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CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by magiccabbage, May 14, 2015.
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  1. TheAttorney
    Yes, a new power cord is the final stage of my DAVE-based upgrade plan, and Shunyata are top of my list, but I'm also interested in the Synergistic Research Blue HC.
    Has anyone directly compared these two? The Blue is priced broadly the same as the Shunyata Delta NR, and I can't find find any UK dealer that stocks both.
     
  2. rkt31
    When furutech and Mitsubishi collaborate this results in . http://www.furutech.com/2017/05/10/14783/ this is world's purest copper power cable. Nothing on this planet beats it. Only thing is to get hold of this bulk cable.
     
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  4. rkt31
    You are right. Power cord matters not much to Dave imho. Instead it should more with power amp. I am using furutech fp-32N bulk cable power cord with ahb2 power amp and it did make a difference.
     
  5. STR-1
    The Delta NR is a fine cable for the price but if you can stretch to it also try the Alpha NR. I’m not sure where you are located but KJ West One in London have loaned me several Shunyata power cables over the last year.
     
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  6. Jiffi32
    I'm using future FPS4 on Dave and Blu2 it makes an appreciable improvement. I bought bulk cable and made up my own. Currently saving for NCF plugs
     
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  7. Aslshark
    I switched the other day my Nordost Magus powercord installed in Dave with a Nordost Brahma with Furutech-contacts. I hear (or think I hear) a very significant increase in dynamics and definition of instruments. This is in my two-speaker system. Currently enjoying Brand X “unorthodox behavior” (cd) with some magnificent drumming by Phil Collins.
     
  8. DaveRedRef-III
    In my experience high quality power cables do make a difference not least in their rejection of RFI and dynamic improvements. However, given a choice of either/or I would put my money into High Quality HIFI Fuses and a decent Grounding Block first. Better SQ per buck in my experience.
     
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  9. GryphonGuy
    I auditioned Venom, Alpha and Sigma (the only cables a few years ago). There is an easily heard difference between the product lines with the Sigma being the most satisfying difference. Originally I had just the power cables used on an online double-conversion UPS and had some lumpiness in the audio spectrum. HOWEVER when paired with the Shunyata power distributors (Hydra and Denali) the cables create a synergy. I personally use the Denali distributor and Sigma cables. The DAVE and its source "train" on this power combo is so pure and clean that the instrument timbres and transients can sound real.

    Of course YMMV.

    Regards
    GG
     
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  10. koven Contributor
    A while back I did an in-home demo of two $2K power cables (AQ Hurricane / Shunyata Sigma) and neither sounded better than a $200 Oyaide (Black Mamba). I have stuck w/ Oyaide cables since.
     
  11. rkt31
    Oyaide, mogami and furutech are the few which use pcocc or more purity base cable in their products. It's the purity of copper which is main contributing factor for sq and not fancy jacketing, fancy box etc.
     
  12. TheAttorney
    I always give due regard to Rob's comments, and many times I agree - but if at any point my ears disagree with his consclusions, then my ears will always win the argument :).
    Also, it's not only the Chord component itself that can be impacted by its power supply - it's all the other components in the system. As was demonstrated at the romaz meet a while back.
     
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  13. EuropeanEar
    Same experience here.
     
  14. EuropeanEar
    100% agreed. Noise will somehow find its way to get into your system. No matter what a great DAC you have, it still benefits from power conditioning and/or quality power cables. At least this was my conclusion after using Schiit Yggdrasil for years and Peachtree Audio DACs prior to that. Even a $800-1,000 power distributor made a significant difference in SQ.
     
  15. Matez
    All I can say is that power cables do in my setup more than ICs for example. NCFs are said to be the best ones there are and I'll have to give them a try at some point too.
     
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