Sir_Franc

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About Sir_Franc

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  • Location
    East Sussex
  • Real Name
    Rick

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Laptop
  • DAC
    Hugo
  • Pre-Amp
    Pure Sound L300
  • Power Amp/s
    Art Audio
  • My Speakers
    Snell type A3
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Sir_Franc

    Computer USB +5V Power Noise

    I tried covering a USB cable in ferrite rings / filters a few years back as I could get them from work when stripping down old PCBs. I found it ruined the sound, by killing the top end and making the sound rather lifeless. Others may obtain better results, but I won't bother again.
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    Random image of the day 3

    Taken with a Canon 7D & Sigma 150-600mm. I rarely use this camera so was nice to have a play this afternoon as the sun set at Rye Harbour. The Old Lifeboat House, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  3. Sir_Franc

    Computer USB +5V Power Noise

    With the Hugo it's only charging batteries so shouldn't make a difference as far as I can tell. I just checked the Hugo TT to make sure it turns on without a power supply, it did so is battery powered like the original Hugo. I use an IEC mains filter before each of my items to help against the noise created by the cheap Wallmart type PSU. A bit like this: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/iec-filters/4540962/
  4. Sir_Franc

    Computer USB +5V Power Noise

    Hi Nick, The Hugo TT has it's own PSU and runs off battery so the Ifi doesn't affect that. I don't really know why the 5V going in to the dac has such an affect, I thought it was just sent to let the dac know there's a data connection.
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    Computer USB +5V Power Noise

    I recently bought an iFi Audio Micro iUsb 3.0 USB Power Supply to go between my laptop and my dac. I have to say the difference it's made has amazed me. Most obvious is better definition, especially in the bass. It also improved the soundstage so I'm a very happy bunny. I mentioned this to a mate but wasn't expecting him to "understand" why it would make any difference. To my surprise he said modern USB devices are built so cheaply that the power output was so poor that the company he works with adds their own power supply to USB devices that transfers data to commercial signs. This immediately brought to mind trying to charge my phone on my work pc. It takes almost eight hours to charge on the pc, yet a phone charger takes no more than 1.5hrs. There's no reason a modern laptop should be any different. Maybe the changes aren't so much down to the cables we use, but the way the power is dealt with.
  6. Sir_Franc

    Random image of the day 3

    Hi Jamie, sorry about the delay in responding. Do you have a dropbox account, or anywhere I can upload the picture? It's fairly large so too big to send via email.
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    Random image of the day 3

    Another from this afternoon. I was very lucky with the weather as it was grey and dull when I arrived. Panoramic view of The Seven Sister, East Sussex. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
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    Random image of the day 3

    A change in the weather. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  9. Sir_Franc

    Random image of the day 3

    I want to improve my panoramic's so yesterday I ordered a nodal slide / rail and a couple of other bits from Amazon. They arrived early afternoon so I was able to get out and have a play. It's a bit tricky, to set up and there's a couple of issues I have to sort out, however it gives me something to do! The Mill Pond, Ashdown Forest by Rick Francis, on Flickr
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    Random image of the day 3

    Crowborough Cross by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  11. Sir_Franc

    Random image of the day 3

    I had another chance today to have a play as I'm still in Swanage, Dorset. I wish I found my area as inspiring as this one! Peveril Point & the Isle Of Wight. by Rick Francis, on Flickr Rocks in a rough sea. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  12. Sir_Franc

    Random image of the day 3

    Thanks Les. I'm setting off shortly to try and get some more!
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    Random image of the day 3

    Managed to enjoy Swanage seafront yesterday. "The Banjo", Swanage by Rick Francis, on Flickr Swanage Jetty by Rick Francis, on Flickr Swanage Pier by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  14. Sir_Franc

    Random image of the day 3

    Thanks Barry, it was a bit of fun making an abstract from the roots and branches at the same time. I wasn't sure if anyone would "get it" or not!
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    Random image of the day 3

    Abract by Rick Francis, on Flickr