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  1. The thing is, the input *is* electrical not electronic and yes I have worked with electronics as well. As far as "hearing what no one else can" is an absurd statement as both my son and I could hear the subtle difference. Interestingly, my son heard a difference and I had not told him what I had done at that stage. There were no measurements made other than with our own ears as the decision to hard wire was not done due to thoughts of better sound, just removing a possible issue. However, I have no more interest, can't be bothered and life is way too short in trying to convince your strongly held religious belief that it could not have made a difference.
  2. I work in the electrical industry for close to 40 years and have the qualifications to assess electrical gear and have done many such alterations. I know what I am doing. The fact remains, we have heard the difference, slight but audible and not just one person but two people who heard the before and after. So, having both heard a difference, you can go on all you like about how it *should* be to your expert qualifications, but it did work.
  3. So, no matter how bad the IEC connection is, there is no improvement whatsoever? I mean, why bother having a good connection in the first place? Sorry, this just doesn't hold water. You can think what you like.
  4. No, both my son and I could hear the difference. A less than perfect connection will have an adverse effect on the power delivery.
  5. And I mostly agree. My IEC plug was a little loose, see my response above.
  6. If it is out of warranty, then there should be no issue to get the input connector changed or hard wired. Get it done by a qualified tech and it will be ok. However, it is not rocket science to fit a captive lead. I did it and it is easy - having said that, I am qualified to do the work. Trash resale value? Hmm, that's a little over the top, especially if the work is carried out by a qualified tech. IEC cables are only provided so as the component can be sold the world over and a generic power cord with an IEC input can be used. Cheaper to use a generic IEC input to the component than to have hard wired cords to the component and provide different plug tops for particular regions. There is just no way for an component manufacturer to ascertain how many of each type of cord to apply to the component for every region, a production number nightmare! Better to have all components made the same and then provide a cheap cord to suit the region and thus remove the guesswork about how many to build with the appropriate power cord. So, a hard wired cord can only be of benefit to any second hand purchaser as it removes a possible sonic degradation source. As for sonic benefit, I think there is. My Plinius 9200 amp was sounding a little "thin" and I wondered why and when I started to look for possible causes I found my original IEC connection was a little loose and even buying a decent new cable did little to improve the tightness of the connection. I purchased the ISOTEX EV03 Initium Power Cable as it was the cheapest of the decent looking power cables on the market, had decent CSA and I thought would have a tighter fit, which it was, but did not really fix the looseness to my satisfaction. I then decided to hard wire the cable to the input of the amp and that was when I really noticed the difference. Better dynamics, tighter and more extended bass end and cleaner mids. Subtle, but it was there. Whatever the case, I have a much better input that removes a possible sonic degradation due to a probable loose fit cause.
  7. The best thing for me was to hard wire the mains lead to my Plinius 9200 amp rather than use an IEC input connector. That made quite a difference.
  8. Richter Speakers

    I used to sell Ralph the enameled copper wire for his crossovers in the late 1980's and early to mid 1990's. I still sell the wire but very few make their own speakers here or crossovers for that matter. In fact, there is very little manufacturing of anything here!
  9. Aha. Thanks for your reply.
  10. Were you service manager at Marantz in the early 80's, say around 1983 at Chard Rd, Brookvale? I took my Marantz CD73 there a few times when new to fix drop outs and met a few of the repair staff.
  11. Your music 'test' records.

    No, I didn't notice. I guess that's the worst thing about checking "new posts" without checking the forum type. However, I am of the generation that calls all recordings, "records".
  12. Your music 'test' records.

    Roxy Music's "Avalon" SACD Papa Doo Run Run "California Project" Telarc CD Dave Brubeck "Take Five" SACD Police "Regatta De Blanc" SHM SACD Mussorgsky "Pictures at an Exhibition" Telarc SACD Elton John "Honky Chateau" SACD Elvis Costello "Armed Forces" CD Nirvana "Unplugged" CD
  13. Vinyl v Digital

    Well, our ears are analogue too, but that doesn't mean that the source can't be digital. With the speakers and the room, you have the ability to tweak them to your desire as well. All part of the "experience" of our hobby.
  14. Vinyl v Digital

    Good video and I think he has hit the nail on the head. I am a digital listener, but I also understand the connection with the use of vinyl. I used to enjoy the "connection" of vinyl, the use of the tone arm, cleaning of the record etc. I have a Thorens TD160 MKII turntable and I also enjoyed the tweaking of the analogue system by using a different cartridge/needle, adding a different mat, maybe a record clamp or weight and trying different feet etc. The same can be said of almost everyone's desire to tweak other parts of the system, speaker wires, interconnects, cones to put under for the amp and SACD/CD player etc. Tweaking your system is our way of putting our input into the experience, taking a little bit of control from what is essentially an off the shelf product. We believe we are making a difference, otherwise, the listening experience is just a completely passive experience and not everyone is satisfied with that. It helps us "create" a result, one that we feel we have had a part in being involved in. It is a hobby and like all hobbies they generally require an input for it to be an all encompassing experience, rather than just a passive recreation. Gardeners don't just sit and look at their creation, or the creation made by a landscaper. Gardeners like to keep changing, tweaking what they have created, adding a plant here, pruning another there etc. Photographers go out and take a photo and then come back and tweak the results in Photoshop, it is a creative pursuit, being fully involved. A car person gets their enjoyment from tuning and tweaking the engine, tyres, cleaning, polishing etc.
  15. I too have a Plinius 9200 amp mated with a Marantz SA14 S1 SE SACD player and a pair of Orpheus Aurora 3.3 speakers (that I have used external crossovers) and like you, I have found it is not very forgiving of poorly recorded music. The system is very revealing or poorly recorded music but put some great recordings on, and wow, it really shines! So many recent recordings and most of the remasters seem to be dreadful, IMO.