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12 days ago, by chance, a 6.36kg iron weight had been placed on one of my speaker cables. I won’t bore you with the details of my system, but suffice it to say it is a very highly resolving one with a ‘new’ value in excess of £50K. The salient point is the speaker cable is a copper cable in a fairly standard ‘shotgun' configuration. I had not noticed the weights presence (due to renovation of Georgian era sash windows) and at the end of a stressful day dealing with craftsmen I sat down to listen to some Pet Shop Boys, who, incidentally, the BBC are screening one of their live shows this coming Sunday. Initially I thought I’d had a recurrence of temporary dulling of my hearing in my left ear (an old problem caused by a trapped nerve following a hunting accident some years ago) as one channel, the left, sounded terrible in comparison to the right. I checked my hearing using an Iphone app and all was apparently ok. Baffled. My Fiancé joined me and also noticed something was amiss. This was too much for me and I decided to take my leave of an early night to read. The following day I rose early and awaited the craftsmen to resume work. Well, I’ll be jiggered, I noticed the weight on the right cable. The weight had actually been positively affecting the sound thus making the left channel sound dull in comparison. Work recommenced on the windows and I casually asked (actually, I begged if the truth be known) if they had two similar weights I could buy off them. Alas this was not possible. I did have chance to measure the force applied to the cable as the weight was not acting fully since the cable was acting as a fulcrum. 4.31kg acting over 8.5cm. This seems to be the magic number. Almost by chance this was placed equidistant along the cable length. With calm restored following the craftsmen’s departure I now realise that having weights on the cables will be impractical and, naturally, a little hideous to see. I have ordered a large number of laboratory clamps and will be experimenting with different applied forces and at differing points along the cable. I’m sure there are more potential ‘sweet spots’ to find. The joy of being a true audiophile, it’s a pass time that never stops rewarding. This may also have inadvertently happened to you in your system, I would be interested to hear. Picture of the clamps I have purchased below. I may experiment with having some copper or silver plated once I fix the clamp points and pressures.
http://ebay.us/c6Un09 This is one of the best sounding CD players ever made. It not only up-samples 16 bit CD to 32 bits, but then outputs through a VALVE to generate it's open, articulate, natural sound that is unsurpassed. It would usually cost around £2000, and has had rave reviews since it came out. http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/musicalfidelity/A5.html https://www.underwoodhifi.com/modifications/musical-fidelity http://www.audioreview.com/product/digital-sources/cd-players/musical-fidelity/a5.html Disc format: CD Digital converter: DSD1792, Delta Sigma 24 bit, 8 x oversampling CD Mechanism: GH6C005B Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz Signal to Noise Ratio: 113dB Channel separation: 105dB Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%Line output: 2.15V Digital outputs: coaxial, optical Dimensions: 436 x 125 x 387mm Weight: 10.2kg