Furutech NCF AC Plugs: Gold vs Rhodium Reviewed!

Kingrex

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I agree, and am continuously amazed by how much AC power matters, some DACs are especially sensitive to AC power quality
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It is my default "go to" outlet.
These "experiments" are easy when you configure a room with the option for multiple outlets.

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Of this I am sure you are right! I always wondered if it's because my mother dropped me on my head at some point. It would explain a lot of things....

Nice ground l Loop
 

DaveC

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I highly recommend the Furutech FI-50 NCF. I used it to assemble all of my cables with a high power consum.



Even on the GigaWatt Power Line Conditioner PC-2 EVO +, I had the disappointingly bad socket exchanged for the Furutech FI-06 R NCF Rhodium socket. In the picture on the right is the old socket with cheap wobbly connectors and on the left the new one with solid contacts.



My T + A M10 power amplifiers benefit greatly from these measures. The speed and bass increased. Very nice to hear on drums.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention try the FI-09 IEC inlet as well. It uses wire clamps and for whatever reason is better vs the FI-06. Furutech obviously knows this and charges a lot more for the 09. I have no idea why on either performance or price though!
 

nirodha

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4) Finally, if rhodium were such a no-brainer, why don't the vast majority of the world's finest electronics manufacturers use rhodium terminations since they are in fact readily available? Think about that one.
Gold melts at almost half the temperature of Rhodium. Gold is very easy to work with. Gold never tarnishes. Gold is plentiful. Gold has been a standard for years and only a small select few audio nuts are that concerned about the difference.[/QUOTE]
Or maybe, as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup Testifies in Court: You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! hihi
 
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention try the FI-09 IEC inlet as well. It uses wire clamps and for whatever reason is better vs the FI-06. Furutech obviously knows this and charges a lot more for the 09. I have no idea why on either performance or price though!
now if they made a fi-09 that fit into a regular IEC chassis socket....not sure why they had to make it oversized!
 

DaveC

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now if they made a fi-09 that fit into a regular IEC chassis socket....not sure why they had to make it oversized!
Yeah, not many are willing to take a dremel to an $$$ component chassis! However, it does make a pretty big difference, the connectors and wire in the component have a similar effect on the sound as an IC cable.

FI-09 can also be back-mounted, cutouts are a bit different for that, may not help but it's a possibility. :)
 
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Yeah, not many are willing to take a dremel to an $$$ component chassis! However, it does make a pretty big difference, the connectors and wire in the component have a similar effect on the sound as an IC cable.

FI-09 can also be back-mounted, cutouts are a bit different for that, may not help but it's a possibility. :)
Hmm do share more about this “back-mount” since I have an unused fi-09 lying around
 

DaveC

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Sure, you can mount the IEC from the front or back of the panel it's attached to. The regular mounting scheme is for back mounting and then they also give the front-mount cutout dimensions in the link below... Looks like there's not much difference in cutout size though.

https://www.partsconnexion.com/media/pdfs/FTECH-71042.pdf
Makes sense now. This is how I mounted the fi-06 since that was also slightly larger than the IEC hole in my torus.
Still gotta drill those holes though for the fi-09! Not sure if I have the capability to do that cleanly through metal.
 
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Sure, you can mount the IEC from the front or back of the panel it's attached to. The regular mounting scheme is for back mounting and then they also give the front-mount cutout dimensions in the link below... Looks like there's not much difference in cutout size though.

https://www.partsconnexion.com/media/pdfs/FTECH-71042.pdf
just wondering what you observed as differences between the fi09 and fi06, before I attempt hacking the panel
 

DaveC

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Cool, glad you got it done and sorry for the delay responding. I do find it clearer vs the 06! It'll also need some burn-in so I think it'll smooth out a bit and improve as well.
 

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