At this price I would look to Blue Circle's Thingee. Cheers
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In your price range there's really no compromise if you use Mapleshade Records power strip/power conditioner accompanied by a Machina Dynamica Flying Saucer (crazy name, great benefit) plugged into the unused adjacent AC wall socket, and a few other unused AC wall sockets in the listening room.
The resulting upgrade is full of life and texture, as well as illuminating fine detail.
Bol1972... can you elaborate on the comparison you did between the Running Springs conditioners and the Fisch Audiotechnik? I am curious what advantages you found in favor of the Fisch. I am in no way questioning your findings, but rather am genuinely curious, as I have not had the opportunity to try a Fisch Audiotechnik piece but found the Running Springs EXTREMELY good in my system.
RF, can you swing a soldering iron?
I have built a number over the years. I can honestly say that with the exception of PS Audio PS300 on some source gear, it will match anything out there ... and it's dead easy to do.
Attached a URL of a very easy filter. Easy as pie, 3 resistors, two inductors, a cheap project box and any hospital grade power cable. Done.
And yeah, I have open a few boutique units. You'd be horrified to see what in them.
Note, I don't know the author of the article nor do I endorse anything on it. I happened to have built similar units with good result. YMMV.
I have owned a number of power conditioners, including the Synergistic Research PowerCell 10SE, Running Springs Haley, and Pi Audio Uber Buss. I always went back to my Balanced Power Technologies CPC with stock power cord. New, it is in your price range.
I thought the Running Springs Haley truncated dynamics and collapsed the soundstage, the SR Power Cell was fatiguing, and the Pi Uber Buss was underwhelming (not bad, but not as good as the CPC.) The CPC seems to eliminate noise, but does nothing to limit dynamics in the slightest and in my setup widened the soundstage.
Now I own an amp that has an internal power conditioner, so have no need for any conditioner. I like BPT so much that I have ordered a maxed out version of their Pure Power Center, which is like a high-end power strip with zero filtering. BPT has been around a long time. The owner Chris Hoff rarely if ever comes out with new models or versions. So BPT does not get the attention he deserves or could drum up if he came out with a new "breakthrough" every 2 or 3 years.
Hi guys, I've been away for a while. Thanks for all the recommendations. I got a great deal on a Dectet, so I went with it. I can't find anything to dislike about it yet, and frankly I haven't had much time to really do a critical evaluation. (I bought a new PWD DAC II at the same time that I bought the Dectet. Ironically, as usual, I haven't had much time to really enjoy either.)
Pauly, I doff my hat to those brave few who build their own electronics.