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Just finished making one of Chris VenHaus power cable recepies (#1) for my Ayre QB9 DA converter and WOW, what a difference it has made to the sound.
I used to suffer from an uningaging sound presentation that was on the bright and edgy side with limited sound stage width. Basically, the sound was just not musical.
This I could not fix with interconnects or anything else I tried until now.
The VH power cord is not even broken in yet and the sound is already incredibly musical, engaging and much more dynamic. The bright edge has completely gone and is replaced with a fuller sweeter and more balanced sound. I hear A LOT MORE detail and decay in the background that was completely masked before and the sound stage has practically doubled in size.
Amazing considering I changed nothing else in my system and considering that I am useing the cheapest plugs available. I am using the Wattage Economy IEC plug and a standard grade (Australian ) power plug (can't get these in HiFi grade). Basically, all the improvement is due to the VH cable.
Chris, you are a LEGEND my friend.
Changing to VH Audio power cords and Hotboxes was one of the biggest and most fundamental changes I've made in my system. I kicked myself for not trying power cord upgrades sooner. For consistently large soundstage size (width/depth/height) and clarity as well as dynamics these are terrific bang for you buck.
BTW Furutech does offer an Australian style male ac plug - though it is expensive. Personally, I've found the US style outlets/plugs to offer better grip and sound quality.
Thank you very much Paul, you have an amazing system.
I gather you are from Australia too, what state are you in?
I am from Sydney.
Hi Gaby, I'm in central Victoria.
I should mention that US style sockets are not approved for local use....but the good ones are far better built than common local stuff (standard HPM/Clipsal aus sockets are a joke IMO).
Hello again Paul,
I have been studying your post and noticed that with the Bob Crump "Asylum" power cable you made, you connected the drain at the wall plug end.
Is there any reason why you connected the drain at the wall plug end as opposed to the IEC plug end? (Chris VH connects the drain at the other end, ie at the IEC end, for his equivalent Flavor#1 design)
Also, any reason why you did not follow the original Bob Crump "Asylum" recipe where the drain is connected at both ends of the power cable?
Any idea which is supposed to be the "ideal" end to connect the drain to? Surely connecting it at both ends risks introducing ground loops so it has to be one end or the other, but which one and why??
Thanks in advance for any helpful feedback.
Any thoughts anyone??
My thoughts are you are on the right path Gaby.
When I fumbled across this I was completely taken by surprise changing out my stock Classe amp cord for a Black Sand Silver Reference and a Black Sand Statement One for my stock Richard Gray RGPC 400 line conditioner. The sonic upgrade was more than I had ever anticipated having only previous experience swapping IC's and speaker cables. Oddly enough, it doesn't sound as good when I change cords the with each other. I guess it's what they refer to as synergy.
If it sounds good it is
I think I am stuck with the Aussy plug because I am also using a Thor power conditioner and stabilizer and it's box (power strip) of course is made for Australian plugs. Very hard if not impossible to modify that.
In any case I have found that the cable itself seems to make the main difference in the sound. I am guessing that the receptacles are important but probably come second to the cable itself in terms of sound impact.
Right now I have reached a stage where I am confusing myself. Finding the best PC cable for my DAC was easy but I just can't quite decide which cable sounds better on my Pre amp and the rest of the system. Too may changes at once, need to slow down and give the cables a chance to burn in I suppose.
Thanks again for your feedback.
Many folks (myself included) find that various AC connectors and AC outlets can make a huge impact on the presentation of just about any power cord, so I would opine that the two aspects are equal but different. Overall, it would be a pity to obtain a stellar power cable that's terminated with mundane AC connectors, which is then plugged into a mundane AC outlet. Conversely, if one could not (or would not) upgrade a stock power cord, re-terminating the power cord with even the best AC connectors/AC outlet configuration would be a worthwhile thing to do, but certainly not an optimized upgrade path...
Thank you Duster,
My plan is to upgrade all the parts that are within my sphere of influence. Sadly certain things are outside my control and I will just have to optimize around them.
I follow your threads and contributions on the forum Duster and greatly appreciate your input.
"I used to suffer from an uningaging sound presentation that was on the bright and edgy side with limited sound stage width."
What cord were you using?
The standard one that came supplied with the device.
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