Hi Jadem6, curious as to why you decided not tied both you Plinius amps to The Hydra? If you have, what were the results? Thanks
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Hi Norm, before I installed my second dedicated circuit I did have the two Plinius amps, the Placette pre-amp and the Sony SCD-1 running through the Hydra. The result of removing the Plinius from the Hydra was very slight and mostly focused in the bass. The bass is not quite as defined and tight with the Hydra. It may be a bit deeper (maybe) with the Hydra but the focus and tonal quality was limited. The other area of change was in pace. The speed and tempo are better without the Hydra. I'm running the Plinius through a Wattgate outlet and I'm assuming this has helped to balance the two.
One thing to remember with amps, they tend to be least effected by power conditioner due to the large transformers used in power amps.
I just heard the Elrod last week when a friend brought one by to test. It's very promising, doing a number of things in the high frequencies better than my NBS Statements. The cord had only about 35 hours on it so my final judgement will have to wait untill next time he comes by. The bass was less developed and less focused with the Elrod, and the PRAT was lacking some. My friend was told the bass is the last to "come in" as it's conditioned. The PRAT is a concern but not so much that if the bass does develope I might take your recommendation. Remembering that the NBS can be found for $500 often used and the Elrod is $1500 I will need to see more first.
I have a HYDRA and recently bought an Elrod ESP 3 Signature for a good price on Audiogon;I felt lucky that I was able to buy it as I was looking for one since I bought the Hydra six months ago.The Elrod definetaly did make a big positive differience and I'm now happy twice over.My reason for E-mailing you is to ask some advice.I just bougt a Chang Lightspeed MK II 1000,not sure if that is the correct model name.I run my Theta Casablanca II,my Theta DVD/CD Transport,my Fanfare Tunner,And a Yamaha 2300 SACD/DVD Audio/DVD Player through my HYdra.I run my HD RPTV,my Sony HDTV Reciever,my Aerial Sub-woofer through my Lightspeed.In your oppinion should I sell the Lightspeed and buy another Hydra.I bought the Lightspeed for the Digital Inputs and for it's passive conditioning abilities;anything in my house with a transformer hums.I'd really appreciate your oppinion.Thanks Ambrose.
Hi Ambrose, sorry it took me so long to comment. I've been working on my house and have not had the computer hooked up do to the dust.
Before anything I'd try to find a solution to your hum problems. It may require an electrician to look at your main wiring. Once this is solved (I suspect a poor grounding system) you might try a second Hydra or the Stealth. I have heard great things about the Stealth but have not tried it myself.
I recently got an Elrod for my Sony and an Anaconda for my Hydra. This has tamed the system somewhat, making it less edgy (although it wasn't edgy to begin with) and less electronic sounding. A very nice upgrade, but not if I had paid full price.
Hi! Although, in time, your power conditioner experience will prove useful to me, at the moment I am looking at a couple of preamps and thought you might be able to help me in that regard. One I am considering is the Aloia 11.01 inductive preamp, which are going used for what appears to be very attractive prices- $1100 or so. I can't find any reviews of this preamp, and wonder what your experience is? Right now, I am using a Sonic Frontiers SFL-1 tube pre into Acurus ss power amp into Soliloquy 5.3s. Thanks, Ben