Originally Posted by nbmjhk6
You would notice right away.
Not true. ESD can also damage the components on a lifespan level causing them to fail much sooner than they normally would under regular wear conditions. But not always immediately as if they were zapped to death.
If you hate gloves you can even go just fingers. Honestly, wrist strap or gloves would be the easiest things to use.
Most ESD equipment is passive and is eventually plugged into the ground socket on your wall outlet. That is what your case is grounded to and why you need to plug your PSU in for it to be grounded.
Thank you for caring about ESD op. On a personal level I have noticed a dramatic difference in my own hardware's health since I started taking precaution. It is not a myth as some people on here may tell you. I have been trained and re-trained in ESD procedure, cause and effect, looking at ESD events with an oscilliscope. For some reason the majority of people on here think that it's like wearing tin foil hats.
RetroAction: I'm not an audio expert, but I'm thinking something along the lines of the audio's power circuit not being very filtered from the rest of the board. I usually only notice it with onboard and headphones. I'm sure there's an article on it somewhere.