I am after a bit of a steer on a problem I now have with my current naim system .
I recently dismantled the kit and moved it and on putting it all back together again I now have a sound which is very brash on vocals and with an overall harshness to the sound especially the more the volume is turned up although the system still has the same level of Instrument separation as before .
Any thoughts on which part of the system to check out first ? Cables or Hardware ?
Yes, I think it can make quite a difference, odd though it may seem. When you’re faced with a horrendous mass of spaghetti behind the rack, it can seem impossible, but if you take it one step at a time, you can get there.
If it’s not possible to get it perfect, there are a few things that will be achievable, such as keeping interconnects, with their delicate low level signals, away from mains cables.
If you were not sure that the + and - need to be in phase, then their is only a 50/50 chance that they are correct. Lack of bass and proper imaging are some of the problems that this can cause, so it’s definitely worth checking out. A new room, without as many “soft” surfaces (curtains, couches, etc.) or much more glass / hard surfaces then before may account for a dramatic change and also the speaker location/interaction with the new space.
Brash vocals and harshness are not issues I would have associated with speakers wired out of phase. Lack of bass would be the main symptom. Still a good idea to check, though.
I would be looking at the acoustics of the new room, and cable dressing. Maybe even a cable with a poor connection, possibly caused by a dodgy solder joint that’s been damaged in the move.