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    You need to try this!

    I was messing around the other night and decided to put a capacitor between my phonostage bindingpost and the tonearm earthlead....... WOW i have no idea what was going on but the difference was not subtle. Soundstage got bigger Low frequencys improved. I dont know whether i was picking up RF or something else. I can`t advise you on what value cap to use, as i am still experimenting. For the cost you have to give this a go....
    Last edited by Billy Shears; 08-02-2015 at 07:05 AM.

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    BTW you dont need to solder. For testing you can just wrap the ends around the spade of the lead and the bindingpost

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    Did you have it grounded before the addition of the cap? Or are you comparing no ground to a ground through the cap?

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    Grounded to grounded through cap.....

    I definitely feel it cleans up the groundplane...
    Last edited by Billy Shears; 08-02-2015 at 07:04 AM.

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    So that would make them coupled at higher frequencies but not low. Plausible that it would make such a difference depending on the equipment in use.

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    I am sure all tweaks like this are system dependent. It would be intersting to see if anyone hears the same improvement in their System though....

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    Maybe your equipment would fail the John Windt 'Hummer Test'.

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    Phonostages are by nature suscetible to noise and humm. One of the defining qualitys of a good phonostage is the absence of noise. Less noise is always better. I did not suffer from any noticeable noise or humm before this experiment. This is why i would be intersted if anyone else notices any difference at all.

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    What type and value of cap did you use?
    Turntable/Arm - Yamaha GT 2000/Yamaha YSA-1
    Cartridge - Soundsmith The Voice(Ebony)
    Phono stage - Moon LP 5.3
    Preamp - Hornshoppe The Truth
    Speakers - KRK Expose E8B Mastering Monitors

    Turntable support counts as another component. 21 Clearaudio Magix and more.

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    It was a film foil cap used for crossovers like 150pf.....
    Last edited by Billy Shears; 09-23-2015 at 01:11 AM. Reason: wrong info
    Analog: Acoustic Solid Wood MPX Reference Microcontroller, SME M2-12, Ortofon Cadenza Bronze
    Digital: Rega Apollo, Chord 2 Qute
    Amp: Roksan Caspian M2 + DX-2 Ref Phono
    Speaker Kef-LS 50
    Cables: all MIT Magnum M3, M1 Phono, Magnum AC1

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