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RE: "Solder would just have their [sic] own indentations"

I try and keep an open mind about things, but I guess I'm too much of a skeptic to spend $100 on a disposable fuse "Just to see".

Me too. Upon re-assembling a system after a 10 year remission and scanning Audiogon for some deals, the mega-dollar fuses were all over the place. I viewed them with the same skepticism (or was it rolling eyes?) that I did many years ago when audiophile power cords became fashionable. But back then I decided to try a rather expensive cord and confirm my skepticism, but my skepticism was instead replaced by a lighter wallet. :)

When it came to the fuses, like you I wasn't willing to spend $100+ just to see. Then Parts Connection put the Hi-Fi tuning fuses on sale for $19.99, and I figured $20 was reasonable enough for a trial. I bought one (just one), and after hearing what it did in my CD player went back and bought the ones needed for the rest of my components. The improvement was not consistent, and it turned out that the biggest change was in the CD player. Less (but still noticeable) improvement in the preamp, and I really couldn't tell any difference at all in the amp. So in my experience, there's no guarantee there will be an improvement, and if there is, it's component specific. I've purchased a couple SR Black fuses since then (yeah, the expensive ones), and to my ears, they are better. But not as big a change over the HiFi Tuning fuses as the HiFi Tuning fuses were over the stock fuse. They were the biggest bang for the buck in my system.

Parts Connexion now has these fuses for $9.99, which may satisfy the curiosity/price ratio for anyone interested.



Edits: 04/29/17

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