Look what i picked up today!

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More pics to come when I get home!

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,332
    Ooh! Aah!
    Cool. :)
    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    Your local HiFi dealer must love you! :)
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    So I have been back and forth for some time now on what to replace my snake oil monster power center with. I read enough to know I got duped back in that day paying full price for this thing but I digress.
    The PS Audio Detect and this Audioquest Niagara were on my list with my budget. Both would require a main power cable upgrade. With my reading on how the AQ has changed many people’s systems, and the feedback of my dealer (shout out to Sound Image in Marietta GA) I settled on this. Along with it I purchased:
    The Thunder 1M power cable
    A NOS Atlas 1.5m cable
    Two NRG<3 0.2m power cables
    I am awaiting the AQ 3 plug adapters so I can use this Atlas cable to power the Linn’s until I can get some more coin and get some Wireworld cables from our friend Skip.
    Anyway, the unit has this polished gunmetal finish to it, beautiful and it comes with a polishing cloth.
    The Thunder cable is a beast and stiff as heck. Managed to get it hooked up and am glad I have the Furitech outlet that was so kindly Karma’d to me from Paul, because it grabbed it beautifully.
    As I type, I am listening to Eric Bibb’s DSD of Spirit and the Blues. The presentation of sound has come forward much further. The voices are coming right out at me between the speakers. The bass has tightened up considerably. The rimshots in Just Keep Goin On are amazing. I’m am going to have fun going through some familiar music as I continue to see the differences. (Already some are huge and some are subtle but this is definitely a huge upgrade)
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    edited October 3
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    That is an insane looking power cable! Very cool!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,317
    Good Gawd, that is one mean looking Power Cable ;)
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    Thanks gentlemen. Listening to Beck - Sea Change now on DSD and the first track The Golden Age is taking my breath away. Was a great track to begin with, but it’s like someone took a filter off and everything has more everything? Does that sound right?
    How does a power strip do that?
    Very happy while confused.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,010
    Gorgeous! Lots of bling factor there! :smile:
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    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    Thanks for your review. B) I'll bet those beautiful additions DO make a great improvement to your system. ;) B)

    Now you need this wiring going to the back of your outlets; :)
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    That AQ Thunder cable got mentioned in Stereophile a few times recently. It seems that everyone who tires it out likes what it brings to the table! It's no surprise that it is performing admirably for you.

    Regarding the Niagara 1000, how did you decide on this particular model? Did your local dealer have a demo set up where you were able to hear the improvement it brings versus a traditional power strip?
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    Clipdat wrote: »
    That AQ Thunder cable got mentioned in Stereophile a few times recently. It seems that everyone who tires it out likes what it brings to the table! It's no surprise that it is performing admirably for you.

    Regarding the Niagara 1000, how did you decide on this particular model? Did your local dealer have a demo set up where you were able to hear the improvement it brings versus a traditional power strip?

    I have two dealers that I trust a lot. One of which I have known for 13 years and both of them swear by the technology in these power devices by AQ.
    I have not done a direct A/B test until I got it home. But I was not worried as when you have a great relationship with a local dealer who you go to ILO online purchases, they will typically let you return items if they do not work for you.
    I went back on forth on the Detect vs this one as that one offered more outlets which would have been more convenient for my application. But it was not as highly reviewed (as it shouldn’t be for half the cost) as the Niagara. All in all I like what this company does in regard to R&D and lots of pro ears seem to like their power products (their higher end stuff anyway)
    Been quite happy with the interconnects and type 4 speaker wire I have acquired so it was an easier pill to swallow. It was a pill too, spent almost $2k today on power products. But I do believe this setup will carry well into further upgrades down the road (which is inevitable)

    On a side note, the Sony tv I have (x900e) is producing some brilliant colors with this thing. The picture has more contrast and pop. Nice little side bonus.
    Some have suggested this might be my first step in going away from 5.1 and just to 2.1. We’ll see because I still love movies.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    joecoulson wrote: »
    On a side note, the Sony tv I have (x900e) is producing some brilliant colors with this thing. The picture has more contrast and pop. Nice little side bonus.

    That's crazy! Crazy awesome.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    edited October 3
    I finally remembered what that cable reminds me of! Culebra cigars!

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    Lol!!
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 480
    joecoulson wrote: »
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    That is a serpent and straight from the devil! Run, don't walk!!! Seriously, that looks really cool...enjoy!
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    edited October 3
    Last song of the night was my new fav reference track : Angus Stone- Draw Your Swords
    All I can say is it was totally worth the coin
    I had the lights off and when Julia Stone was singing the first chorus, the sound seemed to bounce off all four walls as if I was in the space she was singing in. This is the first time I have felt in the middle of music in my system. Such a forward presentation that her voice was in my face! I’m still dumbfounded how a power conditioning unit/cable combo can make such a profound difference. You would think I am selling these, but I’m not. This net gain in sound is equal to the sum of two to three upgrades I have done previous.
    Sorry to keep posting, but dang I’m happy.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,131
    Like I told ya via PM I have seen several very positive reports on the Audioquest Power Components and can't argue with the choice. It's no secret I'm not a fan of the brand but these seem like very legit products and I'll definitely give credit where its due.

    If you keep this up you're going to become an audiophile sanctuary.
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    Cabling: Wireworld
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,580
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I finally remembered what that cable reminds me of! Culebra cigars!

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    Reminds me of a quadrapole in a mass spectrometer.

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,168
    Once people try these higher end power conditioners, the BestBuy stuff is like kids toys. Congrats man, now you know, what you didn't know before. :)
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    tonyb wrote: »
    Once people try these higher end power conditioners, the BestBuy stuff is like kids toys. Congrats man, now you know, what you didn't know before. :)
    Preach
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,657
    Have not tried the new AQ cords but would like to someday. Meanwhile I will bum it with what I got.

    Congrats on the Thunder and the 1000, I like AQ too
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
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    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    Thank You Joey
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 220
    Looks great Joe!
    Yamaha RX-A2070, VTF-2 MK5, S30, Sony BPD-S3200, Technics PD867, Audio-Technica AT-LP60, AudioQuest Type 4 Speaker Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Amp, Sony 65" 900F.
  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,580
    very nice
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    Never been an audioquest fan. I’ve always found you have to dive into their high end offerings for anything to sound good, at the expense of cost vs value. That being said their new power cords are fantastic! And I also own a niagara 5000! I’ve owned a few
    Different high end power strips, power
    Conditioners, balanced power transformers, and a few others, and these new audioquest products sound amazing!
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 959
    Just a quick update, its been almost a month now and every time I listen to music (which this time of year is few and far between with all the kid's activities) this system just pulls me out of reality. I have listened to most of the stuff that I am most familiar with and some new music, and really like the results. It has made me want to leave 5.1 behind and have made the decision to start moving in the 2.1 direction.
    My only hiccup is the amount of connections needed, which really limits my options for a preamp.
    The AQ should be mostly broken in by now and with the system at reference levels, there is no harshness, brittle midrange or any breakup. its definitely helped the Linns get fed all the power they need. One of the nicest additions to the rig I have done.
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