uniqitious. Science.
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I do own a few, as well as some of their power strips for other things. The units make absolutely no noise. If you have home appliances (washing machine, etc) on the same circuit as your gear, these will help out. I also work at a major laboratory, and Tripplite gear is uniqitious. Science.

Awesome, thanks!
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Latest cable purchase that I am happy with is Wywires Silver Digital SPDIF BNC - BNC 1.5M. Sounds great in my main rig from the Mark Levinson No.37 CD Transport to the Bryston BDA-1. Did all that Wywires claims their cables do in their website "performance attributes" section:

 

- Totally silent background between notes
- State of the art realism, especially vocals
- Greatly expanded soundstage in all dimensions including the vertical
- Take the edge off sibilance (SSS’s) while enhancing inner detail
- Present instruments in their lifelike scales
- The most natural rendering of tone, timbre, attack and decay
- State of the art definition and resolution of complex passages
- Excellent low-frequency performance that belies the size of your woofers
- Virtual elimination of irritation or listening fatigue


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post #51 of 55
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Not necessarily. The volume knob only attenuates an input signal. It doesn't adjust the gain.

And how is this +6dB volume gain distributed on the bass volume dial ? If, listening 'single ended', the mark on the knob is at 2 o'clock position and the volume is at 90 dB level...and then the switch is made to 'balanced mode', where does this '6dB more' go ? Is there going to be, at the same 2 o'clock position, the same 90 dB or 90 dB plus 2 or 3 or 6 dB ? Will the 6dB go to the end of the dial to be an extra extended loudness peak ? Where does that extra +6dB energy go ?


Edited by zorin - 10/21/14 at 5:59am
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And how is this +6dB volume gain distributed on the bass volume dial ? If, listening 'single ended', the mark on the knob is at 2 o'clock position and the volume is at 90 dB level...and then the switch is made to 'balanced mode', where does this '6dB more' go ? Is there going to be, at the same 2 o'clock position, the same 90 dB or 90 dB plus 2 or 3 or 6 dB ? Will the 6dB go to the end of the dial to be an extra extended loudness peak ? Where does that extra +6dB energy go ?

It depends.

But typically the volume will be 6 dB louder when comparing a balanced input signal to a single-ended input signal.

However, if we have a pre-amp with balanced and single-ended inputs, it is possible that the pre-amp designer took this into account and gain matched the balanced and single -ended inputs.

In practice, I have several power amps with balanced and single ended inputs, the balanced inputs have 6 dB more gain, so they will be 6 dB louder than the single-ended inputs.
Edited by Chris J - 10/26/14 at 8:13am
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Edited by zorin - 10/27/14 at 3:26am
post #54 of 55
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It depends.

But typically the volume will be 6 dB louder when comparing a balanced input signal to a single-ended input signal.

However, if we have a pre-amp with balanced and single-ended inputs, it is possible that the pre-amp designer took this into account and gain matched the balanced and single -ended inputs.

In practice, I have several power amps with balanced and single ended inputs, the balanced inputs have 6 dB more gain, so they will be 6 dB louder than the single-ended inputs.

When switching to the balanced mode the voltage of the amplified audio signal 'out' increases, right ? 

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When switching to the balanced mode the voltage of the amplified audio signal 'out' increases, right ? 

Right!
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