AudioQuest Niagara 7000 vs. 5000

Alpinist

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Has anyone done a direct comparison of the AudioQuest Niagara 7000 vs. 5000? If so, can you articulate the difference in sound quality?

Thanks,
Ken
 

ayreman

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I owned one 7000 before I got a pair of 5000. The high-current outlets are identical on the two models. Low-current outlets on the 7000 model outperform 5000 by around 30%. Everything is noticeably better. However, a pair of 5000 significantly outperform one 7000. That's the way I went in the end.
 

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I owned one 7000 before I got a pair of 5000. The high-current outlets are identical on the two models. Low-current outlets on the 7000 model outperform 5000 by around 30%. Everything is noticeably better. However, a pair of 5000 significantly outperform one 7000. That's the way I went in the end.
Thanks for your response! What is it about the sound quality of two 5000’s that you prefer over a single 7000? Is it improved dynamics for your amplifiers from additional current capacity on the high-current outlets? Because you said that the 7000’s low-current outlets outperform the 5000’s by around 30%.

Ken
 
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ayreman

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Thanks for your response! What is it about the sound quality of two 5000’s that you prefer over a single 7000? Is it improved dynamics for your amplifiers from additional current capacity on the high-current outlets? Because you said that the 7000’s low-current outlets outperform the 5000’s by around 30%.

Ken
Ken, fist when I still owned 7000, I plugged the entire system into it and broke it it. After about 2 months I experimented. The first thing I did was I unplugged 1 sub - I heard noticeable improvements in dynamics. Next - I unplugged the second sub and listened. Things got better still. Then I bought my first 5000 and plugged both MX-R Twenty into it (just the amps, nothing else!) and things got way better! Then I got the second 5000 and did more experimentation. BOTTOM LINE: the less you plug into power conditioner - the better everything sounds: more dynamic, more articulate, less noise, blacker background, higher resolution, etc.

P.S. I even ended up plugging both subs directly into the wall. Even though I have free high-current receptacles in the second 5000! So, ideally, I need a third 5000 just for the subs:) But that means extra shelf in the rack (which I don't have), another Audioquest Dragon High-Current and, of course, another $4000 to buy the third 5000 unit... So, my subs will have to "eat their meals" directly from the wall...
 

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