|Track:||Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word|
|Album:||Super Deluxe Sound|
Acoustic music is my personal favourite and this song is one of my reference tracks. In this track all you have is the sweet vocals of Lydia Gray accompanied by a acoustic guitar, with a short violin interlude thrown in to for good measure. The whole experience is very intimate with a unplugged feel to it.
The music begins with a short guitar intro, and Lydia’s voice leads in at the 20 second mark. For me I find the Furutech fuse improves on clarity and focus, and these two improvements made the guitar sound more intimate now. This new intimacy revealed to me for the first time just how important this short 20 seconds is all about. It’s hard to put it down in words, but in essense the 20 seconds sets up the listener for the entire mood of the entire track.
With the Furutech fuse in place, it’s now easier for me to tell the relative position of where everything is on the sound stage. e.g. I can tell Lydia’s voice is fixed in the centre, with the guitar on the centre right, slighly recessed. The guitar and vocals do not seem to play off and interact with one another, suggesting to me this is a studio album.
Now is it just me? Why am now I getting the vibe that the violin interlude is actually symbolism of a guy apologising to the woman? The solo is charming and sincere, and yet almost feels like empty words at the same time. Does not quite make sense though given the lyrics .
So far this simple track is telling me a lot about the fuse:
- Better clarity
- Easier to focus and localise where all the sound comes from in the sound stage (pin point imaging)
- Easier to discern the difference in distance between different point sources in the 3D sound stage (image depth)
- Improvement in timbre
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.
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Comment from: Julio Ramos Visitor
As i changed the amp and dac inlets to furutech Fi-09 and sow a justification for the investment/84€ each; will look ahead for the fuse. Thanks for the in-depth review.
Comment from: Frans Visitor
So you’re basically saying you need to be willing to expect improvements if you are going to roll fuses. That is <strong>exactly</strong> how the placebo effect works. This primes you to hyper focus on details until your brain tells you there is a difference. This renders all findings anecdotal, at best. Snake oil thrives in these conditions.
Please perform a proper blind actual ABX test performed. This will not only show if there’s a difference, it will also show which one is preferred. The null hypothesis needs to always be that there is no difference.
Comment from: Member
I think you’ll hate my views on Blind Testing then (https://www.snakeoil-os.net/news/folklore/folklore-3-blind-testing).
For me personally I am embracing placebos. I’m all for placebos IF it is giving me genuinely enjoyment when I’m listening to the music. At the end of the day, I’m not listening to "difference in music", I’m looking for "difference in my enjoyment when listening to music".
You may well be surprised how much more enjoyable you’ll get from your sound system if you start focusing on that.
Comment from: Frans Visitor
I avoid deluding myself; it makes my opinions worthless for others and my conscience will not allow it. I A/B test for a living and know the value.
If I can measurably detect a difference with a tweak or gear - I am willing to spend money. If I cannot, I move on to something where I can. It’s simple really. The placebo greatly undermines your resource allocation.
Recently, I regret getting an Uptone EtherRegen and not returning it within the window (due to outside circumstances). The damn thing does nothing at all except generate heat.
Comment from: Member
That is some good advice Frans. Like you I always maintained my opinions are worthless to others. This is why the motto of Snakeoil OS is - Music Your Way, Designed By Us Defined By You.
The subject (music listener) is the litmus test and is what matters. If you use A/B or ABX tests and find it works for you, then good for it. At the end of the day, it’s music your way (i.e. defined by you).
And yes, you basically nailed my approach to Hifi in the first sentence, I’m indeed trying to delude myself. After all I am doing everything I can to reproduce music to trick my brains into thinking something fake (a recording) is something real (a real life person performing in front of me). We all know what an optical illusion is, I’m effectively doing an audio illusion. The key thing is that audio illusion is only very likely work for me and me alone. If you drop by and listen to my setup, it’s very unlikely you’d experience the same effects I do.
I have never tried EtherRegen, although I do own a Uptone power supply. To be honest I don’t change my Hifi equipment that often, havn’t changed a thing in well over 10 years (probably more). My focus always has been making my current system better. 10+ years in I estimate I’ve only managed to bring out maybe 70% of the performance out of my sound system. My current focus is still on trying to bring something more out of my current equipment. The only upgrade I would do right now is if I can find a matching second pre-amp + amp (SC11 and SM11) and split my left and right channels (i.e. one pre-amp and amp for left, and another for right).