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Old 15th June 2010, 05:10 AM   #71
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This truly is a fascinating thread. Prof, WTF won't you take the good advice given to you by Gaetan and others? (You seem to have an extremely short-term focus, as in "Oh, it's no longer humming, so I'll stop", rather than "Yes, I had better sort out the wire routing and earthing once and for all, since people have spent their time to give me all this good advice".)

Just as a matter of record, I have 3-way active speakers driven by AKSA Lifeforce amps. And I happen to have a GK-1 preamp. My amplifier setup is conducive to hum and noise in the sense that I have 3 x LF modules plus an active XO (and 4 PSes) in the one box. (With a box behind each speaker.)

I get absolutely zero hum when listening to CD or tuner - even if you hold your ear 10cm away from each driver. So if you have hum or noise, it's because you built it wrong (or can't understand instructions) - not because Hugh's designs are defective.

If you live in or near Melbourne, by all means drop in and listen for yourself.

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You dont have a full understanding of the problem I have had. I did follow Gaetans method and it made things worse.

Anyway if this amplifier is so sensitive to mains noise that it wildly fluctutates in quality from one day to another, that cant be a good design. Furthermore why couldnt it include a simple filter on the power input if that was a known problem?

I'm not blaming anyone I was simply frustrated that I spent a fair amount of money and then never achieved total lasting satisfaction.
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Old 15th June 2010, 05:51 AM   #72
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You don't have a full understanding of the problem I have had. I did follow Gaetan's method and it made things worse.
True, I don't have a full understanding of your situation. But I've built 4 AKSAs and never had any such a problem.

If Gaetan's methiod made it worse ... post about it. I'm sure he would be embarrassed that his advice had made your problem worse and would try to help you further.

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Anyway if this amplifier is so sensitive to mains noise that it wildly fluctutates in quality from one day to another, that cant be a good design. Furthermore why couldnt it include a simple filter on the power input if that was a known problem?
AFAIAC, "this amplifier" has no problems with mains noise - as I said, mine are completely silent. But you do have to get earthing right - "DIY101", IMO.

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I'm not blaming anyone I was simply frustrated that I spent a fair amount of money and then never achieved total lasting satisfaction.
Well I've spent a whole lot more money (with 4 amps in total) ... and have complete satisfaction. As I read it you are blaming Hugh (for designing such a crap amplifier). In fact, you're blaming anybody except yourself.

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Old 15th June 2010, 08:42 AM   #73
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AFAIAC, "this amplifier" has no problems with mains noise
I am not talking about mains noise. I am talking about the problem that the sound quality appeared to fluctuate and initially it was the black gates which were blamed. Then as time went on, the mains quality was blamed.

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If Gaetan's method made it worse ... post about it.
I already told him.

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As I read it you are blaming Hugh (for designing such a crap amplifier)
No not exactly. But the impression I get is that certain people find it very offensive
if I do not praise this product and company. Sometimes customers aren't satisfied and I don't think it's fair to be attacked for expressing that.
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Old 15th June 2010, 10:08 AM   #74
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I am not talking about mains noise. I am talking about the problem that the sound quality appeared to fluctuate and initially it was the black gates which were blamed. Then as time went on, the mains quality was blamed.

Prof, let me assure you, the sound quality" on my LFs does not fluctuate.

In fact, it is so good that someone who came to visit (he was curious to hear Maggies) said that it was one of the 2 best systems he'd ever heard - and he'd listened to a number of $100K+ systems!


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No not exactly. But the impression I get is that certain people find it very offensive if I do not praise this product and company. Sometimes customers aren't satisfied and I don't think it's fair to be attacked for expressing that.
Sure, sometimes customers are not satisified. But if everyone else on the site raves about their AKSAs and you have a problem ... then possibly it was caused by your inadequate construction abilities, not the manufacturer?

Yet you don't appear to be able to accept this conclusion. That is what is getting people het up, here.

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Old 16th June 2010, 03:13 AM   #75
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You dont have a full understanding of the problem I have had. I did follow Gaetans method and it made things worse.
Hello Professor smith

I've reply to all of your numerous MP's and I can say you again that it's very difficult to know what going on with your Aksa amp by only looking at photos or video, the method I've show you in one of my forum post was good, but the only way to know what are your Aksa problems is to have a close look at it, but you are in England and I am in Canada.

You don't have enough knowledges and understanding of diy electronics to do a kit, next time buy a ready made gear.

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Old 16th June 2010, 03:54 AM   #76
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You dont have a full understanding of the problem I have had. I did follow Gaetans method and it made things worse.

Anyway if this amplifier is so sensitive to mains noise that it wildly fluctutates in quality from one day to another, that cant be a good design. Furthermore why couldnt it include a simple filter on the power input if that was a known problem?

I'm not blaming anyone I was simply frustrated that I spent a fair amount of money and then never achieved total lasting satisfaction.
Hello Professor smith

All amps and preamps could be sensitive to mains noise, sometime the noise on the main can be very strong, here I have a neighbour who use very bad electrical tools and those tools are so noisy that TV become fuzy, but my amp do have a RF filter and Pi filter in the power supply and nothing get in my amp. But my ground and well made and my amp are dead silent.

Have you try a Pi filter in you Aksa power supply, like this one ?

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Old 23rd November 2011, 08:49 PM   #77
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I've just read this thread, and I have to say prof smith has tested my patience!

either its someone taking the p**s or simply someone who has embarked on a journey with no possible destination.

put the AKSA on ebay and go buy a box from richer sounds............... god help them.


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but serious irritation factor going on.
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Old 24th November 2011, 08:54 AM   #78
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Yeah, it's odd isn't it...... hundreds sold around the world, only one trenchant critic.

Very strange.... and I supplied it to him fully refurbished in module form, fully built, at a discount because they were used modules, returned good on trade.

It is naive, however, to expect to please everyone. The reputation of the AKSA made my company strong and established a reputation for musicality and reliability.

A lesson learned.....

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Old 5th January 2012, 05:46 PM   #79
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Just a question. I've had a chance to try different amps and speakers now since I got the AKSA. One thing which strikes me about the AKSA sound is that the upper frequencies are not refined. I remember being told the sound was grainless but I disagree here. Using two different speakers I get the same impression and furthermore using a different amp with both speakers I don't hear this grainy lack of clarity at the top end. Can you confirm my finding?
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Old 5th January 2012, 07:38 PM   #80
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Actually, Prof, the top end was what drew many to the AKSA. This merely confirms my belief that you do not hear what others hear.

Why don't you tell the world what you paid for your fully built AKSA modules, and how much of a discount this was on the original kit? Then others would see how privileged you have been compared to other owners, and that your personal attacks on the amp quality represent something of a bitter vendetta.......

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