Your most recent system tweak, did it help or hurt the sound?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by draden1, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. bever70

    bever70 It's all about the soundstage

    Location:
    Belgium
    Don't know if this counts as a tweak but my audio dealer just gave me a panel to try out behind my listening seat and it really didn't take long for me to decide this will be staying (after deciding on size, colour)!

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  2. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Location:
    Funk, Ohio
    I have the clever clamp and only ever used it when I had to.
    I just bought a weight anyway and am trying it now...
     
  3. macster

    macster Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Diego, Ca. USA
    I finally (after years of trying) dialed in my Vandersteen 3A's. What a difference, now finally I can just sit back and enjoy the tunes.


    M~
     
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  4. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Location:
    Funk, Ohio
    I'm loathe to say it in these parts, but I just got a PS Audio Stellar Powerplant 3
    that made everything better. Everything.
     
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  5. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    Why shy? It’s a great product but not exactly a tweak.

    JohnK
     
  6. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    Another platform story: for the last couple of years I’ve had Symposium Ultra platform under my VPI, but a month or so ago I realized I wasn’t enjoying LPs quite as much. Everything seemed a bit lifeless. I had an old Terra Stone platform and for yucks went through the process of tearing down my TNT and putting it back on the TS. Surprise, surprise, the life was back. Another example that there can be too much or the wrong kind of isolation.

    JohnK
     
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  7. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur Going with the flow...

    Location:
    PA
    Lowered my SL1200GR tonearm. Seemed to reduce brightness a bit (wasn't objectionable before) smoothed out sax and trumpet sound.
    Improved bass impact.
     
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  8. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Replaced my 2” thick absorption only panels with 4” thick absorption panels having a scatterplate on the face. If you’ve ever heard people talk about deadening a room, well, I did it. It was immediately noticeable as the high end magic was missing, lyric intelligibility went up though.

    A little troubleshooting where I took two of the 5 new panels down has brought back the extension. I then put one of the panels on the ceiling between the main seat and speakers, aligning it with the main seat. After 1 session with the current configuration I can hear a deeper soundstage and the lyric intelligibility is better too.

    Awesome upgrade!
     
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  9. Glmoneydawg

    Glmoneydawg Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    I have owned Vandersteen 1b,2ci,3a,3a signatures and quatro signatures and yep loved them all,but Vandersteens setup instructions need to be followed...the "window" in the horizontal plane must be adhered to for best results.
     
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  10. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Anyone here use caps to cover their unused inputs/outputs? I was recently gifted a set of 12 Cardas RCA caps which I installed on all open plugs on my preamp and amp. Not expecting anything, my first listening session with them was quite interesting. Music was slightly louder as my normal starting volume felt like it was a few clicks higher than normal. Also, vocals were slightly clearer and instrument separation was ever so slightly increased. What a great gift!

    This quote is from The Absolute Sound and in my short experience, I totally agree. "Pop these RCA shorting plugs into your preamplifier's unused inputs and you'll hear a blacker background, more micro-dynamics detail, and an overall cleaner sound."
     
  11. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Analog to the Next Level

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    They look cool and neat when you cap them. The time you wanna use them atleast its clean. I have a hard time cleaning RCA input especially if they are oxidize. Not really a match made in heaven feeling for a high dollar RCA inter-connect.
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  12. draden1

    draden1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Nice pic! I am also amazed that you are using both tape 1 and 2, I don’t know anyone that uses them.
     
  13. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Analog to the Next Level

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    I us them for 2 recorders and equalization blending. Tape monitor feature.
     
  14. aorecords

    aorecords Forum Resident

    I've been curious about these. I'm glad to hear they're working out for you.
     
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  15. Rich-n-Roll

    Rich-n-Roll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington State
    Yup, it got rid of a annoying low level 60cycle hum now all is well...

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  16. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Forum Sciolist

    Location:
    Tri-Cities TN
    Moved my Cornwalls back into the corners, the big bass is back!
     
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