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In Reply to: RE: Tin foil test posted by Dawnrazor on July 23, 2020 at 12:50:57
Have you tried an aftermarket power cord with your Hafler switch-mode power supply, Dawnrazor?
Hey Duster. This is the 2nd time you mentioned the switcher. Not all switchers are bad. Given its weirdo connections i am guessing its not some of the shelf psu. Anyhow yes. Without bending over to look i am betting it has the JPS labs blue cable which is their general cord. They have analog and digital cords as well which are in the system.
Why would the rain changing the sound have to do with a powercord
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I simply wanted to ask if you've tried another power cord other than the stock power cord. The question has little do do with the type of power supply involved, other than a power cord with a thin foil shield might be of benefit for an SMPS. Not to mention a high-performance power cord tends to sound substantially better than a mundane stock power cord. I know you didn't ask for my opinion, but you might consider re-terminating the stock power cord with Audio Grade AC connectors if a power cord upgrade is not desirable. Sorry if my input was unwelcome, Dawnrazor.
The internet sucks btw. SOrry you thought the input was not welcomed. not the case. I just don't understand the relation to rain. Maybe there isnt one and you were just trying to help with the power cord??
Anyhow yes I do have what I think is a great powercord on the Hafler supply.
Sadly no one seems to be acquainted with the JPS labs cables. I talked to the head of that company and chose their cords because he has a RF background.
They have digital ones and analog ones and a general purpose one (mine seems to have been discontinuted). I have the computers and dacs using the digital cords and for the Hafler went with the general cord. I have the stiff as hell AC cords in storage but could try them.
Also I have just kind of guessed with my power setup. Its really difficult to get direction on the web and well it is all probably system dependant anyhow.
Basically I have an APC regenerator plugged into the Satic. From the APC I go to a tripplite strip (no filtering). From there I have the Jps labs cables connected to some PS Audio Ultimate Outlets. 3 of the Ultimate outlets handle the 6 outputs to the computer, ethernet switch, BBe sonic maximizer, Hafler, Dac and Big Ben Clock. I try to separate them by what makes sense, like the dac and Big ben together, computer and switch, Hafler and BBE.
So everything is passive pretty much outside of the satic.
Non audio things like the work computer, TV and phone charger get plugged into a version of this:
Some things can't use an audiophile cord but I have some adaptors from 3 to two pin for things like the switch where its possible.
It sounds great. Its just that its noticeably sweater when the rains come. Would the power cords be affected by the rain?
Also if you have any ideas that would make this better without spending a bunch of dough, that would be great. Things like the position. Like is the Satic better on the wall or on the APC regenerator would be helpful.
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My question had nothing to do with the rain, I just chimed-in about something on my mind while reading the thread, Dawnrazor.
Like yourself, I'm an avid headphone listener, with extensive involvement of various power cords for use in a number of headphone rigs, so the topic is often on my mind.
Perhaps your experience of a difference in sound has something to do with negative ions generated by the rain.
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