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Just my Imagination...?

Discussion in 'audio' started by musicman56, May 22, 2021.

  1. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    So, after a period of leaving my CD5 XS powered on (since the switch is on the back panel and difficult to access), I decided to turn it off. I rarely listen to CDs these days as I have reverted to vinyl. I also switched off the HiCap that's been acting as a second power supply.

    Now here's the thing. The SQ of my remaining phono input (LP12/Ittok/Krystal) has suddenly become much better, more detailed etc. No, I thought, this can't really be happening. But I listened again this morning and there is definitely something improved about the sound of vinyl.

    Perhaps I should add that the rest of the system is Naim 82(with Witchhat Superlink)/Supercap/250/Keilidhs.

    Am I going mad or is this 'just my imagination...running away with me'?
  2. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    There's only one person that needs convincing, whichever way :)

    Enjoy the music!
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  3. Cesare

    Cesare pfm Member

    Realistically there will always be some degree of EMF from every device that is plugged in and running. The most likely place you have to pick this up and amplify it to a level that is audible (even if only just) would be the phono stage due to the high gain, so this is a perfectly reasonable thing to suggest is happening. Of course, it might indicate an earthing failure with your arm, or something like that, so it might actually be telling you that your deck and phono stage need checking.
  4. coupe-sport

    coupe-sport pfm Member

    Did you just turn off the CD5XS or did you unplug it from the mains too ?
  5. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    Thanks for the info. I'm considering having the Karousel fitted to my LP12 so I'll have it checked out then.
  6. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    No, I just turned it off. It is still plugged in.
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  8. coupe-sport

    coupe-sport pfm Member

    Ah ok. Just thinking that if you had unplugged it then your signal ground to mains earth connectivity (via the usual Naim source route) would have changed which could have made a difference.

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