Review Purist Audio Limited Edit. 2013 powercable

My first encounter with Purist Audio was in the beginning of 2006. I was looking for a powercable for my Modified Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Power which I ownned in the past. I did test many powercables, but they all did not give me the sound I was looking for. I am in this business since 1998. I did test hundreds of cables in all price ranges. That time I owned the Nautilus 800S. I wanted a powercable which would give me more drive and definition in the lowest freq. Mid freq. which would be more open and clear. Wider and deeper soundstage. And a sharp individual focus with good black between voices and instruments. With this in mind I had email contact with some people here at audiogon. They tested also many powercables and they had one thing in common. Most of them just bought Purist Audio and discribed the properties were I was looking for. I even phoned with Purist Audio. The nicest people I ever phoned with in this business. They were so polite and could answere all my questions with great knowledge about cables and audio. Wenn I received the cable it did even more than I hoped for. Many of my friends and clients bought Purist Audio powercables after they lend my powercable.

In the begining of this year I was looking for new powercable for my Pass Labs X250.5. I will use this poweramp for the time being. Later I will go back to the XA100.5 which I owned before or I will update to X600.5.
After some time I decided to go for The Purist Audio Limited Edition. I live in the Netherlands and the cable had to go back to Purist Audio for 220v use. Jim Aud was very kind to adapt it for 220v use. I was amazed about the quality. So what does it make this special......

the first word I will use is complete. It is more complete than most other power cables. Complete means that is has more talents/properties.

the best articulation I ever heard from the music I played hundreds of times. All the words endings during singing. You can hear the endings of a s, t f etc so clear. You even can hear the breathing of people also more clear than ever before. I hear even flaws during singing I never heard before of recordings I listend hundreds of times.

A sharp individual focus of all instruments and voices. it is more easy to point out were instuments and voices are standing during listening. I can focus on an instrument or voice during listening. Voices and instruments are have the right proportion. I learned during listening to live music by one of my best friends how small in dimension voices and instruments are. Many powercables give too big dimensions of instruments and voices.

The soundstage becomes wider and deeper. This gives you a much better separation of instruments and voices.

More 3d, cause of the extra air en openness of this cable instruments and voices become more round.

better definition of the lowest freq. It goes deeper and I can hear more layers of the low freq. For example a bassdrum is more tight and touchable.

mid freq. are the most important part in music because here happens the most on recordings. Wenn you use a powercable of Purist Audio this part opens up more than I ever heared with other brands. Even 2nd and 3th voices on recordings are more easy to hear and point out.

soundrealism of instruments and voices improve more to a realistic sound. Since the LE Powercable I listen a lot more to classical music again.

more black between voices and instruments. This makes the soundstage more stable and touchable. Cause of this extra authority it gives you the feeling you are using a more powered amp.

speed and timing improved a lot. It sounds like recordings are played faster than before. It makes the music more rhythmic. I never stamped with my feet so often. Another example is Diana Krall. It sounds like she is playing more rhythmic.

In the high freg. this cable is very open, but sharp edges are gone. You also hear this in the lowest freq. It sound more dynamic and smooth.

in resolution there is also a big improvement. You hear more details. During live recordings you hear easily more acoustic information of space. This makes the stage deeper and wider of course.

The overwhole sound has a lot more authority. Wenn you play at very high volumes sound never becomes harsh or loosing control in the low freq. You can play louder than you normally could without any stress.

This is a really special powercable what brings my system to a much higher level. Cause of the many talents it owns the influence is bigger than most other brands can do. So is it worth the money. I can say yess. For what it does in my system it is even a bargain. Why? because now I have a better and more complete sound with the Pass Labs X250.5 then what I had with my Pass Labs XA100.5 which costs double of the X250.5. This cable adds new properties/ talents which were not there before!
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Nice review, I would like to try a purist cable sometime, but not in the budget right now
Thanks, Aqueous is a winner too. I still have 2 of these as well. For the money the Aqueous is the best for poweramp's I heard sofar. I tested a lot in this price range
Nice review Bo1972!
your listening impressions are an excellent argument for the cable/cord skeptics out there. I have been one of the biggest proponents on the subject on why cables/cords matter in every system.

Happy Listening!
good review!good to see you back!
Wenn the Valhalla powercord came out, it was so special. For some time I could live of the selling of these powercabels. It was superior to all other powercables. I did a test with a cd player of 2000,- euro with a Valhalla powercord. And a cd player of 5000,- euro with our most sold powercable of 100,- euro. In a blind test all clients chose for the first option. Mannnnnn I had a lot of fun with it. The same I did with sacd and dvd-a. I bought the same albums on sacd and dvd-a. In these blind auditions all clients prefer DVD-A. They thought this would be sacd.I always say: it is as it is. I am only interested in the best and in the truth.
Another example of a very convincing cable is the Audioquest Dimaond hdmi. The image of my Samsung PS64D8000 plasma becomes a lot sharper and more 3d. What impressed me most is that black becomes more black. I never thought a hdmi cable could do this. In sound there happens even more. Best individual focus I heard from an hdmi cable sofar. The realism in sound is exeptional good. Stage is wide and deep. Every part you judge a cable for is there. And all these parts are at a high level.
@ Bo1972,did you see the thread,why are we going 300 or more directions?,another scientist that thinks cables are irrevelant!LOL!
People have already an opinion before they tested a cable. The things I write are based on tests. Not all people have the knowledge how to test. Many of these people say things which are not based on anything. Wenn I do not know a cable, I cannot say anything about it. It is as it is!
good point Bo1972!,what does this a/c cable you have retail for again?thanks Bo.cheers!
In the US prices are lower than in Europe. You should be happy to life here.
ok.give me the retail in euros and I will convert it to u.s. dollars.cheers!
I am in na lucky position, you never can judge me right. 1 metre Audioquest Diamond costs overhere: e 1095,-
Bo1972,I will find out what the purist audio a/c cable you reviewed here cost on my own,thankyou for tring to understand!Cheers!
Ask Albert Porter.
I do have à KILLER...for you Bo1972..and you CAN take the full bénéfit of the équipement plugged with guys know it ..!!..JPS alluminata the best Isn't it,have à try ..comper it to wich ever you like and if by chance you CAN have à second hand just go for it...and then let me know your tought .That´s what i own.
thanks for the info. I have seen this brand for a couple of times in articles. In europe here it is not a known company. Could be something.....