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Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

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I am in the market for a mains condintioner regards my home cinema system. My goal is to achieve better sound output from Blu rays, games & sky. 

What Hifi reccomends these two as 'best buys':

http://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/mains-products

 

So my thinking is to attach a Merlin Tarantula MK6 to the denon 2311 av receiver I have to achieve better sound.

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Buy the Lindy 6 way & simply plug everything Into there to measure greater gains across the board. Again, my concern is primarily with sound. 

 

I am also thinking the Merlin Tarantula MK6 is a better product for sound since it services one product to a greater degree rather than compromising for many such as the lindy 6-way? (Let me know If I'm wrong).

 

What can I expect from either solution, the Merlin Tarantula MK6 over the lindy 6 way? Also what would you do, Many thanks.

 

The equipment concerned is sony s760 (blu ray), denon 2311 (amp), philips 8605 (tv), sky hd & ps3.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

After extensive testing a few years back, its best to plug an amp directly to the wall socket via a mains cable like the one you mentioned. Then use the Lindy 6 way with source items (cd player, blu ray player, etc).

 

The lindy seemed to rob the amps of bass punch and depth, so best avoided.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

Forgot to mention....the most expensive the mains cable, the bigger the gains.

I tried various ones at different price points, and ended up with Chord Powercords throughout my music system, and the cheaper one's on my sub and tv.. These are over £100 per cable,although I bought most second hand off ebay for around half that price.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

I agree with P.Pete.

I also think the Lindy and the Tacima are identical, with the Tacima usually being cheaper.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

Ok after reading that Pete, I'm looking in to Merlin Tarantula MK6 plugged from Amp straight to wall socket.

I am not sure about the Lindy being used for source materials, would it really make much difference at the end of the day?

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

vpacalypse wrote:

I am not sure about the Lindy being used for source materials, would it really make much difference at the end of the day?

It can be situation dependant....the Tacima is £27 from Amazon, so why not try it: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000PS5700/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9550947189&....

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

Yes, the lindy/tacima is worth the cost, in my opinion.

It does open up the soundstage and add a bit extra depth to the music. Although I think it was more noticable with my cd player.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

I found the Lindy/Tacima to have a great effect on my Freesat television reception, much smoother picture, I was surprised.

My question is whether it's enough to have normal kettle leads attached to the Lindy/Tacima, or should I also have something like the Merlin Tarantula to connect my amplifier up to the Lindy/Tacima? It is not possible with my setup to connect the amplifier directly to the wall socket, which is itself a spur anyway.

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RE: Merlin Tarantula MK6 vs Lindy 6-way

My 2 cents worth: I have the tacima. Nice buy, can't go wrong. IME gives more stable image on tv and blu-ray; cd benefits I can't really discern.

Even better is to buy 2nd hand BT mains conditioner. If available for reasonable money, say between 25-35. Better results then the tacima IMO

Anyway, with either you can't go wrong.

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