PowerKord-300™ UK mains & W350 EVO Gold
A controversial upgrade area to discuss!
Like many chosen accessories (or upgrades), the improvements
specific power cables can make to any system can be can
be subjective and will depend upon a variety of factors
such as the quality of your existing mains cables, quality
of the mains itself, your individual components etc. We
have been using our existing mains cables for many years
with no noticeable problems, however, we were curious to
see (and hear) were this upgrade path would take us. Would
we stick with our existing cables, or would we be convinced
Upgrade cables use a
variety of metals proven to be superior conductors (such
as silver). Some cables (or rather, the metals used within
the cables) boast ‘Deep Cryogenic Treatment’!
Special weaving of cables and specific materials are used
for the outer sheaves. All of the above is used (or done)
to improve conductivity and reduce radio frequency interference,
also known as electromagnetic interference (EMI).
You may have never
thought about RFI - EMI polluting your hi-fi. I never gave
such issues much thought. I confess to have considered those
who were concerned about such level of refinement could
benefit from getting out more often, or perhaps regular
exercise? Well, I do both, so here goes…
Yes, there are a variety
of mains cables on offer with a variety of price tags. We
tested cables ranging in price from £60 to £450
over a two month period. We first experimented with upgraded
mains cables to our main source (AMG Viella V12 turntable)
and phono stage (Whest Audio PS40RDT), however, we found
no, or little change in what we heard so continued to use
our standard supplied cables with these units. We moved
down the chain to our power and preamplifier (M8-500S power
amplifier with the M8PRE preamplifier). We quickly discovered
using specific upgrade mains cables for each of these units
resulted in the most sizable audible change.
A few of the lower
priced mains cables tested (£60 - £100) made
no audible difference to the musical presentation. Some
had a brightening effect to the top end while somehow muting
the midrange, giving the impression of a lower noise floor.
One mains cable priced at just over £450 did increase
bass resonance, however, again we noticed compression of
the midrange area, as well as an unnatural ‘steely
like compressed’ top end.
this ‘testing time’ we switched back to our
existing standard mains cables to insure we were judging
each new cable against the same starting point (from ground
zero so to speak).
the Russ Andrews PowerKord-300™ UK mains & W350
EVO Gold + SC
Using the PowerKord-300 & W350 EVO Gold + SC cables
with our power and preamplifier was a revelation. From the
outset it was ‘clear’ we were dealing with a
completely different type of cable!
With the two PowerKord-300
& W350 EVO Gold + SC cables in-line, the sonic picture
laid before us became more musically sculptured. Piano key
strikes became more percussive with individual keys, symbol,
brush and drum strokes being more defined. Soaking up the
soul / gospel harmonies of the Ojay’s with the sad
but soothing “Brandy” or the uplifting “Stairway
to Heaven” emphasised the effortless, rich voices
of this celebrated trio like never before. Herbie Hancock’s
signature piano from his 1963 Blue Note “Inventions
& Dimensions recording (Blue Note 84147 Music Matters
2 disc 45rpm) feeling more percussive than ever before.
Willie Bobo’s drum and timbales together with Osvaldo
“Chihuahau” Martinez’s congas & bongos
noticeably more defined with a greater sense of ‘in
the room’ presence. Bass was also noticeably leaner
(less boom). We appreciated the faster, tighter presentation.
(Though this might not be to everybody’s taste). Whatever
album we chose to spin, we were compelled to listen and
somehow feel more involved.
Yet another invisible
vale has been removed from our system thanks to Russ Andrews’
PowerKord-300™ UK mains & W350 EVO Gold + SC.
This is without doubt the most effective non ‘main
component’ improvement upgrade we have made to date!
Russ Andrews offer
a 60 day money back guarantee.
The Powerkord range starts from around £160.