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Help Reconfiguring a VansEvers Power Line Conditioner with Upgraded AC Receptacles

I'm considering pressing back into service a VansEvers Model 85 (four-duplex) power line conditioner. I first became aware of these following Mike VansEvers's DIY article in an issue of Sound Practices. And I remember his commercial units being highly regarded -- at least back in the '90s. I've been using a Furutech e-TP60 power distributor for the last decade. But, some initial experiments with this VansEvers unit, along with a Custom Power Cord Company Super Power Block, have been positive (if not determinative). Is it worth trying to upgrade the Model 85 in order to improve my power situation -- which includes three million neighbors (population of Brooklyn), a laundromat on the first floor of my apartment building, and a subway station in the basement? POWER HELL from an audio perspective (but pretty appealing from a social perspective considering my fiancee lives here and doesn't want to move). I do have a 20-amp dedicated line and recently-upgraded 70-amp (I think) breaker panel -- great landlord. Still, I'm hugely embarrassed to admit these dire circumstances to some of you guys with your backyard powerplants! :) Perhaps I need to take much more drastic measures and look into a power regenerator, battery options, etc.

Anyway! My Model 85 is completely stock, and I'm wondering about upgrade possibilities. I have some unused Oyaide SWO receptacles lying around, and I figure it would be an easy swap. That is, assuming the Oyaides would be an upgrade to whatever is currently there -- some sort of cryo-treated hospital-grade duplexes, I believe?

Specifically, I have one cryo-treated SWO-XXX Ultimo and two non-cryo-treated SWO-DX receptacles ... and would consider picking up a fourth (Oyaide or other?) to replace the four VansEvers duplexes. To further complicate things, those duplexes are configured for -- and labeled -- "Amplifiers" x 1; "Analog" x 1; and "Digital/Video" x 2. I guess my question boils down to: is it obvious which Oyaide SWO receptacle should be assigned to which PLC "function"? I'm also curious what should fill the fourth slot (whatever/wherever that happens to be) -- Oyaide SWO or something else?

All this said, I'm resigned to the fact that these receptacles may not be an ideal match with this PLC and/or the rest of my system. But, they're what I've got on-hand, and I'd like to put them to use.

If it's a good idea to go to this level of detail, components are in my profile, and power cords are as follows...

Amp and pre-amp: Flavor 2 with FI-25 (G) both ends
Turntable motor: Flavor 4 with FI-32 (R) IEC and FI-11 (Cu) male AC
Phono pre-amp: generic captive power cord with 2-prong male AC (which I'd like to improve upon)
DAC: Flavor 1 with C-046 and P-079 (coming soon)
Transport: captive power cord with 3-prong male AC (which I'd like to improve upon)
Subwoofer: FMS SineWave 62 (which I need for its low-profile Schurter IEC connector)

Ultimately, everything will plug into a Furutech GTX-D (G) AC wall receptacle via a Flavor 4 with FI-25 (G) both ends.

I'll also get around to replacing the IEC inlet on the VansEvers unit, I suppose. But, that's probably down the line. I'd like to replace these receptacles first.

THANKS for thoughts, suggestions, advice...

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Topic - Help Reconfiguring a VansEvers Power Line Conditioner with Upgraded AC Receptacles - Jim Hodgson 10:20:58 02/03/17 (9)


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