Synergistic Research Atmosphere Power Cords.
For those who have been following the SR Red and Black fuse
thread in the Amp & Preamp forum, it goes without saying that I loved the
way they transitioned my audio system. What I thought was a highly resolving
system has been transformed into a system that has been improved in every way
... drastically. For many of us, me
included, our music collection and the playback system is a labor of love. I've been working on mine for over 40 years
After I got into the SR fuses, I started watching SR's
youtube video demos. In watching the videos and reading their literature, I discovered that their new
power cords used the same technology as their fuses. That got me to thinking
... if a one and a quarter inch fuse could make such an improvement in the
system, what could a five-foot power cord do?
I decided to find out.
Four of the new Synergistic Atmosphere Series level 3 AC
cords arrived at the house.
When they arrived, I unpacked them right away and was totally
impressed with the build quality and materials used. More beautiful than the
pictures depict. A shame no one is going
to see them because they are behind my equipment rack out of sight. But it sure
is an indication of the builder/designer's pride of workmanship. My first thought was ... Wow, if they sound
half as good as they look, they should be great. With most things in this
hobby, I've acquired a wait and see attitude.
I removed my old PCs and installed the SR's right away (of
course). They were replacing two
different brands of custom PCs. I had found
through the years that this combination of PCs to beat anything else I tried,
especially in terms of musicality and digging down into the organic sound of
real instruments. Two were built by the
Music Advancement Company (MAC) in Oregon.
The other two were custom built by David Magnan, a very respectable
cable builder and a fine gentleman. Those who know Dave's cables know what I
mean. Throughout the years, I've had the
privilege of using most of Magnan's work from his speaker cables, ICs and PC's.
They are exceptional. So, this gives you
an idea of what I'm comparing these new SR cables to.
After installation, I warmed the system up, adjusted the bias on the amp and sat down for
an initial evaluation. What I heard
right off the bat was an overall improvement in the areas we really like ...
bigger , wider, deeper soundstage. More transparency. Far less grain .. in what
I thought was a grain-less system. I thought the SR fuses had finally bought me
to a grain free audio Utopia. Ha ...
silly me. That's the good part.
Now, for the rub: The
SR PC's, right out of the box, were doing exactly what the SR Black fuses did
and that was to introduce a hard edge, especially on strings. There was an
overall degradation in musicality and emotional connection to the music as a
result. The reason? The PCs , like the
fuses, need at least 100 hours of break-in before they really come to life. Like
the fuses, I could hear the promise of these PCs right off, but man, new out of
the box, again like the fuses, things just weren't "right." It reminded me of when I first fired up the
new ARC REF-75se. It took 500 hours for
the caps in that amp to finally come around full tilt.
So, as these new SR PCs break in, I'm going to chronicle the
experience in this thread all the way from new to tatal break-in. From what I've heard so far, they offer
great promise, trouncing my old PCs in so many ways. Now let's see what they
can do musically as they break in.
Stay tuned ...