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Old 11-07-2017, 08:13 PM
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Just a thought. I just made my Christmas holiday travel plans and the two round-trip flights combined (on Southwest) cost less than the 2m pair of Super ICs connecting my pre and power amps. They'd be less than a 1.5m pair too. Interesting.

But the Supers sound good.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:46 PM
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I concur with your assessment of the Gen 5 TA Reference Power Isolater and XL power cords. I have also been demoing them for several days. They provided significantly greater dynamics, attack, depth and life to the music. I currently have TA XL Gen 5 signal cables so I believe their are synergies with the power cords. I placed an order with my dealer today.

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Mark,
Sorry I missed this. What are the odds of 2 of us demoing the same thing at the same time?? I put in my system and immediately liked what I heard. Not just a change but better sound, everything you mentioned I agree 100%. Did the Power Isolator replace anything? The Ref XL PCs replaced stock Nagra cords on my amps and the difference was substantial right out of the box. Its been about 3 weeks now and everything seems to have settled in. I'm really liking the Gen V gear!

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Old 11-09-2017, 01:04 AM
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The TA PIR and XL PCs replace Shunyata Triton V3, Typhon, Denali 2000T and various Sigma PCs. I plan to demo the TA Power Isolator XL when it is released next year as I need a second conditioner. I am very impressed with TA Gen5 power gear it is now on a par with their signal cables.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:16 PM
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The TA PIR and XL PCs replace Shunyata Triton V3, Typhon, Denali 2000T and various Sigma PCs. I plan to demo the TA Power Isolator XL when it is released next year as I need a second conditioner. I am very impressed with TA Gen5 power gear it is now on a par with their signal cables.
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Is the Isolator XL going to have 8 outlets like the Reference? The opus has 2, maybe 4 on the XL? Im going to hear the Opus Isolators at the end of the month with Alexia 2 and MSB Dac. Interested to see if they plug the amps into the Opus which isn't supposed to sacrifice any dynamics.

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Old 11-09-2017, 12:42 PM
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Back in early August I compared the Opus PowerIsolator connected to my Momentum's versus my current set-up using the Denali 6000T. I did prefer the Opus unit but didn't feel the cost (for me) was worth the difference. It is possible the difference with the Opus would have even been greater if I was able to use the Opus PC that come with the unit but I made the mistake of grabbing a pair of 20amp versions and not with the 15amp version I needed for my amps.

Who knows once I have funded all of the items on my audio wish list I might go back for the Opus PowerIsolator.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:21 PM
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Back in early August I compared the Opus PowerIsolator connected to my Momentum's versus my current set-up using the Denali 6000T. I did prefer the Opus unit but didn't feel the cost (for me) was worth the difference. It is possible the difference with the Opus would have even been greater if I was able to use the Opus PC that come with the unit but I made the mistake of grabbing a pair of 20amp versions and not with the 15amp version I needed for my amps.

Who knows once I have funded all of the items on my audio wish list I might go back for the Opus PowerIsolator.
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I remember reading about that. I haven't heard the Opus yet and doubt I'd get one but if the performance is there, who knows. Based on what the XL cords did with my amps, it may be worth a look to try the Opus Isolator with the Opus cords. I'm guessing the difference will be noticeable. What else is on your wish list? I saw you replaced the Meridian with the Rossini and I hope you're enjoying the change.

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Old 11-09-2017, 06:35 PM
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Is the Isolator XL going to have 8 outlets like the Reference? The opus has 2, maybe 4 on the XL? Im going to hear the Opus Isolators at the end of the month with Alexia 2 and MSB Dac. Interested to see if they plug the amps into the Opus which isn't supposed to sacrifice any dynamics.

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I believe the hierarchy is Opus Power Isolator (OPI) with 2 outlets, then a non-Opus Series Power Isolator MM2 (2 outlets), Reference (4 outlets) and then the PowerIsolator 8 (8 outlets).

These are great units which are actually power distributors -- which implements star - earth technology or similar to address conflicting flows of signal and ground paths along with EMF & RFI which all cause noise on the AC mains. They also say it offers surge protection -- but you know your at gods mercy if & when that occurs.

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Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
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I believe the hierarchy is Opus Power Isolator (OPI) with 2 outlets, then a non-Opus Series Power Isolator MM2 (2 outlets), Reference (4 outlets) and then the PowerIsolator 8 (8 outlets).

These are great units which are actually power distributors -- which implements star - earth technology or similar to address conflicting flows of signal and ground paths along with EMF & RFI which all cause noise on the AC mains. They also say it offers surge protection -- but you know your at gods mercy if & when that occurs.

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Bob
Bob,
I may be mistaken but I believe Transparent hasn't updated the website to include the new Reference Power Isolator yet. the one I am demoing includes 8 outlets and is shaped similarly to the Opus Isolator. Mark mentioned an XL version that I assumed would be in the middle with 4 outlets. They do sound very nice and IMO are priced competitively considering the power cable they come with. Thanks for the info!

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Old 11-09-2017, 06:55 PM
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Ah sou desu ne - as they say -- I was going by the web site listed models.

Anyways -- nice.

Best Sir,

Bob
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Preamp: Dan D'Agostino Progression Preamp.
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:03 AM
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Yes the PIXL will have two zones and four outlets. I did compare the Reference, XL and Opus PCs direct to the wall.The Opus did outperform the XL but the XL was very competitive and the Reference was no slouch.
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