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Vertex AQ Stage 3: a systematic approach - The Audiophile Man
Built to drain away distortive noise from your hi-fi system, Paul Rigby reviews the Vertex AQ Pico grounding blocks Before we get to the Picos, a quick word about where I am at with Vertex AQ. The Vertex AQ journey has offered plenty of time for contemplation. With each measured upgrade, there has been plenty of time for the effects to sink in before moving onto the next phase. Thus far, each upgrade and addition has increased the sonic qualities of my system by degrees and I can see, not only where each improvement is occurring but why. Often, hi-fi improvements include a bit of ‘magic’. The sort of ‘Ooo, where did that come from?” Which is fine and even delightful but prevents you from engaging with the upgrade totally, reducing your understanding of it. Sometimes, upgrades affect so many areas at once, you really don’t know what’s making the real, positive differences to your system. You’re not really sure which element has caused welcome sonic improvements and, hence, you don’t really know how to keep the improvements going. With this Vertex AQ suite of kit, each upgrade has been steady, clear and concise. I have a pretty good idea …