Great Review ! I had similar experiences. For such a reasonable price, it made a big improvement in my setup. Well worth it.
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I tried the FIM last year. Couldn't stand them in my system. I gave it a few hundred hours but the dynamics were constricted and dull compared to the PS Audio power ports I had before recently trying Albert's ports. I have ordered 6 more to modify my PS Audio Juice bar.
Give the Porter ports a demo, you might prefer 'em.
Brooks, Porter Ports are not isolated ground but you may achieve the same results by using a non conductive outlet box.
There are many threads at Audiogon where users have compared Porter Ports (and preferred them) over other brands. You can begin here:
If that is not enough information, go to forum threads and enter Porter Ports in the search engine.
We are in the middle of redoing our listening room with the help of Rives Audio. We just pulled new 20A lines on 10AWG Romex, terminated with Albert's Porter Ports installed in non conductive boxes. Porter Ports are the "real deal" and just might be one of the best bang for the buck tweaks you can do. The difference is immediate and not subtle.
I finally installed my "Porter Ports" yesterday and have to say that I'm very impressed with them. Immediately, I noticed a darker, blacker soundstage with higher definition and clarity around each instrument. The focus is very tight now, much better than with my prior FIM ports.
On digital masters of solo acoustic guitar, the guitar now has a much fuller and deeper sound, you hear more of the wood resonances, just as I'd remembered at the recording event. There is much that I hadn't heard within the recording that was always there, but limited by my previous recept's. Did I tthink that Albert's "Porter Ports" would make this much difference? No, but I'm glad that I'd tried them.
I had Albert's receptacles in my system for only 15 minutes before I was calling him, telling him how much I liked them. Albert also mentioned that there is about an 250 hour break in period. So far, I'm into it just 4 1/2 days, so I have a ways to go.
I've used Nippon wire in the past and it was horrible during break in, the Porter Ports still sound fine, although not quite as good as they did when they were first installed. The funny thing is, they sound better than my previously used recept's during the break in period. It's crazy.
I'm going to ask Albert if he will cryo some 240 VAC recept's for my amps next. I'll give my impressions of Albert's Porter Ports after the 250 hours.
Thanks Brian. I look forward to your impressions after the full break-in. Most good receptacles,including the Porter Ports, have a strange metamorphosis during their break-in period(very similar to the break-in characteristics of interconnects and power cords).Up to about 100 hours they go through a roller coaster ride. Smooth one day,pinched- sounding the next,rolled off highs and bass the next,etc.( while still sounding somewhat musical) until they suddenly emerge as that beautiful and free butterfly. It's a very trying period during this break-in period, but well worth the patience taken. It's sad, but some people(myself included)have given up before with cable and outlet trials after frustration,not realizing that time is required for the metamorphosis period.Have fun and enjoy. Keep us posted.
I now have 12 days on my Porter Ports, having a draw on the receptacles the whole time. All I can say is WOW. Albert is really onto something here. Is it because they are non-plated? Is it the cryo treating? Or the combo of both? I don't know, and at Albert's price, I don't have to. He has obviosly done his homework.
What do I notice? Much, much more detail. On my live digital masters, I now hear details that I didn't even notice at the event. On one recording there are 3 harmonizing young female singers, far left plays a Fender Rhoades and the other two accoustic guitars. I'm hearing details within the guitars that I'd missed before, even a short quiet baby cry that wasn't heard before. With detail like this, it would make mixing/mastering much easier.
I also notice a very black background around each vocalist and instrument, with extreme focus. Everything is less edgy, more natural sounding, and has less digital traits on digital playback. Playback of my analog master tapes is insane!
I'm not rying to write ad space for Albert, so I'll stop. I'm just say that I'm very happy with my Porter Ports. Great job, Albert. Hopefully he'll make some 240 VAC recepts for me.
That's great, Brian. The reasons for the good sonics are all of the above. The Porter Port is the sum of all its parts. You will continue to hear subtle improvements for the next few days, perhaps even up to a month. I'm glad you're enjoying yours. I sure am mine. Happy listening. And thank you again Albert.
I had not posted before about my experience with the Porter ports. I really liked the difference they made for me and it was a rewarding experience. What I thought was so funny was that, I have this light for cleaning records and seeing what I am doing in the turntable arena and I left it plugged in so that I could tell when I had the circuit shut off. Then after I finished the job, I flipped the circuit back on. When I came back the room was filled with this bright light like someone had put a spotlight in there. It was this same little lamp, but it was intensly brighter than before. So, it works on more than just audio!