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  1. I think perhaps you are under a misapprehension about the time-scale of the signal travel time through the amplifier, in comparison to the time-scale of the musical rhythm. The time delay is totally insignificant. There may be other objections that could be levelled at feedback in some circumstances, but a time delay that interferes with the beat of the music is not one of them.
  2. Absolutely! And your "Ministry of Silly Wires" is such a gem that it alone justifies the continuation of the thread! If I am ever again tempted to argue with logic against the Gentleman from Missouri, I will remind myself of the Ministry of Silly Wires and have another laugh...
  3. A few days ago you advised everybody to take your reports about amplifier performance with a grain of salt, because you hadn't understood what was going on. Do you have any updates on this?
  4. If a choke or transformer has a winding constructed from, say, 100 feet of 24 AWG wire, and you modify the last 2 inches of each end of that wire by replacing it with, say 16 AWG wire, then the percentage effect of your modification on the current carrying properties of the winding will be absolutely negligible. If you leave 99.7% of the wire (the part you can't get at because it is inside the transformer) unchanged, and modify only the little bits that stick out of the transformer, then you will have no worthwhile improvement at all.
  5. I agree fully about speaker wires. The wisest thing about speaker cable choices I ever read was recently on another audio forum: The most important Characteristic of Speaker Cables is ........ Length. If they are not long enough to reach from your Amplifier to your speaker, you will not hear anything at all.
  6. It depends what, if any, accompanying explanations went along with these offerings. One can imagine, for example, that a manufacturer might offer cables in 3ft, 6ft and 12ft lengths, but that, of itself, does not imply that the said manufacturer has some crazy idea that these are the only lengths that will provide optimal audio performance. It could just mean that those happen to be the lengths they offer. If you can provide documentation where this Fulton chap expounded on the specific superiority of these particular lengths, then that might indeed argue against the charitable interpretation that he was joking with you. It would then tend to favour the suggestion that some of his ideas were a bit wacky. By the way, that 14 1/4 ft length seems to be 3/8inch short of being a multiple of three times the 57 1/8 inch basic unit.
  7. I was actually trying to be non-insulting, and give the chap the benefit of the doubt, by supposing that he might have been having a little innocent joke at your expense. If he really was making some universal assertion that wires needed to be 57 1/8 in length for optimal audio performance then indeed I would question his credentials. Anyone with a modicum of common sense and an understanding of basic physical principles would question them.
  8. The charitable view would be that it is your leg that has been pulled. If not, then questions certainly arise about the credentials of those who have told you some of these things.
  9. I think it might be the case that some Christians have a sense of humour too. I do think that leg-pulling is the most charitable explanation for why they might have said these things...
  10. It seems like a bit of stretch, to generalise from distressed baboons listening to ultrasonic signals to saying "It is THE best basic length for audio applications." This chap Fulton seems to have had a bit of a sense of humour. Do you not think it possible that he, and also the small High End audio Manufacturer from Montana, might have been having a bit of fun pulling your leg? Perhaps they felt you present a rather tempting target for a little gentle persiflage?
  11. Why? What is the supporting evidence for this assertion? Is this supposed to apply to all audio systems in all circumstances? And what does it even mean? Does the 57 1/8 inches include the length of wire inside the loudspeaker cabinet, between the speaker terminals and the speaker? Or does it only count the wire outside the speaker cabinet?
  12. That looks really nice! Very nicely built.
  13. I know, as you told us, you are busy ordering your components for your next amplifier, but if you do have a spare moment, could you please spell out what technical advantages you think the $1K+ bypass capacitors in the Serious Stereo amplifier that you spoke of have over standard capacitors that would cost a fraction of the price? Mr EE gave what one might call the "mainstream EE"'s answer to what qualities a bypass capacitor should have. I would still like to understand what advantages you think the $1K expenditure would confer, and why it couldn't be achieved with a much cheaper standard component.
  14. It is interesting that if one goes to the "technical information" on the Serious Stereo web site, one can find, for example, "Carrying Handles are hot-forged Chromium-Steel with Grade 8 retainers held by Loctite ® threadlocking agents" but no information is given about such things as the power output, the frequency response or the distortion. I guess that is a pretty good indicator of where the priorities of the manufacturer lie.
  15. Out of curiousity, do you have any idea what particular property the $1K+ bypass capacitors have that would account for their expense? What, technically, are they able to do that cheaper, standard capacitors cannot do?
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