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In Reply to: RE: More fun with magnets! posted by Ric on April 25, 2021 at 07:15:17
And what improvements do you hear?
I can try and do some photos if you're interested.
As far as sound improvement, to my ears and my system, it's big. When I tried this tweak, I had sent off my Border Patrol dac to be upgraded and was listening to the stock dac in the Innuos Zen Mini. At first the (internal) dac sounded clean, but then I realized how flat it sounded, to the point of just wanting to listen to vinyl.
When I did the tweak, I noticed the dac sounded richer, fuller, and after the first evening I had wondered if it was just my imagination--wanting it to sound better--this is with two magnets(+&-) on only one rca input (not both). In the midst of listening the second night, it was clear that what I was hearing was a marked improvement, so I grabbed a few more magnets and added them to the other input (four magnets, two (+&-) for the left channel input, two for the right channel input.)
Wow! I hate to say it, but the dac is now sounding very close to the BP dac, not as good imaging, but from the magnet/unused input/tweak huge improvement. Fuller, richer, more dynamic, bass, soundstaging is bigger--just a huge improvement. With a good recording my jaw is dropping compared to how it was.
IMO this tweak is great because you use it on an unused input, there is very small risk, electrically, compared to using magnets on the power cord, which I do with success. Here's a link to the original post where he copied the High Fidelity MC-0.5's (which I own and use and recommend)
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