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In Reply to: What AC & IEC plugs for Lapp DIY cable - Furutech or Oyiade or something cheaper? posted by gordan on April 16, 2007 at 15:38:21:
The Furutech FI-11M(Cu) AC plug and Furutech FI-11(Ag) IEC connector are a safe bet, and the best sounding lower-cost audio quality AC connectors, IME. All power cord cables I've ever terminated with that particular set of AC connectors have performed fine & well. However, a set of Oyaide AC connectors will provide higher performance albeit at a higher price point. Depending on your system, what component, and what your particular listening taste is will determine which model Oyaide AC connectors to select.
My system is pretty neutral although relatively modest as an entry step to the high end sound. ATC 20A active speakers, EAR 864 preamp, Avondale Audio modded Arcam Alpha 5 CDP, with VdH The Second and MC Gold cables around. It's transparent, fast, dynamic, tonally rich and relatively uncoloured and it should stay as it is in this matter.
What seems to be a problem is that obviously there are combinations of different wall plugs and IECs - like you recommended a Furutech Cu plug and an Ag IEC connector. How do you come to this kind of combos? With Oyaide it's even more complicated - how do you choose what connector you put where. I think it would be too much for me to try all the possible combinations of 039, 046 and 079 connectors. If this makes life easier, I need them for the following components:
- 2 MOSFET monoblocks
- 1 valve preamp
As I said neutrality is a goal but as the system is on a neutral side already, it is also important that we don't "sleep" it in too much towards clinical. A musicality should be enhanced although I wouldn't love to go towards darker sound.
The Furutech FI-11 set would perhaps be ideal for your needs based on your particular power cable selection. If you require a Schuko AC plug, choose a Furutech FI-E11(Cu) instead of a Furutech FI-11M(Cu). AC outlet and AC connector combos are often found to be complementary/synergistic through hands on (and ears perked) experimentation, and tend to gain a good reputation by word of mouth when a number of listeners agree on common findings. The popular Furutech FI-11M(Cu)/FI-11(Ag) AC connector combo blends the FI-11M(Cu)'s copper warmth and musicality with the FI-11(Ag)'s more neutral and analytical presentation. This is an example of the nature of synergy (do a search to find out why many folks like the pairing). The combo offers a rather balanced sound that avoids sins of commission in favor of more forgivable sins of omission, as a set of Oyaide AC connectors will tend to offer higher performance listening cues in comparison. Although an oversimplified Oyaide tip: If you desire a more streamlined, speedier sonic signature go with a set of palladium Oyaide 046's, if you desire a richer sounding tonal bloom from top-to-bottom go with a set of gold Oyaide 079's (do a search to find out why some folks choose one model over the other). Another option is to select both models and try swapping 046 & 079 terminated power cords between components to find satisfactory synergy. For example: an 079 terminated power cord for a preamp and an 046 terminated power cord for a CDP, or vise versa, etc.
I have 5 or 6 power cables now, and none of them have matching male & female plugs....just couldn't muster the ability to get matching Oyaide stuff.
I would add though that the matching of the male plug to the outlet its plugged into is key, and that the female IEC plug should be matched to the IEC inlet on your gear...in a perfect world. PLUS, both male & female should be the same quality.
That said, i have several of the Furu 11 series Cu + Ag combos. for the $, that combo can't be beat IMO & IME. Spend $60 more and get an Oyaide male plug (or a Furu FI-25 series) and you will be rewarded.
Now, i don't think its a good idea to match an expesive male plug with a $5 female plug...not at all. keep both plugs of the same quality, but they don't necessarily have to match at this stage.
If you are comfortable assmebling your own, its easy to mix & match for difft flavors or results.
I would recommend the use of AET PSE-018HR AC & PSE-320HR IEC plugs and also you can also consider the IeGO pure silver AC & IEC plugs (the only pure silver plugs in the world) which are among the best in the market and they are cheap when compared with their competitors from Oyiade or Furutech.
I bought them from Hong Kong when I was on vacation there. I mail ordered the IeGO plugs from there as well.
Most high end power cords use US style AC plugs in Hong Kong as they can accommodate larger diameter of cables. And as far as I know AET only does US style AC and IEC plugs which are, extremely well built and finished, in the Furutech territory. At the moment I am using a power filter which can take both US and UK plugs but I have to be careful about the orientations of the pins.
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