Have you tried a Shunyata Venom 3? Much better cord than anything in the Pangea line, IMHO.
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The Se is different. I bought a few of them, swapped them all over my system. found I liked the AC9SE on my Furman REF20i conditioner, hated it on the PS Audio Conditioner. OK on theamp, but better on my preamp and the regular AC9 on my amp wit the one on the pre...
So no, they are not just straightforward.. AC9 AC9SE more AC9. nope.
So all in all i would say the Pangea AC9SE are a 'try them to see' sort of cord.
Where I would recommend the Pangea AC9 to anyone trying an aftermarket cord for the first time. The AC9SE is a far more specialized beast.
I like it, but it took a lot of fooling around to find the best locations.
So the Pangea AC9SE is more like other high end powercords.. you have to experiment, and it can be a big reward. OR, it can suck.
I was suprised what a big upgrade it was onthe Furman. and also suprised how it sucked on the PS Audio..
Just added an ac-9 to the quintet, another ac-9 to my amp from the quintet, a 14se from the quintet to my dac and another ac 14se from the quintet to my welborne power supply for my wadia 170i. Those are all of the power cords in my system as my lightspeed attenuator runs off a battery pack. I must say that my initial impressions are that my system sounds quite a bit better. More detail, clearer highsand mids, deeper wider soundstage and quite a bit more bass; also perhaps faster with faster attack. Whoever says power cords don't make a difference is full of poop and either can't hear or hasn't tried.