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Most unexpected sound improvement

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Andy Pandy, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Interesting. I think the quality of specially the volume pot speaks loads about the maufacturer. I like the feel and “action” of a good pot like the better Alps ones even though I almost always use a remote. I really good heavy smooth volume pot instils confidence in the rest of the build.
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  2. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse Forum Resident

    Playing early Kinks' hits?
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  3. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse Forum Resident

    Agreed. My preamp uses ALPS pots, but the balance pot has been problematic for ages. Finally decided to just turn it 30 or more times, and now it work properly. And seems to sound better.
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  4. Alps is the name I always look for. It’s important to wipe the contacts through a good turning throughout its complete range periodically.

    One of the best upgrades I got was a recommended tuning control upgrade to my Magnum Dynalab tuner when I had one.
    Better parts undoubtedly lead to greater satisfaction as well as a superior listening experience.
  5. lobo

    lobo Music has always been a matter of Energy to me...

    That's all?

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  6. old45s

    old45s MP3 FREE ZONE

  7. Thing Fish

    Thing Fish “Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny.”

    London, England
    I spent £2500 on upgrading all my Croft amps to R specification.
    The difference was amazing.
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  8. HiFi Guy 008

    HiFi Guy 008 Forum Resident

    New England
    What’s a balanced isolation transformer?


    HIRES_FAN Well-Known Member

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  10. Noel Patterson

    Noel Patterson Six pack of stout, and a stick of sensi

    Ontario, Canada
    Love the old Sansui amps, been looking at getting one too for a while now.
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  11. audiolistener

    audiolistener i like vinyl and cds

    Jacksonville FL
    did you make a post about how to do this? did you follow any sort of guide?
  12. HiFi Guy 008

    HiFi Guy 008 Forum Resident

    New England
    Biggest unexpected improvement?

    Installing the provided spikes on my Tannoy Revolution 8 speakers.

    Such a minuscule change. Less than an inch. I wanted to hear what they were like without. Good, but the highs were missing details and finesse.

    Then I put the spikes in.
    Holy fookin ****e.
    No wonder there are no pre-owned Revolution 8’s in the US. I was expecting great. Got better.
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  13. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse Forum Resident

    Hey audioL, this is the article that convinced me to make a DIY fluid damper. I used one of those white plastic containers that most tofu comes in, for the paddles (but an old credit card is a great use of that piece of garbage!), junk wire I had lying around (the best was the wire from champagne cork stoppers), and whatever plastic container I could find on recycling day that would fit best with whatever turntable or arm I was making the damper for.

    Let me know how you get on!

    Tonearm Damping Article By Bob Graham The BAS Speaker Volume 3 No. 4, January 1995
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  14. progrocker

    progrocker Forum Resident

    When I used a tape measure to place my speakers.
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  15. Mindhead1

    Mindhead1 Well-Known Member

    Adding the Pro-next Phono Box S2 to my Debit Carbon Evo and bypassing the dedicated phono stage on my as301 amp.

    Next up is adding an RSL Speedwoofer to bring some bass to my Klipsch rp160m.
  16. Tone?

    Tone? Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    What I’ve learned through my short experience in stereo is exactly like guitar gear.

    live with your current setup for awhile.
    Tweak it.
    By that I mean learn the acoustics of your room.
    Try and get close to 90-100% of what you can from that set up.
    In the process you will learn a ton of what sounds good and what setup is needed.
    Acoustics etc.

    I’ve done that with my system. No new components.
    The more I learn the more my system blows me away.

    my setup sills have sharpened and my system blows me away now.
    Loved it before but now after experimenting with speaker positioning , hangin blankets , yes that, in different spots has made my sound system mind blowing

    yes the blankets will be replaced by pro acoustical treatment. Lol

    Live with your setup for a long time.
    Learn how to squeeze every inch on sound you can from it.
  17. Macman

    Macman Senior Member

    For me it's speaker placement. Just playing around with them until you find that sweet spot. It's amazing. And cheap.
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  18. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is"

    united kingdom
    The purchase of a dedicated Rega turntable shelf for my P8.
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  19. timind

    timind phorum rezident

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  20. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    biggest sound improvement for me:

    switching from vinyl to CD.

    no more noise, hiss, ticks, pops, scratches, hum, or wear and tear.

    best thing i ever did: music wise, and i'd do it all over again.
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  21. Some really good remastering that enables more detail being brought out that was hard to detect previously. What seems trivial or minor details can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of music.
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  22. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    Speaker movement can be very dependent on the speaker. Some can be sensitive to a slight direction change others are not.
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  23. I always use a light beam or laser to aim my speakers intersection points.
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  24. LakeMountain

    LakeMountain Vinyl surfer

    Well phrased!
  25. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    I used to do that, current speakers are not sensitive to directional change, go figure. :shrug:
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