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    IEC inlet surgery - is it worth the hassle?

    A couple of people in the hobby incl my long suffering cable guy (if you'd known me for a long time like him, you'd understand my comment LOL) are raving about replacement quality IECs to take place of crap quality ones fitted as standard, esp if all other aspects of power taken care of (in my case that means balanced power, dedicated lines, Furutech duplexes, excellent power cords, and soon wholesale fuses upgrades).
    I get the argument, every stock barrier to good power is a barrier to more enjoyment, and why allow a poor IEC to be a bottleneck for quality?
    The problem is that these IECs are not often a simple plug and play upgrade like cables and fuses.
    First, the Furutech NCF Rhodium IECs I've been recommended are bigger than stock IECs requiring labour intensive filing away of chassis aperture to accept.
    Then, there is the case of IECs that are soldered direct to electronics like my Zu sub amps.
    And then the case of filtered IECs where I'm not sure what the replacement should be.
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    So would like opinions from those who've gone ahead, and others that haven't.
    There certainly is near to zero chat on WBF and other forums re this.
    Either it's an overrated upgrade, or an area ripe for investigation.
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    They do it all of the time with vintage amps. From what looks like lamp cord to whatever PC they desire. As to whether it's worth it to you? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. On the other hand, if you want some flexibility with the use of different PC's, then what are you waiting for? It has been reported that many of them respond well. YMMV.

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    Marc, I would urge you to consider Lobotomy surgery instead, a procedure designed to calm a disturbed and troubled mind.

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    Too late! I've already stumped up for nigh on twenty audiophile fuses

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    A Neutrik PowerCon is much better than any IEC chassis connector.
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    Spirit - you should check out bocchino audio iec chassis mount - they are next level
    I have iec plugs coming and have wall plugs also - best to contact Carmine as web page is not up to date

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    It's definitely worth it, and it's not very difficult or time consuming to alter the hole in the chassis to accept the Furutech NCF IECs.
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    Try wiring a NCF Rhodium IEC female and male in series and introduce in the power supply chain close to the equipment. If you really feel that your audiophile life improves with it and you can not live without it go on with the surgery.

    I have done it before for other reasons - equipment that had captive low quality power cables. I only regretted it when later I wanted to sell it. Anyway you can ask some one to build a small external adapter using a 3D printer to place the NCF Rhodium IEC externally without surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
    A Neutrik PowerCon is much better than any IEC chassis connector.
    Do you have data to support such claim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    Try wiring a NCF Rhodium IEC female and male in series and introduce in the power supply chain close to the equipment. If you really feel that your audiophile life improves with it and you can not live without it go on with the surgery.
    That makes no sense. The benefits would not be fully realized, since the field extension and parasitics are the things changed by the NCF. Therefor you cannot tell unless it is installed.
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