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Re: Question for Electrocompaniet EMC-1 owners.
Posted by hshapiro on January 11, 2003 at 07:48:54:
Joseph2, congratulations on your purchase of the EMC-1. After auditioning many similarly priced players, I settled on the Electrocompaniet. At around 150 hours, my EMC-1 was about 80% broken in. I noticed that about 300 hours was necessary to fully burn in the unit. Obviously, if you do the math, the laws of diminishing returns apply here. The overall presentation after 300 hours revealed a greater integration, refinement, and flow of the music, with greater resolution at the frequency extremes.
Regardless of what some may say about the use of "fancy" power cords on electronics, if you don't already have a very good pc, I highly recommend using one with the EMC-1. Personally, I am using the Virtual Dynamics Nite pc on mine, but a less expensive alternative may also work very well. I have read where some owners of the EMC-1 recommend using balanced interconnects, if you have a truly balanced preamplifier. They claim the EMC-1's noise floor drops significantly. My Spectral preamp is single-ended, but I personally find that Virtual Dynamics cables lowered the noise floor anyway, as other fine cables might do.