Agreed. I am not a DIY guy myself but I had Chris VH make me up a couple cables using the Furutech FP-S032N wire and F-11 connectors. With a nominal assembly fee I had a couple great cables that cost sub $400.
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To miller carbon,what I am referring to is Furutech did 100% of the R&D and engineering , I just buy the ultimate in quality. In that respect ,in my vast experiences I find I get= or better then the vast majority of powercords
and cables at 1/4 of the price . Jond, you are correct you can get fantastic quality and value and save a Lot of $$ by avoiding the name brand markup.
I had tried 1500$ Synergistic Power cable 20 years ago.
It had the most effect on DCS Elgar Dac and I had ended up buying that one.
Now I use Synergistic Blue power cables(600$) on Chord Dave Dac
But isolation transformer also helps a lot to improve the sound out of Dac.
You can buy 500 Watt model around 100$ from Amazon.
The nice thing of Amazon is that it is easy to return if you do not like it.
Thus I recommend you to try out isolation transformer before trying out expensive power cables.
I don’t know if shkong 78 is talking about power conditioning, but if he/she is, then I agree. The PC thing is real, but so is conditioning and oft overlooked.
I have always paid attention to this, but was enlightened by how much better the Decware conditioner is as opposed to my Furman IT- Reference 15i.
I’m not claiming the Furman to be a statement piece, just shocked by how much better the Decware was at its job. Power cables cannot filter as such.
Connect only Dac to above and test the difference with or without it.
If it makes noticeable difference, then you can keep it.
Otherwise you can return easily with Amazon.
In my case, it makes subtle but noticeable difference, thus I bought total two of them.
I use one more for CD transport.
I have a Brickwall brand line conditioner ,surge protector and I customized it
better capacitorsand Furutech lead ,and outlets all Copper not cheap brass
like on Hubble ,or hospital grade outlets ,mine uses in part a big inductor.
class B rated in stereophile against a $1500 balanced precision power
andwas on par, for under $300 a steal .
Let me chime in to also highly recommend the isoloation transformer option. Smaller capacity, say 500va ones are very inexpensive (well, at least inexpensive compared to other 'audio tweaks' that abound).
I've picked up a few off ebay, such that I now have my whole system running through several of them. I look for at least 1,000va ratings so i can run amps through them too. The transformer is massive, which i normally find to be a good thing.
Also, I find shielded power cables to be a big plus on digital equipment. I use a Bluesound node streamer, it has an uncommon power input jack. I found a corresponding plug and made a power cable with some shielded 16 gauge cable. A noticeable improvement over the stock cable. After that experiment, i did similar on my Dac and digital eq.
On paper just under 5-9s but much more extensive forging and annealing then 6-9s Copper, .i have Neotech,as well as Oyaide POCC 6-9s Ohno Copper Wire in other power cords I made
the Furutech formula is more refined and detailed sounding ,that being said they have a $450 .much more expensive wire still 3x as much perfoot I have not tried. https://www.vhaudio.com/furutech-fp-tcs21.html