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Have you tried the "special sauce" version and, if so, do you find them to be worth the additional 33% it adds to the cost?
My OTL tube amplifiers require fuses directly in the output stage, where a fuse might logically make an audible difference. So, if anything, I may have bought some "special sauce" fuses for those positions (six needed per monoblock). But did I make any effort to figure out whether I can hear a difference? Nope. I also bought and installed Acme silver fuse holders for each position in the output stage. All I can say is that the amplifiers sound their best ever, albeit I made several other changes at the same time as installing the fuse holders and special sauce fuses. Throwback heard the amplifiers in their current state of tweak, I think.
I DID hear Lew's system in its current state of tweak and it sounds fantastic (fantastically GOOD, that is). In fact, it is one of the best systems I have ever heard. But Lew has done many things to make that happen so even with my highly burnished, platinum ears (hah!) I can't begin to attribute his excellent sound to any one thing or group of things. I am reminded of Salieri's comment about Mozart's music in the film, Amadeus: "Take away one note and there would be diminishment."
Thx. You're absolutely right; a good system is a complex soup of matched bits and pieces. Hard to say what in particular is the contribution of one item or another. I'm sure the fuses are a subtle part of the mix.
By the way, Chuck, I recently acquired a ZYX Universe (the original version) with very low hours and mounted it on the Reed tonearm on the SP10 MK3. Wow! A huge upgrade. I may have to admit that expensive cartridges make a difference, at least sometimes.
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