I have had the opportunity to hear these in a friends system of which I am very familiar with, there too replacing top Shunyata gear. The results were very similar to your own findings. Solo vocals and piano were reproduced with absolute clarity, yet with an incredibly smooth and natural presentation. Mid to low bass had improved extension, decay and texture. I was able to look (hear?) much deeper into the recordings than before. The biggest surprise, to me at least, is that the Jena PC revealed shortcomings not previoulsy known to exist. That revelation plus my own listening experiences leave me nearly amazed at the improvements realized.
I have always found Jena Labs net site to be confusing and poorly done. I don't believe the Model One Fundamental power cord is even mentioned. Can I ask where you got your information on this cord and where they were purchased? Thanks!
These are new cords and obviously haven't made it onto the website. Try Chambersaudio.com for further info.
And I was in error on my guesstimates, the box is 6"X4"X2" and located 2 ft from the plug. Light weight cords and flexible.
Nice review, Mark, even if you're hesitant to call it a review. There's not much more I can add to your and Dan's comments other than that, in my system, they made the biggest difference with the VR-9s. The bass just exploded, but without becoming sloppy or overbearing, and the noise floor seemed to drop even further. I thought, at best, that I was going to get a marginal (though probably still significant) improvement when plugging them into the speakers. Boy, was I surprised. Dan will hopefully make his way over to my place this weekend, and he'll either prove me a sage or a lunatic--or a little bit of both. :) Again, nice write-up, Mark.
Andy, I'll see you this weekend to take a listen to the additional Jena PCs on your VR9s. I just have not yet had a chance to call yet. Oh and I'm going with lunatic for now:)
$1800 for 15 amp and I think $1900 for 20 amp. I think they are standard 6 ft in length. Not inexpensive, but better than other cords I have tried that are more expensive, and when you factor in they have a built in Fundamental Power Conditioner, actually quite a good bang for the buck. They truly made a surprisingly significant improvement in my system, and I have paid a good degree of attention to power prior to this given the differences good, clean power has made in my experience.
Just to confirm, you are using them direct to the wall (with dedicated lines)? Have you tried them in the Jena Labs Fundamental Power (3.1 or 6.1?) and if so, what was the result? Thanks for all the info by the way.
I'm using them direct to the wall. 10g romex dedicated lines to each component and cryo'd Jena outlets. I have not tried them with the Fundamental Power.
I spent a few hours experimenting with them with and without the Fundamental 6.1. I had to go back for the first few times, because the differences weren't obvious initially, but after a few times of swapping cables I think I have a hold on it. In my experience, the sound was slightly cleaner, clearer, more detailed, and more focused with the cords for the EMM gear plugged into the 6.1. With the cords plugged straight into the wall, the sound MIGHT have been a tad more open, but it simply wasn't worth the tradeoff in clarity, detail, and, transparency. FWIW, Jennifer, head designer at Jena, recommended plugging the cords into the Fundamental conditioner (if you have one), as this setup yields double the filtration and suffers no dynamic compression.
Thanks for the follow up Hooper. I was concerned that too much of a good thing may indeed compress the sound.
Now, only have to wonder whether to order the 20 amp cord that comes with it with the filter as well!!!
No problem, Pires. Good luck in your search!
Has anyone noticed breakin with the cords?
We are finding that right out of the box, they make a huge difference. After 50 hours or so, the sound seems to open up even more.
The reports are consistent with all those using the Fundamental Power One's.
I've been using similar power conditioners for the last 5 years. The Foundation Research LC-1s and LC-2s.
As far as I'm concerned there ain't no substitution for a well-engineered passive and dedicated line conditioner. They just make sense. And I can't imagine listening to any system without such line conditioning.
I've seen one of these new JL line conditioners and they look nice but have yet to hear one. Congratulations to Jena Labs on their new product.
"I've been using similar power conditioners for the last 5 years. The Foundation Research LC-1s and LC-2s."
The concept of an integrated power cord and conditioner is not new, in fact it was pioneered almost 10 years ago by Foundation Research with their line of LCs; the LC1 and LC2.
Have any of you compared the Jena one PC to the Epiphany X PC?
Was the Jena One still an improvement?
Thanks in advance.