World Premiere Review!
A Ghost In The Machine?
Fire up your computer and do a search, you will find Power Strips, AC line Conditioners, Surge Protectors, Re-Generators, and Noise-Canceling devices. Why so many power source line tamers? That's because very few of us (Me) are blessed with a perfectly pristine power source unfortunately, most of us live on some sort of shared power grid.
Previously in January of 2018, I composed a World Premier review of the Jeff Wells Audio Integrated Amplifier and this was published in Enjoy the Music.com. At this VPI event, Mr. Wells was in attendance demonstrating his entire system powered with the new Looking Glass II Power Conditioner. At this time Mr. Jeff Wells agreed to send me a sample of his new power conditioner.
Objet d' Article
The LG2 did not come with A Power Cord or printed owner instructions, you will find it on Wells Audio's website. The most striking new feature of the LG2 is the Gold Bezel of the Volt Meter mounted on one end of the case. The meter displays line voltage on a scale ranging from Zero up to Three Hundred volts. The LG2 can accommodate line voltages greater than 120 Volts at 60 Hz or 230 volts at 50 Hz, and it has a maximum load rating of 20 Amperes. I have included a list of specifications at the end of this review.
Besides the addition of an AC voltmeter, the LG2 line conditioner has four duplex AC sockets that are super quality Furutech GTX-R. I believe that the Furutech company manufactures the most expensive and hi-tech AC receptacles made.
The GTX-R specifications include: Rhodium-plated Pure Copper Conductors. The last letter of this Furutech receptacles model number stands for Rhodium plating over high-purity copper. Additionally, Furutech features a patent-pending nonmagnetic 2mm-thick stainless spring pressure plate brace system. The body material consists of nylon/fiberglass with piezo ceramic and carbon damping material. I found each of these GTX-R receptacles listed at $250 each on a (unnamed) parts website. So the four $250 Duplex receptacles supplied with the LG2 total $1000. A short list of internal components includes Miflex copper PIO caps used to filter high and mid frequencies and a large oil-filled polypropylene cap that filters low frequencies.
The three filter stages in series combine to create a wide-band wall of harmonic suppression. Internal parts include a gas-discharge tube in combination with transient voltage diodes to shunt voltage spikes. Also, expensive Bybee Quantum Purifiers are used at the end of the entire filter network to kill any unlikely escapees. This is only a partial description of what's inside. There is a list of the LG2 parts count at the end of this report. It will give you some idea why it costs $7,500.
The Proof Is In The....
This flea market find is one of the most un-messed with natural-sounding CD recordings I have heard. Listening to the wall-outlets raw feed took me on a time trip back to 1974 and reminded me of my first audio system. The image depth between my speakers was foreshortened and slightly narrower. The whole sound space between my speakers was imbued with a slight overtone of grit and grain. The sound that was immersive before and had a calming effect was lost. There was another more difficult test I had in mind. Let me play a vinyl recording that will have even more subtle and finer harmonic details. The vinyl recording is, Nils Lofgren Acoustic Live, [Analog Productions APP 090].
The fifth track on side one, Keith Don't Go, the dynamic shifts and transient treble guitar chords are incredibly revealing. With nothing to protect my system, there was a lessened sense of depth. That effect was subtle, but it is was rendered something like a two-dimensional photo print. The higher frequencies are where most of the atonal effects are evident. I believe over an extended period of time listening fatigue will set in.
The Looking Glass Effect
The acid test has to be on vinyl and by comparison, employing that Nils Lofgren recording. The thing that smacks you in the face is the dimensional breadth and depth of the place where the recording was made. Now you can better sense where Nils Lofgren stands. And just off to his left side and a bit farther back his brother stands accompanying Nils on guitar. The dimensional stereo stage is everything to me. I want to feel as if I can step into it and become part of the performance.
Remember to enjoy the music and from me, Semper Hi-Fi!
Peak Current: 40A (Fuse melts in 1 second @ 40A)
Input-To-Output DC Resistance: <0.125 Ohms
Common-Mode Noise Suppression: -3dB @ 20kHz, -34dB @ 500kHz, and -40dB @ 1MHz
Differential-Mode Noise Suppression: -3dB @ 500Hz, -12dB @ 20kHz, -34dB @ 500kHz, and -44dB @ 1MHz
Parts: Gas discharge tube, two air-core ribbon coils, two iron-core chokes, iron-core common-mode choke, ten damping resistors, two Bybee Quantum Purifiers, three optional TVS diode clamps, and four Furutech duplex AC power outlets, plus other parts.
Price: From $2500 and $7500 (as reviewed)