Perfect Path Total Contact Inside a Power Conditioner a good thing?


   I was the happy owner of a Core Power Equi=Core 1200 for the last couple of years and had no intention of replacing it. Well an 1800 modified version came up for sale ( the mod included NCF duplex outlets, upgraded military spec. direct  internal wiring vs daisy-chained low grade wiring and an added NCF IEC inlet ). I thought what the heck I really like the 1200 and wouldnt know what to replace it with unless I spent a lot more money so I bought it. It was a definte upgrade but not earth-shatteriing. The 1200 and 1800 are the same unit expect a bigger transformer inside for a bigger system and/or amp(s).

  After a few weeks I decided to contact Tim Mrock at Perfect Path and see if he was coming out soon with the version of the Gate for us apartment dwellers. Tim said it would be a while as it was kind of on the back burner to some other products he is developing. However, he had seen that I bought the  modded CPT 1800 here on audiogon and offered to let me be the first power condtioner that he would apply Total Contact to a significant portion of the inside. I believe the main things he appied it to were the outside of the transformer, wires and lid....I think. He received  my unit on Friday afternoon and had it back with UPS the following Monday!! Boy was I anxious to get it back. I had applied TC to my connectors and my Vacuum Tubes several months ago and was impressed!

  Well three days later I get it back and put it in my system and listened to it an hour later and a nice difference definitely larger...much higher soundstage and overall better sound. I listened every day over the weekend and by Sunday  I was pretty floored by the increase in performance  of my system. Huge soundstage, imaging very much enhanced and detail like crazy. Noise floor definitely lower with vocals and tonality of instruments becoming more like the real thing. I almost forgot and quite probably the most significant gain for my system is the increase in dynamics. Listening tonight, two weeks later,  everything is definitely getting better. I have certain tracks that I pull out to discern further improvements and tonight they were all markedly better.. I am currently at 16 days after application of the TC by Tim in my 1800 as of writing this. If anyone else has this service done I would recommend giving it 2 or 3 days of settling in before you can really begin to hear what it can do for your system. So basically one week after application of the TC in your unit. Tim says that I can expect the same 30 and 60 day jumps in performance for the TC as was attained after applying it to all the contacts within my system. The increase in performance already in my system is many multiples of the upgrade from the CPT 1200 to the 1800 with all the modifications and the power cord upgrades. I had just upgraded all my power cords quite substantially in my system.  I feel like I spent several thousand dollars more on each of my components and all my cabling! Quite a nice shock it is. I will be trying an E-mat for my breaker box soon. All his products are additive and complimentary per Tim.

  Tim Mrock at Perfect Path is talking about offering  this as a service to owners of certain power conditioners. I have never as happy with anything that I have purchased in audio than this. Price to performance ratio is just off the charts! As a side note. Tim recommends the Core Power 1200/1800 very highly...large transformer used to implement balanced power and nothing else to detract from the sound. I can't recommend this SERVICE any higher!! I would recommend contacting Tim at Perfect Path if you are interested. If you are thinking of upgrading anything in your system please try this on your power conditioner first. You may save some money as you may not want to upgrade anything for awile!

I will try to give updates after 30 and 60 day marks in my system.
tuffy72561
Interesting post.
Sounds like an excellent idea.

@tuffy72561 Thanks Scott, that's really nice of you. Just to be clear,
TC was used only on the connections. 

The unit  was completely stripped down everything was coated several times with the coating used in my other products.

I really had fun with it, enjoy!

Tim Mrock 
My bad. Thanks for the clarification Tim. A few things I forgot to mention, but really significant, was the furthering of what I call a three dimensionality of the overall presentation along with added texture and fleshing out of the sound. My system has gained a more live sound to it....dynamic but not harsh at all! It feels like the the sound improves every several days as best I can tell. If it doesn't improve anymore, but I don't doubt that it will, I am already extremely satisfied with the results!
<3 Timmy just told me your explosion date should be around the end of June. <3 Get prepared. <3 Buy an extra box of tissues. <3 LOL. <3 
^^^
"Explosion date?" OMG!! The naysayers are gonna have fun with this one. *lol*

Tuffy ...

Very nice review. Treating the inside of the power conditioner is a great idea. I did mine completely, including the inside of the lid. There was a significant improvement in overall SQ just as you stated. 

Frank


I tried a conditioner but it had a negative sound stage impact. 
I found that adding two dedicated a/c power runs cleaned things nicely.

My priority is to investigate room correction gear as that seems to produce very apparent results.
@mrs_ppt
I turned my system on tonight and it sounds better again. It seems as though instruments and  vocals are continuing to separate out more from one another and have more solidity and sound more like the real thing. I thought I was starting to hear some sounds or ambience  just to the right of me instead of in front of me?? I can't wait for explosion time....by July 4! Maybe Overture of 1812 time! Lol

@firstnot

   My Core Power Equi=Core 1800 is a not really a power conditioner according to Tim but a balanced  voltage regulator.  I will be putting my Core Power Equi=Core 1200 for sale next week. My stock 1200 easily beat my prior PS Audio Premier Power Plant which I liked.  I am sure Tim could turn the 1200 into a wonderful piece of equipment for someone. 
I just wanted to update that between days 25 and 28 after Tim treated my CPT 1800 the performance of my system jumped up markedly for every day for several days. I figured this must be the 30 day jump in performance I was told to expect. For several days, now at day 37, since day 28 I have noticed no discernible change in system performance. I was told to expect a big jump in performance around the 60 day mark....the explosion date per Mrs_ ppt. Lol

Very very pleased so far.
My final update as I am well past the 60 day mark since having Tim at Perfect Path Technologies apply his magical coating inside my Core Power 1800. All positive at this poi t is an I understatement as the sound of my system has  been elevated well above what I ever thought was possible without major component and speaker upgrades. Everything described in my earlier posts has been greatly enhanced. About the 53 day mark was when things started  changing quite a bit for the better for several days. I figured the expected big 60 day jump came a little early but then I had another nice but not huge increase in system performance a week later and was evsrauc and thought that was about it.
 Then I got another substantial and completely unexpected increase in performance this last weekend again around the 75 day mark. I was quite shocked at the overall coherence, soundstage size (very high, wide and deep now), dynamics, detail, timbre of instruments and beauty of female vocals are all greatly enhanced. Anyhow not to go on too much but this is by far the most worthwhile thing I have ever done to my system!! If anyone is thinking about upgrading any component, cable or speakers in their system I would first recommend having this treatment done to your power conditioner and then just sit back and just wait and enjoy the show!  All I can say is it is shockingly wonderful what this treatment has done to my system!!!