I attended important social events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was getting over the stress of construction issues with my back yard workshop. And I got car washed and did a long overdue quick mowing of front lawn.
So I wasn't expecting to get anything done on Audio last weekend. But I did, I could check off at least 4 items on my Audio to-do list.
Sometimes it just takes a little push to get somethings started. On Friday night, after coming home from Christmas Party at work, I finally got around to comparing the chassis noise level from Oppo BDP-95 disc player and Denon 5900, both playing the Santana Supernatural SACD I've been listening to for last couple weeks. The Denon was way quieter (see later post). That was #1. I had been intending to do this test for about 10 months, ever since I got the Oppo.
Having hooked up Denon again, I decided, why not try listening to it again. That was a revelation, I've decided to use Denon as my living room player, and move Oppo to kitchen to become my central video disc player (which was what I originally intended when I bought it anyway). That was #2.
Then I decided to do some listening in bedroom. On Sunday I decided to hook up the PS Audio Power Plant Premier I had got a few months back. I finally did get it hooked up, not without some typical unexpected difficulties. That was #3.
This wasn't what I planned, but in the process of hooking up Power Plant I broke my Parasound HCA-1000A amp. (Probably just needs fuse replacement.) So I hooked up the HCA-1500A amp I bought for the bedroom, but which had been used (until recently) in the Living Room, and had been just sitting around since I got the Aragon amplifier for the living room. That was #4. I had to re-adjust bass level by ear because I couldn't re-measure the gain level of the now-broken HCA-1000A. The bedroom system now sounds much better, and there had been a background hum from the old deteriorating amplifier which is now gone.
The result was both living room and bedroom systems have been significantly improved. The bedroom now has a bit of the layered depth I get with living room system.