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  • Digital Source 1
    Akurate Exakt DSM
  • Digital Source 2
    ExaKtbox 10 Katalyst
  • Power Amp/s
    2 x A 4200 + AV5105
  • My Speakers
    Linn Akurate 242
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    Sennheiser HD800/Oppo HA-1
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Hifipm: I too was very sceptical when I was installing the Gaias. When I noted they seemed to be springy, I was already planning my resale on Canuckaudiomart. I gave them a try, of course, and boy do they make an impressive improvement. Good things can happen when we least expect it. 🎼🎶🎶⚫️🎶🎶👍
  2. Yes. I did mention that. As it stands, everything sounds damn good, so I spend my time listening to the music rather than listening to the stereo😊🥳🥳 Ultimately, that is everyone’s goal: to maximize the SQ of their system so they no longer listen to the stereo, and this is a bad habit that I believe many of us fall prey to. I remember the days when simply getting new equipment was enough: put it place and not think about it for ten years, all the while grooving you the music. Now that I have maximized my components, and found a pleasing SO setting, I am going to unlearn stereo listening, and relearn music listening 🙏🎼🎶🎶🎵🎶🎵🥳🥳
  3. Yes, to your question. I have hardwood flooring, so "suspended" I guess would be the Linn terminology. I plan on doing a better A/B comparison to the two settings at some point today when there is complete silence in the house. My initial listening showed the adjustments to the 0.05 from 0.025 to be horrible. I was amazed. If I kept the proper setting, it would likely mean adjusting all else, and maybe it would produce a better sound, however, I am not in a position to spend the time to do so for now. When I have nothing else to do, I will do so and report back then. For now, the influx of essays and reports from students, and their flow of emails asking me questions about what has clearly been posted but they never read the posts, is stealing my focus. This, of course, leads into the fact that while I am saving $300 per month in petrol costs to not have to drive in to work, I am spending $600 per month at the liquor store.
  4. I have added IsoAcoustic Gaias to my speakers and am very pleased with the results. They place the speakers 2.5cms higher, so I went into SO and made that change (thanks Paul). Sadly, the results were horrid. There was a weakening of the bass and everything else became muddied. I returned to the 2.5 cm reading (I did it as a ratio of a meter, of course) and am back to a splendid sound again.
  5. +1 The AV5140s are such an under-rated speaker. I never understood why they have essentially been over-looked by the Linn community. I preferred them greatly over the Keilidhs they replaced.
  6. Good article. I have certainly advocated for Audio Sensibility power cables. The interesting thing is that I added them to my system one or two at a time. The other interesting thing is that Audio Sensibility cables can be returned for a full refund if you are not satisfied with them. I have returned none of them. In fact, as stated, I ordered more. If they had not made such an impact, at much money per cable, they would have been immediately returned. I am not arguing with the premise of the article, nor the results. His conclusion is based on one sampling: that is okay, my conclusions are based on one sampling as well. The overall point: why not simply be happy for someone who enjoys his or her upgrade? If it is not something that interests you at all, why write about it? Most of us are intelligent enough to do our own homework, and seek out advice, before making a purchase: advice from someone who has tested the specific product we are interested in.
  7. This is a topic that will likely never have consensus. I have noted that all electrical needs seem to be situational. Some live in areas where there is little impact on the electricity coming into the home, and some live in areas where the opposite is true. I have posted this before, but will do so again. We can only give advice based on OUR situations, not on someone else's. I had a dedicated spur put into my home for my stereo many years ago. In addition, the electrician added a power surge and cleaner mechanism to the breaker panel. The stereo, when plugged into it showed immediate improvement: a quite background, increased spatiality between instruments and vocals, etc. My friend Paul added a Shunyata Triton to his system, and he waxed poetically about its benefits and strongly suggested that I also invest in one. I was having no part of it. I had my dedicated line to a dedicated breaker. I had an hospital grade receptacle. I was set and was not going to send my hard-earned money to a "power conditioner". Too me, that was a box of snake oil, given my situation. Life changes, for the good and the bad, and my separation and ultimate divorce meant that I had to move. Knowing I was going into a townhouse to live, I knew the electricity would be suspect; especially since, as a rental unit with completely refinished basement ceiling, there would be no way I could get an electrician to do the same for me there as he had done in my home. At the same time, Paul was looking at upgrading his Triton to a Denali power condition, and he offered me his Triton at a manageable cost. I figured it would definitely make a difference for my new abode. As well, better the outlay for the power conditioner than knowing my system had much more potential, if only I had the right electrical source, and ultimately being somewhat disappointed. I had also heard the effect it had on Paul's system, and I was mightily impressed. When the Triton arrived, I was stuck: it would not fit into the "furniture" I was using for my stereo equipment. So, just to test it and hear if it made any difference, I put it on the cabinet top: a big ugly silver imposition on my lovely living room. Fortunately at that time, my ex had moved out, so I could let it look however I wished : there was no WAF to pass because there was no W. Well, I was gobsmacked at the difference in the sound. The soundstage had gone from my speakers through the side walls and out into the driveway: some instruments and singers now sounded like they were performing from the the roof of my parked car. The already magnificent bass on the AV5140s was even deeper, richer, more controlled. There was an incredible amount of clarity to all; high-hat touches shimmered like the sun glinting off hanging icicles on a sunny winter's morning. I was astounded that the Triton could have that kind of effect on what I thought was the perfect electrical source. Anywho, this is just sharing an experience to explain why I am a fan of power conditioners. The caveat being it should be a good one. I am blessed to have a friend who is always willing to give me a great deal on his whenever he gets "upgraditis" Not everyone needs one; not everyone will benefit from them, it depends on your electrical source.
  8. I find it odd that some people post that they have torqued their speaker’s screws, or moved them two millimeters from the wall, or re-configured their SO measurements down to a micro-millimeter and achieved impressive improvements in SQ, and many applaud their improvements and even go and try to do the same. However, when someone posts that they have improved their system with the addition of a new cable or a power conditioner, some rush to argue it cannot be. What is common to both situations is that the reader does not actually hear what the writer describes. In some cases (usually involving little financial outlay), there are applause and credulity. In the case of financial cost, the incredulity trumpeters blow hard. Why is that?
  9. Let me use the example of a medical machine, a power conditioner, and an unfiltered electrical supply. Without a power conditioner to clean the “dirty” power, the machine’s reading and activities will be, according to its makers, impaired. Hence the requirement that a clean power supply be used through the use of a very expensive power condition. It stands to reason that “dirty” power will negatively affect the performance of any kind of equipment. The concept of “dirty” power or electricity was explained to me by the electrician who did the work on my home addition, at which time we installed a dedicated power line from the breaker panel to the dedicated receptacle. This concept has also been confirmed by a cousin who spent his life working for Ontario Hydro. Anywho, this is certainly a tiring conversation and one that if I were in doubt of, would take a pass on.
  10. If the regular supply of electricity affects a machine, it does make sense that a power conditioner would improve the performance. That being said, you don’t have to get one, or be interested in one. But the blanket statement that they don’t work that is likely inaccurate; certainly some do. I tried something years ago, sorry but I don’t remember the brand, but I thought the marginal differences were not worth the expense. Some people are lucky to be situated in a place where interference on their power lines is minimal. For some, like Paul and I, there is a lot of interference, so a conditioner makes a huge difference. Given that, it is evident to our ears, and those a many of our friends who have suffered through our testing, that power conditioners do make an improvement.
  11. Hi David: To start, I am not trying to convince anyone to get a power conditioner: only share my experiences and limited knowledge. It works for some people and does not work for others: everyone’s power system has its strengths and weaknesses. There are good and poor products out there. I am fortunate to have found ones that have had a positive and improving effect on my system, hence I will share those experiences. If you have tested a, for example, Shunyata power conditioner in your home and found no difference, excellent.
  12. Yup: My brother-in-law is head planner for McMaster Hospital here in Hamilton Ontario. He told me this years ago when I was telling him I was thinking about getting a power conditioner. Most of the newly designed rooms have conditioners built right into the walls in certain rooms.
  13. Wow: Just reviewed something earlier posts. This is just a place where people come to share their equipment experiences. If some like what they hear, excellent. I would never promote my own biases and ignorance by saying someone is wrong. I may ask them to consider something: whether it is accepted or rejected is not the end of the world. If I purchase something that I think will improve the SQ and it does, I will happily report this in case someone might be interested. If it does not work, I will report that it does not work. I will not, however, argue from a point of ignorance (not having first-hand experience with what is being written about) that someone is incorrect. If what they propose is intriguing, I will do further research and try to make an informed decision (often times with help from those of you here who congregate to share your experiences). I would hope that we deserve to receive comments only from those who have experienced what we ask about. shanti, shanti, shanti
  14. For those who don’t believe power conditioners have a positive impact because they keep unwanted “dirty power noise” out, consider that there are many medical machines that will either not be installed by the manufacturer nor guaranteed if a high-end power conditioner with an hospital grade receptacle is not used. The “dirty noise” will corrupt and disrupt the machine’s accuracy.
  15. That is a question I asked Gary of Bettermusic years ago. It comes down to the cost of the hundreds of transistors used. The better their THD levels, the greater the cost.