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Why would these work?

Discussion in 'audio' started by matfff, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man


    Yes, it seems she married Alan. He has been a director at Chord since 2006. Interesting that Sally is no longer a director of the company. She resigned 2019.
  2. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    I don't know what age Allan Gibb is but I reckon maybe in his late sixties, just going by his approximate age relative to me. People just retire.
  3. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I think they're likely to work perfectly as designed. To remove money out of the pocket of gullible folk.
    Darren L, Linds, Robert and 4 others like this.
  4. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Classic case of an audiophile company resorting to marketing bollox in the absence of any ability to genuinely innovate.

    Some schmuck will buy them though, and the veils will lift, wafting the listener off to music heaven on a carpet of inky blackness.
  5. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man

    He is nearly 64 (according to Companies House). Sally is a few months younger.
  6. Bluedroog

    Bluedroog pfm Member

    Very misleading of the company to use a Chord DAC in their promo shots. They know exactly what they’re doing, can’t believe they’d get away with that.
  7. matfff

    matfff pfm Member

    Good replies so far. No one has yet convinced me to change my opinions - expensive foo.
  8. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    As far as I can see nobody who has had a demonstration has replied.
  9. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    I'm up for hanging a tonne weight off my fragile rca sockets...
    matfff likes this.
  10. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    They are probably too busy listening to music on their massively improved system.
    Fergus likes this.
  11. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Or waiting to try the titanium versions.
  12. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    Hmmm, I'm now tempted to try a resistive, low reactance, unused input ground coupler* on my 72 to see what it does.

    *SMD resistors in a DIN plug.
  13. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Devices like this only "work" because they're expensive. Convince someone to spend £550 on a plug filled with some unnamed material, and they're more likely to commit to the idea that the effect is amazing. Give them away and the differences - if there even are any - become minor. Audiophilia is full of this kind of psychology.
  14. John Phillips

    John Phillips pfm Member

    Simply connect the Chord Company device to a network analyser and you can compare it to the same test results from @MJS's DIN plug and SMD resistors. You will then see exactly what extra you get for the money. At least if you are after technical performance and not something else. :)
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  15. pocketkitchen

    pocketkitchen Registered User

    Only they work in certain circumstances. my Sonos box used to induce a very audible thumping noise through my speakers when the system was on the phono input. The RA box removed it completely. It had no impact on SQ that I could hear but it meant I didn’t have to unplug the Sonos every time I listened to a record.
  16. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    Did you move any mains leads or cabling to install it? Does it still thump if you remove it now without touching anything else? This sounds very much like RFI, probably from the Sonos' WiFi.
  17. pocketkitchen

    pocketkitchen Registered User

    I’ve long moved on from that system and indeed that house. No, nothing else changed at all. I left the system on the phono input at a normal listening volume with no music playing and the noise was there. I plugged the RA box in (Zapperator?) to an adjacent mains socket and it went.
  18. Mike Hughes

    Mike Hughes pfm Member

    I’m interested in the idea that there’s a problem with these straining the very thing they’re meant to protect but Naim Snaics and Burndies are okay in that respect? Asking for a friend :)
  19. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    Naim snaics and burndies have very robust mechanical connections to their sockets which relieves any strain on the more delicate parts of the connector. The sockets in turn are connected to a very robust chassis so no problem.

    That Chord Dave is also very robustly constructed but the sockets don't have similar properties.

    Some equipment has very flimsy casework which would be a concern but bear in mind we don't actually know how much these things weigh. They might be fairly light.

    Even so the risk of catching something on one of those protrusions would worry me.
  20. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    There's a titanium version??

    Sign me up!!

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