Your system could be upgraded quickly by using ‘Add-ons’. These are aftermarket items and used individually or together. Because these item work, you will hear changes and certainly will be an Audiophile system improvement!
The source – Media player / computer / CD / Turntable
- Media player – For better sound fit three spikes or Vibapads’ underneath.
- Your computer or Laptop – fit three spikes or ‘Vibapads’ pads underneath.
Your CD –
- Have your CD cut with a lathe. And, differences easily heard.
- Spray your CD (label side only) with Anti-static fluid and let it dry naturally.
- When you buy a CD, always look for the ‘Gold pressed’ CD version.
Your LP –
- Always buy the most substantial version you can.
- Make sure you find the cutting angle that suits your stylus.
- The EU and US have different angles. And, the same as with your stylus.
Your Turntable –
- Always use a spirit level to ensure it is level before you set up. And, best to place the spirit level on the LP.
- Remove the stock power cord that comes with the turntable and replaces with a suitable quality Power cord.
- Place Four spikes or ‘Vibapads’ under your turntable, for a significant improvement.
The Amplifier –
- Remove the stock power cord from the amplifier and change with a suitable quality Power cord. (A simple step but will give an Audiophile system improvement).
- Place your amplifier on Three spikes or Vibapads. There are different grades, but essential is good enough to hear the Audiophile sound improvement. And you can always upgrade!
The CD player –
- Remove the stock power cord from the CD player and replace with a suitable quality Power cord.
- Put your CD player on Three spikes or ‘Vibapads’. There are different grade, but the basic is good enough to hear the sound improvement.
- Lightly Spray your CD player and all your cables with Anti-static fluid every month.
- Every Interconnect and every loudspeaker cable has a right and wrong way. Each audio cable should have a direction of flow which is from source to amplifier and from amplifier to loudspeaker. If you remove any audio cables, mark them up, so they go back in the same way.
- Place your Loudspeakers on spikes. Very important the ‘spikes’ have to be reversed (small end up and the large end to the floor)
- Use a spirit level to make sure your loudspeakers are level in every direction, and there is a minimum of 6″ from any wall service.
- The Loudspeaker cables should be a minimum of three meters in length and kept off the floor with small wooden blocks or Vibapads.
- Every month remove the loudspeaker cables and wipe the end connections with a soft cloth. After refitting, spray lightly with Anti-static fluid (lines only and not the contact points).
- Obtain a copy of the ‘Ayre’ test CD. Called ‘Irrational but Efficacious’ and play it through your system every month. Audiophile system improvement
Nordost introduced an item called ‘Sort Lift’. Designed to enhance the sonic performance of loudspeaker cables, power cords, and interconnects. By minimising the points of contact, lines make with the ground and reducing boundary effects.
There is also another new item from Nordost, called a ‘Sort Kone’ and placed under any article. The Amplifier, CD player or DAC and gives more clarity, detail and also blacker background. I have tried but heard no differences.
Anti-Static /Cryogenic treatment
- Obtain an Anti-static gun. Point it at every piece of equipment and squeeze the trigger. Do this every month (including speakers).
- To improve your system sound, send all your cables for Cryogenic cable treatment. An excellent upgrade because the results speak for themselves.
- If you hate the crackle from your turntable, you can run it wet. I used to do this the good old days. Set up a drip (just the same as in the hospital) and fit a tiny bore tube. The drop leaves a film or water on the LP. And, then play it.
You must allow at least one hour for any cable to warm up in your system. It does not matter if power cord, speaker cable or interconnect cable. Please be patient and allow time for the audio cables to warm up. Audiophile system improvement
Listening to your system
Some people have ears that lie flat against their heads. And do not even realise just what they are missing from the music, especially in the upper frequencies. Put your hands behind your ears and then pull them outwards and you will hear more.
A significant sound improvement. Never listen to your friend’s opinion as his ears are not the same as yours. And, maybe he will not hear the sound development that you do. Very basic, but true!
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