Earlier today I had a terrifically interesting conversation with the founder of an audio cable company. A few of the company’s products have been reviewed elsewhere, but I learned today that they are preparing some new introductions. I think I’m putting it mildly that the products this individual shared really got me excited. I was offered the opportunity to demo a few items to get a better feel for them, and will be given that chance next month!
Of particular interest are their new interconnects, an upgrade over the prior version, and a power cord that has been “optimized” for Shindo products. If you know anything about Shindo products, you know that their little grey power cords are the preferred electric utility transfer and life support. Recommendations for their specific use come from many sources, including dealers, importers, reviewers, and various knuckleheads out there like me…
So I’m not sure what exactly “optimized” means, or how someone on the outside of the Shindo Kingdom figured this out. Which is why this little revelation was and is both exciting and alarming. Imagine, the possibilities with the introduction of improvements to the PC for those lovely little green boxes. But is it blasphemous for someone to try and improve upon the Master Shindo San’s creation or for me to even consider using something other than the Shindo cord?
Only time will tell, and for now, I’m keeping the manufacturer’s name under wraps, as I don’t believe this little incursion into the Shindo Kingdom with this sacrilegious power cord is yet properly publicized. I’ll plan to update you next month after I’ve had the opportunity to use them.
March 1, 2012 | The shipment is on its way, hopefully in time for some weekend experimenting. And it looks like Jeff Day went live with info about this company’s products and Shindo optimization in his recent review over at Positive Feedback.
October 21, 2012 | While I certainly love these power cords, I’ve not heard anything further about a “Shindo optimized” version, and never had the chance to demo the SOV.
Well, I’ve taken the plunge and grabbed my allocation with SQN. Delivery is expected next Fall. Until then, I’ll just have to enjoy some nice Saxum, Larkmead, or Kosta Browne…
What’s in this box…? Could this just be the… Stay tuned!!!!
I recently acquired the Acoustic Plan Digimaster (APD). I’m still just getting to know it, and I’m sort of hindered with that because I have to currently run it through an entry level HT Pre-Pro, as I’m without the reference pre-amp for now. So my initial thoughts are that I’m warming to it… It’s been a pleasant surprise performer, and something that I continue to enjoy. I’m really looking forward to my pre-amp so that the real analysis can begin. But to wet your appetite, here’s my thought on it running through a simple pre-amp while listening to Frank Sinatra Wee Small Hours (UK CD) through my Macbook Pro via the USB (Wireworld Starlight standard – 1M). I used Channel D’s PureMusic for initial testing. FWIW, this is one of my all time favorite albums. I have a nice VG+ 2nd issue, grey label mono version (circa 1955) that I have listened to frequently. The APD did a fine job with the UK CD version, when comparing the two. It’s one of the few, if not only, digital versions of Wee Small Hours that does not introduce reverb, and is a nice product to compare to my album. Overall, I loved it. Frank’s voice sounded very natural and even carried with it a bit of grit, that I’ve not heard before on the digital retransmission. I really liked it, a lot!
More to follow-up in the next few months, as I really need to get the reference pre-amp in first before offering any insight and commentary.
Ciao for now!
A year ago, or so, I purchased a pair of Sophia Electric mono block 300B amps. These replaced a Pass Labs XA *.5 product. These were my first foray into tubed amps.
So are they righteous sounding? Stay tuned, as I will be working to review them during the next month, or so.
After waiting for roughly 9+ years, I’ve finally made the mailing list for Sine Qua Non winery and received my first allocation from this spectacular winery! I’m looking forward to getting lost with one of these bottles and a terrific album in the near future! I’ll be sure to share…