This is an incredible power cord for digital or power
carbon fiber shell Copper connectors , deep Cryoed
Bests cables at 2x+ the price . Triode Wire Labs
it really brings out the low level details and great controlled detail.
and working on getting another ,and I have had many $$ cables .
How can one justify a power cord that cost just as much as the component?
When one upgrades the wire and it improves the sound at least as much as when one upgrades the components the wire is connected to, and for about the same cost, what more justification does one need?
I sense ulterior motives. Or, dare I say it, justifications?
“When one upgrades the wire and it improves the sound at least as much as when one upgrades the components the wire is connected to, and for about the same cost, what more justification does one need?”
You’re so full of it...mc. Do you ever go back and read your posts? Since you don’t own Node 2i, your explanation (justification) is utterly out of context.
I own Vault2 and a $500 power cord on this type of component is total waste of money.
Considering Wireworld Mini-Electra, Cullen C-7, and Voodoo Vision Digital Cable for Vault 2. Already use Wireworld Starlight 7 ethernet cable from wall port to Vault. Vault plugs into Furman PFI20 power conditioner. Rest of system is described in my profile. One concern is that Voodoo cable might be so heavy/stiff that it pulls Vault off shelf or raises one end. Curious to get thoughts of group.
Built my own and very happy with it. Purchased all parts from VH Audio.
Shielded Twisted Pair (12 AWG X 2) $10.99 per foot.
Furutech F11-M (CU) $48.99
Furutech FI-8N C7 $56.99
I’ll take a picture and add it to my system if you want to see how it looks. One could add some tech-flex to dress it up but I like the way the raw cable looks so left alone.
Just noticed I used the gold plated plug.
Furutech F11-M N1
I installed the Wireworld Aurora mini on my Node 2i and am very pleased after 4 hours of listening.
Lower noise floor, so better audibility of the quietest parts of the music. Even things like the mechanical noises of piano pedals. I can hear the tube noise in some older recordings that was not previously audible.
Cleaner reproduction of all frequencies and better separation of instruments.
Very impressive improvement in bass definition and low end extension.
The C7 connector is not polarized, so you can plug it into the Node two different ways. I found a big difference in the sound of the two directions.
I'll report back if there are any changes after a week or so of use.
I’m using the iFi SPDIF iPurifier as well between Node2i and dac. I have an upgraded Swagman Labs LPS and the sound from the streamer is so much better than a stock Node. Spacious soundstage, black background, more detail with smoothness in the highs.
A very worthwhile upgrade in addition to an aftermarket C7.
Another option to consider is getting a good quality C7 adapter; this gives you lots more choices for the cable.
I just recently sold my full sized DAC for an RME ADI 2 which uses C7 and then started looking for C7 cables and my list pretty much matched what everyone else has mentioned above. I then questioned myself why I wanted to buy yet another powercord when my Shunyata Alpha Digital cable was now sitting idle so I purchased a Cryo Treated C7 C14 Adapter from Take Five Audio and am using it with the Shunyata and RME with fine results.
@buschmann, the reclocking by the iFi sure helps reduce jitter, but not all SPDIF cables are created equal.
The design, construction, length all contribute to sonic differences in cables; eg, soundstaging, dynamics, fast attack, etc. I've tried several cables with my CDP and Node2i running through the iPurifier, each was different.
So I guess I'm saying you get many benefits using the iFi by reducing jitter resulting in a smoother, more dynamic sound. So the cable probably is less important. So I went for the cable that sounded the best for my system.
Thanks to lowrider57's comments above, I decided to try out alternative data cables between the Node and my DAC. As I stated above, my original cable was a good quality conventional 75 ohm coaxial cable.
I installed a pretty radical SPDIF cable made by Mad Scientist Audio using carbon fiber for the center conductor. It made a dramatic improvement in the sound. Much more of an improvement than the previously upgraded power cable. The sound was better resolved, bass and treble were extended, and transients were crisper. I'm surprised to find such a change when the iFi is supposed to be regenerating a "perfect" SPDIF signal to the DAC.
I then decided to try an optical cable for something completely different. I installed a Van Den Hul Optocoupler II, and found that at first listen it's a small increment better than the coaxial with carbon fiber and iFi. I'll need a little more listening time before coming to any conclusion.
The Node, streaming Tidal HiFi or High Res files off a USB stick, seems to be capable of really good sound when cables are optimized. It's already my best quality source of music, and it's not fully tweaked yet.