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I changed out my stock 10a fast-blow fuse in my Yamaha a-s2000 integrated amp with a audio magic nano-liquid fuse and I can't BELIEVE the difference this new fuse MADE !!
Everything sounds very SMOOTH and the mid-range sounds like a TUBE AMP NOW !...
THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ALL SOLID-STATE GEAR OWNERS OUT THERE !!
If you have solid-state gear you need to try these fuses !
You need to let these fuses settle-in good for 14 days to hear their FULL POTENTIAL
Ordinary fuses filled up with snake oil!
...put some tape or some blu tack on a fuse and listen for a change.
how would damping the fuse body help when the microphonic part of the fuse is the wire inside? The wire is coupled directly to the end caps which is firmly clipped into the fuse holderl, thus providing a direct path for the alledged vibrations to the equipment while at the same time NOT damping the wire at all.
Too much is never enough
Do the end-caps connect to the body of the fuse?
If the body of the fuse is dampened will the end-caps resonate less?
How would damping a components "body" help with the microphonic parts of the wires/caps/tubes etc. inside? I think many many people damp their components "bodies" with good results.
Yes, end caps connect to body of the fuse. The end caps also are solidly clipped into the fuse holder at each end. The only 'loose' piece is the element itself, which unless the fuse is filled, is essentiallly un-dampable. So if you damp the glass part in the middle, you've done nothing.
I think people who damp the fuse body and hear all these marvelous improvements are fooling themselves.
The physics of tube microphonics is not that a wire is vibrating, but that the wire vibrating is modulating the signal being 'transmitted', if you will, to another element in the tube. A simple vibrating wire? not so much. (at all, really)
End cap resonance is a non-starter. Being clipped firmly into the amp makes them and the amp basically a 'single piece', which you 'd have to damp. Maybe 'flexing' boards and some of the casework.
Too much is never enough
There is one way for you to test your theory.
Put some putty or blue tak etc on a fuse and listen for any difference in sound.
Fact is everything has a resonant value no matter how well you secure it...
Saying you "don't think..." without actually trying is not saying much. It would be nice if thought and reasoning was so powerful that no testing would be required. But here we are in the year 2012 and we mere mortals still relay on testing for results vs. just "thinking" what the result might be or ought to be.
Granted some people don't hear any difference in anything. Fine with me...
The fuse holder is vibrating, too. Insidious, ain't it? Gee, maybe those who hear the effects of damping the fuse body aren't deluded after all.
Long time, no chat.
So, now that we've got a vibrating fuse clip....which is firmly attached to the board, we've got a vibrating board? The fundamental of all this is 60hz...the resistance of the wire.....nearly negligable....so, how much force could possibly be transmitted to the board? By the time you hit the 3rd or 4th harmonic of the powerline freuqency you must be in the sub-picodyne region..... certainly near the molecular noise floor....
Sorry, I don't buy it.
I would suggest an experiment! Put a fuse in a box of a couple cubic feet. The box also contains a speaker connected to an amp/source. Run 60hz thru the fuse. Don't pop the fuse. You'll also need a dual trace scope of as high a frequency as you can manage. certainly 100s of MHz. have a second fuse, wired as the first in a similar box with NO speaker. Put 60hz thru that one, too. Look at BOTH traces in some kind of either out of phase or 'subtract' mode in the scope, such that only differences appear. Nothing should be on the screen, the traces being identical. Turn on the speaker....loud...no...louder! See anything on the scope? Didn't think so.
From this I'd conclude the microphic fuse myth busted
Too much is never enough
Take any fuse, listen to it, paint it with AVM (Anti-vibration Magic) on the glass, listen to it again. Finally, explain why it sounds much better with the paint on it.
Of course a PCB can vibrate. Question is, if a fuse can do it? And if so, will the other sources of vibration overwhelm the fuses contribution? Will the multiple resonant modes of all the stuff attached and hung from a board not damp this whole system?
Now, yes everything vibrates and so what? TTs are vulnerable, of course, as are tubes. In both cases a clear feedback loop exists. A TT cart is designed to take very low level vibrations, connect to a pretty hi-gain circuit and put the result to the speaker.
Racks are well developed for seismic events. However, if you believe that fuse vibrations to the board (!) have an effect, than surely airborn vibes have an effect as well, and when the sytem is played loudly, will have more effect than a fuse. After all, the fuses contribution will be based on the mass of the wire, the amount of force it can exert and the frequency. I don't know what the fusing wire is made from....magnetic or not? But certainly all will agree that the amount of force a vibrating fuse wire can contribute is MINUTE a best.
I have yet to see a 'soundproof' rack which would be the next logical development.
And while we're talkin' vibes, how do you isolate your system from the Schumann resonance? I think that is somewhat <=to 8hz.
If someone wants to loan me a scope, I'll run whatever test I can devise and not only put the data up for review, but certainly remain open to experiments to run..
I asked for a used Tektronix for my birthday, but am not holding my breath.
Too much is never enough
"From this I'd conclude the microphic fuse myth busted"
From WHAT? Prey thee show us the data from your wonderous test...
You may be surprised if you actually did the work which is why most of us don't draw conclusions from thought experiments!
"So, now that we've got a vibrating fuse clip....which is firmly attached to the board, we've got a vibrating board? The fundamental of all this is 60hz."
Yes to the first part, no to the second. The fundamental is really 120 Hz unless you are using a half-wave rectifier.
You don't think PCB's vibrate? Stick it in your ear! Here's how:
- tie a foot long thread to one of the corner mounting holes.
- Wrap the other end around your little finger a few times.
- Stick that finger in your ear.
- Tap the board in various places with eraser end of a pencil or just a finger of your other hand.
Isn't that cool? If the boss doesn't catch you you can learn to play the melody and bass line at the same time by tapping the right spots for the melody at each beat. If sticking it in your ear seems crude and the board has any low level analog circuits you can probably extract the same information at their outputs but you may need some additional AF gain. Dies are intrinsically little strain guages and the newer packages provide rather tight coupling mechanically between the chip and the board.
Yes, the resonances are different when the board is screwed down. Just how they change depends largely upon the location of the mounting holes. I've actually had to have the PCB mounting holes moved on some gear to keep case flexure from modulating the offsets of op-amps and showing up as orientation sensitivity to users.
I guess I assumed everyone has been briefed on structural (seismic) vibration, motor and transformer induced vibration, not to mention vibration produced by acoustic waves from speakers. It's been painfully clear for many years that everything in the room, including the boards, chassis, wires, etc. are vibrating over a wide range of frequencies, not just 60 Hz. You're not suggesting we all throw out our vibration isolation stands, one hopes.
Magically all your money disappears.
All their stuff is stooopid prices.
Hows about no fuse at all, solid wire, thats if you got the kahonies.Yo, don't forget to silver grease the fuse or wire. Silver grease in the PS is not bright, just the opposite. You can dampen a fuse, if you decide you don't have the guts ( or stupidity) to go unprotected, with electronics grade silicon. Tweaker
I tried no fuse with my Havana Dac, it sounded pretty good. More clarity and openness compared to the standard fuse. Just for kicks someone gave me a HiFi Tuning Supreme fuse, it sounded mostly like the solid copper wire except a bit more smooth.
Hi all ! This getting very funny . Us that can hear these tweeks vs those who cant . The ones that cant insult us and think we somehow we are influenced by aliens . LAST TIME......if you cant hear power cords , brass feet , fuses ,etc ...you are wasting your money...buy bose . ( well maybe this wont be the last time...lol )
Have you heard the saying, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"?
"The ones that cant insult us and think we somehow we are influenced by aliens ."
I thought aliens were considered to be high-tech and smart enough to keep their distance from stalking believers.
"LAST TIME [aliens?]......if you cant hear power cords , brass feet , fuses ,etc ...you are wasting your money...buy bose."
Subliminal advertising is 100% human.
Ak chew ally, their prices appear to be in line with other high end companies that produce similar products.
Special fuses might just be one of the "nuttiest" thing I've heard of in 25yrs of this hobby.
One evening I decided to put some Caig pro gold on my fuses, I popped them back in and lo and behold there was a (slight) improvement.
Who would have thunk it!
Liquid cables have been around for a while. Obviously the liquid is not water. Duh.
can a liquid fuse blow out? If it breaks or blows up, you'll never get it all cleaned up, I would think!
Your post might be just a joke but the liquid does not conduct anything. It is a regular fuse with a polamer filling to damp ringing. Sort of like a ceramic filled fuse.
assumed the liquid contains Nano Particles that conduct. And if you got that stuff in your room, you'd Never get rid of all of it. Nano or not?
It would be interesting to see it's response time curve! I'm thinking REALLY slow-blow. I just tried to track down the product specifications to see and what do you know? No luck. I'd just solder a wire across the fuse holder before buying an unspecified product with no safety ratings from a bogus vendor.
Agreed. The 1st job of the fuse is to protect the equipment, 2nd job is to not harm/influence sonics. Without data to show that it does the 1st and most important job, it doesn't matter if it does the 2nd job or not.
So, what's different here, besides ~2 cents versus 60 dollars price?
I have no experience with Audio Magic fuses - but I do with couple different types of Hi-Fi Tuning, and also Furutech. Yes, they do work, improving sound appreciably in resolving system. No, I did not bother to contact manufacturers to obtain data sheets.
"So, what's different here, besides ~2 cents versus 60 dollars price?"
Respected company vs. fly-by-night company. (Name alone is suspect.)
"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar
Actually, Audio Magic's been around for 16 years. If I have to wait longer than that to establish market stability...well, wait, my 8 yr old HDTV only has one DVI input! (Remember those?) Foiled again.
Old and in the way company vs state of the art company.
An ordinary man has no Means of deliverance.
Where is that quote from? Pardon my ignorance, but I only recall it being uttered in that exact form in a song from "The Catherine Wheel". A quick Google search turned up nothing on the money, but many oblique references to religious texts (mostly eastern), where most of the operative words existed, but not in that specific quote. The idea was there, just not the exact quote. Thus my query. Thanks!
(Oh yes, I still cannot believe we are arguing about whether premium fuses make a difference or not! To the nay sayers I put it thusly: They do. Get over it.)
Old and in the Way is the title of and old Jerry Garcia album.
Sorry, Geoff, I wasn't clear, obviously. I was referring instead to, "An ordinary man has no Means of deliverance". Apologies for the confusion. (It certainly sounds religious in origin.)
some liquids are not conductive ie pure water, transformer oil etc.
Yes, pure water.....in my experience DeIonized is indeed non-conductive. Too bad it won't be that was after sticking it in a fuse. DI water has resistivity measured in Megaohms.
Not only that......but the water or whatever, may soak enough heat away to substantially change the fuses 'blow' characteristics.
If you're nutty enough to believe in fuse microphonics, at least try a standard ceramic fuse before spending the big bucks on liquid filled fuses.
Too much is never enough
IMHO, the subject line I chose for you has more pop.
Did you really install it in your amplifier, or did you smoke it? And if the latter, I'll have what you're having.
I would guess that would be needed to sound like tube gear?
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