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    Join Date: Aug 2012

    Location: North

    Posts: 2,601
    I'm Steve.

    Angry The mains Thing !!!

    Got to admit to being a bit fed up with power supplies and headphone amps that hum like a b.....d! How come that you can buy such things costing a not inconsiderable amount of money only to be told by their designers/manufacturer/distributor that it's all down to you mains? Mains shcmains! wtf!!! What makes this questionable is when you dig out of the loft some of your old inexpensive kit with the same voltage ratings and they are quiet as a church mouse. Starting to become cynical about so many things. Phono stages are another. With the exception of one or two, the best i have heard have been the ones on board a pre-amps/amps. Most recently we played Rich Britton's Arcam kit with on board phono stage along with a Rega TT and Ortofon MM. The sound of this combo was A+.
    Just fed up of being told that i have DC on my mains or the voltage in my house is too high when i have had it checked and it is within tolerance. What isn't within tolerance is my ability to listen to further excuses. I should not have to consider buying transformers/conditioners or any other such device for my expensive hi-fi gear to work without an annoying hum.
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    Join Date: Oct 2016

    Location: Bolton, England

    Posts: 1,134
    I'm Andrew.


    Quote Originally Posted by Floyddroid View Post
    Got to admit to being a bit fed up with power supplies and headphone amps that hum like a b.....d!
    Is that mechanical/acoustic noise from the transformer or hum through the speakers? You're right - a well-made, potted transformer shouldn't make any mechanical noise unless it's really being abused. Hum through the speakers is an entirely different problem.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Valley of the Hazels

    Posts: 8,333
    I'm AMusicFanNotAnAudiophile.


    Which kit is it that's causing problems?

    Once we've made sense of our world, we wanna go fuck up everybody else's because his or her truth doesn't match mine. But this is the problem. Truth is individual calculation. Which means because we all have different perspectives, there isn't one singular truth, is there?

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    Join Date: Apr 2011

    Location: Surrey

    Posts: 3,965
    I'm Mike.


    My mains is less than perfect.

    Used to have a PS Audio P10 now an Audio Magic purifier everything else plugs into

    I have DC on my mains. I now have a DC blocker that works.
    Technics 1210, MCRU Linear PSU, Mike New Bearing & Platter, Stillpoints LP1 weight, Speedy Steve Ebony armboard, Fidelity Research FR64FX arm, Ortofon SPU. LP12/Aro/Lyra Dorian, Aurorasound VIDA Phono Pre Amp, Ortofon ST80SE SUT, Rega Isis CD, Marigo Labs Clear Transformation CD mat, Belles VT-01 MK II Pre Amp, Belles MB200 Mono Power Amps, TAD E1 speakers. Creaktiv racks, Mains Cables: Coherent, MCRU Ultimate, Interconnects : Coherent and Yannis 223.5 Connect Litz, TQ. Coherent speaker cable. Audio Magic Transcendence Conditioner. Coherent socket


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