Review: Virtual Dynamics NIte Power cord Power cord

Category: Cables

I'll cut to the chase...Some audiophiles are not ready to hear about how much difference this power cord can make in a high end audio system. I'm not kidding, the Nite power cord might just be one of the biggest upgrades I've made to my system! First off, I'm not claming to be an expert on power cords, nor have I tried a fraction of the power cords out there. I just wish to communicate what a profound difference this power cord has made on my system.

The first product I tried from Virtual Dynamics was their $125 2i power cord. This cord made a bigger improvement to the sound than any other power cord I had tried to date. I then upgraded to the Virtual Dynamic’s Audition power cord, which produced an even greater degree of enhancement. There was so much more low-level detail and tonal purity along with every other aspect of the sound being improved. Rick from Virtual Dynamics really wanted me to try his top of the line Nite power cord, even though I told him I really didn’t want to spend any more on a power cord. I was perfectly happy with the Audition power cords, one on my Accuphase 65V CD player and another on my Spectron Musician II power amp. How could a power cord have any more affect on a system than what I was already hearing? He said he’d send it anyway even if I didn’t intend on buying it. “I just want you to see what’s possible when this technology is taken to the extreme and for you to tell me your thoughts on it.” I said ok, send it. When I first received the cord I plugged into a receptacle over night but had no component hooked up to it, so it was not even close to being broken-in. The next day I plugged it into my CD player then dropped Ginger Baker’s Coward of the County into the tray and hit the play button. Before the first track was even though I had a tear running down my cheek. There is no way a power cord is supposed to make that much difference! This was not just more low-level detail and tonal purity; this was also affecting things on a Grand Scale. It was as if I had upgraded to mono blocks. The whole presentation had changed; there was awesome bass pitch, extension and control in the low frequencies. The soundstage had become more three dimensional and focused. I felt like a light had been turned on and illuminated the soundstage, I could clearly see were each instrument and musician were positioned. There was also an unmistakable transformation in the systems transparence. Notes were emerging from a much blacker background and then decaying into utter silence. The increase in dynamic shading both macro and micro were so much more convincing too, further bridging the gap between recorded and live music. Then of course was the increase in low-level detail and tonal purity. Words really do fail in trying to express what this power cord did for my system.

I had no intention of spending more money on a power cord but I don’t think Rick’s getting this one back. I believe this power cord has done more to increase my enjoyment of music than just about any other tweak. It also brought about a larger degree of improvement than upgrading my CD player from an Accuphase 65 to the 65V. After hearing this kind of improvement from a power cord I realized just how weak the weakest link in my system was. I then thought about all the audiophiles that still don’t think a power cord can make a difference and how they might not ever know just how good their system can really sound. Before you dump more money on upgrading components, try upgrading what might be the weakest link in your system first. As much as this cord sells for I believe it to be money well spent.

Associated gear
Amplifier: Spectron Musician II
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Accuphase 65V
Speakers: KSUed R645 Newform's
Cables/Interconnects: XLO sig. IC & XLO 5.1 speaker cable
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz, Classical, Folk and Rock
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Virtual Dynamics Audition & Nite power cords
Type of Audition/Review: Home Audition

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Nicely written review, Gme109. I can't help but notice a couple things, though.

No offense intended, but you have no history at all on this forum, and your review sounds practically like advertising copy, so I must take your comments with a very large asterisk (which is no reflection on any possible qualities of the product reviewed).

Second, assuming you're not pimping this product with an ulterior motive, I notice you don't list any power-conditioning products in your system, don't say whether or not you've installed any kind of improved or dedicated AC lines, fail to mention what individual effects the PC may have had on your amp and player as two different matters separate from one another, and don't list any of your PC upgrade costs beyond the first VD product you started with.

Please don't let my provisos put you off - if you intend to stay and contribute your straight-up best, then I say welcome as your first respondent, and look forward to your reply. (On the other hand, if I never see anything additional from you, then this review will be politely discarded.) Hey, we're a pretty nice bunch, but no one ever said we were easy! :-)

P.S. - I want to note for the record that all of Gme109's sales feedback so far is 100% positive.
GME109. I use a VD audition on the sim4070se directly into the wall. It was major improvement. I use a cro'd vd power2 extension on the monster HTS2000 into which I plug everthing else. This improved it again. Note, Rick at VD likes his PC's run directly into wall. However, I found the vd power 'extension' cord placed on the monster gives me very good improvement. Power cords can make a difference and I fully agree with your idea of trying one first, before throwing money at a upgrade. It is money well spent for me.
It's about two months old.

It is also referred to in ads posted by Virtual Dynamics here on audiogon.

Makes ya wonder...