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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:35 am 
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I purchased some tube dampners from Herbies and i spied the interconnect dampners. Has anyone tried these on there system and with what results?


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I haven't tried or even heard of such a product for that matter and quite frankly I'm very skeptical.
Given quality termination what could these dampers improve upon?


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i have not tried them, but friends have with positive results. i would try them but my rca's are too close together on my pre to allow for them to fit.
i do have herbies tube dampers throughout my system. herbie is easy to deal with and fast.


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In the meantime after posting this i tried some cable dampners and to be quite frank was totally blown away with the improvement in focus , quieter background ,and dynamics (every bit as good of a tweek as spikes or tube dampners) . I took a chance rolled the dice and am very happy with my purchase .


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Thanks for the input. In my experience some tweaks work quite well (e.g., Todd's footers), others not so much (insert your list here). I have found that one should be open, but critical of many tweaks. My rule of thumb is that unless there is a clear and obvious difference, then it is not worth the money or effort. Your experience will also vary depending your equipment.


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This might just be the booze talking but how does putting a damper on an interconnect affect sonics?

All joking aside, can someone even theorize what is happening?
...and no, I've never heard a microphonic cable.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:26 am 
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I had some friends over to audition the dampners and they both agree if they had not heard them they would not have believed it .


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BinkyTheCat wrote:
This might just be the booze talking but how does putting a damper on an interconnect affect sonics?

All joking aside, can someone even theorize what is happening?
...and no, I've never heard a microphonic cable.


I guess you haven't been around very long in Audio. Cable dampers have been around a long time, as have anti-vibration platforms, damping plates and feet. Vibration damages musical signal in everything. There are lots of forum postings and manufacturers' websites discussing it. Check them out.

Added: By the way I am endorsing the theory and technology, not the outrageously priced items that are available! :shock:


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If you want to experiment with cable dampers on the cheap, just purchase some silicone O-rings and slide them over the barrel of the RCA connectors.


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AVguy wrote:
BinkyTheCat wrote:
This might just be the booze talking but how does putting a damper on an interconnect affect sonics?

All joking aside, can someone even theorize what is happening?
...and no, I've never heard a microphonic cable.


I guess you haven't been around very long in Audio. Cable dampers have been around a long time, as have anti-vibration platforms, damping plates and feet. Vibration damages musical signal in everything. There are lots of forum postings and manufacturers' websites discussing it. Check them out.

Added: By the way I am endorsing the theory and technology, not the outrageously priced items that are available! :shock:



I built my first pair of speakers when I was around 10, have a few years to go before I retire careerwise
I understand the need for isolation but the signal wire is encased usually in various layers of silicon ,ptfe, rubber...whatever...already somewhat isolated.
Could the titanium be having an effect electrically?


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BinkyTheCat wrote:
This might just be the booze talking but how does putting a damper on an interconnect affect sonics?

All joking aside, can someone even theorize what is happening?
...and no, I've never heard a microphonic cable.

When electricity goes through a wire, the electrons are "moving" inside the wire.
Thus the wire is vibrating from the inside !

More the frequency is high, more the electrons will move often (but not faster).
When billions electrons move back and forth, the substract (the wire), acts like a resonator... (if not damped).


Back to 80's, I built an amplifier buffer. I put a long thin metal plate (instead a wire) from output to input (feedback loop).
That was the worst amplifier I ever built. The sound was horrible.
It took me one month to understand what was wrong.

Tube dampers are good but not enough. It would be better if we could
put the damper inside the tube (around cathode) but it's impossible.

(Unwanted) vibrations are everywhere... Hi-Fi enemies...


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Nakamichel wrote:
BinkyTheCat wrote:
This might just be the booze talking but how does putting a damper on an interconnect affect sonics?

All joking aside, can someone even theorize what is happening?
...and no, I've never heard a microphonic cable.

When electricity goes through a wire, the electrons are "moving" inside the wire.
Thus the wire is vibrating from the inside !

More the frequency is high, more the electrons will move often (but not faster).
When billions electrons move back and forth, the substract (the wire), acts like a resonator... (if not damped).


Back to 80's, I built an amplifier buffer. I put a long thin metal plate (instead a wire) from output to input (feedback loop).
That was the worst amplifier I ever built. The
It took me one month to understand what was wrong.

Tube dampers are good but not enough. It would be better if we could
put the damper inside the tube (around cathode) but it's impossible.

(Unwanted) vibrations are everywhere... Hi-Fi enemies...


So why dont we encase our gear in sorbothane?

For giggles will grab the o ring kit from the shop. Not silicone but shouldn't be an issue, no?


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The only part of the interconnect that needs to be damped is the connector (RCA/XLR) as the wires are already damped.

Yes, regular nitrile O-rings will work just as well as silicone.


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brf wrote:
The only part of the interconnect that needs to be damped is the connector (RCA/XLR) as the wires are already damped.

Yes, regular nitrile O-rings will work just as well as silicone.


Thank you.

Now back to my first comment...
if quality termination is used why the need for a 2 cent o ring?


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BinkyTheCat wrote:
brf wrote:
The only part of the interconnect that needs to be damped is the connector (RCA/XLR) as the wires are already damped.

Yes, regular nitrile O-rings will work just as well as silicone.


Thank you.

Now back to my first comment...
if quality termination is used why the need for a 2 cent o ring?


Hard metal connections can transmit and reflect energy, therefore, they need to be damped...that's the theroy :wink:


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