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I use 2 of them and they were certainly an improvement over the stock power cords, especially in bass frequencies and silence.
That said, when I a Cerious Technologies power cord for my amp, I saw the difference between good and better. The Pangea is a very nice quality product for a very fair price.
I use their $20 Copper phosphor bronze outlet and treat the power cord with
the best protectant enhancer out there Stabilant-22 on every part of the outlet
blades and IEC input ,and every connection after cleaning with high quality
isopropyl alcohol 99% preferred protection lasts for over 12 years if you don’t remove plugs ,rcas tip of the day , and btw excellent outlets thst make a sonic improvement and grip very well.
It is always exciting that an Audiogonner will experiment and try an improved wall outlet. They do make a difference and it is worth the effort to remove the contractor's grade outlet that is in your residence
I do think there are much better wall outlets available than Pangea.
I would suggest Synergistic Research Red, Black, or Blue outlets, and the Furutech GTX-R outlets. They are often for sale used here at Audiogon and the Synergistic Research outlets are also sold new with a 30 day return policy. I would not hesitate to buy a used outlet to save money.
Elizabeth here at Audiogon has used and uses many Pangea products. She recently wrote of her positive experiences upgrading to Furutech outlets. Likewise, I have previously discussed Synergistic Research and Furutech outlets.
If you pick from one of these two companies, I think most people will be very happy with the improvement in their system's sound.
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I am a BIG Pangea power cord fan. With a (current) sale on AC14XL I bought six of them last week.
I know nothing about the Pangea duplex, good or bad.
I did buy a pile of Furutech GTX-D this August, some Gold, Some NCF Rhodium. They were on sale. (no longer on sale) To my mind the Furutech claim to fame is designed from scratch, NOT just a gussied up ordinary duplex like most others, and the contacts are pure copper, not bronze or brass. (the pure copper is supported with stainless steel 'springs' around the contacts)
Before the Furutech I used (for many years) and was happy with, plain old Heavy Duty Pass & Seymour duplex.
I tried, as best I can remember the pangea mid-priced outlets a couple years ago. They used non-standard hardware. The screws for the AC cables were too short to grip 12 ga wire, so they would only work if back-wired. The screw for the cover was too big to fit the cover plate. I didn't finish trying to install and returned them for a refund.
To update I bought six more Pangea AC14Xl powercords to cover the whole system. They really are better sounding, and seem to be synergistic with the Furutech Duplex.
I gave away all my first edition AC14SE to the guy who owns my favorite used record store. I am keeping just the AC14SE mk2 Signature for the video stuff. (Plasma picture is already amazing, and I just think 'more' would be not worth it to me, on the plasma TV and DVD players.