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Old 9th April 2010, 10:26 PM   #4071
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Beyschlag makes excellent resistors and i will call them on monday to add some clarity to this confusion. Nothing can substitude audition so this game " who makes the best sound" is still a matter of practical experience and will power and dedication to details.
When a component is successfull on the marketplace everybody will say:
OHH yes, this sounds good because they use the XYZ. resistor capacitor etc.
But comming up with your own solution and choice is much more difficult.
There is no recipy for success and what works on one ocation may not work under different circumstances. One last thought: a component that sounds superiour is most of the time not the component that sells well. Quality is only for the choosen few and nothing has changes since the midlle ages in that regard.
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Old 10th April 2010, 01:45 AM   #4072
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When are you coming to Berkeley, again, Joachim?
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Old 10th April 2010, 02:30 AM   #4073
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Without the time to read over 2000 pages is this preamp available to buy as a kit or PCB?
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Old 10th April 2010, 02:49 AM   #4074
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No, this is a commercial design of John Curl. I've read hundreds of pages of this thread and of part one of this thread. Some people came up with some similar designs, from hints that John Curl gave them. Some members of this forum think that this design is obsolete and doesn't hold water (see syn08), others think that this is something special. It's best to make up your own mind, however painful that may end up being. Good luck!
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Old 10th April 2010, 03:32 AM   #4075
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Old 10th April 2010, 05:27 PM   #4076
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Two more areas of concern:

How does distortion add?

Is there really DC on the AC power lines?
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Old 10th April 2010, 05:34 PM   #4077
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Is there really DC on the AC power lines?
How easy to answer. Evening shot of my power line (with 1:2 divider):
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Old 10th April 2010, 05:41 PM   #4078
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How easy to answer. Evening shot of my power line (with 1:2 divider):
Okay ruin my fun.

Next question does using a DPDT switch to change the AC power connection every time a piece of gear is turned on have an effect that is clearly heard?
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Old 10th April 2010, 07:49 PM   #4079
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Probably the loud snap as the supplies jump up and down will be audible by most people. If you are referring to the difference in leakage and RFI that may also be audible. There are several related issues so simply flipping the ac line external or at the entrance of the box isn't enough. You need to model the leakages and the RFI paths to optimize the power. Good isolation transformers usually help (bad ones are just annoying and usually buzz).

DC does appear on the power line, usually from a nonlinear rectified load (a light bulb with a diode in series to dim it for example). This causes residual magnetizing currents in transformers etc. making them buzz and have higher harmonic distortion.

Distortion doesn't simply add OR subtract. (Some people have proposed measuring the residual THD of an analyzer and removing that from the measured distortion to arrive at real distortion- it doesn't work.) At low levels the phase and amplitudes of harmonics and add or even cancel, usually only at the specific measurement conditions. Never so nice for music.
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Old 10th April 2010, 08:06 PM   #4080
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Demian, I don't think that many understand that power transformers that are balanced, on paper, are NOT balanced relative to their leakage relative to each primary input. Flip the switch or reverse the cord, and good things can happen.
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