Soundstage! Ultra’s Howard Kneller: PowerCell 12 UEF SE Review
Here are some highlights from Howard’s review:
I’ve seen lots of high-end power conditioners, and very few include a power cord. While the 32A version of the Atmosphere Level 3 cord isn’t sold separately, the standard 15A version retails for $3395. As if this weren’t enough, Synergistic also throws in a Black duplex wall outlet ($250). When you buy a PowerCell 12 UEF SE, you get not only a line conditioner, but a whole power-conditioning system.
Without the external FEQ PowerCell Equalizer box or any MPCs, setting up the PowerCell 12 UEF SE consisted of merely plugging in the power cords and making sure the PowerCell 12’s circuit breaker was switched on. Also, I replaced my Synergistic Red outlet with the Black UEF outlet that accompanied the new PowerCell. When I plugged the PowerCell 12 UEF SE into the new wall outlet, I saw, through the glass top plate, a blue LED blinking. Denney told me that this is part of the FEQ reclocking circuit.
The PowerCell 12 UEF SE noticeably enhanced almost every aspect of my system’s sound, and did so far more than had the PowerCell 10 UEF, itself a standout performer. The PowerCell 12 UEF SE repeated a fundamental audiophile lesson that I find myself continually relearning: Nothing is more important to the performance of an audio system than high-quality power. Without it, you’re relegated to, at best, mid-fi.
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