The Puritan Ultimate power cord is about 1/10 of the price
of the Nordost Valhalla power cord. ( I have verified from a Puritan
It seemed at first sight they are not in the same league.
What is the ´´ upgraded ´´ feature all about?
I am a bit septical about your take on them vs the Nordost.
I would be glad if you were right though .
I also just replaced a shunyata denali and shunyata power cord with a puritan 156. The cord that came with the 156 is a small little cloth covered cord, which is their standard Puritan power cord.
Well, the Puritan stuff was clearly more detailed and musical sounding than my shunyata. I also switched up the power cords putting the Shunyata on the Puritan, but again the little Puritan cord was better. The music was clearer sounding, not just detail, but everything was clearer. The bass line sustains were more perceptible with better rhythm, and I could hear the micro dynamics were improved as well. I just called to order the Puritan Ultimate cord to replace the stock cord. I can't believe that this little cord is supplying all the power in my system, and I am paranoid that it is too little, so I am ordering the Ultimate cord. But yes, the Puritan is better in my system.
whitch modele of Shunyata power cord ? SIGMA NR V2 ?
I understand that ´´ upgraded ´´ in the OP post was in replacement to the stock Puritan cable that comes with the 156.
upgrade meant to replace the stock puritan cord ("classic") with their "ultimate" cord.
I have ordered one ´´ Ultimate ´´
I am looking forward to test it with my LuminX1 .
It will replace a PS Audio AC5
May I ask how much for their 20 amp upgrade Ultimate power cord?
(anyone knows the differences between model 136 and 156, please share.)
I would think if their marketing dresses them on a much nicer, more attractive housing like Jeff Rowland- price would be significantly increased.
From their website:
Entry into our elite Studio Master range starts with the PSM136. 39 filtration elements progressively coax noise out from the power cycle. DC offset correction is standard and each of the 6 x 15 Amp outputs incorporates its own dedicated filter section guaranteeing not only pristine power but avoiding connected components cross-contaminating each other.
When only the very best will do. The crowning achievement of all of our research: the PSM156 Studio Master. 58 filter elements incrementally remove harmful noise from the mains supply but leaving the full force and power intact. The filter sections individual to each 15 Amp output station seen on the PSM136 are doubled in efficiency further improving the sound from each connected component and providing twice the prevention of cross contamination. Also available in a 12 outlet version PSM1512.
Their site has a retail price list:http://www.puritanaudiolabs.com/buying/retail-price-list/
Last year I had electrical upgrades to the tune of 10k done to my home , using a power line noise analyzer the Ac noise was horrendous everywhere through out my home.
Just prior to the work done I had bought a Puritan 136 on a 30 day home trial money refunded to replace a Ac regenerator that did nothing .
Using a line analyzer plugged into the 136 the numbers dropped significantly which translated into a lower noise floor of course with my front end components plugged into the conditioner. Finally something that actually works .
Anyway I kept putting off the electrical work then finally having it done my family noticed better picture clarity on their TVs and I noticed a much more coherent and far more enjoyable improvement in playback sound quality across the board .
Finally speaking of sources of noise Craig you should seriously consider dumping your Mac for a dedicated server / streamer the upgrade in sound quality will really make you wonder why you used your computer for such a use , the leap in sound quality will amaze you ...
Thanks for the interesting post. Also using Nordost V2 as my power cable. I would appreciate some help with a couple of questions:
1. Did you buy direst from Puritan, or from a distributor, and if so are you in the U.S?
2. Does Puritan have a trial period?
I am in the US (Virginia).
I purchased from a local dealer. He let me take the 156 and the cables home for a week and do comparisons. I imagine most of their dealers and distributors would do the same.
There is a list of distributors on their website.
Their web site list the US distributor as:
Pro Audio Ltd.
Thanks for your response. I am checking with Pro Audio, the distributor in Chicago.
How much do you want for the QB4? Those work best when connected to the QX4. Not much of story on its own.
I recently purchased the PSM156
with the Classic Plus power cord.
Do you have any feedback on the
ultimate power cord?
My unit came with the ultimate power cord which compared extremely favorably with a Nordost Valhalla. However, I was not able to compare the ultimate and the classic cords. I would be interested in whether the upgrade is sonically worthwhile.
I have replaced , both , the power cord and the umbilical DC cord
of my Lumin at the same time. So I do not know , the proportion
of improvement related to each one.
I’ve just replaced a Shunyata Alpha nr. Power cord with the Puritan Ultimate with very positive results on a Audio Research CD9. The Ultimate is quite a step up from the Classic.
I have a full Shunyata Sigma v2 loom this Puritan Ultimate has my intrest
I have the Puritan PSM156 which came with the Classic 20A cord.
I upgraded to the Ultimate 20A cord.
Big improvement! Better more realistic bass, more relaxed sound, good treble and midrange, higher rez. It’s a big change though -- if you like the Classic cord on your PSM156 you may want to audition before purchasing -- may be too thick sounding for some systems.