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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    Saleh84, very well put. I couldn't agree more!
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    Audiophile Fuses

    Oh yeah? Perhaps you also think direction of conductors in a cable doesn't matter?
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    I agree completely both with Alpinist and dminches! So, bazelio, are they also "Audioquest shills" or, perhaps, they simply own decent systems, have good ears and prefer to tell the truth? P.S. My personal opinion: Dragon is only about 50% better than Hurricane.
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    bazelio, what's your point? Are you trying to draw me into a useless debate with you? Don't try because you will lose. I've been using top AQ cables in my system for 2 decades and head them in dozens of systems. I know what genuine top AQ cable will introduce into any system. So let's leave it...
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    Some things are obvious and don't change between systems...
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    Clearly, you listened to a fake Hurricane. Genuine Hurricane sounds nothing like you describe.
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    Don't know why they do this, but they do. And not only with respect to Dragon PC. But with many other cables. Annoys me personally. It seem that no one is perfect. But AQ top cables still sound best!
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    Audioquest Hurricane Power Cord

    Dragon has never been (and never will be) all silver. It is roughly 70% PSS and 30% PSC+. Firebird is the opposite: around 70% PSC+ and 30% PSS. And of course Hurricane is 100% PSC+. That's all there is to that.
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    Foil capacitors would've been double, if not triple the size! That's why I mostly went with Audyn TCM - they are the smallest in the copper foil camp.
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    That's exactly right.
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    I had to decrease overall factory capacitance. If you want decent copper foil caps in there (like Audyn TCM) and no film, that's the only way. In the copper foil league everything is 5 times larger in size and space is very limited. But in this case quality turned out to be a lot more important...
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    To answer your questions... Yes, cap mods were done in stages. Many stages indeed. The first coupling caps I used (for about a year) were Mundorf Supreme SGO. Then I tried Audyns and realised film can not compete with foil. Ended up using CAST Silver Foil Duelunds as my main coupling caps, which...
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    Factory input & output XLR jacks were replaced with Cardas. Crappy multistrand hook-up wire connecting these jacks with PCB was replaced with solid-core PSS (perfect surface silver) conductors taken from Audioquest Fire interconnect cables.
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    Preamp bottom view. All the Nichicon went into the trash can and Mundorf was soldered in. WIMA was replaced with Audyn TCM. The teeny white bypass caps were replaced with Jupiter Copper Foil and Duelund Precision Bypass caps.
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    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    Preamp mods (top view).

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