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tonyc

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OK, you are either a tweaker or you are not. I have spent way too much money on gizmos and gadgets that ultimately wind up in the junk drawer. But sometimes I get lucky and find a tweak that really works. Examples include shunyata power cords, isoacoustics Gaias, and their equipment footers, the Butcher Block Audio amp and turntable supports. I have now found another tweak that really makes a difference for the positive. Based on a more or less rave review in Stereo Times I ordered two yellow fuses for my arc ref 3 preamp and my arc ref 110 amp. Installed these suckers and within an hour I was slack jawed. And the more I listen the better my system sounds. The fuses cost 213 bucks apiece and are made by a company called quantum science audio. They replaced other aftermarket fuses namely a Hi fi tuning fuse in the pre and a Synergistic Research orange in the amp. What I am hearing is a dramatic lowering of the noise floor which lets unheard details emerge. In my system this is manifested by a DRAMATIC increase in intelligibility of vocal lyrics (Of course this is not always a good thing). The system sounds more powerful and free flowing. Not at all bright despite the increase in detail. This company offers fuses ranging in price from $28.50 to $2800 (yes your read that right). I ordered another yellow for my arc ref 7 phono stage and may go upstream for a violet for the amp ($711). I recently retubed both these pieces with trick aftermarket tubes at 3 and 4 times the cost of the fuses, but the fuses make a larger difference in the sound, by far. These are available at tweek geek and they offer a money back guarantee and a 90 day trade in if you want to go to a more expensive fuse. However, I'm warning you that your wife is going to slap you when she becomes able to make out the lyrics in all that rap music you are playing! Go ahead and do it, you know you want to...
 

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I am switching to the new on the market Synergistic purple fuses from orange. I have used after market fuses for years. Should have the purples in the next week.
 
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