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I went to a buddies house the other day and his system sounded flat to me. It was driving me nuts and even he commented that he was not happy with the sound and wanted to upgrade. I finally got up and just moved his speakers around a bit and man what a difference that made.

 

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Here’s one: clean the wax out of your ears occasionally.  Drug store has a kit of solution and a little bulb for flushing.  Follow the instructions and don’t overdo it.

 

It can be as good as a new LPS.  No kidding.

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Sometimes you just need a good ac power cable. No idea how this sounds on anything but the Supra power strip I got for the server closet (another relative bargain at $69) but everything sounds better, it's well made, and came in the length I needed (but not much more), and gets great reviews. Felt a Supra at $125 would have been overkill. 

 

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WPMGOY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


SERVER CLOSET:NUC 7i5BNH with Roon ROCK and OWC external 2.5" HD (ZeroZone 12V on the NUC)>Cisco 2690L-16PS switch>Sonore opticalModule>fiber (HDPLEX 100). Supra MD-06 power strip. {Office Circuit}

LIVING ROOM:Sonore opticalModule (LPS-1)>Ghent Audio JSSG Cat 6a cable>Sonore microRendu 1.4> (Sonore UltraRendu>Ghent Neotech 7N solid JSSG DC cable) {20amp dedicated circuit) Uptone USPCB>Naim DAC V1>Witchhat DIN>Naim NAP 110 {both dedicated 20amp circuit}>Chord Rumor 2>Rega RX3’s.

OFFICE:TP Link MC110 optical bridge (iFi's - different office circuits)>Naim Unitiqute V1>NACA5>KEF Ls50’ (near field post mounted - sound amazing - one of the few  joys of working from the home basement). Cables: AQ Cinnamon RJ45, Meico RJ45, basic cat6, Naim stock AC cables with Wattgate or HifiKing Plugs. 

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All of Herbie's stuff is good imo, but if you want to save some $ then just buy sheets and cut your own. I have grunge busters under all the legs of the (reinforced) Ikea cabinet I use for the hifi, everywhere. I have precut dbNeutralizer rounds under the cheap cones I got for my Rega speaker spikes. Work great. 

 

https://herbiesaudiolab.com/collections/system-isolation/products/damping-sheet

 

https://herbiesaudiolab.com/collections/loudspeaker-rack-decoupling-and-isolation/products/thin-fat-dot?variant=12645163696183


SERVER CLOSET:NUC 7i5BNH with Roon ROCK and OWC external 2.5" HD (ZeroZone 12V on the NUC)>Cisco 2690L-16PS switch>Sonore opticalModule>fiber (HDPLEX 100). Supra MD-06 power strip. {Office Circuit}

LIVING ROOM:Sonore opticalModule (LPS-1)>Ghent Audio JSSG Cat 6a cable>Sonore microRendu 1.4> (Sonore UltraRendu>Ghent Neotech 7N solid JSSG DC cable) {20amp dedicated circuit) Uptone USPCB>Naim DAC V1>Witchhat DIN>Naim NAP 110 {both dedicated 20amp circuit}>Chord Rumor 2>Rega RX3’s.

OFFICE:TP Link MC110 optical bridge (iFi's - different office circuits)>Naim Unitiqute V1>NACA5>KEF Ls50’ (near field post mounted - sound amazing - one of the few  joys of working from the home basement). Cables: AQ Cinnamon RJ45, Meico RJ45, basic cat6, Naim stock AC cables with Wattgate or HifiKing Plugs. 

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On 6/25/2019 at 1:56 AM, charlesphoto said:

All of Herbie's stuff is good imo, but if you want to save some $ then just buy sheets and cut your own. I have grunge busters under all the legs of the (reinforced) Ikea cabinet I use for the hifi, everywhere. I have precut dbNeutralizer rounds under the cheap cones I got for my Rega speaker spikes. Work great. 

 

https://herbiesaudiolab.com/collections/system-isolation/products/damping-sheet

 

https://herbiesaudiolab.com/collections/loudspeaker-rack-decoupling-and-isolation/products/thin-fat-dot?variant=12645163696183

Very simple tweaks. 

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I also did some cable dressing this week and got a good lift. Finally got the DIN cable between my Naim amp and DAC to stop playing the radio! A big problem with Naim here in hilly Seattle populated by radio towers. Overall everything sounding really good. Now to get a few odds and ends sold on ebay and pick up that new Sonore power supply for my microrendu (not a cheap tweak, but not crazy either). 

 

 


SERVER CLOSET:NUC 7i5BNH with Roon ROCK and OWC external 2.5" HD (ZeroZone 12V on the NUC)>Cisco 2690L-16PS switch>Sonore opticalModule>fiber (HDPLEX 100). Supra MD-06 power strip. {Office Circuit}

LIVING ROOM:Sonore opticalModule (LPS-1)>Ghent Audio JSSG Cat 6a cable>Sonore microRendu 1.4> (Sonore UltraRendu>Ghent Neotech 7N solid JSSG DC cable) {20amp dedicated circuit) Uptone USPCB>Naim DAC V1>Witchhat DIN>Naim NAP 110 {both dedicated 20amp circuit}>Chord Rumor 2>Rega RX3’s.

OFFICE:TP Link MC110 optical bridge (iFi's - different office circuits)>Naim Unitiqute V1>NACA5>KEF Ls50’ (near field post mounted - sound amazing - one of the few  joys of working from the home basement). Cables: AQ Cinnamon RJ45, Meico RJ45, basic cat6, Naim stock AC cables with Wattgate or HifiKing Plugs. 

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use mirrors on the wall to align/move speakers for HF "beams"

 

use a swarm of subs if you can; 2 subs at least

 

move the subs/speakers to reduce standing waves


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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Shut down your whole house electrically. Make sure every plugged in, and wireless device - yes, that means smartphones! - are turned off, and unplugged. The mains supply to your home is now doing nothing but feeding the rig - that might give you some clues as to where more complex tweaks might benefit, ^_^.


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http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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Be sure to assemble your tinfoil hat by daylight though! ;)


SERVER CLOSET:NUC 7i5BNH with Roon ROCK and OWC external 2.5" HD (ZeroZone 12V on the NUC)>Cisco 2690L-16PS switch>Sonore opticalModule>fiber (HDPLEX 100). Supra MD-06 power strip. {Office Circuit}

LIVING ROOM:Sonore opticalModule (LPS-1)>Ghent Audio JSSG Cat 6a cable>Sonore microRendu 1.4> (Sonore UltraRendu>Ghent Neotech 7N solid JSSG DC cable) {20amp dedicated circuit) Uptone USPCB>Naim DAC V1>Witchhat DIN>Naim NAP 110 {both dedicated 20amp circuit}>Chord Rumor 2>Rega RX3’s.

OFFICE:TP Link MC110 optical bridge (iFi's - different office circuits)>Naim Unitiqute V1>NACA5>KEF Ls50’ (near field post mounted - sound amazing - one of the few  joys of working from the home basement). Cables: AQ Cinnamon RJ45, Meico RJ45, basic cat6, Naim stock AC cables with Wattgate or HifiKing Plugs. 

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good to turn off LED & Fl lights tho

 

also, you can DIY your own diffusers


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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6 hours ago, fas42 said:

Shut down your whole house electrically. Make sure every plugged in, and wireless device - yes, that means smartphones! - are turned off, and unplugged. The mains supply to your home is now doing nothing but feeding the rig - that might give you some clues as to where more complex tweaks might benefit, ^_^.

 

Should I ask the inhabitants of neighboring apartments to do the same?

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55 minutes ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

Should I ask the inhabitants of neighboring apartments to do the same?

 

Yes ... ask politely, ^_^.

 

Of course it helps to have some, electrical, distance between you and possibly troublesome neighbours - to simplify things :). If you're stuck with 'noisy' next doors, then you might have to try some isolation doodahs - but now, we've stumbled into complex solutions, unfortunately ... better luck next time ...


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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56 minutes ago, fas42 said:

 

Yes ... ask politely, ^_^.

 

Of course it helps to have some, electrical, distance between you and possibly troublesome neighbours - to simplify things :). If you're stuck with 'noisy' next doors, then you might have to try some isolation doodahs - but now, we've stumbled into complex solutions, unfortunately ... better luck next time ...

 

It is just happens that our mind/perception registers this or that type of noise *always*... One can not and could not eliminate all possible noises from the "system". What is the way to ignore or tolerate those would be more interesting and rewarding, imho.

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13 hours ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

Should I ask the inhabitants of neighboring apartments to do the same?

 

maybe

 

noise attenuates with distance (as a f(freq.)), and they are further away than your LEDs, Fl lights etc.

 

 


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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11 hours ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

It is just happens that our mind/perception registers this or that type of noise *always*... One can not and could not eliminate all possible noises from the "system". What is the way to ignore or tolerate those would be more interesting and rewarding, imho.

 

Learn to Live with Johnson Noise

 

- great song title BTW


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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Viva La France!


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

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On ‎6‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 10:06 AM, Ralf11 said:

good to turn off LED & Fl lights tho

 

also, you can DIY your own diffusers

 

 Even the Air Conditioning as well.  Despite running in quiet mode, and not sounding obvious, it can degrade low level detail.

 We found this at a listening session at Audiophile Neuroscience's previous apartment some time back when evaluating some new expensive speakers. He also needed some decent mains filtering at that location too, due to Lifts etc. in the complex.


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you might as well give up your career as a tester. The difference between a reconstituted FLAC and full size WAV is much less than that, but it does exist. - Cookie Marenco"

 

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16 hours ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

It is just happens that our mind/perception registers this or that type of noise *always*... One can not and could not eliminate all possible noises from the "system". What is the way to ignore or tolerate those would be more interesting and rewarding, imho.

 

What I find is that interference noise is the absolute worst for the mind to deal with - it just makes longer term listening an endurance test; I can only take short sessions of the type of SQ this causes - the fatigue levels kill it every time ...

 

So, tolerating this is a non-starter - I work assiduously on attenuating the impact of this, until it becomes subjectively zero. Which is very hard to do, yes. But, with effort it can reduced to a point where what I call convincing sound switches on - and that's a zone of listening that's worth working towards, because you then can listen all day at any volume you desire, with complete mental comfort.


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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4 hours ago, fas42 said:

 

What I find is that interference noise is the absolute worst for the mind to deal with - it just makes longer term listening an endurance test; I can only take short sessions of the type of SQ this causes - the fatigue levels kill it every time ...

 

So, tolerating this is a non-starter - I work assiduously on attenuating the impact of this, until it becomes subjectively zero. Which is very hard to do, yes. But, with effort it can reduced to a point where what I call convincing sound switches on - and that's a zone of listening that's worth working towards, because you then can listen all day at any volume you desire, with complete mental comfort.

 

Unless you are able to quit your mind completely you will be exposed to this or that kind of noise.

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57 minutes ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

Unless you are able to quit your mind completely you will be exposed to this or that kind of noise.

 

Again, it depends on the type of noise ...

 

Listening to a busker, purely acoustic music, besides a busy road - one type of noise.

 

Someone using a bad microphone setup, that's keeps on hovering on the edge of acoustic feedback - another type of noise.

 

Personally, I'll take the first over the second ... :).


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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5 hours ago, fas42 said:

 

Again, it depends on the type of noise ...

 

Listening to a busker, purely acoustic music, besides a busy road - one type of noise.

 

Someone using a bad microphone setup, that's keeps on hovering on the edge of acoustic feedback - another type of noise.

 

Personally, I'll take the first over the second ... :).

 

Most probably we talk about different understanding of the term 

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