O ye, O ye, O ye, Oyaide Outlets

gb -- Mon, 01/11/2010 - 23:03

Who's tried this? I have one on the way and wonder if anyone else has heard it. Positive Feedback thought it stunning, as did Stereo Times.
Since the "everything-makes-a-difference" mantra arrived many years ago, it seems the one thing that hasn't been reviewed is the actual outlets themselves. And then there's the BIG question: does an outlet have a "break-in period"?
Has anyone truly "heard" differences among outlets? And what do the reviewers use? I have FIM and PS Audio outlets -- for now. Have had them since 2003. I'm not sure I hear the difference, but then perhaps one must have a $200,000 system to hear the difference in a $100 outlet. Heh, heh....

gb -- Thu, 01/14/2010 - 23:08

Update: the Oyaide unit arrived today. Installed it and was quite pleasantly surprised. I initially used PS Audio outlets, then FIM 880s. The system had sounded "soft" to my ears for a while, but I had dropped away from audio a few years ago, and didn't pay much attention to the system.
When I returned to it 2 years ago, there was a persistent lack of transient kick, as well as inter-transient silence. I dutifully moved speakers 1/50 of an inch here and there, rearranaged tube traps, etc. Still sounded soft...and on climaxes, the sounded congealed into a sort of pyramid effect: all the sound seemed to be 'squeezed' out of an opening at the top of the pyramid, but only SOME of the instruments were obvious: other families of instruments (flutes in partticular) got swallowed up as though the "bigger families' sound came through (still congealed) first, but there wasn't enough room for ALL the families of instruments to emerge unscathed. Kind of like when a 4 lane highway gets shut down to two lanes from an accident: some cars are trapped in the lane the accident was in, and can't pass through smoothly.
Enter the Oyaide RC-1. The upper midrange congestion almost completely vanished, as though someone sliced the top half off the pyramid leaving a much opening for the music to come through.  Given the modest integrated (Arcam FMJ 22 for the moment, this was pretty astonishing). But more than that, the music was more enveloping, spiritually speaking, more alive, more playful and the soundstage itself grew considerably larger. Both wider, deeper AND more layered. I wasn't expecting that at all, although I'd read Positive Feedback and the Stereo Times reviews.  The low level resolution on the JVC XRCD version of Scheherazade, which I'd always though a bit dull, revealed much more low-level detail: an actual sense of continuousness to the sound, along with scraping chairs and the like. If it had been there before (and I played the music at a LOWER level than usual), it had been masked. And in movement four of Scheherazade, when the brass plays fast, you can hear each note accented more clearly. Both the transient response and inter-transient silences are heard without having to concentrate to hear them. I read comic books just to distract myself, and I could still hear them (reading Wonder Woman takes focus these days). Quite impressive.
I am going for the smaller changes these days: line conditioners (the Audience Teflons are dazzling: they bring it closer to life rather than "better bass" or "bigger soundstage" although they do all that. The Oyaide seems to mimic this effect, and I put the Oyaide on a different circuit than the outlet holding the Audience, so as to be sure of the effect. The air in the soundstage is move obvious, too, which I suppose, is related to low-level resolution. The overall effect, soundstagepwise, is to make the Scheherazade seem to be played in a hall more closely approximately Orchestra Hall's size (which is very big) instead of the 2/3 size it was previously. I'm focused more on the electrical outlets, the line conditioners, the power cords. My rooms have  had Tube traps for over 20 years, including one on the floor in front of each speaker with the reflective side TOWARDS the speaker, and two on the ceiling directly forward of the speakers. I find eliminating the obvious silent assassins (RFI, EMI, FDI [family dog interference] has made it easier to evaluate the actual components and makes the positioning of speakers easier.
I'd strongly recomment trying the Oyaide, but I haven't tried  some other outlets such as Shunyatas outlets, although I had several generations of their earlier line conditioners , which had their outlets in them (wasn't overwhelmed by them, although the CX power cords are excellent).
The Oyaides should be reviewed. If they make this much of a difference in my system with all dedicated outlets, and they show up on my system, they should be terrific on a high resolution system.

gb -- Thu, 01/14/2010 - 23:10

To clarify, the outlets in the wall for the last 5 years have been the FIM 880s. Nice, but, I think, they soften music too much, and rob it of some of its vivacity, although you won't notice this easily. I didn't until I put in the Oyaide.

gb -- Thu, 01/14/2010 - 23:41

PPS. The unit is called the R1, not the RC 1. They have other outlets, but given the slight difference in price, I'd think they should just make 1 unit.: the R1.

ric (not verified) -- Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:54

Brion, check out AudioAsylum http://www.audioasylum.com/index.htm
look under tweaks/diy or cables and check out Dusters' postings since he seems to be the resident expert on oyaide comparisons.

ElvisisBack -- Thu, 03/29/2012 - 13:59

It your choice of coloration, with the R1 the upper mid-range became an issues, kind of like being punched in the face by that area. Like it at 1st then it becoming fatiging. Sold mine, now use the Mastero, and it been in my system for two years almost. Nice balance to it, nothing pushed forward, bull etc.


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