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  1. Certainly - These are on my power and preamp tubes. The 4 dampers that are being made in Hong Kong will not be ready until perhaps early next month. I have tried their prototype and must say that make a noticeable difference with improved focus soundstage, more tuneful base and a really quiet background thereby bringing out a bit more of the dynamic range in a recording.
  2. Audio Research integrated amplifiers for example have factory dampers on their preamp tubes as standard. My personal preference is not to have them at all. There is a difference and it might depend on whether you prefer a sound with slight reduction in dynamic range and ambient with them on or better dynamic and euphonic sound with them off. I certainly have not heard any increase in microphonic and a well recorded piano piece sounds more natural and alive to my ears with them off. I will be experimenting a properly made set of dampers made of African Ebony wood in a month or two but currently, I have a small 1 cm square piece attached to all my tubes with double sided tape. These pieces have been sitting on them for almost 1,000 hours with out any problem. I find an overall improvement in musicality with this tweek.
  3. I have an ARC VSI75 integrated and found that I prefer the sound with the dampers on the preamp tubes removed. More dynamic, better bass, more air or in other words less 'dull'. Interesting indeed. The next thing I did, after a recommendation from my friend AudioDyna (SNA member) I glued a very small piece of African Ebony wood to all the tubes (pre and power) with a double sided tape and the sound improved further. Better bass definition, better depth perspective and definitely more air/ambience being captured. Sometimes it is just worth experimenting (with care).
  4. Great time to listen to tubes. Helps keep the room warm and cozy when it is 9 degrees outside 🙂.
  5. FYI Jack, the two shops I went to was CAV and Klapp AV. At CAV, I went there to listen to specifically listen to their Cornwall IV that they have advertised and driven by an Audio Research VSI 75, which is the amp that I currently own. Unfortunately someone had taken them home for a demo and so I decided to listen to their Forte. Personally, I think the Heritage line of speakers are a tad over priced especially when compared to their $USD equivalent and relative to other speakers that are in the same market even with current exchange rate. Perhaps we do not buy enough of them to get good rebates from the manufacturers.
  6. I have heard the Forte 3 in two different shops when I was in Melbourne in January. One was in a small room filled with other electronics. The speakers were driven by a tube amp. Unfortunately did not get the name because my cousin, who built his own tube amp (an electronics Engineer by profession) and I were mesmerised by the sound. It was very dynamic, extremely clear and stereo imaging was very good. It can also go loud with no ear piercing distortion. The speakers were slightly toed in. Then I happened to visit another shop the next day and they also have the Forte 3 this time driven by a McIntosh MA252. The speakers were placed in an open area of the shop. It was a totally different sound to the one we heard the previous day, one which my cousin and I can only describe as polite, not dynamically expressive as before and slightly rounded at the top. Wow what a difference. Factors such as the size of the room, the amplifier and even the source (Tidal versus a CD player on the previous day) could have influence the perceived difference in sound. Our very simplistic conclusion - sounds like music in a live venue when matched with the right amp and placed in a medium size room.
  7. Welcome James. You have indeed come to the right spot.
  8. I bought two sets of these from Audiodyna and am still pleasantly surprised by the change it made to my system performance. Crisp, clean mids and high, tuneful bass and quieter background. These are currently under my Naim streamer and Cyrus Transport. The transport is currently sitting on an Ikea bamboo chopping board.
  9. Surprisingly, these are really good sounding speaker cables. I have a pair of the MTSX-225 version and to be quite honest, it sounded better than my Analysis Plus Oval 9 that I subsequently sold. While the AP cable is good, the improved clarity, improved speed and the non-wooliness in the bass are some of the more obvious features that came out of my MTSX-225 cables. These are hard to find cables at a bargain price.
  10. I haven't spend any money on equipment for at least for three years now. I am really enjoying what I have. So why am I writing this, well in the last week when I caught up with Audiodyna, a member of SNA, he let me try two unbranded fuses he had, which were made by a hifi enthusiast from Hong Kong. I placed these fuses in my Int. amp and my streamer. I was absolutely surprised to hear a significant difference when compared to my Furutech that was in my amp. I immediately sold my spare Furutech that was sitting in my drawer but kept the used fuse as a back up. I am a believer in the black art of hifi only if i can hear the difference and man was I convinced. Great improvement in sound without spending a zillion dollars.
  11. Further information: 8 x Modern and contemporary jazz CDs sold as a bundle. All CDs are scratch free, in other words, excellent condition. Sorry, will not seperate. Postage is $12 with Tracking. Jackie Orazayzky with hamish Stuart and Dave Symes - Ready to Listen (Vitamin) Michelle Nicolle - The Crying Game (ABC Jazz) Larry Carlton - Sleepwalk (Japanese with OBI Warner Brothers) Hiroshima - Another Place (Epic) Melody Gardot - Currency of Man (Decca) Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley (Blix Street Records - Audiophile) Larry Carlton - Friends (Warner Brothers) Lee Ritenour - 6 String Theory (Concord Records) Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. Further information: Nine famous audiophile jazz CDs in a bundle. Audiophile brands from Telarc, Verve and ECM. Price is for 9 CDs. Sorry, will not separate. Postage anywhere in Australia is $12.00 with tracking. The Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train (Verve) Oscar Peterson Trio - Night at the Blue Note (Telarc Jazz) Oscar Peterson Trio - Encore at the Blue Note (Telarc Jazz) Tod Gustavsen Trio - The Other Side (ECM) The Best of Buddy Powell on Verve (Verve) Madeleine Peyroux - Standing on the Rooftop (Universal Studio) Wynton Kelly Trio/ Wes Montgomery - Smoking at the Half Note (Verve) Dianna Krall - When I Look In Your Eyes (Verve) Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (Columbia) Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  13. Further information: New, never used unopened Furutech Rhodium TF-4A 20mm fuse. Rated at 4 amp slo-blow/timed fuse. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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