Does turning equipment on and off damage it?

December 25, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

4 comments on “Does turning equipment on and off damage it?”

  1. Thanks Paul; your videos are always interesting and fun watching.
    One followup question: you didn’t address whether it’s good practice to turn off a solid state power amp when it’s not being used. In my case, turning off the amp’s power supply turns off all circuitry but I still tend to turn off the amp when not being used, even though I keep my preamp and source components on most of the time.
    Is it better to keep the amp powered up all the time?
    Thanks – and Happy Holidays.
    Mike R.

    1. Thanks. In my opinion, it’s better to keep the amplifier on all the time unless it’s a tube amp (which yours is not) or a class A or extremely high bias device chewing through too much power. Most normally biased amplifiers benefit from staying powered on.

      1. Hi, Paul, enjoy your podcasts everyday, listen to them while out jogging.
        When I put my M70s to standby mode (the blue lights are off), they give my REL T-9 subwoofer a popping sound; when I turn them on (the blue lights are on), they give T-9 a minor popping sound. One of the M70s is connected to T-9 via the Neutrik Speakon cable. Is there anything I can do about the sound? (DAC is SGC, CD player is SONY SCD-C2000ES).
        Happy New Year.
        Tian

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