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    Join Date: Nov 2017

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    I'm James.

    Default Keeping hifi on

    Just thought I'd touch a little on this subject, alot of people have mixed feelings about it but I always leave my Albarry's and cd player on I've read else where that the constant change in temperature from warming up to cooling down can shorten the life of your Caps and valves along with other bits and pieces, I've also noticed a good change in sound when my hifi has been left on as appose to warming it up for an hour before every listen, of course there's the other side to it such as burning through electric and the obvious danger of leaving things switched on
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    You shorten the life of components like caps by constant use plus it's potentially dangerous
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    Tommy Flowers recommended leaving the Valves in Colossus powered on all the time.
    I just can't afford the lekky bill and I don't think my Insurance Company would be too happy if there was a fire !!

    Mine all starts to 'sing' after half an hour or so and I quite like the experience of hearing that happen.

    Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    You shorten the life of components like caps by constant use plus it's potentially dangerous
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Mine all starts to 'sing' after half an hour or so and I quite like the experience of hearing that happen.

    Jim.
    Yep, mine is pretty much the same regarding the warm up period.
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    My amplifiers and DAC's definitely 'come on song' after twenty minutes to half an hour, depending on what I'm using, but I'd never leave equipment on 24/7 for the reasons mentioned previously.
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    There was a long thread on this very topic just a few months ago. I tried finding it but I haven't been able to so far. Anyone recall its name?

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    I wouldn't worry too much Andy. This one will soon be in double figures.

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    Default Keeping hifi on

    As far as I know Albarrys are class B amps, which means no quiescent current when no music is playing. The opposite to a pure class A amp that is constantly drawing a full load. Thus the Albarrys sit in a sort of “standby”, so much safer to leave on than some other gear.
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    I leave mine on stand-by so neither fully on nor off I guess.

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