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Vital hi Fi accessories that don't cost all that much?

Discussion in 'audio' started by colasblue, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    About right.... in the few cases where cables do make a difference it's due to basic electrical properties of the cable interacting with source and load impedances.. This has nothing to do with the money spent on the cable or their "quality". If equipment is used correctly and designed correctly you won't hear any difference with cables from different makes (so long as, with speaker cable, it's thick and short enough to rule out FR changes due to cable resistance). That's all there is to it folks...
  2. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    I would say the beginning begins a little earlier... What about the actual performance and the way it was recorded?
  3. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    So you are saying that in the real world you cannot have two files that just differ in their resolution/ format (one lossless and the other one 320k, same mastering) ?:confused:
  4. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Indeed. :)
  5. bownose

    bownose pfm Member

    Re paper cups and malt (I'm not allowed alcohol) I have a fave cup for coffee its perfect, and when its in the dishwasher ready to be washed I hand wash it because my morning first coffee isn't as good as the other thin walled coffee mugs.

    Likewise I have favourite cups and tiny bowls for different types of leaf tea. Probably some sort of manifestation of a OCD i guess...

    I completely do not believe in cables but I still paid up £270 on Chord Carnival biwire because I could have just gotten 14M of Maplin's copper stuff but It felt like I had a very fine racehorse and was feeding her poor quality feed. Irrational I know but when the dealer (being dealers they are very naughty like this) slipped some fully burned in Chord Sarum, just to have a try, yes, there was a difference and yes I liked it and yes I said I will think about it. And yes my Chord Carnival changed over a few weeks or I got familiar with the sound, or the amps finally getting used properly got burned in... I just don't know...

    And yet I said "I do not believe in cables". That dichotomy exists despite experience saying otherwise.

    i live in a complex world -- much of it I have no idea how it actually works and the only way to keep it simple is to look at it simply.
  6. madscientist

    madscientist pfm Member

    The purchase of some RFC interconnects to show me what i was missing in my system..the level of detail is astonishing!! Thumbs up to Paul
  7. Rodney gold

    Rodney gold Im just me...

    Blu tack for damping things that rattle in the room - a quid or so
    a tape measure to check distances etc A quid or so
    Tidal $9 a month here
    A tone test disc to identify problem freq bands (free)
    REW (free)
    Umik1 mic ($70)
  8. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Clive, despite your comments to the contrary, I get the distinct feeling you are mentally somewhat healthier than quite a few posters on here!
  9. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Good point. +1
  10. NaimClontarf

    NaimClontarf pfm Member

    Vinyl : Pillar of blue tac for cleaning needle ( as recommended by soundsmith)

    Digital : (1) Tesco chopping board under RPi
    (2) RPi with volumio
    (3) AEx though value has declined since BBC R 3 is no longer avaiLable @ 320 k on Tunein...
  11. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Not sure if this qualifies as a hi-fi accessory, but I bought a NowTV box, so my previously dumb TV is now smart(ish) and I can watch all those fabulous old music videos on YouTube and have the sound playing through my main system.

    I've no idea what the bit rate, sampling rate or business rate is, though I'm sure its low, but I love watching and listening to old stuff. It's become quite addictive, and all for £9.99.
  12. boneman

    boneman pfm Member

    Spot on!
  13. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    A can of Servisol contact cleaner.

    What I'm having trouble following is the palpable fear on this thread that something cheap could actually be good.
  14. *PING*

    *PING* pfm Member

    I have a bottle of whiskey in its box on the mantle piece that serves the same purpose. :)

    I agree too that I now listen to more music - the combination of Tidal and headponies (and the headphone stands content!) means that I can sit up late after kids etc are in bed and listen to new music at whatever level suits my mood.

    My poweramp has been unplugged for over a week now, and I've not thought once about plugging it back in yet. I took it out to see how the headphone amp sounded with its volume maxed, and then the Exotik doing the volume control.
  15. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Ah, the luck of the Irish ! What's wrong with good old scotch, then?:)
  16. Mike42

    Mike42 Heard it all before...

    All the little mods and fettling I have done over the years (which at the time seemed like a eureka moment) have either dropped off, got lost, broke or been eaten by the cat. None of them have endured. They only seem to have scratched an upgrade itch that couldn’t be scratched at the time. I spose they did their job in a roundabout kind of way.
  17. Mike42

    Mike42 Heard it all before...

    Oh right, the start of everything! The Big Bang! We agree on everything up to (but not including) the SQ of Spotify.
  18. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Mmmm I was watching "Back in time for Dinner" yesterday they showed the BSE scandal where the "experts" said it was o/k to eat beef.

  19. And there was me thinking i would look on this 9 page thread and find some interesting cheap hints and tips.:rolleyes:
  20. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    I admire your optimism, but this IS an audio forum !:D

    However, as I wasn't knocked out last year by the performance of my valved CDP after rearranging all my kit on new shelves, I knocked up two thinnish boards (one 3 ply, t'other a light composite wood) to fit underneath the transport and DAC.

    I put these under the kit, supported by three Goodmans or Michell cones I had lying around. What a difference; night and day. From dark to light and expansive presentation.

    My friend, who has always espoused supports, more or less said 'I told you so'. I'm now a convert, especially as it cost virtually bugger-all.

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