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Not only is this the bargain of the year it really works. I thought I had good noise filtration with the Isotek then Belkin until I got this. What is the most obvious improvement is opening up of soundstage everything is more three dimensional. And the top end is cleaner than I’ve heard before. Great power board. 

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On 26/08/2019 at 11:19 PM, Snoopy8 said:

By reducing the background noise, the Thor board may have exposed a problem in your set up. You may be hearing DC noise caused by a transformer

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/a-dc-blocker-to-help-stop-transformer-hum.948/

 

mwhouston makes and sells one

There was one recently in Classifieds.

 

Holton also have one

https://holtonprecisionaudio.com/products/holton-dc-blocker-one

More expensive, but even better filtering..

Hi Snoop

 

Quick question. Do you have any experience with the Gigawatt Powerstrips (eg. GigaWatt PF-1 or PF-2)? I was considering these but now thinking it may be better to buy the Thor for now given the price and then see how i go. I know they are completely different price points and the PF-2 also supports some power conditioning. As a newbie, i'm looking for some advice. Thanks

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Got mine in the mail. Here're the results.

 

Without filter:

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With filter:

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So at the very least, I can conclusively say these definitely filter out power line noise. Note this is not an endorsement that it makes any audible difference though. Assuming equipment has its power induced noise floor noise at -120dB, that means that in this example the baseline noise is at -145dB (25dB lower), and this change would have decreased it by 5dB to -150dB (30dB lower), while the power line noise floor would still be at -120dB.

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1 hour ago, Asakusa Kitsune said:

Hi Snoop

 

Quick question. Do you have any experience with the Gigawatt Powerstrips (eg. GigaWatt PF-1 or PF-2)? I was considering these but now thinking it may be better to buy the Thor for now given the price and then see how i go. I know they are completely different price points and the PF-2 also supports some power conditioning. As a newbie, i'm looking for some advice. Thanks

I have not used the Gigawatt products so cannot comment. I have used other power filtering/ conditioning products including Thor but most are no longer in use with stereo setup. While they gave a lower noise floor, they impacted the dynamics of the music (play music with a fast beat). In my stereo chain, there is only a Horton DC blocker.

 

Note that the only way to find out whether a power product works is to try it. It may work for you or impact the music. Sorry, no easy answer, you need to try yourself.

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32 minutes ago, Snoopy8 said:

I have not used the Gigawatt products so cannot comment. I have used other power filtering/ conditioning products including Thor but most are no longer in use with stereo setup. While they gave a lower noise floor, they impacted the dynamics of the music (play music with a fast beat). In my stereo chain, there is only a Horton DC blocker.

 

Note that the only way to find out whether a power product works is to try it. It may work for you or impact the music. Sorry, no easy answer, you need to try yourself.

Thanks for that. :)I think i'll start with the Thor and see how I go.

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Just grabbed one 8 plug, one 4 plug, and one of the single Smart TV units to go in the wall behind the TV, thanks OP.  Will shortly figure out why I need another one.  

 

@getdisdude Cheap way to start down the power improvement path?

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31 minutes ago, Topman_Chief said:

Just grabbed one 8 plug, one 4 plug, and one of the single Smart TV units to go in the wall behind the TV, thanks OP.  Will shortly figure out why I need another one.  

 

@getdisdude Cheap way to start down the power improvement path?

nice.. i'll pick one up as well. I've already got the belkin one.. 

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More information Belkin vs Thor today. Equipment used: Audia Flight FL3s amp, Technics SP10mk2 TT, Ortofon Quintet Bronze cart, Wilson Benesch speakers. Test tracks Daft Punk Georgio by Morodo and Lose Yourself to Dance. 

Thor is quieter, enables slightly more nuance and hidden detail and timbre particularly when things get complex and better 3D detail into space. Seems more resolved. However on bass notes it is a little bit less impactful. That’s not to say it isn’t there, just has slightly less dynamics and slam compared to the Belkin. Or maybe what I’m hearing from the Belkin is more noise masquerading as slam. The Belkin doesn’t lose any dynamics compared to plugging in direct to the wall but it’s filtering isn’t quite as effective as the Thor. Belkin is a bit less resolved and the Thor opens up the soundstage quite a bit more. Thor might filter more out with a little loss of macro dynamics. Bass is still low and deep on the Thor just a little bit less punch maybe. Possible the difference is the Thor has 1.0mm gauge cable, the Belkin 1.5mm. But either way they’re both very good at their jobs. Like them both. But for me the Thor wins. 

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1 hour ago, Topman_Chief said:

Just grabbed one 8 plug, one 4 plug, and one of the single Smart TV units to go in the wall behind the TV, thanks OP.  Will shortly figure out why I need another one.  

 

@getdisdude Cheap way to start down the power improvement path?

@Topman_Chief does the smart tv unit replace the factory chord on the tv entirely or work with it?

do you run that into the thor board or just into the wall?  Doesn't really provide a chord length, wondering if i can find a reason to buy one also LOL,  but needs to be pretty long chord thats all.

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Would anyone know if the 4 port models have similar RFI filtering or is this only something on the larger model?

Thankyou

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1 hour ago, 08Boss302 said:

@Topman_Chief does the smart tv unit replace the factory chord on the tv entirely or work with it?

do you run that into the thor board or just into the wall?  Doesn't really provide a chord length, wondering if i can find a reason to buy one also LOL,  but needs to be pretty long chord thats all.

I didn't look at the length. I figure I'll just add an extension lead if need be. I don't believe it needs the Thor board. Check out the Thor site for more info - I did about 10 secs research and hit buy! I like the idea that it can fit in the wall behind my TV, which the boards won't. 

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Just now, Topman_Chief said:

I didn't look at the length. I figure I'll just add an extension lead if need be. I don't believe it needs the Thor board. Check out the Thor site for more info - I did about 10 secs research and hit buy! I like the idea that it can fit in the wall behind my TV, which the boards won't. 

cable is 1.2m long i saw, i think i might grab a couple and like you said if needed run an extention chord from wall to this device.  i think it would be doubling up using the thor board and this but this on its own at $15 looks a winner...

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I've jumped on board.  A couple each of the 8 way, 4 way and single units.

Impossible to resist at those prices.  We live in an area where we get frequent outages and they can be intermittent where power flicks off then back on a few times before going off completely, so the more of my systems & appliances that I can protect, the better.

I've been happy with the Belkin 6-way ones, but only have 2 as they were pretty expensive.

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Stop it guys, I already have 2 but feel the irresistible urge to buy another few

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i doubt even with the volume and numbers that have purchased that a group buy would have gotten close 🤣

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Are they much better than normal power boards?

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Just got the board and tested and it is solidly built and probably better built than other consumer graded powerboards. Mainly plastic but has a bit of weight to it. 

 

Comparing with my Consonance Powerboard which does not have any filter in it, Thor is actually degrading the sound quality. To my surprise, I could tell the difference pretty much immediately. With Thor, the sound is thinner & a bit artificial overall and lose the smooth & natural high.   

It reminds me of active noise cancellation headphone that I used to have which I did not like the sound out of it. I guess that Thor's inside filter actually makes difference.

 

If someone has very noisy or dirty power, it might work well and help reducing the noise from power source.

It would be a good quality board for visual and other electronics but not for audio though especially dedicated music listening setup at least for me..

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3 minutes ago, Spider27 said:

Just got the board and tested and it is solidly built and probably better built than other consumer graded powerboards. Mainly plastic but has a bit of weight to it. 

 

Comparing with my Consonance Powerboard which does not have any filter in it, Thor is actually degrading the sound quality. To my surprise, I could tell the difference pretty much immediately. With Thor, the sound is thinner & a bit artificial overall and lose the smooth & natural high.   

It reminds me of active noise cancellation headphone that I used to have which I did not like the sound out of it. I guess that Thor's inside filter actually makes difference.

 

If someone has very noisy or dirty power, it might work well and help reducing the noise from power source.

It would be a good quality board for visual and other electronics but not for audio though especially dedicated music listening setup at least for me..

Oh wow, this is not great news...Mine arrived today, i was going to set it up this weekend.

No idea if my power is dirty or noisy, not even sure how to tell actually, but I had planned on using this in a dedicated set up.  Right now i am using a std powerboard and figured this would be a step up in every way.

I am now keen to see/hear what if any difference I pick up.

At $30, if its a backward step i'll use in the shed anyway!

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34 minutes ago, Spider27 said:

Just got the board and tested and it is solidly built and probably better built than other consumer graded powerboards. Mainly plastic but has a bit of weight to it. 

 

Comparing with my Consonance Powerboard which does not have any filter in it, Thor is actually degrading the sound quality. To my surprise, I could tell the difference pretty much immediately. With Thor, the sound is thinner & a bit artificial overall and lose the smooth & natural high.   

It reminds me of active noise cancellation headphone that I used to have which I did not like the sound out of it. I guess that Thor's inside filter actually makes difference.

 

If someone has very noisy or dirty power, it might work well and help reducing the noise from power source.

It would be a good quality board for visual and other electronics but not for audio though especially dedicated music listening setup at least for me..

Thanks for the heads up, waiting on my to be delivered and will put a hold on buying more.

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