What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,985
    That's a thought too of course. My point is that in order for those so inclined to try to buy american to do so easily (because people are lazy), there needs to be some facilitation involved, so that people don't have to spend hours doing research. In your case, there would have to be a law passed that it was up front in some way, how much of a companies business was associated with China. I guess you are saying that you wouldn't even buy a made in america product from harbor Freight, even if you could possibly find one?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,409
    edited April 2020
    what I was saying was tongue and cheek, where do you draw the line? this is a worldwide economy, you say buy American, great but what if that American company uses electronics made in china or the Korean company that the American company buys from uses Chinese parts in their products. see how it would be impossible to find 100% "American".

    here's one for you, let's say you were looking to buy a pair of speakers from Salk and they have a speaker, model a and model b, both the same exact speaker.
    model a is made in the u.s. and model b is made in china, the only other difference is model a is $2500 more, which would you buy?

    Sorry for derailing the thread, my last thoughts on the subject. o:)

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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,985
    Very true. This topic definitely deserves its own thread (which will get taken down by Alma :) in short order). I did recently buy a MADE IN AMERICA gas can for $20 instead of the other one for $10 o:)
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,985
    gmcman wrote: »
    These diamond points for a dremel type tool work great for me for drilling holes in PCB. Just pick the right one for the wire you are using by measuring with a caliper or micrometer. I would think that the 15.5 litz should be best and there is no worry of skin effect.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/diamond-point-rotary-bit-set-20-pc-69653.html

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    Thanks for the link! This is surely an option, as I don't need to enlarge the hole too much more. :*

    Will have to try the others first though.

    Yes since it is all about the joy of experimentation you might as well! These diamond points were just something that I already had on hand for enlarging some cracks in my exterior stucco, prior to injecting two part epoxy, so since fiberglass is very abrasive and should really be drilled or ground with carbide or diamond tools or the like rather than high speed steel I figured I might as well use them. The pointed ones worked very well for drilling brand new holes and especially for rectangular shaped holes for cable ties to secure the capacitors in my crossover mods for my 7B's.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,211
    My Leaf blower is made in Arkansas by way of Sweden
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,985
    edited April 2020
    Nice! Make and model? Any sound improvement? What do you use.....bananas or spades or bare wire?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 334
    Idk lol got them from parts express. Actually I do notice a much clearer sound! Right now I use basic 12 gauge cable with Rt angle monoprice banana’s. Saturday I should get a set of blue jeans cable 10 white! Looking forward to hearing them. The speakers are SDA 1-B’s. I love em!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    Very nice @butterbean, rock on! Good for you for being open minded and willing to experiment. A lot of people never venture beyond that regular 12-14ga wire unfortunately.
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 334
    I can only imagine what high end wire does!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    edited May 2020
    I don't have a ton of experience with speaker cable, but this was a pretty interesting experience for me: https://theaudiobeatnik.com/review-acoustic-zen-sartori-speakers-bring-music-to-life/

    I went from a $120 pair to a $~900 pair.
  • Thorton
    Thorton Posts: 1,321
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    Added a subwoofer to the pontoon boat. Definitely helps out the low end and driving capabilities of the 6-1/2 inch speakers. Actually sounds pretty good right out of the box. Can’t wait to hear the difference when I have it in the water in about 1-1/2 weeks.
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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,620
    butterbean wrote: »
    I can only imagine what high end wire does!

    What I like about good cables is you don't have to have the volume very high to hear micro-details.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


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    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • gmcman
    gmcman Posts: 1,627
    edited May 2020
    I removed the recent trial of Cardas litz 15.5 ga wire from the CD input and one of the outputs of my RLD-1 preamp, and swapped in some Mundorf silver/gold 24ga solid wire.

    I let it play overnight and it may need more time, but I did expect this wire to possibly be brighter. While I can easily tell it's "brighter", just not in a fatiguing way. The overall clarity from maybe 1kHz on up, is noticeably improved and the extensions and sparkle are evident but not overwhelming to the point it sounds like a treble knob was turned.

    The only drawback as of now is the slight absence of lower midrange weight and soul. I really do like it, the cymbals, snare, both have that slight airy extension. Also the electric guitar sounds much more accurate. The overall upper frequencies are very clean, detailed, and smooth. Maybe it needs more time, but I feel the smaller gauge of the wire are likely attributing to the lower frequencies being affected, not sure though, but had to try it.

    Parts Connexion has the 18ga and I may need to try that as well.

    I have a few more wires to use and next up is 21ga Cardas Litz. The 15.5 is too large at the moment to use without modifying the PCB slightly.
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 240
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    The CRS+4.1TLs continue to amaze. I was starting to doubt that they were capable of the clarity I want. No more. Now, I'm thinking that a touch of silver in their internal wiring might pay big dividends.

    Speakers: Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS>Chord Qutest DAC/TeraDak LPS; CD: Onkyo C390 changer>Chord Qutest DAC; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (DAC/pre), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC), AQ Carbon USB (streamer/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,296
    Rolled to Tung-Sol tubes in my Modwright preamp. The Raytheons had a lot of hours on them as I use my system for music, tv and games. Holy cow what an improvement!
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,422
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    Nice!
    I’m curious about the Reveal cables. Did you roll them and the Silver Eclipse in at the same time?

    If you rolled them in a staggered fashion, can you tell us what you heard from each.

    TY Dr
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    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 240
    edited May 2020
    @GlennDog

    I had a few weeks with the SE cables before adding the Reveals. I had been using Zavfino Nova (OCC) before the SE. What I noticed immediately was more, and more accurate bass, and improved clarity. The Nova cables aren't bad, mind you, just not as bright (in a good way) and transparent as the SE.

    The Reveal ICs replaced Zavfino Arcadia Mkii (also OCC). Again, similar steps forward in SQ. Nothing earth-shattering, but discernibly clearer, better sound. The Reveals are supposed to be burned in already, but I sense they are still getting smoother.

    Overall, both were upgrades, and I wouldn't be as happy as I am without both. Hope that makes sense.
    Speakers: Wharfedale EVO4.3; Amp: Parasound A21 Halo; Pre: NAD C165BEE; Regenerator: PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant3; Streamer: Auralic Aries Mini/TeraDak LPS>Chord Qutest DAC/TeraDak LPS; CD: Onkyo C390 changer>Chord Qutest DAC; Phono: AT LP-3/VM540Ml; Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse7 speaker, High Fidelity Cables Reveal IC (pre/amp), Wireworld Silver Eclipse8 IC (DAC/pre), Wireworld Silver Starlight digital coax (CD/DAC), AQ Carbon USB (streamer/DAC); Power cables: NRG Custom Cables "The Five" (regenerator; amp; streamer; DAC); Subwoofer: REL T/5i; EQ: Soundcraftsmen RP2212
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    Wow, gorgeous. And I bet it feels even better that you did it yourself. Nice job.
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 334
    Nice contrast in your woods! Sharp!
  • indyhawg
    indyhawg Posts: 1,566
    Very nice work.
  • gmcman
    gmcman Posts: 1,627
    Very nice work @jumpindick, I want to speculate that maybe one more support could help if used in the rear at the mid point.

    I'm limited in my knowledge of what types of wood can span distances under load without sagging, so maybe others can chime in, so just a friendly suggestion.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,620
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    Lucky bastage! I've been eyeing upgrading my Mini-Eclipse's with the Silvers for a while now. Just hard to dump a couple grand on anything right now with the way the world is... Maybe I'll contact D to see what he has. Been meaning to ask him what his impressions were when he upgraded his demo cables from the Mini's to the Silvers. Love Wireworld stuff!
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,483
    Nice work, @jumpindick

    Don't take this as a negative but more constructive suggestion since I have made 2 sets of racks very similar to these.
    My first one that I made around 2012-2013 was zebrawood shelves with ambrosia maple legs. I did the screws on the sides similar to yours but I recessed the screws deep enough that I could then fit a piece of walnut dowel in to make it look more like a dowel joint with an exposed/flush dowel.

    The cherry rack I made a year or so later is the exact same construction but was built larger and deeper for more equipment flexibility.

    But what I am getting at is you can really clean the look up if you were to hide the screws in a similar manner.

    Regardless of the above, it is a gorgeous finished project.

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,982
    I feel fortunate I was even able to turn my rig on tonight.
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