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Vital hi Fi accessories that don't cost all that much?

Discussion in 'audio' started by colasblue, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    This should be posted at the beginning of every audio thread on pfm :)

    There is certainly one member I can think of who would hang anyone for suggesting such a thing really exists. You know who you are :D
  2. Steven Toy

    Steven Toy L3 Toy


    And it nearly made me spit a gobful of Brewers and Union beer at my phone! 😆
  3. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    This should certainly go at the beginning of every cable thread :D
  4. Steven Toy

    Steven Toy L3 Toy

    Quite the opposite actually. I would love all cables to sound the same. It would make life so much simpler.

    There's no buyer's remorse driving my views on cables any more. They were bought and paid-for too long ago.
  5. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    They do so you should be happy :D
  6. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    This should go at the beginning of every cable thread.


  7. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend


    Some people are likely to not handle well having their illusion that all cables sound the same destroyed.
  8. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Some truth to this, however, more expensive doesn't always mean better. Also, some people may just prefer something they have picked up for a song to something they paid a fortune for because it suits their tastes better.... Never happened to me mind. Never say never though.

    You're right though, I think a lot of people are exited about how good something sounds for what it cost and then get carried away... This is followed by a "sh!t, what have I done?" reaction.

    The closest I have come is when I brought some focal speakers after being impressed in a demo. They would have allowed me to sell three power amps, my existing speakers and my crossovers. So glad I didn't sell them before I took receipt of the focals! The focals stayed a few day and then I moved them on... Not as impressive as I initially thought.
  9. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Did you have help with that one? :D
  10. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Yes. It is another Nietzsche's quote. ;)
  11. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Spotify premium was an eye opener for me. I'm not saying it's perfect, it isn't and the same mastering will sound better at a higher resolution through the same equipment but the difference isn't as great as some would have you belive.

    plenty of times I have heard vinyl, CD, high res files sounding awful and spotify sounding great.
  12. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    This is what most do in the end but some have made the huge mistake of already selling.

    I agree about price, more expensive does not always mean better but I think when someone sells off 10.000 worth of gear for a system costing a couple of hundred I have to take issue with it really sounding better which I have read on here quite recently, i once purchased a Marantz cd player from some grotty shop for peanuts, I realised in the end the only reason I was jumping for joy was the silly price, it sounded ok for a few hours until I replaced with my usual gear, bliss & reality returned.
  13. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    Who nicked me passport!

    That's just damned funny

    Should pop this into a cable thread every time it becomes toooooo serious, lighten the mood
  14. Mike42

    Mike42 Heard it all before...

    This has taken light hearted banter to a new and unpleasant level.

    It suggests that high quality is the preserve of the rich and well heeled. It doesn't follow that an expensive 20MB camera takes better pictures than a cheap 3MB camera by default. There is so much more to it. Just as there is so much more to well recorded music than the bit rate or resolution.
  15. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    It's good to have a back-up cable picture in case the thread gets heated.

  16. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    An old chestnut but good mastering/recording trumps format.
  17. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Haha, I fully agree and I have done the same as you a few times. I recently picked up a yamaha CDX 496 for £2. It got pretty good reviews when new in the late 90s at around £200. It's a massive bargain now at £2 but can it compete with my linn kit...? Nope, not even close.
  18. steve_1979

    steve_1979 pfm Member

    Two cheap wooden chopping boards that raise the height of my speakers by 1/2".
  19. russel

    russel ./_dazed_and_confused

    In a badly designed system they won't, amps that cannot drive a reactive load properly will ring and sound bright, a high impedance potentiometer used as a passive volume control seeing a long cable with a high capacitance will sound a bit duller. Basically I think people are using cables as not very good and very expensive tone controls, and how is it that recording studios are quite happy using standard 600 ohm balanced line cable, if you look at a studio catalogue it cost peanuts to buy in comparison to "hi-fi" cable, if it was no good, all recordings would sound awful. Has any one seen an album with the words "all balanced cables in this studio are made from six nines copper and are connected according to the arrows".
  20. abbydog

    abbydog pfm Member

    I like Marantz stories, too.

    I once purchased a Marantz tuner from some grotty shop for £30, I realised in the end the only reason I was jumping for joy was the great sound it made. I sold the £1k tuner I had and I'm listening to the 2130 now - and it's still the best I've ever heard. I spent seven times the purchase price on a wood case for it - sometimes you have to spend a bit to get the best.

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