Many tweaks in my audiophile journey are discovered by accident. In this blog we will talk about one of the best kept hifi secrets - phase.
A surprisingly large number of people wired their system up wrongly, getting the left and right channels mixed up is more common than you think! But phase is something more difficult, and tend to catch people off guard.
Phase (also known as polarity for audio) is a common issue for people with balanced gear, however it may apply to single ended equipment as well in very rare cases.
In the past I was unaware of any reliable ways to test for this, until the Don pointed out the pop test.
More on this later, let’s get some of the basics out of the way first.