I’ve had my P5 for 24 hours now and am astounded with the results so far. A jaw droppingly better sound stage! Plugging my plasma TV in was an unexpected benefit too, so much more vibrancy, colour and sharpness. I just had a few newbie questions that I hoped you could help with. I’ve read all of the Power posts in the forum and haven’t found answers to these specific questions, but apologies if they have been answered before. I know that the answer to some of these is “go and try it to see if it sounds better” but there may be more scientifically electrical explanations too!
- I have a turntable, valve phone stage and valve pre-amp, but solid state mono block power amps. Would it make sense to have the valve gear on zone 1, the turntable (a motor) on another and then the power amps together on the high current output (saving the other zone for my AV gear)? i.e. Would it be sensible to separate valve gear, a Turntable motor and solid state powers amps. Or would the turntable with the valve gear be better, or perhaps the valve gear should be split across zones. Is valve gear a bit noisy? Perhaps it would affect the turntable motor.
- Are all the zones completely electrically separate. i.e. if I have my plasma TV on a zone will it “contaminate” the other zones?
- Are there any downsides to Multiwave? Can it ever hurt equipment? I’ve saved up all my pennies to buy an SME 30 deck and the last thing I want to do is harm the motor with multiwave 6.
- Does it make sense to reduce voltage as you increase multiwave? i.e. increasing charge time but reducing amplitude. Can you ever get into headroom issues and distortion by using too much multiwave? I notice as I increase multiwave the transformers on my amps buzz more with each step up, hopefully this isn’t harming the equipment.
- Is it advisable to leave the screen off sometimes? Would the screen “burn-in” if left on for years at a time?
A huge thanks in advance for any ideas and advice. The P5 is a serious good bit of kit and having heard it, I really don’t think there’s anything you can buy out there that gives a better improvement to the sound for the money. A very happy customer here!