Respect the Sequence


In our scenario we have just taken a run through the whole system and looked at the elements in terms of a logical sequence and grouping of the upgrades. It is worth reiterating again here why the upgrade sequence is important. It’s really about opening up the lower elements of the system first, killing the environmental interactions that occur outside the signal path. As you do this not only do you hear the immediate improvement in performance but you take away the limitations that will only trip the system up more if you upgrade inside the signal path first. If, for instance, you upgrade to Vertex interconnects first, (ie, completely reversing the order of the steps) you will increase the performance between the player and the amp and this will raise the dynamic range. This then simply raises the amount of acoustic energy around the rest of the system and increases the system intermodulation further. So whilst the customer hears some of the improvements of the interconnects, he also clearly perceives that some elements of the music are worse, but incorrectly blames the interconnects as the cause.

Now, this is an important issue because it also applies to major electronic upgrades too – if you put in a better CD player with more authority and drive say, and just in the same way, left the architecture untreated, the environmental problems will be exacerbated. And don’t forget we are considering RFI too, so if you upgrade the CD player without a coherent RFI strategy, the increased mid and upper frequency information could intermodulate even more with the RFI that’s in the system.