Have not heard the Kaptovator but the FIM PC is a better PC than fatboy or KC. See power cord comparison.
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The Kaptovator is an exceptional power cord when used on amplifiers and is competitive with the bestavailable. I'd be extremely suspicious of anyone trying to steer you in a particular direction. Words like "best" and better than xyz are quite worthless without a whole bunch of system and listening context. There seems to be an awful lot of covert promotion occurring at this site, IMO. Stewart at Weekend Environments carries ElectraGlide and Shunyata power cords. Audio Artistry carries FIM, and Galen Carol Audio carries JPS and Shunyata power cords. I would recommend you audition all that you can procure for trial without risk. All those dealers should be willing to provide those PC's at minimal expense other than shipping. Take your time in selecting what you will own and you will never spend your money unwisely. There is no such thing as a "best" power cord for any application. There are system, component and listener dependent variables that you must take into account. These product hawkers seem to be disregarding that, and merely are telling you what to buy. The only way to know what is best for you is to listen for yourself. If you would like contact information for any of the aforementioned dealers, feel free to contact me.
Samuels advice is how I came to my conclusions. I listened to every PC that came my way. I have not heard Fatboy or King Cobra better FIM pcs in any area. I have made comparisons in 3 systems. Each system had different electronics. When ever the FIM replaced KC or FB, FIM sounded best. Excellent advice Samuel, I am glad I used it.
The point of the matter Mr Brulee, the point that I'm trying to make regarding power line components, is that it is best that each individual do their own exploring and come to their own conclusions.. Do you have the same frame of reference as the person asking the question? The same tastes? The same equipment? Based on what I've seen and heard, the FIM is worthy of an audition in it's price range. I've seen elsewhere, that the FIM was not the first choice among those cables...Are the people that do not find as you do simply deluded? Or, less astute listeners? I don't think so. I've evaluated, reviewed or owned over 40 different power-line products, from that I learned that chhosing a reference for ones system is a very personal journey. Mr Nex has a good group of recommended PC's to choose from, why shouldn't he do his own listening and come to his own conclusions? Isn't that the whole point of our hobby? What's to be lost in that? Why are you pushing the FIM so hard?
Samuel's advice is solid. I couldn't agree more. So far as the dealers noted, I personally have dealt with Galen Carol and found him quite informative, fair and willing to give a 5 day in home trial before you decide. I really like the way he conducts his business. I haven't listened to everything out there but I do sometimes raise an eyebrow when I see certain of the same individuals tout a product in one thread after the next. It may be enthusiam or it may be something more. Listen with your own ears. Also no need to spend more than is required. Why does more expensive always have to equate to "better", I don't believe it is always so.
Samuel, I agree with you. I have been a KC owner and thought it was going to be a long time before another PC came along that could better it. Maybe my enthusiam has got the best of me. The FIM pc is about $1000 less than KC and IMO is a much better PC. The only motive I have is to spread the word on what I think is the finest PC made. I have made comparisons and all I am doing is telling others of what I heard. I thought that was what this forum was about. Of course you should do comparisons for yourself, I think that goes without saying. Tubegroover, I am an audiophile who is just trying to help. I have nothing to do with FIM. I will not apologize for my enthusiam of FIM. I do apologize if I came on too strong. I got this way when I heard my first SET amp. I understand some of the raised eyebrows. I will in future posts, remember your constuctive criticisms and take them for what they are worth. I do not have the communication skills that many of you have but I am learning.
To all of the above- I think that there are certain assumptions (dangerous, I know) that can be made about individuals that are truly interested in "expensive" high-end products. Namely, they have already learned that buying without listening can be very expensive and unfulfilling. Also, don't believe everything you read, whether it's in a glossy mag or in a forum. If the conversation dealt with components at the cost-effective end of the spectrum, then one could assume that more cautious recommendations be given because the individual asking the question(s) may very well be a less experienced audiophile. I have been at fault at not prefacing every forum response with warnings about buying without listening. To do so would be tedious and, eventually, unproductive as the warnings would be glossed over if they appeared in every response. This is just human nature- get to the good stuff quickly. A bit of a cynical attitude is quite healthy in this hobby/addiction of ours. However, to suggest that an enthusiastic recommendation only comes from an overt act based somehow on personal gain is beyond cynical. If you feel it necessary to offer some cautious words of advice, all who read them will benefit. To respond, as was done here, suggesting that an individual may have some ulterior motive, was more than "heavy handed". Each response by a member must be presumed to have come from personal experience. If you are in doubt, simply asking the individual's point of reference should be sufficient to help clarify the position. To immediately assume that the individual is out to "con" or mislead others for personal gain only because they've recommended a product xyz (rather than your favorite abc component possibly?) serves very little purpose. Again, I resoundingly agree with the recommendation to listen to any product before you buy. I agree that a bit of skepticism is wise and even healthy in this hobby. Let your own ears be the final judge! At the same time, lets maintain a civil, if not friendly, discourse even when we may disagree. Just my .02
I must assume you're referring to my post. I made no such nefarious suggestion, I merely asked a question. The member Brulee's response was reasonable and I accept it at face value, I appreciate his candor. My comments were also referenced on his post in another thread that "xyz is the best in every application". I'm sorry, but if he can promote that notion, why should I be restrained from opininig that that is NOT true in a civil manner? Moreover, your ("rather than your favorite abc possibly?")comment is IMO more insinuating and provocative than anything I wrote above. Since I rarely, if ever see anything but "favorites" promotion here, I thought a few words of caution were in order. I can recount hundreds of "buy because it's popular" incidents that I've seen and heard about. The convenience and cost cutting internet shopping boards often make impulse buying irresistable, I was interested in cautioning against such methods of purchase with PC's. Having money, or buying luxury priced products does NOT necessarily mean the purchaser is wise or free of impulse, as you seem to intimate. I really don't get your "heavy handed" comment or "beyond cynical". I see none of that in this thread, if you do, be specific. I'm a little taken aback by your comments, they seem to me to be extreme given the circumstances and reasonable exchanges above.
Mr. Samuel- As you will note, I did NOT intend to single you out in my previous response as you weren't the only participant on this thread. It was the general tenor of the responses that caused my retort. If I read more into the comments than intended, I will apologize. However, since you did respond to my general criticism, I will offer specifically what I found disturbing. First, you were the one who claimed that there was "covert promotion" occurring at this site. Your general style of questions in the next response ended with an accusatory sentence that I could not help but infer that you believed that the person in question, Brulee, might have some other than honest reason to recommend a particular product. This suggestion was then furthered by a subsequent respondent. As I'm sure that you can understand, this type of -shall I use a word as strong as ATTACK- of another's character based solely on supposition is quite distasteful - as you obviously found my non-specific reference to "product abc?". This was a completely non-specific comment and I regret that you found it to be so personal. In contrast, imagine what Brulee, and anyone else reading this thread, might have inferred from the very personal insinuation levied in the thread. Again, if I read too much into the responses or insulted you personally, I do apologize.
jc tubes wrote: >>>As I'm sure that you can understand, this type of -shall I use a word as strong as ATTACK- of another's character based solely on supposition is quite distasteful<<< ...ATTACK on his character??? You're really on safari with that term jc... I said: "Why are you pushing FIM so hard?" How do you get anything but a question out of that? Given Brulee's somewhat promotional comments above, his failure to answer the original question, and even stronger(and imo reckless) comments elsewhere, my question was no where near out of line. Brulee took no offense and accepted some responsibility for making comments that could be misconstrued as promotion. He both answered my question and sent me a commiserative e-mail on the matter. You appear to be the only one crying foul here. No I wasn't the least offended by anything you had to say on the matter, I merely pointed out that you were doing the exact same thing that you accused me of. I was amused by the gravity you were attaching to a situation that was clearly not what you were claiming and did not involve you. Asking direct questions about someones motivation is NOT attacking or questioning character, I was asking for information. Is there covert promotion occurring at this site? After viewing all the boards and looking at various responses, my answer is, ABSOLUTELY! You can't possibly be naive enough to believe this site is free from it? If I see something that looks questionable, it is within the bounds of reason to question it, or ask for background. Again, I accepted Brulee's explanation at face value and commended him for owning his comments. So, the matter seemed resolved for everyone... but you. I have every right to comment and ask questions within the bounds of interpersonal decorum here. There's far too much of the "this is best" exchanges and soundbytes of info on this forum, and that rarely gets pointed out. No, I don't believe excess context and "IMO" statements are always warranted or needed, but the complete opposite of that appears to occur here quite often. Unequivocal statements of one products superiority to another in all applications is not in the best interests of people seeking hobby information. I have just as much right to express that opinion as people have to make their "This is the best ever" comments...It's about balance jc, and I felt that this, and some other threads here, lack it.
It's all very well being full of enthusiasm for a product, but, as Samuel said, statements such as 'product x bests products y and z in all areas' are meaningless, if not dubious. Reviewing hi-fi components is a difficult business and IMO the biggest constraint on any view expressed is not factual (other system components, room, ac supply, etc) but neurological, i.e. the manner in which the brain of the reviewer interprets the data supplied by his/her auditory system. The appreciation of music could be said to involve three elements: genetics (how innately musical we are); upbringing (the music we were exposed to as children), and metaphysics (the ability of music to transcend time and space in the mind of the listener). If the reviewer is a well-known musician or personal friend, then we MAY be in a position to judge on the first two elements and hence decide how relevant the review's contents are to us. If this is not the case, then how are we to make such a judgement? Personally, I value a reviewer's opinions more if the musical examples (assuming there are any) he/she cites suggest similar tastes and if a genuine love of music is apparent in the text. (Some critics talk in very general terms, e.g. lows/mids/highs, transparency, soundstaging, classical/rock/jazz, etc, without ever discussing how their ENGAGEMENT with the music was affected.) Of course, forums such as this are generally not the place for such a considered approach, so, in the interests of balance, I'll end by saying that I found the FIM Gold speaker cable to sound warm and slow (I haven't heard the power cord) and that I listen mostly to jazz and modern classical.