It's called hype, and strikes often in audio
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Might be break in. The fact that you have to turn it up a notch or two usually indicates less noise, therefore you're sensing you're not hearing as much-a good thing in this case. I'd hold off for a few weeks before you switch.
I don't use DeOxit, but if it says to wipe it off...you should.
My outlets took several weeks to sound best, however, they were dramactically better the first minute I played them...
You might want to try other brands, I went through 3 before I found what was best in my system...
My system went the opposite way after installing cryo'd ACME's. The noise floor was reduced in an immediately apparent way. I don't know what happened in your case. One audiophile I respect checked out a number of after-market outlets, and ACME was the best in his estimation. I am so pleased with my own results that I personally wouldn't bother trying another brand.
Check the connection to the outlet. You may have loose connections, reversed polarity or damaged wire ends. Overtightening the wire at the screw could damage the ends, or cause them to detach from the screw. If you used the quick-connects at the back of the outlet instead of the screws, that could do it also. The quick connects should never be used for #12 wire. Too high a voltage drop.
All this will cause a higher voltage drop - which would cause the symptoms you mention.
All above posters bring up some good points. From my past experience with various cryo’d outlets I’d say the Acme Silver Plated Cryo’d outlet needs to break in for about three more weeks on a refrigerator or freezer. At that point I’d bet it would sound pretty dramatic when incorporated back into your system.
We are an Acme Audio Labs Dealer. Please note the following instructions. You will love it once it "burns in."
Using ACME Products
Greater sonic and visual benefits are realized with each additional outlet replaced with a Acme outlet on the audio/video AC circuit.
All electronic components go through a process of break-in. Current flow through the components results in changing sound quality as the materials involved settle in. This process takes approximately 30 days (720 hours) of usage for the Acme products. It is important to evaluate the benefits of our products only after this process is complete.
I had never considered putting the outlet on a refrig.. That is a clever idea, Lak. I will do that with another ACME. Then, I will swap them in a couple of weeks. Brian, I guess I will be making a trip to Ace. Thanks. Dedicated Audio, thanks for posting the instructions. My ACMEs did not come with any instructions - just a box with a little paper diagram taped to it. So, those are helpful.