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Nordost QB8 and Furutech NCF

This time to merge with Furutech NCF was for Nordost QBASE-Mark II concept series filter-distributor QB8. Elegant design hush acquired a wide range of adherents in the audiophile world. But nothing could be so good, not try to get even better.

 

Qb8 Nordost

Ob8 izgatavots ļoti rūpīgi un pirmajā brīdī bija pat žēl to visu izjaukt.  

 Ob8 made very carefully and at the first moment, it even regretted to start it to dismantle.

This time to change the original Schuko socket to Furutech FI-E30 (R) NCF was not difficult. No need to drill, to rasp or to saw. The only part of an elegant appearance had to donate due to a decorative plate, which simultaneously executes the socket fixing feature, do not fit in any way. It was necessary only longer screws for new socket fixing. Although filter got a little robust look, but it was not so bad. 

Nordost Qb8 NCF

Nordost QRT plus NCF

 

A small stone to QB8 producers garden- screws could be made of stainless (non-magnetic) steel. In previous Nordost Thor filter, such screws have been applied. Of course in this upgrade process to non-magnetic screws, nuts and washers were applied.

Unfortunately this time the IEC socket could not change, because without the help of skilled miller politely it was not possible- new Furutech FI-06 )R) NCF is too big for this inlet place on filter body

 

But, even without changing of the IEC inlet the result is very convincing- sound became much more transparent, more three-dimensional and timbral richer.

 

Furutech FI-30E NCF (R) for DIY.

Customer`s review:

 To replace gold plated Schuko socket of E-TP60E not require any special knowledge and skills - the ability to use a screwdriver and be neat. However, it would be better to entrust this work to a professional electronic technician.    Furutech e-TP60E power splitter design is safe and simple: to disassemble and assemble the bug is difficult.
The main question- what is a sound contribution after replacement to new FI-E30 NCF (R)?
 It is audible for once and gets a clean sound, spatiality, and musical instruments, voice, better articulation. Exposure effect reminiscent of T-Toc records "HD-CD case" impact on the CD sound.
To the new NCF socket was plugged Devialet 200 amplifier with Cardas Clear Beyond power cable.

Etp60+NCF

Valhalla 2 power cord & FI-50 NCF(R)/FI-E50 NCF(R)

Valhalla 2 original power cord

The question was whether it is possible to sound improvement of a system if the system`s power cables are Valhalla 2? Of course, it is, replaces it to Odin 2! 

 

 valhalla anf furutech plugs

But audiophiles mind is not calm, although a solution except Odin should be!

 

 Furutech NCF plugs and Valhalla 2

It had the idea to try to compare two Valhalla 2- one with original gold plated plugs- another one with Furutech FI-50 NCF (R) / FI-E50 NCF (R).

 

 FI-E50R NCF furutech

What about the sound? To be continued...

 

 

 

DIY assembled Hi-Fi Power cable at an affordable price.
DIY hi-fi power cable.
Taga Harmony "TA 25mini"- a few words about sound.
Firs impressions about TA-25mini sound
Taga Harmony TA-25 mini amplifier power supply.

 Thought to check the TA-25 mains adapter, because often some switching power supplies thoroughly pollute the network, causing noticeable damage to the sound of the system.This image shows noise level  measured on Taga Harmony PF1000 filtered part: noise analyser

Then I`ve connected switching power adapto of  "TA-25 mini" . As seen from the indicator readings, the noise rate is even lower, as without the connected adapter.   This means that the "TA-25 mini" 230V adapter are not carrying extra noise and its built-in parallel circuit of input filter  slightly reduce the overall level of interference.

 

adaptor of TA-25 mini

 

Of course, this amplifier is not designed for High-end systems and the amp could operate with lower quality adapter, but just such "small stuff" describes the manufacturer's attitude towards its product quality and attitude towards customers. All respect Taga Harmony!