Is This For Me?
Let’s get this out of the way first:
Yes, fuse rolling does influence the sound
The signficance of this influence is entirely subjective and depends on the individual listener.
If you live in Australia and watched the season of Gruen (the season where they do “What Would Putin do” segments) and noticed a ground loop hum from the show; if you can still make out the hum even when the hosts are talking, then you are ready to do fuse rolling. Most people cannot hear this ground loop hum. Especially so when they are sitting a fair distance away from the speakers and while the hosts are talking.
The reason for this is simple - most people lack the active listening skills allowing them to sensitive to small “out of place" details in recordings. You do not need golden ears to do this, that is a myth. It’s never about the ears, it’s the muscle between the ears that count! The answer to active listening is really your brains, music listening is 100% cognition.
Train your brain and improve the sensitivty so that you start to break down the music the right way. Soon you’d learn to appreciate all the little details in the recording, and perhaps be able to notice when a track is in negative phase, or when the left/right channels are swapped. The key to this is learn to interpret the music, not to break it down and just hear for “better bass", “better midrange” or “better X". Learn to listen to music as music instead and you’d start to notice more and more details you otherwise wouldn’t have.
The Snakeoil OS project will help you acheive this. But more on this later, right now let’s talk about Furutech fuse!
Comment from: Thuan Bui Visitor
Totally agreed with your review. Having installed and lived with two small Furutech fuses for 24 hours (obviously not burned in yet), I’ve found them to possess those characteristics that you described.
I’ve seen more expensive fuses advertised else where, so I think these Furutech are pretty cost effective especially for what they do to our gear. Thanks for the good work.