Thanks for sharing. I am currently plugged entirely into the wall. I was thinking of trying a PST-8D at some point as that seems like the cheapest conditioner with a couple isolated areas.
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"........should I trade rawness and bloom for technical perfection?" Who says you have to choose? Keep all the cables and go with your mood, or the flavor you prefer, with the musical genre being served. Since your system is responding so well to those cable changes, try some better fuses next(don’t forget the Khartago rail fuses). Frankly; now that you know your ears/brain can hear/perceive, spend a bit more money on your cables(PCs, interconnects and speaker) and you’ll find the best of both presentations, is also possible(plus). Never stop experimenting/learning. Happy listening!
Now, zip strips, ect... aren’t really designed for Audio. They use transformers to filter the 120vac from your home outlet. Except it’s actually compressing it, so you actually loose sound quality. This what you were hearing when changing things around. The best purifiers/ ac conditions only remove the noise from the AC without disturbing it, Thus keeping all the sound quality left intact. Blacker blacks, more clarity, better detail. more air, bigger stage presents.
Erik thanks for the input, I still trying to get more time and A/B to see what I like, and I found the basic power cable you recommend to fall short when compared to AC-9. I do have an elite 15 unit coming it, and I would have at lease tried all the power gear you have recommended.
@ gudebrodaudio might be correct that what I might be hearing is compression at some level. Because I do have to turn the volume slightly up for the same dynamics.
When it is straight from the a generic strip there is defiantly some harshness and glare, while being on all the conditioning there is some compression.
After about a few days of listening to it, I think I need to move up stream.
The furman 8, elite 15, and the ifi power purifier all makes my system sound compressed. With these entry level gear the gains always come at a cost.
I've read good things about purepower 2000 and torus rm20 units. Might need to look into those.