Furutech NCF is impressive!

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So what differences can you hear in your system with products that utilize Furutech NCF? What I have noticed is overall increased clarity. Anytime you reduce noise and vibration you improve the way the sound is reproduced. With increased clarity there is really no appreciable downside. Read more below:

https://www.devaaudio.com/blog/furutech-ncf-is-a-hifi-no-brainer
 

Uk Paul

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Absolutely, more air, space and yes, clarity, no downsides that I can detect..
Rgds,
Paul
 

Elliot G.

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I am using all the outlets and cable lifters in my sound room as well as their power distribution all with NCF technology and IMO its very effective.
 

DaveC

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I use NCF plugs on my power cables, and the NCF receptacles and IEC inlets in my modded SurgeX power distributors.

The NCF material lowers the amount of noise on AC lines, it acts as a filter. AC power quality meters will show a large difference. The result is better clarity and less distortion. The plugs have a stainless steel and carbon fiber body that is also intended to damp mechanical vibration, and this works very well too.

I have a single NCF booster I got to test and will add more as funds allow, now there is a smaller version available as well. These are the best cable supports/stands on the market imo.
 
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Uk Paul

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Not tried the signal booster yet but use 7 NCF standard boosters in total now (in addition to several NCF IEC's and UK mains plugs), I can easily tell when one is removed. Interestingly, it made little or no difference when used on a 32a Neutrik Powercon mains connector we use on our balanced power supply, possibly because these lock securely into place.
 

Rocoa

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I agree. The NCF conectors are excellent. If you like more the sound of gold plating a good choice is add the Supressor CF-080 to the FI 28 and FI 38 plugs.
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In addition to using that is good to wrape teflon tape around the IEC extreme (to avoid microarc). An if you add the boosters.........:eek:.
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I have Furutech FI-50 NCF IEC plugs on my three Audio Note ISIS power cords. Compared to the half dozen other IEC plugs I have tried on the same cables, these are in a class by themselves. Clarity,, fast transients without sounding bright, solid tight bass, excellent dynamics, see-through transparency, and smooth linear tonal balance, are the descriptors I would use.

But there are two downsides. The NCF plugs take a long time to break in (500 hours) and they go through a lot of ups and downs before settling down. Second, each time the equipment is turned on, they go through a warm up cycle lasting about 30 minutes. For a long listening session, this hardly matters, but it’s a bit annoying when I only have 30 or 45 minutes to listen.
 

Uk Paul

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Yes, that's an unusal comment considering the IEC is constantly live, unless of course you switch off at the wall each time. Current draw will be near zero if the component is not powered but the IEC will still be working at it's job.

But, for a flawed power connection the NCF are among the best.

Rgds,
Paul
 
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How exactly do you know its the connectors needing warm up and not the gear?
Easy. I have been using the same equipment (phono setup, electronics and speakers) for the past year and a half and the same power cords with the same AC plugs. The only thing I have changed is the IEC plug on the power cords—-several Furutech models, Oyaide, Neotech and Marinco. I know how the rest of the equipment sounds as it warms up. There are different warmup changes when I have the FI-50 IEC plugs.

I read somewhere that the NCF (whatever it is) needs current flow to become active, and it goes through this every time a component gets turned on. I don’t know the “why” behind this but it is consistent with what I hear.
 

Elliot G.

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I never power down my gear unless there is some crazy reason to it like a severe storm or an electrical event in the building. I have never compared cable parts either
Thank you for your reply
 

Sablon Audio

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I read somewhere that the NCF (whatever it is) needs current flow to become active, and it goes through this every time a component gets turned on. I don’t know the “why” behind this but it is consistent with what I hear.
It’s the piezoelectric charge energising the crystals within the NCF plastic bodies
 
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Leaving equipment powered up continuously would certainly solve the warmup issue with each listening session. Unfirtunately that isn’t practical for those of us with all-tube systems.
 

Lee

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Furutech NCF outlets are an excellent product.
 
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Bodhi

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My next Reference power cables will have NCF connectors & I plan on using several NCF Boosters in my system in the near future. Great stuff!
 

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