Recently, I had the opportunity to upgrade the power connectors on the Xbox series X, using Furutech’s Figure 8, NCF connectors . In the process of upgrading, I realised a huge improvement to the sound quality.
Curious, I dived in deeper to the furutech NCF tech. So I got this in first , the NCF clear Line
I won’t be diving too much into the details, that’s all over the web.
Before buying, I thought, if it didn’t work out, I can just let it go at carousell. I plugged in 2 pieces one each to plixir cube 4 (source equipment), another into Plixir elite 3000 (amplifiers)….
Instantly the sound quality was so smooth I was very impressed. The accessories are not like the iFi, greenwave, ansuz or other cleaning stuff. This one works differently , it’s a passive device that improves the set up by introducing negative ions.
Actually they should not call this signal booster. It doesn’t boost anything. Rather it takes away the static, Maybe they should call it static depleter… lol
Signal boosters seems to send the wrong impression like it is boosting something artificially. This one different, it balance up the electrons , which is diminishing each time, the negative ions. That’s why I found why the sound so smooth sounding
The improvement is like when u buy a new driver, u play the songs… the bass sounds a bit stiff…. After 1-2 months, the drivers run in, then it sounds smoother. You get that type of smoothness. But this one is happening in midrange and upper frequencies, so it takes away a lot of the fatigue signature
1 thing I have noticed is that no matter how good the set up, there is something called a “static build up”. This static built up is very much prevalent in digital interconnects especially hdmi cables. It also carries on with it on the speaker cables when in contact with carpet type materials. These are all positive ions being picked up by the accessories , the digital and speaker or power cables. No matter how good the system does in cleaning the noise in the power, this static cannot be eliminated with that. That is why the NCF furutech is so effective. Because it is complementing the system by introducing “negative ions”… so I’m very sure in every set up, with the NCF in, should benefit in some way
Our accessories, are losing “negative ions”, that is why it is left with a lot of positive ions. Exactly same like the balloon or ruler exercise. When we rub it; it will make your hair on your hand stand up
This process will always be a constant, meaning it will always remain there, because electrons always like to hop across to anything it comes in contact with. This is the reason why we are seeing people use cable lifters. Because the sole purpose of the lifters are to avoid the the cables “negative ions” from jumping into the floor or carpet . Retaining the negative ions will bring balance to the sound quality.
So this one I found that doesn’t suck out the energy, if there is anything, the energy is back ! The other way round. It doesn’t take away anything . It just introduces negative ions to restore the balance of the electrons in the electrical chain, that’s why it is passive in nature… to some extent
I got in a few booster brace, some second hand from others. It is working beautifully on my set up
Almost as described by this Malaysian Reviewer. I have the same experience as him
Here is my new booster brace
Like this, so it prevents cables from sagging down, affecting its connections . The area in black where the cables touches, has a lot of positive ions hopping across onto it and the negative ions go into the cables…. The more the cable “touches” this black thing, the more it is exposed to the negative ions
I’ve used the single on the Oppo 205
And some at plixir section
The system quality is first class now ! Buttery smooth sounding, detailed , 3D like, bass is damn bloody good
Beware of adding too much of these, one has to balance it
The NCF material works by increasing damping which results in lowered impedence with the cable , which is why we hearing a nice energy level going up. Lotsa oomph!!
But too much of oomph may not be to ones liking, u will need to find that sweet spot gradually adding it.
Do share your experience , I love it on my set up, 1st class