Hi guys, I have a question about the standard and upgraded versions of this Switch.
Earlier this month, I borrowed the standard Switch + standard PSU from a local distributor to try, and after hearing a clear improvement, I ordered the fully upgraded versions (Switch + PSU), and based on the boxes the specs are as follows:
- PSU: Silver DC Cable / SE-S / CAP / eABC
- Switch: sCLK-EX / 12V / MC75 / SE-S / EVOX / eABS
I received them earlier last week and when I replaced them with the loaner (standard), I was surprised that this upgraded version sounds brighter / harsher and not as full-bodied as the standard version.
I stacked them and compared both with the same AC + LAN cables and the difference was very clear.
Units with gold badges are loaner (standard version) and units with silver badges are mine (upgraded).
I truly have no idea what might have caused this and below are my observation:
- Is it because of the voltage? The standard version uses 9V but mine uses 12V. I understand that if the external clock is installed, 12V is required... is this correct? Would voltage affect how the unit sound? What will happen if I reduce my voltage setting behind the PSU from 12V to 9V?
- Now mine have around 70-75 hours on them (both PSU and Switch) but still sound brighter than the loaner (that has countless hours on... possible thousands). How long would it take for the Switch / PSU to fully burn in?
- Is it possible that all the silver upgrades/components inside the black unit cause it to be bright?
Any suggestions or tips / settings I might try to make it sound more full would be appreciated!
FYI, I made sure to recheck the voltage setting of the PSU and both units were setup correctly (standard version with 9V and upgraded with 12V).
Were the upgrades done by SOtM or a vendor? The silver wire SOtM uses is not the best quality, and it tends to impart a brighter sound. This would be especially true if they used the silver wire in the switch itself. In my experience, the voltage settings have little to no audible effect on sound quality.