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Stupid audiophile tricks (tell yours)

JohnnyAudio

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I ran my expensive system during a big lightning storm.

Not much survived.
 

Anton D

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Told the kids they could have some of my stuff when thy moved away.

I want my La Scalas back.

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The next one, bet you can guess the mistake I made plugging things in. Took me a day to trouble shoot.

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A whole bunch. Sold them all recently. What's interesting is that the cables (not shown) held their value..er..price...better than the other stuff. I guess magic doesn't age like transistors and volume controls.


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I ran my expensive system during a big lightning storm.

Not much survived.

I am researching this and it seems I should not even be using a toilet during a thunderstorm. Did this happen in Europe or in America where everything is bigger and more dangerous?
 

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I knew about crossfeed for probably 15 years or more before I even tried it, because of vague purist impulses.
 

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I am researching this and it seems I should not even be using a toilet during a thunderstorm. Did this happen in Europe or in America where everything is bigger and more dangerous?
One thing that's bigger and more dangerous in Europe than it is here in America is the AC line voltage before lightning even strikes (120 vs. 230.)
 

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Do you have a deathwish? A metal can? Surely that has been updated to the new plastic non-conductive coffee cans.
Nothing better for.protection from lightning, than being contained in a faraday cage.
 

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I have ran the following through the washing machine and dryer:

1. Campfire Audio Jupiter IEMs — Fatality
2. Hidizs S9 Pro DAC/Amp dongle — Survivor
3. Hidizs MS-1 IEMs — Survivor
4. Apple Lightning DAC/Amp — Survivor
 

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Lent my daughter a sub woofer for her top floor bedroom that was a short lived experiment, although she loved it.
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JohnnyAudio

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I am researching this and it seems I should not even be using a toilet during a thunderstorm. Did this happen in Europe or in America where everything is bigger and more dangerous?
The storm was in Florida, almost every afternoon there is a rain storm and sometimes very electrical.
 
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JohnnyAudio

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I moved into a very poor neighborhood as a teenager with my gear. We played the system loud with the windows open.
Not long after that the place was burglarized and everything was stolen.

Nice gear too... Sansusi, Dynaco, Thorens, DBX, ESS, Jensen.
 

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This seems similar to other "what stupid audiophile things have I done" threads. This is what I posted last time around.

You're not an audiophile unless you've...

- Lived for years in an apartment with a cardboard dresser, mattress on the floor, two sets of mismatched dishes (for company), a director's chair in the living room, and a stereo worth more than your car.
- Spent all your time at parties talking audio with geeky friends.
- Discussed at length the differences among various pieces of your audio system (and then realized later it was about 99.999% imaginary).
- Spent an evening with friends doing ABX testing of your new amplifier only to find nobody could tell any difference whatsoever.
- During tear-down of said ABX test set after everybody was gone realized you forgot to plug in the final power connection to the switch so all trials were of the exact same signal path.
- When your parents called to tell you the basement flooded including all of their priceless antiques, photos, washer/dryer, etc. plus sister's room whilst she was sleeping, your first question was "Is my stereo OK?"
- Pulled over a speaker trying to get just one more inch of cable free to reach the amp.
- Pulled the preamp off the rack trying to get one more inch of cable to the power amp.
- Pulled the turntable off the rack trying to... well, you know.
- Spent nearly twenty-four hours straight trying to determine the optimal VTA, tracking force, etc. for your new cartridge only to realize it varies record to record.
- Realized that all your audiophile records are 50% thicker than your normal records and that's why you could never quite get the VTA perfect for all of them.
- Forgot to discharge the HV caps in a tube amp resulting in one broken tube, several wires ripped in two, and severe lacerations to hand, wrist, and arm.
- Dropped the cart on the LP when the phone rang, taking out stylus and speakers (actually speaker fuses, fortunately).
- Rigged your stereo to use as your alarm by wiring it to your alarm clock resulting in a twofer:
-- First realizing using the buzzer caused rapid power cycling of the relay circuit and subsequently discovering electronics dislike having their power cycled on and off a few times a second; and,
-- After figuring out the right way to wire the relay forgetting to turn the volume down after a loud night's listening and waking up roughly a six-block radius at 5 am the next morning.
- Constructed a giant speaker cable with various wire gauges all neatly bundled and loomed with nice shrink-wrapped tinned ends only to realize it was way too big to fit any speaker connector made by man. By, like, half an inch. But the resistance was super-low.
- Ripped open your speaker boxes to drill holes to connect aforementioned speaker cable directly to the driver.
- In a rare moment when the tech was thrust out on the demo floor (boss should know better) spent time explaining why horns suck to some old geezer who was surprisingly robust and knowledgeable in his defense of these big gigantic corner horn things. Paul Klipsch. Oops.

Etc.
 
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