Thanks for the review. I always wanted to hear the differeneces betweent he Elrods, Shunyatas and the NBS cables.
Yes, thank you for this. Now I would like to know why the Elrod signature II affected the Sony and the Statement did not "distinguish" itself there. Maybe David knows. The other big surprise was that the statement was not a big step over the signature on the amp. I wonder if that would hold true of a different perhaps high current power hungry amp (you know your basic class A bazillion watt space heater). I thank you again for this report and would love it if it could be taken a step further to test with a few different amps and perhaps some other sources and pre-amps. The other thing I really want to know someday is if you have very good power, such as balanced power via equi-tech, or regenerated power (and LOTS of it), how much a difference the great power cords make. I did a balanced power system and found that the power cords made a very slight difference once I did that, not nearly as significant as when I used them out of regular outlets.
I also have a Modwright Sony. It is the 999es with the Absolute Truth mods and a few other improvements.
I can use the Elrod statement 2, Elrod 3 sig, or a King Cobra V2 at the moment. I prefer the statement 2 on the Sony by a wide margin. I use 24 plastic tie wraps my electricians provided me to help hold the power cord in place when attached to the Sony. The tie wraps bind to the rack.
I have a classic Hydra with Anaconda vx or a Taipan, and SA Linestages, but for the Sony, I have been using a SA Linestage with Elrod 3 sig to some Alan Kafton receptacles. I really was thinking about A/B the two power conditioners now that you have posted. I might want to jump over to use the Porter Ports receptacles that I have not been using in the wall.
I am pretty much a mainstream product user and I am happy with any of the Elrod cords. I use SS and not tubes, so my results might vary from your system.
Thanks for the comparison. Of course, retail price on power cords is merely 'bragging rights' among manufacturers. We all know that these things don't cost that much. I won't divulge how much one can purchase Elrod Statement cables, but suffice it to say that it is not $2700. Even Electraglide cables are openly being sold new for 1/3 their retail price. And if someone ever paid $4500 for a cable, then audiofool is the appropriate term.
I have found the Elrod Statement to be extremely detailed from top to bottom, but it is particularly striking in the bass. At the same time, the music is compelling and proportions are appropriate and not at all fatiguing. I think it has a good combination of detail with 'warmth', although I shun the use that term. I did a comparison on the amps against stock cords, and the Statements did not 'blow one away', but their contribution to the presentation was clearly palpable. On my DAC, the result was more striking, and it had the so-called 'synergistic effect'.
So I'd be curious as to which cords you will be keeping. I have found that A/B comparisons can be difficult, and sometimes it is more obvious when you take away a component after listening to it for a number of weeks. I wonder if the more expensive cords are doing something that is subtle on A/B comparison because there are so many elements to listen to, but will become more appreciable as time goes on. Please keep us updated on your findings. I'd find it interesting if you kept the Statement on your CD player for a week or so, and then had a listen to the Essence ESP, which seems to be a good value in your system.