FAQ Group: General Hi-Fi

Frequently asked questions about general hi-fi stuff including various types of equipment, technical concepts and advice for getting the best results.

Why do you have these FAQs?

The FAQs are about saving time – for everyone! Over more than a decade of doing this work, there are questions I’ve probably been asked hundreds of times now. If I answered these same questions over and over, I’d seriously never get any work done! By developing these categorised FAQs, everyone can pick up a …

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Do cables make a difference?

They absolutely do, but not always in the way people imagine. Let’s just get this out of the way: good cables always improve system performance vs crappy ones. That being said, there is more snake oil and pseudoscience in cables than just about anything else, and hi-fi is already filled with BS. Kooky Cables For …

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I’d like new speaker terminals, RCA connectors and IEC mains connector – what are your thoughts?

You might be surprised to learn that in many cases I discourage this. I’m interested in keeping equipment original where possible because this retains value. With a lot of consumer-grade gear, there is lower hanging fruit that should be knocked off first. I also want to give you the best bang for your buck, because …

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