bad sound/good sound

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ashli, Jul 14, 2002.

  1. Ashli

    Ashli Auditioning

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    Someone please help. We have been pulling our hair out for years. Our problem is that sometimes our sound is not very good(dry, non enveloping, clock radioish, dynamics not good, etc.) Sometimes it is excellent,especially late at night. We never know when we will be able to enjoy our high end system. Suggestions? Please help, it could save a marriage. We have checked all the connections and even tightened the ground wire on our electrical box. Over the years all components have been upgraded. Same problem. Components: anthem pre/pro and amp, Revel speakers, Pioneer Elite dv09 dvd player, Better Cables interconnects, Monster speakerwire, PS Audio powerport, PS Audio Ultimate Outlet. Thanks so much. Ashli
     
  2. Bob Sheen

    Bob Sheen Stunt Coordinator

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    I could be wrong but in my opinion any system can sound better or worse at different times. And be can be affected even by factors like atmospheric conditions. Such as in situations of very high humidity, etc....

    ..I know that my system seems to be affected. I don't think that it sways from clock "radioish" to "high end" but there are differences depending on when i listen to it.

    Maybe there's less strain on your utilities power supply/demand at night. So the power that enters your house is better/cleaner at that time than during the middle of the day when power comsumption is high.

    Maybe you need a power conditioninng device ?

    Bob
     
  3. Ashli

    Ashli Auditioning

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    Thanks for your reply. Clock radioish is an exaggeration, but a large difference in sound quality sometimes. Yes, yesterday was very rainy and humid and my system sounded bad. Not full and clear but thin and directional. I do have an ultimate outlet ac cleaning device. Thanks again. Ashli
     
  4. Mike Matheson

    Mike Matheson Second Unit

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    Ashli,
    It might be an effort, but getting a feel for the quality of your power feed (the shape of the waveform, noise on the line, voltage--at different points in the day) would be a good thing. Potentially you are simply have power problems. If you could qualify the nature of the problems, perhaps your utility company would clean things up a bit (am I too hopeful here? [​IMG] ).
    Alternately, since you like PS Audio gear you might try a PowerPlant and see if it helps things any. Something similar (but more efficient) would be the Exact Power EP-15 (from AV123.com at http://www.av123.com/xp.shtml#). Here are some reviews from the Secrets site:
    ExactPower EP15
    PS Audio PowerPlant 300 and 600
    Most of these products do have liberal return policies, so they might be worth a try in your situation.
    Regards,
    Mike
     
  5. Greg_R

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    I would agree that you should try and measure the differences (i.e. check for power quality when the system is 'good' and 'bad'). One thing that affects the perceived sound is you... your current mental state (happy, angry, how awake you are, etc.). By measuring differences you can assure yourself that there is an actual system problem...
     
  6. Ashli

    Ashli Auditioning

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    Thanks people for your help. I realize that things can sound different depending on many variables as you state, but the difference in my sound is staggering in my opinion. Will check my power out more carefully and maybe give the ep15 an audition.

    Thanks again.

    Ashli
     

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