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Old 01-14-2021, 08:53 PM
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Default I don't understand it....

Years ago, I was a bit of a skeptic on how much impact the various power-delivery products (AC filters, regenerators, and so on) could have on a high-end system. But I have gradually become a big believer, to my own surprise. In the last few years, along with other tweaks (cabling, etc) I've added one AC power regenerator, then upgraded that, and more recently added a Furutech Flux-50 NCF at the inlet of my PS Audio P12 regenerator. I was pretty floored by the impact that device had.

Add Add-Powr products, a relatively unknown (to me, anyway) company that I just learned of on this site less than a year ago. The reviews have been very positive, and I'd discussed them with Ivan a number of times. Based on his recommendations, I became "curiouser and curiouser". In particular, the Wizard seemed to be the hot topic, in terms of return on investment without a huge outlay. Since I do have some other commitments at the moment, Ivan offered to send me one of Add-Powr's very small but (said to be) surprisingly effective products, the Eau 2 Electra-clear. This little cylindrical device is about 1" diameter, and is maybe 3" long, and simply plugs into the wall on the circuit that powers your system. I said okay, send me one!

It's been one week since I "installed" this little guy on my main system. I have to say, I'm surprised once again. Here's a very small and inexpensive device that seems to have improved my system's dimensionality, focus and definition even more, when I really didn't think I could do much better. After all, you would think that once you have a good AC regenerator online, that should be it. It doesn't make sense to me, I really don't know how it works, but within a couple of days I have decided that the Electra-clear stays. Bass seems clearer, and more well defined. Separation between instruments seems greater. It's not "night and day" effect like changing out a major component might have; but it is notable. And, I'm not sure I would characterize the difference as "subtle" either. I'm not the type to do quick "a-b" comparisons with this type of device; I believe one has to live with the product installed for a few days minimum. I trust my ears to make the determination. And my ears are telling me that this product is a "go". I find myself wanting to park in that chair more and more, as these tweaks take me deeper and deeper into the music.

I don't really understand what is going on here...as Ivan would say, it is "goofy". But, the Electra-clear stays.

I give the Electra-clear two thumbs up.

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Main System: VPI Prime Signature TT in Rosewood, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Stillpoints LP1 V2, McIntosh: MP100, MR78, MCD1000 Transport on Stillpoint Ultra Minis, MDA1000 D/A Converter on Stillpoint Ultra Minis, MS750 Music Server, C40, MC501's (3), Soundcraftsmen: DC2215 Eq/AS1000 Real time analyzer, DBX 3BX II, Carver C9, Nakamichi Dragon, Crown SX724, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), Sony XBR55X900E 4K TV, JBL L220A's, JBL B460, Sumo Delilah active crossover, WireWorld Silver Eclipse audio interconnects, WireWorld Starlight and Silver Starlight Coaxial Digital interconnects, Wireworld SuperNova 7 Toslink digital interconnect, WireWorld Aurora 7 and Silver Electra Power cords, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 8 speaker cables, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-Ray Player, Bryson BUC-1 USB Converter, Wireworld Gold Starlight XLR Digital interconnect, PS Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 12 on Stillpoint Ultra Minis, PS Audio Dectect, FuruTech Flux-50 NCF Inline Power Filter, Add-Powr Wizard EM Field AC Line conditioner; Stillpoint Ultra SS's under (3) McIntosh MC501 Amplifiers

Florida Room/Art Studio System: Harmon Kardon T60 TT/Ortofon 2M Black, McIntosh: MR77, C32, MC2205; Crown Power Line Four, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 Digital to Analog converter, Soundcraftsmen AE2000 Eq, JBL 4313B's, JBL 2241-based Sub, JBL BX63A Active Crossover, Oppo BDP-105D Blu-Ray Player, Samsung 5500 Series 32" Smart TV, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna

Master Bedroom System: McIntosh: MX120 Theater processor, MC206 6-channel amplifier; MR74 AM/FM Tuner, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, JVC HM-DH40000U D-Theater Digital VHS, Phase Technology PC80 Towers (now used as stands), (2) JBL 4401's, (1) JBL Studio 6IW speaker, (2) JBL Studio 6IC speakers, Sony XBR-49X900E UHD TV, Panamax 1000 Line Conditioner, (2) JL Audio E110 Subwoofers, Wireworld Solstice speaker cables, Wireworld Aurora Power cords, Wireworld Equinox and Solstice speaker cables and various other flavors of Wireworld and Audioquest cabling

Office System: Marantz 150 Tuner, Crown DL 2, Crown EQ 2, Crown SA 2, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), McIntosh MCD7009 (as transport), DBX 3BX Series II, Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, JBL 4401's, JL Audio E112 Subwoofer, Samsung 5500 series 32" Smart TV, Wire World Oasis audio interconnects, Wire World Solstice speaker cables, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital to Analog converter, Wireworld Starlight Coaxial Digital Interconnect, Sennheiser HD800 Headphones, Sennheiser HDVA600 Headphone amp, Wireworld Silver Eclipse Balanced Interconnects, Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB Cable, Add-Powr EAU-2 AC Harmonic resonator

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