Synergistic Red Fuse ...

I installed a SR RED Quantum fuse in my ARC REF-3 preamp a few days ago, replacing an older high end fuse. Uhh ... for a hundred bucks, this little baby is well worth the cost. There was an immediate improvement upon installation, but now that its broken in (yes, no kidding), its quite remarkable. A tightening of the focus, a more solid image, and most important of all for my tastes, a deeper appreciation for the organic sound of the instruments. Damn! ... cellos sound great! Much improved attack on pianos. More humanistic on vocals. Bowed bass goes down forever. Next move? .... I'm doing the entire system with these fuses. One at a time though just to gauge the improvement in each piece of equipment. The REF-75se comes next. I'll report the results as the progression takes place. Stay tuned ...

Any comments from anyone else who has tried these fuses?
I've not done much posting on the forums but have started to recently.

Here in Australia we have fuse skeptics and even cable skeptics(yes, a retailer who said that they make no improvement).

I'm a skeptic extraordinaire but was lent an aftermarket fuse to try in my Audio Research Reference CD player.

Well, I became a convert, a born again after market fuse lover.

I have used the Beeswax, SR Red and Black and Hi Fi Tuning, in all manner of components and brands.

All have, to my ears, been an improvement over the stock supplied fuse.  

Why, I have no idea, but they do.

People may say it is all in the mind, but to those skeptics I implore you to try it, you may find you are born again.


All praise to aftermarket fuses!


Some of the posters here have tried the upgrade level fuses and reported they made no difference at all. I accept their findings. No audio product I'm aware of has 100 % positive results for everyone.

Where are you using your Beeswax fuses? I bet they are quite good.


  I have the beeswax fuse in my preamp,  in my system they are a big improvement, worth every penny I payed for them

I agree.  Best to try and see if it works for you.

As I said, it works for me.

It's only a small outlay and if it doesn't "float your boat" then no real harm done and like all of us you can sell it on for nominal loss.

Re the Beeswax, I use it on a Audio Research Ref75SE and one on a vintage Meridian CD player.

Both sound better over the standard fuse. 

Changing fuses maybe more noticeable/beneficial the better the gear is.

We all have different perceptions regarding what we like and don't like, what we hear and don't hear, ie. different cables, amps etc.


Isn't the differences we perceive half the fun of being interested in our hobby.
Yes, the subjective perceptions we experience and comment on with other interested listeners/thread posters is "half the fun " as you put it. Since my initial exposure to the world of High End Audio nearly 30 years ago its been nothing but fun and definitely a learning experience.

I’ve been able to sidestep the angst and frustration that some have gone through in this endeavor for one simple reason. It was never a goal to achieve so called "perfect sound" or to obtain the " best" component/product that exists. Fortunately for me I recognized early on that there’s no such thing.

I accept the reality that there are indeed plenty of very good to excellent audio products available and finding wonderful synergy among them to complete an enduring satisfying home audio system is very doable. It does require some trial and error, time and sometimes a little bit of luck. With the right approach and frame of mind it can be enjoyable and no doubt informative along the way. Attending audio shows and listening to the systems of numerous people over the years has been fruitful and again fun.

As you have noted the main focus is what can I do to improve the sound and as a result enhance the experience of listening to music. This is a different mindset than developing what may evolve into an obsession with the "perfect sound " /"best" product objective. Anyway that is what’s worked out better for me and I assume others as well.

The higher quality fuses have contributed a positive musical effect in my quest for improving the level of listening to music in the comfort of my home. They will not be the answer for everyone quite obviously. As for myself, , you and a significant number of people on this thread they have been a cost effective asset. Woogie58 I hope life is treating you well in the land down under and welcome to this thread. By the way I read the description of your components/system on another thread. You’ve assembled a really nice system that must reproduce your music beautifully. I’m unfamiliar with your Australian Whatmough speakers but I suspect that they are  quite impressive 😊