Sound improvement tips

Did you know that your system could be upgraded very quickly? Let me start by telling you about ‘Add-ons’ which are an after market item and can be purchased separately from companies who specialise in sound improvement. These ‘Add-ons’ can be used individually or all together because they really do work and you will hear changes to the sound these items can make.

The source  – Media player / computer / CD / Turntable

Your Media player – to get a better sound just fit three SoundCare spikes underneath

Your computer or Laptop – to get a better sound fit three SoundCare spikes underneath

Your CD – to get a better sound, have your CD cut with a CD lathe as this really does work and the difference is very noticeable – for more information click here

Your CD – spray your CD (label side only) with Antistatic fluid and let it dry naturally.

Your CD – when you buy a CD always look for a Gold pressed CD version.

Your LP – for you to get a better sound always buy the Heaviest version that you can find.

Your LP – make sure that you find the best Cutting angle, which suits your stylus because EU and US have different angles – The same as with your stylus.

Your Turntable – Always use a Spirit level to ensure that it is level before you do your set up and it is best for you to put the level on the LP to be played.

Your Turntable – remove the stock power cord that came with it and replace with a good quality Power cord.

Your turntable – Place Three SoundCare spikes under your unit, as they will give you a marked improvement in the performance of your turntable.  For m ore information on SoundCare spikes please click here

The Amplifier – Tube/Solid-state/hybrid

Remove the stock power cord that came with the amplifier and replace it with a good quality Power cord, as a simple step such as this will give you a sound improvement.

Place your amplifier on Three SoundCare spikes. There are different grades but the basic is good enough for you to hear the difference and you can always upgrade.

The CD player – Tube/Solid-state

Remove the stock power cord that came with the CD player and replace it with a good quality Power cord.

Put your CD player on Three SoundCare spikes. There are different grades but the basic is good enough for you to hear the improvements in sound.

Lightly Spray your CD player and all your cables with Antistatic fluid every month.

Loudspeakers and Loudspeaker cables

Every Interconnect in your system and every loudspeaker cable has a right way and a wrong way and this is all apart of How to make my sound better. Each cable should have a direction of flow arrow marked on it and the flow is always from source to amplifier and from amplifier to the loudspeakers. If you remove any of the cables then mark them up so they go back in the same way as they came out.

Place your Loudspeaker on Three SoundCare spikes BUT very important the spikes have to be reversed (small end up and large end to the floor)

Use a spirit level to make sure your loudspeaker is level in every direction and there is a minimum of 6” from any wall service. The Loudspeaker cable should be a minimum of three meters in length and should be kept off the floor with small wooden blocks.

Every month remove the loudspeaker cable and wipe the end connections with a soft cloth and after refitting, spray lightly with Anti-static fluid (cables only and not the contact points) also remember to replace the cables in the same direction. For more information on Antistatic please click here

Obtain a copy of the ‘Ayre’ test CD called Irrational but Efficacious and play it through your system on a monthly basis.

New additions

Nordost just introduced another item called “Sort Lift” and enhances the sonic performance of loudspeaker cables, power cords, and interconnects, by minimising the points of contact cables make with the ground and reducing boundary effects, without negatively affecting the resonant properties of the cables themselves. For more information on this please click here

There is also another interesting item from Nordost called a “Sort Kone” and this can be placed under any item such as Amplifier, CD player or DAC and gives more clarity, more detail and also gives a blacker background. This is meant for sound improvement and I have tried but I could hear any difference. For more information on this please click here

Anti-Static and Cryogenic treatment

Obtain an Antistatic gun and point it at every piece of equipment and squeeze the trigger. Do this every month (including speakers) for more information please click here

To improve your system sound, send all your cables to a Company that performs Cryogenic cable treatment. This is one of the best upgrades that you can get because the results speak for themselves. For more information click here

If you hate the crackle from your turntable you can run it wet as I used to in the good old days and very easy to do – Set up a drip just the same as in the hospital and fit a very small bore tube so the drip leaves a film or water on the LP and then play it.

Cable Warm up

You must allow at least one hour for any cable to warm up in your system. It does not matter if is the power cord, the speaker cable or the interconnect cable, so please be patient and allow time for them to warm up.

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 and it will be a big 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 improvement that you do – very basic but true!

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