"Experimental" mains lead...

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    michaelab desafinado

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    ...gets rave review in HiFi News :eek: ;)

    In the review of a Pioneer DVD player modded with Trichord Clock4 and NC power supply they also mention an "experimental" mains lead made by someone called "Omega Audio" (yes, they spelled it wrong) :D

    Nice one Tone :cool:

    Michael
     
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    penance Arrogant Cock

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    That'll be like the one hooking my CDp to my snake oil box me thinks.
    Beats anything else ive tried hands down:MILD:
     
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    Oh er..............:shame: I didn't think that particular review was due this month.
    I believe Mr P liked it. (I'll be honest I haven't seen the review yet :eek: )
    But thanks anyway :)
     
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    Congratulations old fruit.

    -- Ian
     
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    Well done mate. Good to see all of your hard work being recognised.
     
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    Congrats :)
     
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    NOS-4-A2 Creature of the night

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    Well done Tone - will you be able to keep up with the demand?
     
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    Christ:eek:

    It'll only go to his head! Guess we won't be good enough for you anymore eh;)
     
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    wadia-miester Mighty Rearranger

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    Thanks for all your comments, however its a team effort at O/A can't forget Timpy, some of the best and most honest lug holes I know :)
    Sorry but I won't leaving Merlin, you guys are so much fun, my days would just be spent putting plugs on else :D
     
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    OK - here's a bit more detail as I posted the above from a crappy web/phone kiosk at Heathrow's terminal 1 whilst waiting for my plane back to Lisbon so I didn't have time to write much more (and those metal keyboards are horrible).

    It's HiFi News, June 2004 issue, page 47. Review of a Trichord Research modded Pioneer DV-565A DVD player and an "experimental" mains lead which he (Howard Popeck) gives the impression is a Trichord product allthough he later says it's made by "Omega Audio" (sic).

    It's a pretty lengthy article (3 pages) and he does various comparisons and combinations (all using the DVD player as a CD player btw):

    Modded DV-565A vs. standard DV-565A (stock mains leads on both):
    Unomdded player: unlistenable.
    Modded player: a revelation. Bass tighter and more tuneful but no real slam (hmmm....I wonder where he got that expression from :D ). Transformed an unlistenable player into a listenable one.

    As above but using the experimental mains lead:
    "the mains lead was amazingly, and depressingly and enigmatically a revelation. I was upto this point deeply sceptical that mains leads could make an improvement. I knew they could make a difference. But what I wanted, as you know from the opening of the review, was a tangible, repeatable improvement. And I got it."
    Unmodded player: now listenable but the mains lead didn't improve things as much as the clock mods
    Modded player: "the first time in the review process I found myself listening to music" :)

    Modded player with mains lead into MF TriVista DAC 21:
    I couldn't really see the point of this one as he wasn't comparing anything but it was obviously much better than anything he'd heard upto this point in the review.

    Comparing the above setup to his MF NuVista 3D CD player:
    "The modded DV-565A with exp. lead into TriVista DAC21 was very good. But the NuVista was exceptional". So, in the end he preferred his un-modded, stock lead-ed MF NuVista CD player to anything else but he reckoned the modded and exp. mains lead supplied DV-565A into a TriVista DAC21 a "very worthy runner up, and quite a lot cheaper too". Also, "in terms of value, the modded player on it's own with the exp. mains lead is rather good".

    Now about the mains lead:
    "As for the experimental mains lead - this is made by Omega Audio, costs £350, and it really worked. But would I buy it? No, probably not. Two reasons. First, the sheer cost. Re-wiring my system at this level is more than I want to invest - even though I know there is a tangible and repeatable improvement. Secondly, I'm at a philosophical quandry regarding this effect in my system.

    Okay, transforming a previously indistinct vocal into a distinct one is both clever and advantageous. But what about bringing that vocal forward? Should it really be forward? Is that what the artist, the producer and the engineer intended? Only they know, I surely don't. Was I experiencing the audio equivalent of looking at a photograph thtough a magnifying glass? To me, mucking about with the presentation is a slippery slope. Intriguing, certainly but constructive? I really don't know. But if ultra detail is your bag try this experimental Trichord mains lead in your home. You choose."

    Michael.
     
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    7_V I want a Linn - in a DB9

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    Congrats Tone. After a decent bell wire I would always choose your cables.
     
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    Hi,

    I have read this too. Well done Big Tone.


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    nsherin In stereo nirvana...

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    Well done guys :guiness:
     
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    lowrider Live music is surround

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    Well done, congratulations... :beer:
     
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    If its the same one we heard at Julian's I'm not in the bit suprised. It was something really special, even made the Naims sound good !!

    Hope you get a few orders on the back of it !!
     
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    Now come on Michael:mad:

    You must have noticed what was wrong with the article;) You also know the only true way to find out if the praise was justif.. (cut it out NOW Merlin or you'll get a kicking:mad: )
     
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    Pete, (thanks)
    The leads you heard at Julians, were a revised version of the magazine sample, which are slightly more sonicaly different (I we reckon to be more appealing ;) ). T.
     
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    " it even made the Naims sound good"

    Master of all the Wadias I take my hat off to you sir. is there anything left for you to achieve I wonder?
     
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    timpy Snake Oil free!!!

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    Ahh good stuff.

    "Cable Sceptics" line up here. ;) They're everywhere, we're working on another one in the industry as well at the moment, not a reviewer, but someone responsible for the making of some boxes. Can't say any more at this stage, but things are starting to move a-pace in more areas so we're hopeful.

    Should be interesting..... :D

    Cheers
     
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    Nice one Tone :beer: . Shame OA didn't get a more obvious credit than it did but it must still be good to be infiltrating the major HiFi press :) .
     
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