CAD

Computer Audio Design Ground Control GC1

£1,695
  • Reduces high frequency noise up to over 10GHz
  • Results in greater clarity and coherence
  • Effective in any system
  • Available for home trial: please email or call for details

Over the past 10+ years the amount of high frequency noise on our Mains power has increased dramatically due to the use of computers, routers, modems, wifi, switch mode power supplies, etc. The high frequency noise that is generated within our audio systems has also increased: DACs, Servers, Computers, NAS drives, Routers, WiFi, etc. are all connected directly to our audio systems.

CAD believes that one of the key reasons so many digital audio products “sound digital” is due to this high frequency noise. From the very beginning of CAD we have worked hard to reduce unwanted noise in all our products. Materials and technologies that are used in our 1543 MKII DAC, USB Cables and CAT are included in the GC1 and GC3 Ground Controls.

The Ground Control contains a mixture of materials that converts high frequency energy into heat. Our research has found that to achieve the best sound quality the GC1 & GC3 needed to be effective over a large frequency range. This was not easy to accomplish! The CAD Ground Controls will substantially reduce noise from very high KHz range up to over 10 GHz.

There are two independent voltage references in any audio system:
1) Signal Ground
2) Earth

Earth is what the third pin on your mains plug is connected to and what your copper pipes in your house are connected to. Earth is not typically (but occasionally is) connected to the Signal Ground in higher quality audio components.

Signal Ground is the negative side of an RCA, XLR, USB etc. connector.

Most audio engineers put a lot of effort into making sure the positive and negative rails of their DC power supplies have low ripple and noise, adequate bandwidth, etc. but typically not much thought is put into the signal ground plane.

CAD believes that reducing high frequency noise on Signal Ground and Earth improves sound quality.

Unfortunately there isn’t a common industry accepted technique for measuring noise levels on Signal Ground or Earth. A common measurement is Signal to Noise (S/N) ratio. S/N is the maximum output of a device (0dB) divided by the minimum output of a device (the noise). The reference for both of these measurements is Signal Ground. S/N measurement is not the whole story because it does not tell you anything about noise on the Signal Ground. You can have a very good S/N measurement and in reality the system can have considerable noise on the Ground side.

The CAD GC1 & GC3 Ground Controls can be connected to any audio product that has an unused output or input connection. If your DAC, streamer, computer, phone stage, preamplifier, amplifier, CD Player, NAS, etc. has a spare output/input connector like an RCA, XLR, Spade, USB or BNC you can connect the GC1 Ground Control to that. We supply a range of interconnects with various connectors. The other end of the connector has a single 4mm banana plug that attaches to the Ground Control.

There are two 4mm banana sockets on the back on the GC1 and six on the back of the GC3.

The GC1 or the GC3 Ground Control can also be attached to Earth. If you have any type of Earth connection on your audio system or power distribution CAD can supply you a cable with an appropriate connector that will fit. The outside case of any audio component that is made from metal by law must be connected to Earth for safety. So another option is to attach a Ground Control to the case directly by loosening a case screw and inserting a Ground Control cable with a spade connector.

We typically get the best results connecting the GC1 Ground Control to the device in your system that has the highest noise levels: components like computers, audio servers, DACs, CD players, NAS, routers etc. or by connecting the GC1 Ground Control to mains Earth. These are the best places to first try connecting the GC1 to. The GC3 works exceptionally well connected to your mains Earth connection and directly to the cases of your amplification.

We also have had very good results connecting a Ground Control to phono preamplifiers. The gain on these devices is large and the reduction of noise that the Ground Control provides has brought some amazing results.

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Free Saturday delivery when you spend over £500. We will send you a tracking number where DPD will give a one hour delivery window. Services available to most mainland UK addresses for in stock items ordered before our cut-off time on Friday 3pm. Terms apply.

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Christmas and New Year Deliveries - (subject to stock availability)

Our last order cut-off time for delivery before Christmas is 3:30pm on Thursday 23rd December, which will be delivered on Friday 24th December.

Our last order cut-off time for delivery before New Year is 3:30pm on Thursday 30th December, which will be delivered on Friday 31st December.

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Order Date (before the 3:30pm cut-off time for same day dispatch) Expected Delivery Date
Monday 20th December (before the 3:30pm) Tuesday 22nd December
Tuesday 21st December (before the 3:30pm) Wednesday 23rd December
Wednesday 22nd December (before the 3:30pm) Thursday 24th December
Thursday 23rd December  (before the 3:30pm) Friday 30th December

Friday 24th December to

Wednesday 29th December (before the 3:30pm)

Thursday 30th December
Thursday 30th December  (before the 3:30pm) Friday 31st December

Friday 31st January to

Tuesday 4th January (before the 3:30pm)

Wednesday 5th January☨
Normal delivery service resumes from then on.

Delivery Costs

Standard next day delivery is free for all orders to most UK mainland addresses. All other delivery prices are determined by the destination, the service chosen and the value and weight of your order. Addresses in the Scottish Highlands, offshore, Northern Ireland & Ireland may incur additional delivery costs, depending on the items ordered. Prices are calculated at the checkout for all services and destinations.

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