Furutech Pure Power 6E NCF

nirodha

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Dragging myself from my set (extremely hard) in order to provide you all with an episode of an audiophile. I have been playing with Nagra (see pics) for a while. Extremely happy but the upgrade bug kept raising its ugly head. So I went to listen to a Zanden 3000 mk2 preamp (to replace my Nagra Jazz), dreaming about a second hand pair of Zanden 9600s to replace my Nagra Classic Amp. Went to listen to the Zanden preamp and it was great: bigger sound, deeper soundstage. Great in every sense. But out of my reach financially. Still I wanted to do something, anything, you all know the feeling. So… what isn’t expensive and would still give me some improvement. Enter the Furutech NCF rhodium wall socket. At 265 euros a no brainer. Ordered the thing found a nice gentleman to install it and…. Was totally shocked! Lower noisefloor, more detail, more more more. But, even though I would never consider going back, there was a presence which curbed my enthousiam a bit… there was some definite “upfrontness” in the sound. As said, not enough to have regrets but still…. The improvement (in the detail department) led me to think more about the “power department”. I had read about the Pure Power 6E NCF and even though it was out of my reach right now, I wanted to hear it. Fortunately enough, I could listen to it in a super high-end store in the Netherlands, AudioLife in Buren, run by a team of enthusiast audiophiles. I described my experience here: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/thre...ibex-granada-powersplitter.27486/#post-558000
But listening in a shop is not the same as listening at home. Fortunately, I was offered to test it at home. So home I went, taking a PP6ENCF along with the cheapest NCF power distributor (e-TP609E NCF), four NCF boosters and two TP-TCS31 power cables. At home, in went the mighty Elrod Master Diamond and the two Furutechs went to the Classsic Amp and MPS (feeding the Nagra Jazz and CDP). At this moment I have to make a confession…apart from looking forward to the experience… there was also some fear. What if the PP6ENF would also show the upfrontness of the wall socket (which, but the way, has decreased a lot by now), what if it would all be too much? I was told the unit was well broken in, but still… Well, there was only one way to find out, push the play button. And then….. nothing. Nothing?! No spectacular sound, no audio nirvana, no nothing. My brain did not compute… what happened?!? After the first five minutes of shock, I noticed how I heard things I had never heard before: increased soundstage, increased resolution, byebye noisefloor. The best sound ever but not in the way I expected. I have been playing for three days now, eight hours each day (the unit has to go back at the end of this week). Totally awed and for the first time in a long while, having the feeling, YES this is it!. But what was the initial shock? It was the fact that this thing is like Switzerland: totally neutral: every frequency was given the same attention. The improvement was from top to bottom. It is also like Switzerland in that the view is as if you were standing on a mountaintop in clear sunny weather, spectacular! No, Shakti, this will not turn your Wilsons into Magicos hahaha. But I guess you are already extremely happy using the first version of the Pure Power. So what is next? Well the Zanden dream is over, I will buy the PP6ENF, as soon as funds allow it. It gives me all I want. Will it end the upgrade virus for ever? No of course it won’t (I am a man ánd an audiophile, thé recipe to do silly things). But it will end the search for quite a while. The Furutech Pure Power 6E NCF, boring to perfection, the end of the search for spectacular sound because, without knowing it, it is already here. What can I say, if you feel the upgrade bug, the need to spend money in a big way, do yourself a favour: borrow the PP6ENCF, it will probably do more than a new amp etc. If you look at my photograph, you will see the unit in the middle, and that is where it belongs: in the middle, delivering its unassuming magic to every other component. And also, every compenent yet to come in the distant future. The fact that is also looks exquisite helps of course. If I were a rapper I would buy a big chain and wear the Pure Power around my neck haha (and ruin my back).
 

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LL21

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Very interesting! Would love to know more about those Furutech cable holders. I have never used any...but now I actually need to because the IEC inlets of some new cables are so heavy, they sag. So I can prop them up with a box or something...but I would rather get something where height is adjustable. Thanks for any insights!
 
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@nirodha, thank you very much for this beautiful report. Your setup looks very good.

Would love to know more about those Furutech cable holders.

The Furutech FI-50 NCF (R) plugs are quite heavy. In the past I fixed it with a butyl round cord (the shiny layer) on my T+A M10 Amps.



I have ordered the Furutech NCF Booster. The screwing was done quickly even without instructions. :)



The assembly can be done in different ways.

1. The IEC connector must be leveled with a small spirit level on the lower shell so that it is absolutely vertical. The booster has a damping layer in the substructure to the rack.

2 The IEC is now only on and the result is compared with 3 + 4.

3 In addition, the upper contact plate (additional weight) is placed.

4 In addition, the supplied elastic band is tightened so that the upper contact plate is also pressed on.

The spirit level is particularly recommended, as it is easy to misjudge yourself. If so, the current should flow through perfectly aligned contacts.



As you can see, I installed the full program. I think the mechanics are a successful mixture of stability (the plug always has the same position) and decoupling (there is enough play).



Fresh out of the box, I noticed the slightly better instrument localization. The room is illuminated very nicely. No worlds, but I think the stabilization is good for my T+A Amps. The material may also have its share: Nano Crystal² Formula NCF. If I have understood correctly, the crystalline material is supposed to remove static charges and convert kinetic energy into heat.

Greetings Gabriel
 

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Thank you! I am using the Sablon Audio Prince with the massive Bocchino IEC so this is looking like something worth considering.

Sablon Audio King Power Cord.jpg
 
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Hi all,
I hope I can make sense of my total experience this weekend. The problem with installing a lot of new "variables" is to differentiate (Pure power / NCF boosters / Furutech cables). But I'll give it a try :).
 

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Wow! Great photo...have ordered 2 NCF Boosters just because a cable IEC shifting even a millimeter slightly and then shutting down the system instantly can be explosively bad for the system. We had it happen once with an unusually heavy powercable that must have shifted out of the IEC socket partway, and the BOOM scared everybody!
 

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@nirodha, Are your cable elevators for your Elrod's benches?
HI, yes, I used them at the beginning (at the wall socket) and end (into the Pure Power). They are addictive little pieces. Hard to describe what they do but once in, you don't want to take them out. Best desciption is that they increase the 3D and they give a sort of "aliveness" to the sound. Have to return the pure power, a bundle of Furutech powercords and the NCF booster to the shop tomorrow after a week of high-end heaven.
 

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HI, yes, I used them at the beginning (at the wall socket) and end (into the Pure Power). They are addictive little pieces. Hard to describe what they do but once in, you don't want to take them out. Best desciption is that they increase the 3D and they give a sort of "aliveness" to the sound. Have to return the pure power, a bundle of Furutech powercords and the NCF booster to the shop tomorrow after a week of high-end heaven.
Agree! Very surprised...just put 2 in about 10 minutes ago and listening now. The upper mids and lower and mid-treble all sound more alive, more open. Positive. I am trying to ascertain whether it has shaved any mid to upper density of tone.

I honestly was ONLY looking for stability, as some of our plugs are up quite high and the idea of just stacking random stuff to get up that high and remain perfectly stable was just not a good idea. So we started with 2 NCF Boosters...and while I admit they are very expensive little contraptions, AT LEAST they are WELL BUILT. We used 4 vertical connections for one Booster so it is nearly 30cm tall...and is now sitting underneath a heavy cable plugged into a loose fitting and also wrapped in a heavy Entreq full-sized Silver Tellus Wrap...and the entire plug fitting is super solid now.

Before, the plug was 85% into the socket due to the angle of the entry...and you could see the prongs when plugged in...now it is 99.5% straight in. MUCH better.

That structural solidity alone would have justified the purchase...but if only 2 of these makes an improvement, that is even better. The 2 are on either end of the powercable for the Zanden DAC. I just want to make sure it does not alter the carefull dialed-in sound negatively. Stay tuned...still evaluating.

That said, due to the risk of the plugs coming undone on the Gryphon (also quite high up since the Gryphon is also on top of Stillpoints Ultra 6s)...I have ordered 2 more Furutech NCF Boosters!
 
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Pleased to report that in allowing things to 'settle in'...i have gone back to some reference recordings particularly ones which would expose any unwanted 'lightening' of tonal density in the upper mids or treble...so far none. But there is greater illumination/clarity in the upper mids and treble which is a positive. Still more listening to do to check and recheck carefully.
 
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Agree! Very surprised...just put 2 in about 10 minutes ago and listening now. The upper mids and lower and mid-treble all sound more alive, more open. Positive. I am trying to ascertain whether it has shaved any mid to upper density of tone.

I honestly was ONLY looking for stability, as some of our plugs are up quite high and the idea of just stacking random stuff to get up that high and remain perfectly stable was just not a good idea. So we started with 2 NCF Boosters...and while I admit they are very expensive little contraptions, AT LEAST they are WELL BUILT. We used 4 vertical connections for one Booster so it is nearly 30cm tall...and is now sitting underneath a heavy cable plugged into a loose fitting and also wrapped in a heavy Entreq full-sized Silver Tellus Wrap...and the entire plug fitting is super solid now.

Before, the plug was 85% into the socket due to the angle of the entry...and you could see the prongs when plugged in...now it is 99.5% straight in. MUCH better.

That structural solidity alone would have justified the purchase...but if only 2 of these makes an improvement, that is even better. The 2 are on either end of the powercable for the Zanden DAC. I just want to make sure it does not alter the carefull dialed-in sound negatively. Stay tuned...still evaluating.

That said, due to the risk of the plugs coming undone on the Gryphon (also quite high up since the Gryphon is also on top of Stillpoints Ultra 6s)...I have ordered 2 more Furutech NCF Boosters!

Well done! I do not think there is any negative result by using the Boosters. But applying them excessively would not be my way to go.... for me it could be a way to madness hahaha. "Mmm, one more? Is it better? Is it too much?.... Four is a nice number :)
 

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