Has anyone else spent the last week or so with their kit powered down more than powered up due to horrendous storms? Frustrating, but thankfully at least we haven’t been hit by lightening like house a street away, which resulted in a roof fire, luckily quickly extinguished by the fire brigade before any extensive damage to the rest of the property.
Unplug and preserve you precious Naim kit boys and girls
I don’t bother to power down or disconnect stuff either, but then I have no overhead lines coming into the house and the FM aerial is quite low relative to the highest point of the house and houses and trees around
If I get a direct hit, then the hifi will be the least of my problems. My parents’ house burnt down after a direct lightning hit 45 years ago.
Our house in Little Rock was actually struck by lightning last week. Our ground grid, consisting of 3 eight foot rods soldered together below the surface, which we used during our tube electronics phase and installed 20 years ago, saved the day. We have a device on our electric panel that causes any surge to shunt into this ground grid. The electrician came out to take a look and could see the impact of the strike and said we could have lost all our electronics without this setup. Close call but no damage.
I prefer to play safe when I know or anticipate that a storm is coming. Better than fried electronics and hoping insurance won’t find a loophole and not pay. My understanding is that it doesn’t need overhead power lines, aerial or direct hit on one’s own house to send a surge down the wiring that can jump the contacts of a switch.
Yes, I have hardly bothered to power up the main system this last week due to the thunder storms - that and the fact the otherwise fine weather has meant sending a lot of time outdoors. Oddly though, we were due a big storm last night and it didn’t materialise, just a lot of rain.
Any streamer or other digital electronics is likely to be at the same risk, not just Naim. And, whilst less susceptible than digital equipment, all electronic items connected to wires leaving the building are vulnerable to non direct lightning hits.
I’ve been using ear buds for a couple of weeks now, and although fine for a while, they do get a little uncomfortable when using them all day. Plus I have a pile of new records to listen to as well - frustrating.
When the worst storm hit last week, we were right in the heart / eye of the thunderstorm, and have never been in that situation before, and the sound of the thunder really was quite something to behold. We know of four houses within a couple of hundred meters that were struck by lighting, but only the one caught fire. Pretty scary really.
I powered down for the first storm last week then forgot for the next couple. I guess due to the proximity of pylons in my area I’m unlikely to get hit.
Biggest problem has been the loss of two out of three Koi during the horrendous downpour that lasted an hour. Had them since babies (4in) and over 12 years or so they had grown to about 14in. Just bought a huge tub of food as well. The survivor has just started eating again. He won’t go hungry.
I think it was stress. I can’t remember a downpour so heavy and lasting so long. They probably only had 2-3yrs left in them. The lone survivor seems to have perked up a lot this morning and is eating again.