The first instinct of any audiophile who wants a nice-looking system is to neatly bundle that mess of wires behind their equipment. DON'T DO IT! Bundling
hurts the good sound of those cables you paid all that money for. Every wire in a bundle has a field around it (even shielded wires) that induces currents in
all its neighbors, currents that distort the music waveforms in signal wires, add jitter to digital data wires, and introduce unwanted noise to power wires.
Don't despair: correct wire management can help rather than hinder good sound.
The following four simple rules tell you how:
• Don't run wires-speaker cables, ICs or power cords-close and parallel to each other for
more than a few inches; they'll "talk" to each other, causing muddy, smeared, edgy sound.
To avoid sonic degradation, keep parallel wires separated by at least 6" wherever possible.
• Try not to run any wires near plastic (or ungrounded metal) surfaces, e.g. artificial
fiber rugs or curtains, plastic tiles, linoleum, laminate wood floors, plastic moldings/wallpaper,
urethane varnished floors, etc. If possible, keep wires at least 8" from plastic (or ungrounded
metal) of any significant mass. These plastics are invariably terrible-sounding dielectrics.
• Avoid using plastic cable ties, plastic sheathing, plastic braid, or plastic conduit to hold,
support or protect wires. Instead, use good sounding dielectrics like string (cotton or silk),
thin polypropylene tape, or thin wood (preferably maple) to hang/support wires.
• Non-parallel wires--that is, those crossing at angles of 45 degrees or more-don't need to be
separated: they can even touch at the crossing point without sonic harm.
Our Maple Triad Cablelifts are a sturdy, stable, handsome way of lifting and separating one (or two) pairs of cables/ICs/AC cords. 30-Day Money Back.
If you find the Triads are not stable enough, then install the locking screw/washer/nut we've provided, as follows:
• Set up the Triad tripod on a table with the three dowels fully spread. Set the collar ring about 1/2" below the top of the dowels.
• From above, push the screw down through the gap between the three dowels. It will be easier if you bring the dowelin a little from the fully spread position.
• Now, spreading the dowels apart as far as possible with one hand, turn the tripod upside down and slip the washer over the end of the screw that is sticking
up. You will probably have to tilt the washer 45 degrees or so to get it to slip onto the screw.
• Still holding the dowels apart with one hand, use the other hand to thread the nut onto the screw with one or two turns. Once the nut is threaded, level the washer
between the three legs-you can pry it level with a screwdriver. Then use a Philips screwdriver to tighten the screw while holding the nut with your fingers.
You don't have to tighten the screw very hard. Once you have about 1/4" of screw showing through the nut, you're done.
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