Ozzy, my thoughts entirely follow what you have said here, save that I had no experience with the PowerCell 10 Standard. My 10SE was good out of the box but much better the second day. Each of the SR power cords also showed a one or two day break in.
I too have unused dedicated circuits.
The 32 amp connector turns to snap into locked position. The lock will be at the top of the plug when locked.
I'm curious if this Powercell will benefit systems that don't have dedicated lines. Also, will it benefit and synergize with other cords not made by Synergistic Research?
Lak,Tbg, thanks and thanks for the PR plug in instructions. Maybe that is what happened, I will check.
Sherod, I am using other power cords with the PowerCell.
My Denon Receiver is using a Virtual Dynamics Rev2 , My DVD player is using a Telwire cord, DVD recorder a Electraglide, Tascam CD recorder a Electraglide Epithany X,
Incidently my TV, Cable Box, DVD recorder,and HD reciever are plugged into a homemade quad outlet box with Teslaplex outlets.
I used 10 gauge wire and placed a IEC connector at the outside of the box.
This quad outlet box is powered by the Zu Mother cable power cord that is then plugged into the PowerCell.
Everything showed an improvement !.
I had the Powercell 10 SE for one week now and here are my initial observations.
The first 3 days were dark and repressed sounding, which was expected from what I heard from others. I went away for the weekend and about a week later, I happen to go home for lunch. I also have been burning in the Powercell 10 SE since I installed it. I put in a very familiar and well recorded CD and pressed play and went for lunch in the kitchen. After the first song, I was drawn back to the room to sit and listen. The Powercell finally opened up... improvements noted so far... the soundstage got bigger and seems to have no limit, instruments are bursting from their exact locations in ultra clear clarity with lots of texture and definition, my midrange presence has improved. The music sounded more involving, more alive. The notes seem to start and stop quicker and become razor sharp. The black background level and separation of left to right is very noticeable and enhance the soundstage.
I assume some more improvements are to come over the next week. I was told I was just about there. Overall, I’m very satisfied and pleased with this power conditioner. The improvements over the PS Audio are just what I was hoping to hear in my system. The reason why I used PS Audio power plant premier was because I didn’t have dedicated lines. PS Audio unit adjusts to a perfect 120 volts and also reduces THD to a very minimum. I was happy to hear when Ted mentioned that he developed and voiced the Powercell not using a dedicated line. Anyway, the Powercell works leaps better than the PS Audio unit. I now understand the concept of not having any transformers or chokes for filtering in the power supply. Instead the Powercell uses an electromagnetic cell. To me, this unit is like using a direct connection to the wall. To my surprise, plugging my integrated amp into the Powercell sounds much better than plugging it directly into the wall. It seems purity has been missing from my system since adding the PPP and I did not realize this until now. If you can afford it and want a pure system that is very alive, give this unit a try. Dedicated lines are not needed for this unit to sound its best.
It seems purity has been missing from my system since adding the PPP and I did not realize this until now
Can you elaborate? Because, to me, purity is the key benefit of the PPP. How does this unit "sound different?"
All the observations in my review was comparing my entire system plugged into a PPP for over a year and changing to a Powercell 10 SE last week. I was amazed at how much more pure my system sounds now. I never thought the PPP was restricting anything until now. All instruments are noticed in a recording. Nothing disappears to the background and is missed. The loudness levels are turned up in a very good way on all sounds. Everything is illuminated and music is very involving and emotional. Also, with the Powercell 10 SE in my system, the bass is louder. I had to re-adjust my subwoofer. The bass on the 1027 BE’s is smoother and transitions much better to the sub. The sub disappears so much as if I hid it and you did not I have one. Drums sound so real. I think this is a hard trick to pull off for any system. The only place I ever heard bass sound so real was at a live event. Go figure. I'm just amazed by this power conditioner. The level of enjoyment I get from my system has increased immensely.
Thanks. What do these puppies cost?
Powercell 6 = $3000
Powercell 10 = $4000
Powercell 10 SE = $5000 but comes standard with a Precision AC power cord with 32-amp locking connector) A separate Precision AC retails for $1800.
The others you will need to buy either a T3 UHO or Precision AC power cord with a 20 amp connector but I think Synergistic offers packaged deals. Not sure of the prices of those.
I'm bookmarking this thread for future reference.
I remember when the buzz was high regarding the Tesla power cords, and everyone was buying them new. Now, they are routinely offered used in the listings, so it's a good opportunity to buy-and-try them.
IMO, patience pays off in high end audio if you're not one who immediately has to have the newest flavor in gear.
Tvad, yes, but what fun is that?
Tbg, I can't argue with one's idea of fun.
Nice review. Can you please tell us a little bit more about difference between Powercells with T3 UHC vs 10 SE with Precision AC cord? I have Powercell 6 with T3UHC and thinking of upgrading to 10SE. Problem is that, in my system on my amp, T3UHC is better than Precision AC cable. T3UHC is more open, warm and natural. Precision is more Hi-fi-ish - but it founds a perfect place on my preamp replacing Hologram A.
What type of power cord are you presently plugging in from your PowerCell 6 to your Amp?
When it comes to Power Conditioners the PR is supposed to be the best.
Using different cords in differnt places is what SR recommends.
I am using a T2 on my Preamp.
I could not compare the T3 UHC or the PR with my Amp.
My amp takes a 15V IEC.
The one that comes with the T3 UHC is a 20A IEC, and the PR powercord that comes with the SE uses a special 32A plug.
I have a Hologram A on my Amp going to the PowerCell 10SE.
Probably getting another T3 cord to use from your Amp to the PowerCell 10SE would still be good.
Thanks for response. I meant ask you about sound difference between first conditioner - regular Powercell with T3UHC that you borrowed from dealer with your new 10SE PR conditioner....
Without the comparison between the 2 Powercell systems the T3 would have been impressive, but once I heard the SE with the PR cord, I knew it was better , at least with my equipment.
The Powercell 10 was very good with the T3 UHC powercord. But, maybe the cord needed more break in time.
The sound was a little too warm compared to the SE PR cord and the soundstage was not as wide open.
Please don't take this statement as meaning the Powercell with the T3 was not an improvement over the 3 dedicated circuits that I was using, it was a big improvement!
Again, I think I read a posting by Ted from SR saying the T3 needs extended break in time.
After maybe a couple of weeks of high current draw the T3 might open up more.
If your system likes that little extra warmth then it would be a good thing.
If you upgrade to a Powercell 10 SE it comes with a Precision AC power cord with a 32-amp connection. To my knowledge Synergistic does not offer a T3 UHO with a 32-amp connector. I guess you can special order one but I dont see why since the Powercell 10 was voiced with the Precision AC. The Precision AC in my system out performed the T3 UHO with frequency extension and its ultra clear and neutral presentation. I suggest putting a Hologram A on your amp, get a T3 for your preamp since you did not like the Hologram A here. This will add back the warmth. What do you have on your source? If you have a CDP, get a Hologram D.
I think you should try this:
Powercell 10 SE - Precision AC
Source - Hologram D (If its a CDP)
Preamp - T3 or Hologram A (Pick the one you prefer)
Amp - Hologram A
Let us know.... Thanks! Joe
Ozzy, Joe thanks for your responses. I think I'll try 10 SE.
Laza, I have not tried any T3s but on my preamp, an H-Cat, I preferred the T2 to the Precision AC.
There is a reason for the Precision AC being used on the PowerCell 10SE. It sounds better, I am told.
I just got the power cell 10se. And it's amazing. My 300bs have always been week on bass and snap. But with the powercell, the amps have far better control, with the benefits of the 300Bs. Huge sound stage, warmer and smoother highs with more resolution across the spectrum. The vocals are jaw dropping. Every instrument delivers pinpointing imaging with distinct spaces between each. The bass and speed is like having top notch solid state amp.
I can honestly say the benefits are better than the upgrades of 16 vintage tubes (amp and preamp) in my system.
If you can afford it its worth every penny and more!!!
My experience auditioning a PowerCell 10 (non-SE, Mark II ?) was a revelation. This power conditioner is a game changer and a quantum leap forward in feeding clean (and, incidentally, balanced AC) power to components.
Like some others, my experience was that even a broken in unit can take a day to settle in. And the tonality and sound-stage of your system will be dramatically changed, but with adjustments these changes are for the better.
At first the sound can be very confusing, I thought it was adding its own synthetic signature. Continued listening revealed this was just my components performing better.
Give it a little while and you'll find incredible silence, extended dynamics and bass, stunning imaging, vast sound stage and greater definition. I also experienced vast improvement in mid-range and treble sweetness, musical flow, detail of inner voice, secondary musical artifacts and detail WITHOUT any added harshness or glare.
The reverb tails are the longest and quietest I've heard IMS and the conditioner seems to contribute an uncanny musical FLOW and CONTINUITY, probably due to lower noise floor.
Removing the PowerCell (and returning to more familiar conditioners) sucked this newly found life, vividness, mid-range clarity, bass definition, depth and space from my system. Other line conditioner now sounded tonally wrong, closed-in . . . one sounded like a blanket dropped over the clarity, excitement and musicality of the PowerCell.
As 'due diligence' before purchasing (a pair of Power Cell 4 SE's actually) I will audition some others (Shunyata, Audience, etc). Even with my limited experience with line conditioners (Bybee mostly), this GAME CHANGING technology that's a magnitude beyond competitors, in my humble opinion.
Recording engineer, broadcaster and second-generation audiophile
Amp: Solid State Class A 140w (by Jeff Wells)
Pre: Allnic L-300 triode
DAC: Modified Music Hall (by Jeff Wells)
CD/SACD: Denon DCD-100 Anniversary
Speakers: Triangle Antal Anniversary
Cabling: misc incl. Nordost, JPS, Tel-wire, Wells audio AC
Dradjazz, I'm confused by your post. The current SR Powercell is the 10 SE MkIII and I don't see any evidence of a non-SE Powercell 10. I have not heard the MkIII, but the MkII was striking.
I'm just going by what the dealer told me, and now not sure exactly which model I had. I was told it was not the latest/greatest . . . and it lacked the tuning bullets. Still, the results were outstanding!