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Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« on: November 16, 2007, 07:30 »
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We have a friendly environment here and I am glad we can resolve things in such a happy info sharing fashion.

I have seen some tweaks which border on the snake oil, and cost a lot and some simple ones which are really nice and cheap.

Hence I hope everyone can add what worked and didn't for them.

Some simple tweaks which are affordable and helped:

- Adding a simple power conditioner from Xindak
- Using a direct power line to the hi fi and avoid high current machines eg air - con and washing machines
- sand filled stands versus bookshelves
- switching from silver to copper cables to tame my treble

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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 09:19 »
One question, some people use power filter/conditioner (Xindak) but those who dislike filters will use a good power distributor (Furutech/Oyaide).

Can I know what are the main difference between them?

Which is a better choice for improve sound?

Cheers :)
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 21:21 »
One question, some people use power filter/conditioner (Xindak) but those who dislike filters will use a good power distributor (Furutech/Oyaide).

Can I know what are the main difference between them?

Which is a better choice for improve sound?

Cheers :)

You'll have to try both as they are very system dependent. The better power distributors supposedly improve sound by having much better connectors, internal wiring, damping, shielding, etc compared to the <=$20 ones. I have not tried them though.

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Other tweaks
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2007, 16:49 »
Using Blu Tack under your  speakers

Replaced those copper / brass biwire connectors with Jumpers

Replacing the standard IEC power cord - the jury is still out on this IMO, spend some but don't go overboard, eg if its a budget or even mid-range AV amp, I recommend spend the money elsewhere.

A Big difference - room treatment, this one is a definite improvement, and bro joamonte can explain more.

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Re: Other tweaks
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007, 11:07 »

A Big difference - room treatment, this one is a definite improvement, and bro joamonte can explain more.


I agree that room treatment has the biggest benefit. If you have a very expensive and good sounding system, an untreated room will not do justice to the amount of $$$ you have spent. You should listen to your equipment and not the room. lol

Another thing that is a must (especially if you are using tubes) are isolation cones / boards. Tubes are pretty sensitive to vibrations (ie, from your transport, etc). Isolation helps to reduce / eliminate these.
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Re: Other tweaks
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2007, 11:46 »
I agree that room treatment has the biggest benefit. If you have a very expensive and good sounding system, an untreated room will not do justice to the amount of $$$ you have spent.

Totally agree ! ;D
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2007, 15:04 »
Listening chair with little or no head rest. Reduces reflections and smearing of the sonic image.
Listening chair with adjustable height so that your ears are always at the right height for your speakers.
Spirit level, to level your speakers so that both (stereo) are pointing exactly towards you at the right vertical and horizontal angles.
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2007, 15:14 »
don't know if u will agree, but when in a good mood the sound is good no matter what u play but when in a not so good mood, began to find fault with the sound or the setup.  for me, tats where i will switch off the system and indulge in some other activities instead....;D

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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2007, 16:37 »
don't know if u will agree, but when in a good mood the sound is good no matter what u play but when in a not so good mood, began to find fault with the sound or the setup.  for me, tats where i will switch off the system and indulge in some other activities instead....;D
definitely true :D, good mood everything seems perfect. but sometime play some music helps u reduce the stress, isn't it?
for me, the biggest tweak is putting the blue tack between speakers and stands, a huge difference I must say. SQ far improved

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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2007, 17:59 »
Listening chair with little or no head rest. Reduces reflections and smearing of the sonic image.
Listening chair with adjustable height so that your ears are always at the right height for your speakers.
Spirit level, to level your speakers so that both (stereo) are pointing exactly towards you at the right vertical and horizontal angles.

what about small floorstanders or MTM?  don't they already take care of (tweeter) height issue in their design?
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2007, 02:37 »
Listening chair with little or no head rest. Reduces reflections and smearing of the sonic image.
Listening chair with adjustable height so that your ears are always at the right height for your speakers.
Spirit level, to level your speakers so that both (stereo) are pointing exactly towards you at the right vertical and horizontal angles.

I cant agree more! I was a victim of a high back chair once!  ;D
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2007, 09:35 »
before room treatment, play around with speaker positioning.  Most of the time, the spkr position and our listening position are restricted coz of aesthetic reasons, especially when t eqpt are placed in the living hall.  Spend some hrs playing with the diff positions and you'll probbaly be surprised at the potential of your speakers! ;D

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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2007, 22:16 »
Lorenzo is selling a nice chair for S$699 down from 1k plus, that should help :)
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Re: Tweaks thread - those that work and those which didn't
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2007, 01:07 »
Dim the lights. The sense of hearing improves when lights are down.