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I've had my Quatro CTs for almost nine months now. I am very pleased with the sound and am enjoying the speakers more every day. Currently I have the subs plugged directly into separate wall outlets and am using the original power cables supplied with the speakers. Just curious to hear if any Vandersteen owners have experience with after market power chords and/or running these subs through a power conditioner? I have a PS Audio Premier conditioner/regenerator but only use it for my source components.
Sorry...thanks for your answer.
I'm a huge proponent of upgraded power cords, but for subwoofers, it's not critical. You may hear slight differences with a better power cord, but I wouldn't bother spending more than $100 for one.With regard to using a power conditioner, that's a different issue. The main purpose of a power conditioner is to protect your valuable gear from power surges. If you feel the need to protect your subs, then plug them into a power conditioner. Don't expect any sonic improvements, though. If you do, that's fine, but if not, then you won't be disappointed.
I am not sure how well power conditioners protect from surges. I use them mainly to clean up the power.
I think power conditioners are good for subwoofer amplifiers. Problem is few are good at all. Even more problematic is the subwoofer amplifier usually needs some tune ups too, because it looks more like a bottle neck after cleaning the AC power. I know that seems ironic, but you're removing a flavor with a good power conditioner, so sometimes without that flavor you're left wanting a bit. So not unlike not that long ago, my recommendation here probably would be looking towards modifications first.
The OP has a pair of Quatros which have very nice subwoofer amps. I haven’t heard anyone think that they need modifications. I assume that the subwoofer amps in my Model 7s are high quality so the discussion of power cords and conditioners seems appropriate here.
The OP has a pair of Quatros which have very nice subwoofer amps.
If it's a plate amp, there's a 99% chance that it isn't very good. Also keep in mind that a plate amp which is typically attached to a cabinet are subject to the woofer's vibrations. Cheap parts, cheap cables, open back and lots of vibrations -- that's a recipe for distorted sound.
meh... depends who you are talking to. I'm the ultimate snob, so the answer that anything is too good isn't part of my repertoire.
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