Tweaks! Do these work?

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jb2455

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Tweaks! Do these work?
« on: 18 Apr 2019, 10:23 pm »
Hi my name is jb and I like trying different tweaks for my system  : :thumb: has anyone tried the ‘ Dueland’ speaker clarifier? It looks like a capacitor in series connected to the speaker post. I believe Synergistic also has one that they sell. Do these work? Have you tried them?
Another is the Stein Harmonizer. Has anyone had success with this tweak? I am always curious about these tweaks and if they work or not.   :o

Thanks, JB

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #1 on: 19 Apr 2019, 07:40 am »
Hi my name is jb and I like trying different tweaks for my system  : :thumb: has anyone tried the ‘ Dueland’ speaker clarifier? It looks like a capacitor in series connected to the speaker post. I believe Synergistic also has one that they sell. Do these work? Have you tried them?
Another is the Stein Harmonizer. Has anyone had success with this tweak? I am always curious about these tweaks and if they work or not.   :o

Thanks, JB
Welcome JB :thumb:
These devices do ''something'' with the music signal and they will interact with the xover from your speakers, if the final result will please your ears its hard to say.

If you use a direct no xover FR driver I would rec dont use it.

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #2 on: 19 Apr 2019, 10:40 am »
In 50 years at this, have not found a single what I would call a tweak that works, but am not one to try many of them.  Recommend buying from vendors that offer good products upfront, why buy stuff that needs fixes?  Most tweaks are a scam, at best they do nothing, at worst they impart a coloration.  If the tweak is such a good idea why wasn't it incorporated into the original design or in all similar designs? 

Tweaks can be tempting, but best to focus on the essentials.  A simple synergistic system consisting of solid gear that fits your tastes/room is best.  Extra bits just distract and confuse.  Don't ignore room effects (weird shape, too small for chosen speakers, limited access, little isolation, poor setup, etc.) as most do.  By solid gear I mean that you should look into the company behind the components (service, history, deep  R&D/manufacturing resources, reputation).

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #3 on: 19 Apr 2019, 11:32 am »
In the defense of tweaks... Plenty of utterly FREE tweaks around. The latest I tried was a gift from Michael Green who does 'tuning' as a professional. He suggested 'loosening the AC duplex, slightly" Holy Cow! it works! The sound became slightly less 'hard' a little softer, more natural.
Reminder FREE, Like FREE as in FREE. no cost. 
The free tweaks are the best. You can try it, or not, change it back, or not. no cost except a few minutes fooling around. Like speaker placement. 
Then more troubling.. footers.. There ARE dirt cheap good solutions, a buck each, even as low as fifty cents. Or you can splurge and buy $900 ones. EACH! ($900).
Most good tweaks started out as a free or nearly free IDEA. Grabbed by someone who managed to add in a profit. say 10,000%? Some folks take basic bits, claim they invented basic electronics, and then charge through the nose for it. (Bybee) when the fact is, anyone can make the SAME DEVICE for a few dollars in parts.
So IMO complaining tweaks are a 'rip off' is not fair. a lot (in fact nearly all) of them started out as an idea. a FREE or nearly free idea.

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #4 on: 19 Apr 2019, 11:47 am »
Maple Shade Audio has over 50 free tweak ideas. Tweaks do work. I have been tweaking for over 40 years. I highly recommend trying the reverse of polarity at both speakers. One way will give you the biggest soundstage.

https://mapleshadestore.com/freeupgrades.php

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #5 on: 19 Apr 2019, 01:51 pm »
Hi, there are two big areas that define the question "do these tweaks work". One is how sensitive your system is, and unfortunately has to do with how much money is spent buying sensitive equipment. The other is how sensitive your ears are.
     There are many who (for them) do not care for or derive much regarding tweakdom, and see it as more snake oil. And then there are people like me who hear differences, and enjoy hearing improvements in sound whether it is a minimal cost tweak or one costing hundreds of dollars. I have played around with many low cost tweaks and eventually realized that if I really want sound improvement, spend the money (in most cases). Many sellers offer returns if you are not satisfied, and if you are not satisfied and are out the shipping cost, it's a learning experience.
     If you can hear differences in speaker cables then you will hear differences in other things too. For example, Synergistic Research has their (relatively) new blue fuse. To my ears the sound difference is huge and worth the money for the sound improvement provided. Are boutique fuses tweaks? Do they improve the sound quality? Are they worth the money?  All these questions YOU need to answer for yourself. Don't believe someone who says tweaks are B.S. That's his opinion and not should be kept as such. Good luck!

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #6 on: 19 Apr 2019, 01:56 pm »
Greetings & Welcome to AC JB   :thumb:

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #7 on: 19 Apr 2019, 02:31 pm »
My thoughts on tweaks: do I want to spend my time listening to music, or do I want to spend my time listening for minute differences after wrapping tape around my power cord or some other such tweak? 

My listening time is precious these days.



And welcome to AC

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Re: Tweaks! Do these work?
« Reply #8 on: 19 Apr 2019, 02:35 pm »
These Mapleshade free tweaks are great, if the room have a good shape/size they worth to try.
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