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post #16 of 65
Hell, I wouldn't trust anyone named Igor. Unless you were in the market for a laboratory assistant or something.

- Chris
post #17 of 65
Photos of Empowered cord, give you some idea of flexiblity and details for 6ft cord:

Empowered 1

Empowered 2

Empowered 3
post #18 of 65
Thanks as usual for the photos DA. They look like some extremely flexible cords. Especially compared to the VD stuff.

Any idea on when you're gonna post some thoughts on them?? We're here and waiting.
post #19 of 65
I too am interested in your impressions.
post #20 of 65
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Originally posted by ServinginEcuador
Thanks as usual for the photos DA. They look like some extremely flexible cords. Especially compared to the VD stuff.

Any idea on when you're gonna post some thoughts on them?? We're here and waiting.
I plan on doing serious listening this weekend with 1st cord and then adding 2nd cord a few days later. I do my listening with full 2 channel stereo system for evaluation of cables.
post #21 of 65
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Originally posted by DarkAngel
I plan on doing serious listening this weekend with 1st cord and then adding 2nd cord a few days later. I do my listening with full 2 channel stereo system for evaluation of cables.
Thanks for the update DA. I eagerly await your appraisal of the new power cables to ehar how they stack up in your system to get a second opinion on how they work, plus how they work in a full-sized speaker rig.
post #22 of 65
Well, had mine for a week now...and as Sean Connery says in his latest film LXG, "I'm waiting to be impressed!"

If anybody else wants to take my Empower for a spin for $200, give me a PM.
post #23 of 65
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Originally posted by Vertigo-1
Well, had mine for a week now...and as Sean Connery says in his latest film LXG, "I'm waiting to be impressed!"

If anybody else wants to take my Empower for a spin for $200, give me a PM.
Does this mean you prefer the Zu Mother vs Empowered?

Can you give a brief summary of your impressions.
post #24 of 65
I too would like a more in-depth summary of your opinion. There are certain characteristics that I am looking for. To some people, those characteristics may or may not be desirable, so if I can get a feel for how a cable sounds in general, it will help me a lot. Thanks.
post #25 of 65
Thread Starter 
The cord does take a bit to break in... After the first day, the next few days were not that great and builds from there. How long can also depend on the draw as well.

Vert, would be interested to hear what you did or did not like about them vs the Zu Mother.
post #26 of 65
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Originally posted by radrd
Great review. It sounds like the K Works is very similar to the Venhaus 1 that I tried some time ago. It also confirms that the VD line probably is the best way to go for me, as my headphones tend towards the bright/detailed end of the spectrum.
The VD Audition cord you now have is slightly on the warm side of nuetral and gives a very rich warm presentation. The VD Nite is faster and more detailed and closer to neutral presentation.

The Zu Mother is on the bright side of neutral and gives lean fast sound with more treble energy, matches well with systems that are too rich/soft sounding, but can push some systems too far and become bright sounding with several cords.

I just bought a couple of the new Signal Cable Digital AC cords which are lighter/more flexible vs Magic AC cords, $55 for 5ft but haven't listened to yet since I have many cables here for audition.

Signal Cable Digital AC Cord

I suspect from AC's description the Empowered cord falls between the Zu Mother and VD Nite as far as bright/warm sound spectrum, but you never know how cords react to different gear so hard to make anything but very general impressions.
post #27 of 65

Is there no end to cable upgrading?

DarkAngel, ServinginEcuador,

I see my old friends are at it again. Just can't seem to quit that cable upgrading thing, can you?

It's nice to see both of you are still at it. Two of my absolute favorite Head-Fi guys. I can't wait to hear more about this cable. I'd love to have something that is more flexible and can be used with my guitar amps.

DarkAngel, do you have the latest Nite interconects?

Oh yeah, since I taked with you guys last I finally took the final plunge and bought the Nite speaker cables so now I am fully dressed out in VD Nite.

Talk soon.





Best
Brian
post #28 of 65
BK
I did briefly try some VD Signature ICs but sold them, only have VD Nite/Reference AC cords.

My interest in Empowered is the low price and much lighter more flexible design which is much easier to use with small items like Dacs, Headphone amps etc. Bright silver cord jacket of Empowered makes it look like "baby Nite" cord

I will put 1st Empowered cord on AM Digital Stealth unit since I am interested how the built in filtering can supress digital noise
post #29 of 65
DarkAngel,

Actiulally the "caps" that worry me. Unless there is more to it than a couple of caps that is old world technolgy. Hopefully there are great becaseu, like you, I need something lighter than the VD coables for the guitar amps. Ultimately I want it hardwired into the amp as I don't trust any connector to stay conected when you are sitting next to a string bass player and a drummer.

I look forward to reading your comments.





Best
Brian
post #30 of 65
Briefly put, the Empower is not as fast nor as extended as the Mother. There is a distinct copper flavor to the midrange, the telltale warm bloom that at once is pleasant and yet obscures details. Transient response suffers as a result of this. The Mother cruises through leading and trailing edges much more effortlessly and cleanly, and it also renders a blacker background. Treble extension and decay is slightly softer in the Empower, and on a whole the soundstage presentation is more laid back, giving things a slightly farther away feel, but also dulling the focus. Finally, the bass is a tad looser than the Mother's, which sounds a bit more solid. The Empower has made for a rather forgiving PC overall, at least compared to the Mother.
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