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Cryoparts Power Strip II Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011
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Cryoparts Power Strip II Review
Testing and Conclusion

In Use

I was told by Cryoparts' owner, Lee Weiland, to give the Power Strip II approximately 150 hours to break in before formalizing any opinions. Even in the first couple hours, however, I could hear a difference in the sound – there was an almost immediate improvement in bass and midrange, with more distinct and taut dynamics. After the suggested run-in, along with better-defined bass and midrange, I also heard a slight improvement in imaging and ambience. With digital sources, the music took on more of an analog feel, sounding less congested. I experimented with a couple different power cords connected to the Power Strip II. Not surprisingly, my RS Audio Starchord power cable gave the best performance over a generic 16-gauge cable, but even that low-priced cord performed better locked into the Power Strip II.

Plug up close

Again, the biggest improvements were in the bass and midrange, with taut and focused notes and rhythms the norm. The key, though, is the resolution. For example, on Yes' 1978 release, Tormato, hearing Chris Squire's bass lines paint “On The Silent Wings Of Freedom,” as not just a bass guitar but a Rickenbacker bass guitar, and all its wonderful sonic characteristics, is what makes for involving listening. That's what the Power Strip II adds to the table. And the receptacles? They gripped like a Kraken's tentacles, requiring no little effort to just plug into. I can't imagine a scenario where a plug could detach from the stingy hold of the Strip II.

Final Thoughts

The Power Strip II is a real value among the many such outlets in audio land. It makes music sound more alive without coloration or unwanted “additions.” How much of this achievement can be credited to the freezing process? I'm not sure, but this is an outlet whose performance-to-dollar ratio is very solid – just like the Strip itself. Cryoparts is also currently offering the Power Strip II at a discounted price of $199 through its website ( Even do-it-yourself audiophiles would be hard pressed to build a similar box for the money. And I'm not sure where you'd store the liquid nitrogen anyway.

System Setup

  • Cryoparts Power Strip II
  • Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 turntable
  • Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 moving coil phono cartridge
  • Grant Fidelity A-348 integrated tube amplifier
  • Emotiva ERC-1 CD player
  • Parasound Zphono Preamplifier
  • RS Audio Cables Kevlar Starchord Power Cable 
  • RS Audio Cables Illume Silver Interconnects 
  • RS Audio Cables Illume Silver Loudspeaker Cables 
  • PENAUDIO Rebel 3 loudspeakers
  • Snell Acoustics Type K loudspeakers

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