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    No worries. The most important thing with a mains lead, used for hi-fi purposes, is to eliminate it acting as an aerial for noise and interference [or at least reduce that effect as far as possible]. In that respect, pay particular attention to shielding.

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    I'm sure there has been a discussion or two about this subject before on AOS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    No worries. The most important thing with a mains lead, used for hi-fi purposes, is to eliminate it acting as an aerial for noise and interference. In that respect, pay particular attention to shielding.

    Marco.
    Sound, I'll be very meticulous. Any recommendations for wiring before I go for the floating shield approach?
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I'm sure there has been a discussion or two about this subject before on AOS?
    Defo Jim, I'm sure I've probably read it too lol
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    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Well, at least the 'China Export' mark is nice and clear to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    The secret is though, to hard-wire something in place that's decent
    Not at all - you should use the cheapest, thinnest mains cable you can get away with., That way, only the strongest electrons will get through, thus improving your sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    Well, at least the 'China Export' mark is nice and clear to see...



    Not at all - you should use the cheapest, thinnest mains cable you can get away with., That way, only the strongest electrons will get through, thus improving your sound.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Sound, I'll be very meticulous. Any recommendations for wiring before I go for the floating shield approach?
    Should be fine - you can't beat a nice wee floater

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Should be fine - you can't beat a nice wee floater

    Marco.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Your phone needs charging Oliver

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