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How bad is your spaghetti?

 

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... it actually used to be quite a bit worse.

Source:

*Aurender N100 (no internal disk : LAN optically isolated via FMC with *LPS) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch - split for *LPS) > Intona Industrial (injected *LPS / internally shielded with copper tape) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > W4S Recovery (*LPS) > DIY 2cm USB adaptor (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > *Auralic VEGA (EXACT : balanced)

 

Control:

*Jeff Rowland CAPRI S2 (balanced)

 

Playback:

2 x Revel B15a subs (balanced) > ATC SCM 50 ASL (balanced - 80Hz HPF from subs)

 

Misc:

*Via Power Inspired AG1500 AC Regenerator

LPS: 3 x Swagman Lab Audiophile Signature Edition (W4S, Intona & FMC)

Storage: QNAP TS-253Pro 2x 3Tb, 8Gb RAM

Cables: DIY heavy gauge solid silver (balanced)

Mains: dedicated distribution board with 5 x 2 socket ring mains, all mains cables: Mark Grant Black Series DSP 2.5 Dual Screen

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Mine is bad. Even when I straighten it out it seems to spontaneously re-tangle itself.

Computer audio hasn't helped, by necessitating a nearby PC (or 2), router, etc.

 

Also components from different manufacturers complicate the situation as they can often put electrical and cable outlets in differnent places on the units, which forces cables of various types to cross over.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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I built ICs and speaker wire to measure, the backside is actually pretty tidy.

It would be even better if I could get rid of the kids' game consoles and the TV...

 

R

"Science draws the wave, poetry fills it with water" Teixeira de Pascoaes

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A spaghetti tangle isn't necessarily a bad thing. It puts an airgap between the cables, reducing coupling. One of the worst things you can do is bundle all the cables neatly together...

I agree with Semente, custom lengths are the best way to go.

"People hear what they see." - Doris Day

The forum would be a much better place if everyone were less convinced of how right they were.

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Yep the back of the audio system rack is tidy with minimal length DIY ICs.

 

It's everything else (LAN and mainly AV kit) letting the team down and I don't have the same passion for optimising AV).

 

(Should have called the thread the ugly side of AV)

 

;-)

 

 

I built ICs and speaker wire to measure, the backside is actually pretty tidy.

It would be even better if I could get rid of the kids' game consoles and the TV...

 

R

Source:

*Aurender N100 (no internal disk : LAN optically isolated via FMC with *LPS) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch - split for *LPS) > Intona Industrial (injected *LPS / internally shielded with copper tape) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > W4S Recovery (*LPS) > DIY 2cm USB adaptor (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > *Auralic VEGA (EXACT : balanced)

 

Control:

*Jeff Rowland CAPRI S2 (balanced)

 

Playback:

2 x Revel B15a subs (balanced) > ATC SCM 50 ASL (balanced - 80Hz HPF from subs)

 

Misc:

*Via Power Inspired AG1500 AC Regenerator

LPS: 3 x Swagman Lab Audiophile Signature Edition (W4S, Intona & FMC)

Storage: QNAP TS-253Pro 2x 3Tb, 8Gb RAM

Cables: DIY heavy gauge solid silver (balanced)

Mains: dedicated distribution board with 5 x 2 socket ring mains, all mains cables: Mark Grant Black Series DSP 2.5 Dual Screen

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How bad is your spaghetti?

 

... it actually used to be quite a bit worse.

 

Very bad for me, it looks like wires procreate. There is always more, more, more.

 

A friend of mine does it a priority to hide cables.

 

Here, I sometimes get tripped up by my own.

Dedicated Line DSD/DXD | Audirvana+ | iFi iDSD Nano | SET Tube Amp | Totem Mites

Surround: VLC | M-Audio FastTrack Pro | Mac Opt | Panasonic SA-HE100 | Logitech Z623

DIY: SET Tube Amp | Low-Noise Linear Regulated Power Supply | USB, Power, Speaker Cables | Speaker Stands | Acoustic Panels

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