While exploring a different issue, I discovered something about the Venom V16 that IS NOT advertised by Shunyata and apparently is a fantastic feature. It has their CGS grounding tech. The distributor has the copper ground socket just like their higher and highest tier power distributors!
Now, I had built a grounding box for a custom cable, but now I think I will build a grounding box for the Venom V16.
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I want to commend you for keeping your cables separated and not touching each other. I’ve written about this in forums for years, and have done it since 1990. It makes a significant difference in the sound, as does turning off power outlets, lights and especially the microwave(!) unit in the home, regardless of whether or not you have dedicated circuits (which I’ve had since 1990, also) or not. These things all affect the sound. I also don’t have anything touching the floor. NOTHING. And despite naysayers, it’s a reality. I was once a writer for one of the major "underground" mags, an editor for another and a writer, later on in the early 21st century for a third magazine. I learned over the past 40 years to pay attention to EVERYTHING.
Good for you that you are are so diligent. It can only improve your musical experience and some things (keeping cables separated) cost nothing at all! Some people just don’t trust their own ears, and think that measurements will tell them what they need to know (something I strongly disagree with!) I suppose it depends on the type of music one plays, but Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, reissued as a 45 so you need multiples records for the whole album, would show even a half-deaf person (oh wait, that’s me now that I’m in the 7th decade of life) that a measurement will not convey the feeling of the music itself. Perhaps some people just don’t feel that music that deeply, which moves one from music lover, to music "enjoyer" (while they’re on their computer or smartphone at the same time).
As they say, "I couldn’t EVEN."
P.S. My PS Audio Power Plant went on the fritz, and I decided that on Monday, I will be buying the level below yours, the Venom PS 10. Can't wait!
I agree with Carbon Miller about how even the most subtle vibration can throw the music "off." Of course, one can become completely obsessive about this, but it doesn't hurt to try some minor "mods" such as putting Blue Tack on an outlet cover (and my outlet covers are made by Furutech to match their outlets). But I wonder...
Perhaps a Delta would suit me more than the PS10. It might have some "protections, " as one ascends the line into the Reference level I don't yet know about. This can be a beautiful hobby if we learn things even as we are immersing ourselves in music. And educate our ears at the same time!
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