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    Does it make a blind bit of difference where you site your hifi? Which components benefit from proper siting? i.e. cdps, phono stages. The obvious one is a TT, I have that wall mounted. Then I have an old 2 shelf Target stand a customer gave me, on this I put my cdp and streamer. Then I have a long Ikea Kallax shelf, of the the bottom row is taken up with my records, then on one end of the to is my Quad 306, phono stage and passive. Am I likely to hear any benefit from changing any of this?

    That's the TT shelf, probably not the best out there...…
    IMG_20181016_163755580 by Mike Van, on Flickr
    IMG_20181016_163751351 by Mike Van, on Flickr

    My set up now is roughly the same, only with Quad/passive/phono stage on Ikea shelf where streamer is, and cdp and streamer now on black Target 2 tier shelf.

    IMG_20180312_212246348 by Mike Van, on Flickr
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    If your discounting speakers for their obvious and sometimes massive differences in placement, anything with moving parts benefits from from a solid base. For instance, the less error correction a cdp has to perform the better it sounds.

    Only other consideration I can think of is heat and allowing components that get hot the room to dissapate that heat. Other than that I wouldn't care too much where they are placed. Becomes more about aesthetics than anything else imo.

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    There's also the distance apart/cable length issue for both speaker cables and interconnects. Should monoblocs always be near the speakers? If you have asymmetric speaker placement relative to the amp should you run both cables tree same length? Etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperamip View Post
    . For instance, the less error correction a cdp has to perform the better it sounds.
    This is incorrect.
    Martin



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    What I was trying to say was a player that doesn't skip when playing sounds more appealing than one that does.


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    I’ve just recently bought an old radiogram/stereogram. A nice piece of ‘mid century’ furniture. It only had the radio and speakers left inside. I’ve taken what was left out, made hinges so the front drops down and put all my equipment inside. All the hifi except the turntable and speakers is now hidden from view. I think it is a very ‘tasteful’ solution.

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    I've got a similar arrangement Andrew with all my gear inside a wide low level unit with ir repeaters getting the remote signals where they need to go

    Only hifi bits on show are my preamp and the speakers. I prefer it all out of sight.

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    Quad 306 upgraded
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    Klipsch KG4.5 Speakers with Titanium Diagphrams and Sonicap Cap upgrade

    110aH Leisure Battery powers the Mini-1 & Digione

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    There's also the distance apart/cable length issue for both speaker cables and interconnects. Should monoblocs always be near the speakers? If you have asymmetric speaker placement relative to the amp should you run both cables tree same length? Etc.

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    In my system I have a monoblock amplifier placed directly behind each speaker. They are connected back to the preamp using balanced line cables; which because they run under the floor are not of equal length. The unequal length makes no difference to the overall performance.
    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    In my system I have a monoblock amplifier placed directly behind each speaker. They are connected back to the preamp using balanced line cables; which because they run under the floor are not of equal length. The unequal length makes no difference to the overall performance.
    mine are directly on top of each speaker. it doesnt seem to cause an issue. all cable lengths are equal
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    mine are directly on top of each speaker. it doesnt seem to cause an issue. all cable lengths are equal
    Can't put my amps on top of the speakers - they're Quad 57s. The speaker cables are of equal length (30cm).
    Barry

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