Furutech NCF AC Plugs: Gold vs Rhodium Reviewed!

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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....


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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!
 

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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
 

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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
 
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just wondering what you observed as differences between the fi09 and fi06, before I attempt hacking the panel

actually I found a better way to install it. I drilled holes into the fi09 to align it with the panel. It’s more forward sounding and crisper than the fi06. I can’t turn the volume as high
 

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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Recently I bought an NCF Power Distribution, I really found that I can't enjoy it much because the sound has become unreal. I try to avoid it as much as possible and I don't know why.

I have one on the wall and I doubt if I should cancel it, but until now I have not found the sound abnormal, but the situation is different if I turn on all of my devices in NCF Power Distribution.
 

DaveC

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Recently I bought an NCF Power Distribution, I really found that I can't enjoy it much because the sound has become unreal. I try to avoid it as much as possible and I don't know why.

I have one on the wall and I doubt if I should cancel it, but until now I have not found the sound abnormal, but the situation is different if I turn on all of my devices in NCF Power Distribution.

These parts need a LOT of burn-in, before it's burned-in I'd agree it can be very bad. I burn-in all of the NCF receptacles I sell so there is less of an issue with this, without any burn-in you're looking at about a month or so.

One thing you can do is plug something else into the distributor or receptacle for a while, a fridge or freezer will work very well, or even just a fan. That way you don't have to listen to the full burn-in effects.
 

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Does using a cheaper Furutech Rhodium plug like the F1-28 or 32 bring most of the goodness that the 50 brings?
 
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I would say it gives it some of the flavour of the regular fi50 but the ncf version is totally different. That’s from my experience on a crystal cable ultra pc, where the stock connector was a 28.
 
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Does using a cheaper Furutech Rhodium plug like the F1-28 or 32 bring most of the goodness that the 50 brings?

Fi-28(R) is the standard plug for my copper cables. It's very good for the price, but the FI-50 NCF are much better. They do share the exact same electrical contacts, it's the body and NCF material that make the difference.

I've found Furutech to be consistent as far as pricing, as in they won't charge you more for something unless it is clearly better.
 
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