components on the same shelf?
read somewhere that it's best to have all source components on same shelf. Any thoughts on
first thought, the notion of placing source components on the same shelf and next to each
other seems pointless and like it couldn't possibly make any difference. However, after
further thought, I have to say that it could make some sonic sense. Any shelf that's
isolated well enough to improve the sound of your turntable, for instance, should
conceivably benefit your CD player as well. The top shelf of many equipment racks is just
such a support, sometimes resting on spikes or isolation pods. So in this sense, having
your source components on the same well-isolated shelf certainly could improve the sound
of both your analog and digital playback. -Marc Mickelson
in audio cables
to circumstances that I will not get into, I had to buy new speaker cables. I ended up
with the AudioQuest Castle Rock cables. They are being installed on Sunday. My dealer no
longer sold what I was using.
I have said before, I am a cable believer. But there are a ton of folks who are not.
Personal stories of double-blind tests all the way up to Audioholics have claimed
that its BS and snake oil. The electrons cannot be messed with, so it does not
matter what the conduit they move through is. I have to admit that this time it was hard.
I almost said "screw it" and went with something like Monoprice cables or
something like that. But in the end I did not.
have people with EE degrees calling BS on this stuff, that its just another way for
the companies to rip the people off. And some of these people have very high-quality,
high-dollar systems where the changes would be heard. So who is right? Do we hear a
difference because we want to justify what we spend? I have heard vocals and musical parts
of songs that I did not hear before when I went up in scale in regard to cables. I
dont think my mind said Yeah, that bass line was always there, but I really
only heard it now because of my cables." Or I dont think I am getting tricked
into hearing vocals that I never knew were there or are more clear when the singer sings
dont know. I just wish that there was a way to try and convince these people that we
are not crazy or stupid with our money. I just needed to rant a bit. But that site Audioholics
is the worst about saying cables dont make a difference. I don't know. All I do know
is that I am a believer, whether it can be explained or not.
Many years ago, when I was someone who loved music and was becoming interested in
hi-fi, I was a cable skeptic. It wasn't that I so much didn't believe that different
cables sounded different, but that distinctly better sound from cables was illusive, if
not impossible. I thought all of this through then, but I didn't do the listening, using
generic interconnects and speaker cables, because that's what I could afford, while
telling myself that I was right.
changed, first, with the purchase of some early AudioQuest interconnects -- I don't
remember the model -- and even more so with the audition of Kimber PBJs, a budget-level
interconnect that effected improvement so profound that it was impossible to ignore.
Belief had nothing to do with it.
point of my story is that the sonic efficacy of cables is not something you have to think
your way into; however, you definitely can convince yourself that audio cables don't have
a beneficial sound of their own. Fortunately, a single demo can change that opinion. That
it has been thoroughly debunked is without question, given the number of successful cables
manufacturers there are.
way to convince cable naysayers is, first, to urge them to be open-minded (which some of
them definitely are not) and then audition and listen for themselves. That people like us
hear improvement from cables is not somehow negated by others' beliefs that cables make no
difference. Facts don't require belief; they are facts with or without belief. And
perception isn't a constant across a group of people, meaning that we don't all recognize
things that exist, even when when we're trying to do so. Ultimately with cables, you can
lead audiophiles to them, but you can't make them hear what exists, even when it most
certainly does. -Marc Mickelson
you use the factory tubes in your Lamm M1.2 Reference amps? Or do you use some NOS stuff?
have used only the Lamm stock 6922 tubes in my M1.2s, mostly because Vladimir Lamm has
told me that they sound best to him (and who would know better?), but Tim Aucremann has
done extensive experimenting with new and NOS alternatives. You can read his results in
the sidebar to his M1.2 review. -Marc Mickelson
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