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Audio Note and Ocellia

Selecting a power cable is no easy task in part because the "sound" of a given cable is so affected by the type of IEC chassis inlet and wall outlet, which makes comparisons difficult to say the least. I tried a number of commercial power cords, all with standard tin plated chassis inlets on my equipment, before settling on Virtual Dynamics David as the best sounding within my budget. That was roughly 10 years ago. Since then I made several DIY power cords with mixed success until I found the following combination which works like a charm in my system and for my tastes: Audio Note ISIS mains cable terminated with Furutech FI-11 copper AC plugs and FI-11 Ag IEC plugs BUT only if the equipment has a Furutech Gold chassis IEC inlet. If I use one of the ISIS cords into a standard tin-plated chassis inlet, the tonal balance is unacceptably bright and thin, but the combination is just right with the Gold inlet. I now use this combination of ISIS power cord with Furutech connectors and Gold chassis inlet for my linestage and power amps. For some reason the Audio Note cord doesn't have the same mojo with my phono preamp. I prefer my Ocellia Silver Reference on the phono which curiously has the same Furutech copper AC plug and silver IEC plug that I use on the Audio Note cords. Again the Ocellia needs a Gold chassis inlet to avoid sounding too thin and too bright.

So the bottom line is it's a royal pain to find the best sounding power cord for your equipment especially if you are not willing to try different chassis inlets.

The wall outlet also makes a significant difference. I haven't experimented with them very much. I do have a Furutech GTX-D NCF which I use for the linestage but all my other outlets are still standard builder grade.

The Audio Note ISIS mains cable is available from Hifi Collective in the U.K. I was a little dubious about international orders but Hifi Collective is a quality outfit with excellent service. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.


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