Hi-Fi & Grounding

Source Component Grounding and "Floating Shield" architecture

WARNING: unless you are an experienced electrical professional - consult a technician

The following diagram depicts how "Floating Shield" cables must be connected to the various components in order to maximize their effectiveness

All source components must be "earthed" to one central ground point - in my case it is located on the Power Conditioner

Since the Apple TV is not connected "electrically" to the DAC (i.e. only via optical interconnect) and it only has a two-pin plug there is no need to ground it .

I have included a Pre Amp in the diagram in order to show how the interconnect to the Power Amp must be attached.

The power cables to the Phono Stage and DAC are of a
"braided geometry" which rejects RF and requires no screen/shield

What difference does this make? - I found that details in the music became much more noticeable and correctly positioned in the soundstage

Addendum: the Power Conditioner, has since been replaced with a DIY Power Distribution Centre.

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