So far, the air filter sounds terrific! ;-)
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UPDATE: Although I won't reach 200 hours burn-in time until Monday, I am at the five-day mark and thought I'd do a little experiment. I used the Hydra 2 to power my Fender Hot Rod DeVille 410 and damned if there wasn't a difference! It wasn't necessarily better or worse, just different, and I'd be hard-pressed to explain what the difference was. Maybe it was like someone adjusted the amp tone controls. I played a Les Paul and a Charvel Sand Dimas and the effect was more pronounced on the Charvel. In fact I'd say the Les Paul sounded a little more like it "should" without the Hydra, but the Charvel sound kinda nice with the Hydra.
So now I HAVE to try the Hydra and the stereo and see if there are any differences there. I'll follow up soon.
My listening session on the stereo was cut short by a chatty woman who is frequently in my house.
During this brief trial, it was difficult to remember exactly how anything sounded after unplugging the amp, reconnecting it to a different power source, and letting it do its warm-up routine, so results were inconclusive.
Will continue Monday after work and after the 200 hours are up.
I got in about 30 minutes of dedicated listening last night. I used CSN's debut LP and some rock (Zeppelin & Police) and jazz (Diana Krall) CDs.
I'm not sure what I heard. It may have been my imagination, but sometimes the space between the notes MAY have seemed quieter and more realistic. Maybe the quiet spaces were more relaxed. I did prefer the Hydra config ever so slightly with Diana Krall, the Police, and CSN. The Zeppelin may have sounded nicer without the Hydra.
But I'm not sure. Right now I've only got the integrated amp plugged into it. I'll have to experiment with that second outlet it provides too.
Right now I'd be hard-pressed to recommend a product whose impact is so slight that I'm not sure if it even has any impact.
I should mention I use Georgia Power in a suburb of Atlanta. Maybe it's a good waveform to begin with. (Minus the frequent computer-accessory destroying surges.)
I'll give it a few more weeks then post a final review.
The omnipresent chatty woman I mentioned earlier reminded me I didn't get the Hydra to improve the sound. I got it to protect my expensive amplifier. So as long as it doesn't degrade the sound, it's (presumably) doing its job.
It is definitely not degrading the sound. There may be some improvement, but it's extremely difficult to define.
So I'm going to keep it. It will prove its worth if it ever saves my amp from an electrical anomaly like lightning. Of course I'll never know if it works; I'll only know if it fails.
I hope to read of others' experience with this product, since my own review wasn't real conclusive.