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Old 14th May 2010, 12:02 AM   #4341
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Bruce Brisson, those MIT white papers are full of zingers. Random reactive noise RRN, a reactance has no real part to its impedance and can not generate noise. Even you can't argue with that.
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Old 14th May 2010, 12:25 AM   #4342
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Anyone who actually studied one of his cables would find it different in construction geometrically from typical cable, but his materials are just typical for average audiophile cables. VDH's cables are made of much better materials and insulation, but have very nominal geometries, more like normal cable. Go figure!
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Old 14th May 2010, 07:23 AM   #4343
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It is difficult to understand what really happens at very low voltage levels in a cable. We do know that impurities and micro-cracks change the optimum resistance of a particular metal slightly at room temperature and a lot at very low temperatures, as this is the residual 'resistance' that reduction in temperature will not reduce correspondingly. But is it actually 'resistance' or is it micro-gaps and diode like components? Who knows? I don't for sure, and no textbook that I have ever found tells me specifically.
If VDH is right, then it is important.
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Old 14th May 2010, 11:56 AM   #4344
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I could ask Jürgen Ultee if measurements have ever been done. He works with Van den Hul.
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Old 14th May 2010, 01:54 PM   #4345
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How come the issue of Barkhausen noise never (rarely) comes up in audio?
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Old 14th May 2010, 02:12 PM   #4346
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I think Jean Fadel in France looked into that. He makes cable under the name Fadel Art.
I know the effect from coils and usually use high quality ferrite instead of iron to avoid it.
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Old 14th May 2010, 02:20 PM   #4347
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How come the issue of Barkhausen noise never (rarely) comes up in audio?
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Old 14th May 2010, 02:36 PM   #4348
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How come the issue of Barkhausen noise never (rarely) comes up in audio?
I suspect it does, just the name is lost. Iron bearing chassis are thought to sound bad, capacitors with copper plated steel leads are also on the "parts to avoid list."

One recent grad working for me had a theory, that he didn't need to know the old stuff. He was only interested in what was new! His college changed the curriculum so they never graduate someone so ill prepared again! (TRUE STORY)
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Old 14th May 2010, 05:55 PM   #4349
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Jan, the question is whether VDH EVER did the test that he claims, as VDH gave specific results in print. No, he did not write a peer-reviewed paper, like I asked him to do for the IEEE, but the detail that he gave me, more than 25 years ago, was enough to convince me that he did the test.
It would be similar to asking me if I ever did a sine-square TIM test, myself, on all my amp designs, since 1978, I haven't. It is just too hard to do on a general basis and is hard to calculate a 'number' to correspond with a quality factor. Still, I can easily predict the results of future designs, based on measuring previous designs, and noting the trends that promote TIM, such as slew rate.
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Old 14th May 2010, 06:37 PM   #4350
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Hi John

What about Group Delay?
I think that is an interesting topic, especially in global feedback designs.

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