Mains Supply/ Distribution Block
Posted by: J.N. on 21 December 2018
My dedicated mains spur has for a few years been feeding a MusicWorks 'Lite' 6-socket block. Powerlines are used throughout; including one feeding the Linn Radikal. I recently heard the difference between the 'Lite' and the more expensive MusicWorks Ultra G3 in a friend's Naim system, so ordered a G3 to try from my ever-helpful dealer Signals. It was couriered to me overnight and arrived this morning.
Usual plan of attack. Refresh the audio-memory with a few well known tracks; power down and wang in the G3.
Re-power and ..................
Initially disappointed/underwhelmed. Okay; give it time. Ten minutes later - happier. Twenty to thirty minutes later; improvement/upgrade clearly evident; I started grinning, and it kept getting better. I’m convinced that a 5 minute power-down of 500 series Naim kit needs at least half an hour to bring it back on song. Plus; the G3 was physically cold, so perhaps it benefited from some warming.
Several hours later, I’ve played lots of well known CDs and LPs and the sonic improvement has continued. So what does it bring to the party with everything nicely settled and warmed up?
Increased information retrieval. I’m hearing hitherto unheard subtle detail. It layers the sound better and sophisticates it with improved dynamic slam. The music is more self-assured with a bigger, more convincing soundstage. All the instruments and vocals sound like they have more individual space in the mix. Also; recordings which might have veered toward ‘edgy’ sound smoother, but with life and verve aplenty, and no loss of PRaT.
It works for me and is a keeper. Further evidence that it's worth paying attention to the ultimate source item - the power supply.