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    ELROD new MASTER SERIES Statement Gold...a true surprise; changes the game considerably!

    Installed ONE of these in the system today on my Esoteric A-02 power amp to replace a 2 year old Elrod Statement Gold next-gen cable as a test.

    Cable was cooked for 6 days and then rounded out by David on his system to a full 2 weeks of burn-in.

    To say the design changes are major would be a huge understatement....double the width of the widest ribbons used to date and double the count over what was already his latest generation design for Statement Gold; that's all that can be said.

    Within the first 12 hours the phrase (which I've only used once before for any cable) "component-level upgrade" came to mind. It's as if my amp had been further upgraded along with my entire system. This is no exaggeration and I'm surprised at the uplift from a single power cord from the level I already was experiencing. All frequency bands experienced significant changes for the better, an already 3-dimensional wrap-around soundstage on most recordings became an even more dense, musical energy-filled 3D wrap-around deeply immersive soundstage on EVERY recording, every note, voice, etc...became even more real and life-like, inner detail increased on most material (already have tons of inner detail thanks to the TAD R1s), musical energy increased in the room and the listener is pulled even deeper into the recording. I found myself rewinding or starting tracks over many times as the surprise factor with this change was extremely high.

    I had talked to a couple of guys who had gone this route picking up this brand new cable family in the last month; they were saying that the Master Series Golds eclipsed the Diamond and MBX2 families of cables and simply blew the doors off the latest Statement Gold generation. That all sounded hard to believe (particularly the part about eclipsing MBX2 and Diamond/X2; after 12 hours, I do believe it to be true...

    Tough part about the Elrod line is the website has not been updated in a long, long time as more time is spent on design and build than on marketing. My advice is to reach out to me or others using these cables and get some candid conversations going. Also, you can easily reach David Elrod via phone / email; he's a wealth of knowledge and will discuss cables, music, system design/synergy with any serious audio-nut.

    It's been a very surprising day and yes, the cable is more impressive in person than it even is in these pictures.

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    ..if you don't mind me asking what is the msrp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by es347 View Post
    ..if you don't mind me asking what is the msrp?
    I don't mind at all but will point you to Elrod himself via phone or email (given on his old website) or to a dealer for your region. I am an end-customer and respect David's no direct sale/dealer-only model so best to get the prices from them. This is also such a new line of cables the while the PCs appear set for retail, I believe the rest of the line is still being set price-wise. No matter what, always best to get price from the MFG or a dealer.

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    I do wonder what they have tucked into the fat section of these cords to result in its Mid-Section girth?

    Looks like an Anaconda that just swallowed a baby deer

    These actually look smaller then some of the other models I've seen which are fat the whole way thru, end to end.

    Any info on what kind of current carrying capabilities these things have or if they are certified for there primary purpose? One thing is for sure, there is clearly no end to the madness of what is considered overkill in this hobby
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    This reminds me to order another Shunyata Alpha HC. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan31 View Post
    This reminds me to order another Shunyata Alpha HC. Thanks!
    Glad to be of help , that's a great power cord from a 1st class manufacturer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjf View Post
    I do wonder what they have tucked into the fat section of these cords to result in its Mid-Section girth?

    Looks like an Anaconda that just swallowed a baby deer

    These actually look smaller then some of the other models I've seen which are fat the whole way thru, end to end.

    Any info on what kind of current carrying capabilities these things have or if they are certified for there primary purpose? One thing is for sure, there is clearly no end to the madness of what is considered overkill in this hobby
    Over the past few years (even the smaller mid-sections) have been a proprietary mix of different ribbons whose metallurgy and composition/construction are designed by Elrod and manufactured directly for him. After that, I have no idea. As to your questions as to certified for intended purpose and current carrying capabilities...I'd suggest you reach out him or one of his dealers and discuss. Might want to ask that question of all other manufacturers while we are at it.

    What I know is from hearing music; they bring a system to its best potential levels on a component by component level and the system as a whole. There are things I've heard out of various levels of my system that simply did not come out either as clearly or at all starting with my amp, then pre-amp on up the chain. I will say that I've been through 6 other top-end vendors' power cords, and 7-8 other analog ICs and speaker cables with very good results over the years . I'll not name them here but am happy to discuss offline via phone or via PM. In all cases, the Elrod cables of the last 3-4 years beat them hands-down (to my ears, for my musical reproduction wants and desires...so all personal opinion and taste). Yes, they are not your typical look, construction, weight, cost etc,....but for me, they are "it" when it comes to audiophile-grade cables. Also, despite their high-prices they are a fraction of what some cost that simply don't look like they contain anything but a few conductors and a pretty outer jacket (that I've heard many of mind you and don't understand what all the fuss is about...)

    All, IMHO and FWIW....

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    Quote Originally Posted by es347 View Post
    ..if you don't mind me asking what is the msrp?
    Hi Mr. Gavin, The retail price of the new Elrod Master Series Gold power cord is $8000.
    Disclosure; I am an audio dealer carrying Dartzeel, Mola Mola, Merging NADAC, The Gryphon, Parasound(+Halo), Oppo, YG Acoustic, Kii Speakers, Evolution Acoustic, Eclipse TD Speakers, Endeavor Audio, Kef, Vivid, JL Audio,Monitor Audio, RPG Room Acoustic Treatments, Cinematech, Kimber, MIT, Analysis Plus, Kubala Sosna, Elrod Cables, Oyaide, HRS, Artesania Racks, Wave Kinetics, Acoustic Revive, Richard Gray, Sound Application and Jeff Hedback Acoustical Design Service and much more fine audio gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan31 View Post
    This reminds me to order another Shunyata Alpha HC. Thanks!
    I believe still currently on sale for $900 from Music Direct. Soon to be replaced with another version.

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    Mark: you silly guy, don't you know there is no audible difference in wires

    Who is the famous guy that has the 1 Million dollar cable challenge? I recently read about him and his viewpoint of audiophiles being delusional and not yet having anyone take him up on his bet.

    Found it:
    http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs...by-James-Randi

    And Michael Fremer is going to be the judge? People who have been in a demo room with him say his hearing is not good as he has to crank the volume way up to be able things, same as carrying on a conversation with him.

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