|Suggested Retail Price:||$ ~400.00|
|Description:||Power Cable (one model)|
|Review by jayarr on May 06, 2008 at 19:10:58|
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I purchased 2 Lessloss power cords at the special sale price hence the review. Upon arrival the cords emitted a chemical/plastic odor which took about a week to dissipate. The cords use a braided geometry. One cord was wound much tighter than the other which had gaps you could see thru. This didn't affect the sound tho. I have taken almost 4 weeks auditoning these cords allowing plenty of time for breakin and comparison. My taste in music runs the gamut from classical,jazz,to blues and rock.
Let me begin by prefacing my conclusions by stating that the differences I noticed were very subtle overall. It took a LONG time to notice any differences.
Firstly I changed out a Wolff Carbon Source cord to the Reimyo CD player. I noticed a tightening of the bass frequencies with some added clarity. The highs were slightly softened with some loss of sparkle and sheen.
Next up was a replacement of an Electraglide Ultrakhan R cord to the Berning Siegfried SET/OTL amp. This time the changes were even more subtle. The highs were again slightly rolled off at the very top and the bass very close with the Lessloss slightly more pronounced and refined. Midrange and soundstage were almost identical.
I used the Lessloss PC's on both the subwoofers of the Avantgarde Duos. I had used less expensive(~$200) Cardas and XLO cords before this. The Lessloss sounded much better than these with increased transparency which surprisingly extended up into the midrange. I also noted better defined acoustic bass with more air around the instrument.
Overall I would charactarize the Lessloss sound as very open,transparent with excellent bass,clear midrange,pleasant highs. The overall balance seems to be very slighty tilted downward toward the bass.
My take on the Lessloss PC is that it represents excellent value. It held up very well to more expensive cords. I could live with them very easily as the only cords thruout my system. I will keep them on the Duo subwoofers as they made a significant difference there. They would seem to me to be ideal cords for solid state gear and/or amps that are run directly off wall AC. At the price I purchased them at they are a real steal. Kudos to Liudas for offering a great cord at a reasonable price. As a caveat I should mention that I run my amp and CD player off a PS Audio Premier power regenerator. This may mitigate some of the benefits of the Lessloss filter in the cords since the AC is already pristine.
|Product Weakness:||slightly rolled off extreme highs|
|Product Strengths:||excellent resolution,bass and midrqange|
|Amplifier:||Berning Siegfried SET/OTL|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||none|
|Sources (CDP/Turntable):||Reimyo CD player|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||classical,jazz,rock,blues|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||31 x 15 x 8|
|Time Period/Length of Audition:||1 month|
|Other (Power Conditioner etc.):||PS Audio Premier|
|Type of Audition/Review:||Home Audition|
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I agree with your evaluation of these cords. They are probably the best deal in high end audio. When I got my pc I put it on the Audio Aero Prima CDP and noticed an improvement in sound immediately. In fact my wife who is not an audiophile commented on it. Since then I have ordered two more. Liudas is a real gentleman and responds to e-mails very quickly.
I think this PC is a great deal at 2-3x the price. It is up there with the best in absolute terms. If they had priced it at $1500 from the beginning, few would have said it was overpriced, but LessLoss would have sold a lot fewer cords. They had to price it low as a Lithuanian PC mfr. no one had heard of.
I have never heard the Lessloss cable. So, I will not judge its sonic. LessLoss clearly stated that it is a filtering power cord (their wording, not mine). Maybe the question that you need to ask is what is so wrong and so aweful about your AC power that you need to use a $1500 cable.
Have you installed a balance power transformer? Have you replaced your power outlets and the tiny wires with bigger gauge cable?
Maybe the solution is to fix the AC power and not tone the amplifier with power cord.
I'm not so sure about that one now that price is back up to $569. Fortunately, I got one in there before the price went back up.
You can get two Oyaide GPX for that price.
Well, if somebody does the firesale on Oyaide GPX like Lessloss, I'll try the GPX.
Personally, its ingredients sounds too much like Harmonic Tech cords, with PCOCC copper wire and lots of shields. I used to have Harm Tech Fantasy AC cord, which was a bit too dark and warm from neutral.
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