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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues – Part 4

The Question asked was: How does having a separate power supply (2 parts) from the amplifier or pre-amp chassis translate to better Sound Quality? 

Noise is everywhere and it is an enemy of the audiophile. Noise gets into a system in components, cables, RF and many other ways.

In this great four part series Ed addresses noise with some great tips on how to eliminate it.

In this issue, we are discussing the purpose behind having a separate power supply from the preamps or ampilifer in the Dan D’Agostino Master Audio products.

Did you miss the first three parts in this series on noise? See the links below.

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues - Part 4

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues – Part 1

What areas can cause system noise and how can you find and eliminate it?

Noise is everywhere and it is an enemy of the audiophile. Noise gets into a system in components, cables, RF and many other ways.

In this excellent four part series Ed addresses noise with some great tips on where to look for it and how to eliminate it. Below are the links for parts 2 through 4.

Part 2  Part 3   Part 4

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues - Part 1

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson #7: Speaker placement can NEVER be underestimated.

How can the results of proper Speaker placement be mind blowing?

Try putting the Martin Logan “CLX’s” in the same location as the Wilson Audio “Yvettes”, and you may not get the results that you want!

Speaker placement is without question, a major part of fine tuning your system.

It’s also a lot of fun and totally satisfying, right when you find that Sweet Spot!

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson #7: Speaker placement can NEVER be underestimated.

What we shared in the Quick Take:

Question asked:

How big a difference is it with your angle and positioning for the Martin Logan “CL X’s” versus the Wilson Audio “Yvette’s”? 

I mean can you put them just in your same marked place on your floor? When you talk about these two different types of speakers, those are two very different designs and it’s the way they send the sound in the room the way they you know generate the sound energy in the room is different. And the physical size differences also are a constraint with placement. (Note: conversational typed text content is a bit different than typical written type content)

You know generally what we found is there are certain areas in the room that represent you know the places where speakers would sound their best. And that can be heard just for the human voice. You can walk around the room and you’ll see my markings on the floor if you stand in that box you can hear your voice sounds more natural than other places in the room and so that’s true with speakers too but then some speakers need bass reinforcement in certain areas to really sound right so you know the positioning of an electrostatic speaker versus that (pointing to the Yvette speaker) would be much different from you know , so the 
toe-in angles are dramatically different with electrostatics, we usually just want a little sliver of the panel facing us but with the Wilson’s the speaker should be
pointing directly at you you know virtually maybe just a little bit past the sides but you know a lot different in that regard and the way the electrostatics fill the space is different to you, you know they image differently they don’t have pinpoint imaging they have sort of a large diffuse image which you know compared to 
what you hear live some people might argue that sounds more real, the Wilson stuff is almost so pinpoint that it’s almost unbelievable you know, you think it’s  to pinpoint for some people, to me it sounds I think more real but you know, there’s other strengths to the electrostatics that do some pretty special things.

I just distinctly noticed when we were in the “Escape Pod” room and the way you have the CLX’s is almost like pointed just straight to the back of the room first not CL X’s in there, but the classics the or the other classic it’d be kind of hard to get CLX’s in there, now my theater room that’s fifteen by nineteen roughly so they’re a little big in there but they get it, they’re a little too tight in this space this is only about thirteen feet and I feel like they’re too close together for me you know I like them a little bit further part visually…the end.

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues – Part 2

How would you go about locating areas that can cause system noise and then how would you eliminate it?

Noise is everywhere and it is an enemy of the audiophile. Noise gets into a system in components, cables, RF and many other ways.

In this excellent four part series Ed addresses noise with some great tips on where to look for it and how to eliminate it.

Ed’s Passion as an Audiophile coupled with his Electrical Engineering from UCF really works well for design forethought, and troubleshooting skills later on. I see it everyday. (Art – I’m the guy posting these videos, and also the former roommate at UCF a long time ago 🙂

Below are links for parts 1,3 and 4 in this series:

Part 1   Part 3   Part 4

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues Part 2

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues – Part 3

Whenever we look at reducing noise in an Audio (stereo) system, it’s because in the end, we want our sound quality to go up, Right?

So, when we take a look at some high end gear, as Audiophiles, and we ask the question, why do they have a separate Power Supply from the Amplifier, in Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems electronics?

It comes back to the fact, that noise is everywhere and it is an enemy of the audiophile. Noise gets into a system in components, cables, RF and many other ways.

In this excellent four part series Ed addresses noise with some great tips on how to eliminate it. And here in part 3:

Enjoy Ed’s explanation as an Electrical Engineer Audiophile, regarding some of the components in high end gear, why some components are separate and their purpose in Audio electronics, so that you may gain some powerful insight.

If you would like to hear about Dan D’Agostino and how he has become somewhat of a legend in the Industry for high end Amplifiers, etc, check out this very next link, an interview with the President of Dan D’Agostino, Bill McKiegan.  https://youtu.be/63IhFKiggr4

Below are the links for parts 1, 2 and 4 in this 4-part series:

Part 1   Part 2   Part 4

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Noise Issues Part 3

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson – #12: Bad Recordings Can’t Be Helped

What happens when you play an extremely compressed audio recording, when you are also placing (positioning) a set of speakers? Can people tell the difference between an mp3 and a wav file, or an mp3 and a 44.1 & 96 kbs format?

Many people don’t understand that a GREAT sound system will not make a bad recording sound good. If you start with a bad recording there is not much to be done. Ed explains this in his own inimitable way.

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson - #12: Bad Recordings Can’t Be Helped

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson – #11: Recording Quality Explained

What is a poor quality audio recording? How can you tell it’s not your equipment?

Many people don’t understand that a GREAT sound system will not make a bad recording sound good. If you start with a bad recording there is not much to be done. Ed explains this in his own inimitable way.

Feel free to check out more of Ed’s Quick Takes on various av topics. There are 5 Playlists at our Audible Images AV channel, “Quick Takes with Ed Masterson” is one of those playlists.

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Quick Takes with Ed Masterson - #11: Recording Quality Explained

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson #10: Krell is great. Dan D’Agostino is in a different league.

What triggers someone to venture out from corporate America in Silicon Valley, into the Industry of Ultra High End Audio Video retail sales and eventually starting their own High End AV retail showroom?

Ed takes a look at what Dan D’Agostino created at Krell and shares how this affected his life change, what Dan had done in the Industry with what he accomplished at Krell Industries. D’Agostino at Krell was is in a league of their own, and now Dan has Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, Dan is now even further in a league of his own.

Feel free to take a look at our AV Dream Designs page, to get a feel for how Ed addresses Ultra High End gear and Listening Room treatment with Acoustic Optimization.

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and if you’d like to get a glance at our Ultimate High End Listening Room, see “The Transporter” room here. http://audibleimagesav.com/the-transp…

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson #10: Krell is great. Dan D’Agostino is in a different league.

Wilson Audio’s – Speaker Placement Training: Quick Takes with Ed Masterson

How important is Tuning a system? Is Speaker placement a part of that? How important is training your ears?

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Ed continues on his admiration for Wilson Audio gained from his training from them in Utah when he became a Wilson Audio authorized dealer. He talks about Dave Wilson’s obsession and how Dave’s life’s work has created a culture at Wilson of excellence. Attention to detail seems to be a cornerstone of this great company and in fact, all companies.

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Wilson Audio’s - Speaker Placement Training

Wilson Audio’s Pursuit of Excellence in Speaker driver timing: Quick Takes with Ed Masterson

Have you ever listened to a friends stereo or av system,  and the instruments such as flute, sax and trumpet sounded very far from real sounding?  Or the lead guitar in a recording sounded far from real?  It could be the system is of low quality, or it could be that the system has not been properly tuned.

Wilson Audio produces some of the finest speakers in existence. When Ed Masterson became a Wilson dealer he visited their headquarters in Salt Lake City. Amongst many things Ed learned, he learned about speaker driver timing and it’s importance in sound reproduction. Specifically, how distortion can occur if the timing of particular musical sounds coming from the Tweeter or Mid-Range drivers in the speaker are delivered late, or perhaps too early, and how this can create distortion for the listener. In this Quick Take he explains what Wilson puts into practice.

Quick Takes with Ed Masterson: Wilson Audio’s Pursuit of Excellence in Speaker driver timing