ERS Paper + Nordost Valhalla power cord = No weaknesses
Star grounding and mono block amps
After my PS Audio Gain Cell pre-amp broke I thought it was time to try all those tweaks I was scared to try before because I didn't want to mess up the synergy. I removed all the ERS Paper, removed the ICEpower modules from the GCC-100 amp and put each one on top of Magix levitation feet. Under the Magix I have Solid-tech Feet of Silence for further removal of vibrations.
I also sliced open a couple Nordost Valhalla power cords and did star grounding to a single point ground above the system. The ground wires are stiff so it's like a tent where I can later hang ERS Paper on. I used 55cm length Valhallas plus a 1m Valhalla as ground wire to plug into the wall.
I also replaced the modded 44cm Valhalla interconnect with 27cm Valkyrja speaker wiring because it is easier to hardwire. It's also more neutral with more low-level detail and smoothness.
For my amp, I replaced the 1m Valhalla with a couple 55cm Valhallas, I plugged each mono block amp into their own Isozone of the Premier Power Plant. The difference was similar as plugging them both into a JuiceBar with a Noise Harvester on it. Without the Harvester it sounded edgy and fatiguing, with the Harvester it sounded full and heavy. Removing the Premier Power Plant and plugging everything to the wall sounded fine also, as long as the Harvester was there. I rather spend the money on ERS Paper than a power conditioner, because ERS Paper doesn't have any weaknesses if applied correctly. Wrapping a 1m Valhalla with ERS Paper gave a much bigger difference than wall vs Premier Power Plant.
The low-level detail was surprisingly good even without any ERS Paper. It sounded very open and smooth, I could listen for hours without any fatigue.
Baking with ERS Paper
Since I removed all the ERS Paper I had a lot of small pieces of ERS Paper, I didn't know what to do with them, so I made a Valhalla with toilet paper rolls in 3 layers. The live and neutral signals are inside their own tubes, Tara Labs style.
I didn't think it would take so long to make, minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days. After 12 hours I already started hallucinating, it felt like someone was in my room looking at me. I didn't want to spend the time drinking water because I wanted to finish the cable. I didn't want any toilet breaks either. After a while my vision started getting blurry but since I'm no quitter, I just kept on going to the end. At one point it felt like I was baking rollcake.
It was the first and probably the last time I ever make a cable with 3 layers of ERS. The ERS Paper around my 1m Valhalla power cord costs almost a grand.
I used a dozen toilet paper rolls, cotton thread, packing tape, packing foam, dozens of sheets of ERS Paper.
All the layers of ERS Paper are separated with 1cm, because less than 1cm makes it sound muddy.
I have a 1m Valhalla plugged into the wall that has a single layer of ERS with 2-3 layers around the connectors. I switched to my newly baked triple layer Valhalla with nude connectors. It sounded a little smoother but the difference was very small. I switched back and forth and eventually didn't hear a difference.
Then it was time to compare a nude Valhalla vs my triple layer one. I had nude conductors hardwired into the Toroidal transformer of my DAC1 and the other end was plugged into Premier Power Plant. I replaced it with the triple layer Valhalla and the difference was HUGE. The whole openness flavor had shifted into blackness with more low-level detail, it is scary with new sounds all over the place. Based on previous experiments, the improvements with ERS Paper are cumulative. The more you wrap, the bigger the improvements. After the full system is wrapped and you have a tiny gap somewhere, it is audible.
Next I'm going to wrap my amp.