All product descriptions below are by Dave Stanard of Silver Circle Audio
Pure Power One 5.0SE
I had been wondering how to improve upon the performance of the Pure Power One 5.0 when I received a call from Scot Markwell, manager of Elite AV Distribution, the importer of Furutech products.
He mentioned that Furutech was releasing a new receptacle, the GT-XD series, and he felt they were exceptional. Skip ahead: I tried them, and they were BEYOND exceptional. They are, bar none, the finest receptacles made anywhere. Exceptional receptacles, if you will.
That led to the question: offer the 5.0with a choice of receptacles as an upgrade, or as a wholly new product? The answer lay in several other improvements that we decided to incorporate. We were introduced to HiFi Tuning Fuses, imported into the US by The Cable Company in New Hope, PA. They are far from inexpensive, but they improve the sound immensely. The new unit would use the HiFi Tuning Fuses Supremes!
Then we got to thinking about what else could be upgraded to further improve the sound of the 5.0.
The 10 AWG silver-plated wire we used inside the 5.0s is a fabulous conductor that accurately relays the information fed into and through it. The blocking points or points of restricted power transfer were at the points where silver-plated wire met tin-plated ring terminals or stainless steel jumpers in terminal blocks. We turned to our metal fabricator and had them make up high quality jumpers for the terminal blocks. The jumpers and copper ring terminals went to a metal coatings company here in Houston, for a double-thickness plating of gold.
The Pure Power One 5.0 with all the upgrades mentioned has been designated the "SE," or special edition. And it is indeed, special. Most who have bought it say that it has brought the "giggle factor" back to listening sessions. "It makes the music more organic."
The specs are pretty much the same for the "SE" as the Pure Power One 5.0. The receptacles, gold terminal block jumpers, gold-plated ring terminals, HiFi Tuning Fuses are the internal changes. The front panel of the "SE" is gold anodized aluminum. The dimensions are the same as the Pure Power One 5.0.
Dimensions: 19" x 14" x 8"
Just as the new Furutech GT-XD receptacles helped spawn the Pure Power One5.0SE, the development of Magnetic Innovations' new Wave Stabilizers have helped spawn our new TCHAIK 6. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote 6 symphonies, the sixth of which was also named the "Pathetique."
The third movement of this symphony encompasses all that is great in music: delicate strings and woodwinds, flowing sweeping strings, powerful low brass and percussion. It is the only time I have heard and seen an audience almost burst into cheers at the conclusion of a single movement that was not the finale.
The Wave Stabilizers were developed by Rick Schultz of Magnetic Innovations. Five are installed in the TCHAIK 6:
- two (positive and neutral) on the input side
- two on the output side
- one on common ground to IEC input
When we started experimenting with this new technology, we were astounded at the sonic improvements. It took the Pure Power One 5.0SE to a level we never dreamed possible. This presented the challenge with which we were presented with the Furutech GT-XD receptacles: upgrade, or new product?
This new product includes the following:
- Five (5) Wave Stabilizer modules; 2 on the input (hot and neutral), 2 on the output; 1 on the ground
- An upgraded Vesuvius II power cord - FI-52(R) IEC connector and FI-50M(R) power connector
- Eden Sound TerraStones footers
- Sides constructed of a high density polymer to complement startlingly beautiful looks of the TCHAIK 6
Dimensions: 19" x 14" x 8"
Juice Box One
The Juice Box One is an exceptional product whose genesis stems from recognizing the many serious audiophiles who love the improvement, but cannot afford the cost of our larger isolation transformer-based power conditioners. This product will allow audiophiles on a limited budget to experience high quality power conditioning without the associated high costs. The core of the Juice Box One is a proprietary passive filter. This is housed in a gorgeous box, featuring 3 high-performance receptacles and IEC inlet. This configuration allows the audiophile to provide filtration for up to 6 devices, and focus on your finished product: the sound emanating from your loudspeakers.
The Juice Box One is provided without a power cord to keep price points low. Select the power cord that suits your budget!
10" x 7" x 4"
Vesuvius Power Cord
The volcano, Vesuvius, is a potential force of nature to be feared and admired, and like any volcano, lays dormant until nature calls its power to be unleashed. Once unleashed, the power is beyond the wildest imagining.
The Vesuvius power cord, like a volcano, lays dormant until called upon to unleash the power of your audio system. This power cord is both fast and dynamic. Electricity flows with the absolute minimum of constraints.
The cord is constructed of 14 AWG-OCC Conductor: the PCOCC wire strands are cryogenically treated and have a copper braided shield to help reduce the effects of EMI and RF interference.
Terminations are Furutech FI-11 and FI-11M.
Vesuvius II Power Cord
The Vesuvius II Power Cord is constructed of cryogenically-treated 11 AWG OCC copper conductors. It is cable we specifically chose as a perfect accompaniment to the TCHAIK 6.
Terminations are the Furutech FI-50M and the FI-52 IEC connectors.
This is the power cord supplied with the TCHAIK 6. If you wish to purchase this cord separately, the prices are below.
Vesuvius II Enhanced Power Cord
I had another call from Elite AV Distribution and another superlative product from Furutech.
Here is what they say about this cable:
"This cable uses 3 x 10-gauge conductor bundles of Furutech's Alpha-OFC-NanoTech Copper. Alpha Nano-OFC is one of the best conductors Furutech engineers have found for sound reproduction. The new technology used in the highly specialized manufacturing process of this ultra-high performance power cable combines Furutech's world-renowned Alpha conductors with Furutech's extremely effective signal transmission enhancer, Nano Liquid. Nano Liquid's molecules are so tiny (8 nano-meters in diameter (8/100000mm), they cover the Alpha condutor surface and fill up any concave-convex sections left on the conductor surface during the production process, increasing the electric conduction area and debasing impedance.
The very precise mix of gold and silver super-micro particles and amount of dispersing Squalene oil used on the conductor has great influence on the sound reproduction, and Furutech's engineers settled on their exact ratio of gold to silver particles after careful audition of countless test samples.
The resulting tuned cable offers superb overall balance of qualities that Furutech is known for, allowing you to feel, experience, and communicate with music.
The results are extremely fine resolution, down and through the very low noise floor; improved sound staging and image palpability; a musical, attractive, round mid-range; tight and controlled bass; plus power and dynamics to spare to set your music on fire!"
The Vesuvius II Enhanced power cord is a $1,000 upgrade when purchasing a TCHAIK 6.
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