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    Hmm... is there no delete option?
    Last edited by YNWaN; 16-09-2017 at 19:46.

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    Been on the sauce Mark?
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    ...Im doing the same thing with my Son (whos 24)
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    Basically, yes . Though I have bought a balanced transformer (from Airlink).

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    why did you delete the opening post.?
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    So we were going to hear about it and now we're not going to hear about it?

    Tease.
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    i can think of better things to do when drunk lol
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    I read the original opening post last night: It seemed fine to me. Apart from transformer size, are all these balance mains devices much of a muchness? I'm guessing there isn't a whole host of balanced transformer makers.

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    Apparently it's better to have too high a rated transformer. The two UK hi-fi manufactures who do these do make very similar designs, both 1000VA which is considerably smaller than the one I have ordered. They are also considerably more expensive than the Airlink ones (who likely make the actual transformer in the 'hi-fi ' versions).

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    Have one m'self, the 2KVA one from Airlink.
    Be interested to know your thoughts Mark, big improvement here, but my mains quality wasn't the best.

    Put a long post on installing mine here on AOS way back when, and for those reading theres 'plug n play' options as well as more hardcore hard wired ones.
    If you dont know your leccy then (Blue Peter style) get a grownup to help plumbing the hardwire option in

    A mate had the Airlink box you just plug in, and that made a worthwhile improvement in his system.

    Safety aspects of these have been discussed to death, short version if you have double pole RCBO protection on both primary and secondary windings you'll be fine. Not worth doing it otherwise.
    The tripswitches in your consumer unit will probably trip first should anything happen anyway, but safety first.
    Wouldn't reccommend a hardwired unit without double protection, even despite the CU tripping.
    Dont dick around with electricity folks, not worth it for hifi.

    Very worthwhile sound improvement, as used in many recording studios around the world.
    Just know what your doing with them.

    @Mark
    The higher rated ones are said to have lower impedance, the larger rated ones are big buggers though due to larger transformer.
    Saw Jaws in 75 at the Cinema...
    Star Wars in 77
    Close Encounters in 77
    Superman in 78
    Raiders in 81

    ...Im doing the same thing with my Son (whos 24)
    Only now getting the wisdom of my Dad and Im 50 next birthday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    So we were going to hear about it and now we're not going to hear about it?

    Tease.
    The first rule of balanced transformers is that you don't talk about balanced transformers.

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