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In Reply to: RE: Where to get fuses. posted by Tweaker456 on April 28, 2017 at 08:49:55
Can you elaborate on your impression that "ceramic fuses sound real bad"?
Are you talking about ceramic-body tube fuses and do you mean in comparison to glass-body fuses? If so, is this broad viewpoint applicable to all ceramic-body fuses and is there a specific problem created by using a ceramic body?
I am curious because many of the aftermarket fuses from companies like Hi-Fi Tuning, Synergistic Research, Furutech, and others use ceramic-body fuses on their offerings, some of which are priced over $100 each. Most of the forum discussions indicate that people find ceramic to be better damped than glass.
All I can say is I tried them once in my headphone amp compared to a random glass fuse and it ruined the sound of the amp. Made it sound puckish. My new audiophile term. I thought since the ceramic fuse was damped it would sound better. Non audiophile fuses are cheap so try for yourself. That was my experience. Your's of course may be different. I myself will not pop for expensive fuses. Everyone I have turned on to silver grease has liked it. In some cases it can be jaw dropping. Cheap glass fuses with silver grease is my MO. T456
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What is 'puckish'? A hockey term? Don't make me look it up!
Aren't some ceramic fuses 'filled' with something inert surrounding the active element?
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It was rather my impression that those who are fuse devotee's prefer ceramic over glass, because glass fuses "ring", or some other such rationale. I am a fuse agnostic. One reason for my attitude is that I don't get why one would pop a 100-dollar fuse into the typical crappy fuseholder and then dream that one is getting the full benefit of that fuse, assuming there even is a benefit. Thus, I, as a DIYer, never buy expensive fuses, but I do occasionally employ Acme cryo-treated silver fuses ($15 each) in concert with Acme fuse holders; I remove the stock fuse-holder and replace it with the Acme one. Would I claim that the results are a revelation? No. But it makes me feel slightly better.
By the way, did you mean "yours" or "your's". No apostrophe needed.
Ok, I was curious about your experience given the number of aftermarket fuses that use ceramic bodies.
I have used glass fuses, with a bit of teflon wrap for damping, and QuickSilver GOLD™ Contact Enhancer for years. Another thing I sometimes use on the two-pronged clamp type fuse holders is a simple orthodontic (i.e., small) rubber band over the two clamps at each end to hold them together more securely. I have lately gotten away from the silver paste because of the mess and potential longevity issues but still like using Pro Gold.
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