Verastarr Audio Grand Illusion Signature SeriesVerastarr Audio  Grand Illusion Signature Series 2 Silver Foil Power CordGorgeous Verastarr Grand Illusion Singnature 2 Silver Foil power cable 6 foot. An open window--very natural and open sound. You will hear more music without the etch. These are incredible power ca...2599.00

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Gorgeous Verastarr Grand Illusion Singnature 2 Silver Foil power cable 6 foot. An open window--very natural and open sound. You will hear more music without the etch. These are incredible power cables. Light and airy in the top end with excellent transparency and musicality in the midrange combined with really good dynamics. You will not be disappointed! Midwest Audio , Mishawaka, IN Trades considered. I am also an authorized dealer for PS Audio, Oracle, Resonessence, COS Engineering Verastarr, Canary Audio and Triangle Art. Paypal or CC adds 2.9%, From Verastarr: Step One: Eliminate the inherent anomalies of round wire... The Verastarr Grand Illusion is a testament to our ability to think outside the box. Designed with 'eliminating the inherent anomalies of round wire' in mind, the Grand Illusion uses high purity Copper foils instead of wire. The result is a breakthrough in imaging and dynamics. By increasing the surface area of normal round wire tenfold or more, skin effect is no longer an issue. Efficiency of electron flow is maximized, and efficient electron flow means low noise. Micro detail becomes unlocked and soundstage and image opens up incredibly. Start with your source components for the most dramatic improvement then unveil the layers as you add cords to the preamp, then amplifiers and finally behind your power conditioner. We are so confident in the performance of the Grand Illusion that we guarantee it performs better than what you are currently using, or your money back! Try one now to truly see what your system is capable of. The Grand Illusion power cords are also available in High Current configuration (HC) the HC cord uses twice the amount of foils as a regular Grand Illusion effectively doubling the surface area of the cable. The GI HC is recommended for high current amplifiers as well as line conditioners. The greater surface area also sounds faster for source and front end components. 20A Hubbel IEC available at no additional cost. Standard plug and IEC are Furutech FI-15 Plus The Grand Illusion 2 includes several improvements over the original. On the Grand Illusion 2, we have added passive RF/EMI filtering technology utilizing rare earth minerals in a polymer matrix, as well as treatments to the live and neutral leg to reduce magnetic flux, as well as a crystal wafer resonating disc which activates in the presence of AC power. These 3 treatments give the Grand Illusion 2 even lower noise and greater micro detail for a more holographic soundstage, and quicker transients. Also, low frequency becomes more timbrally accurate and musical with the treatments in place. Grand Illusion Signature 2: Take the benefits of the pure 99.997% silver foil, and add the GI2 noise treatments and you get an even more refined cable. Cryo treated foils give an exceptionally smooth, fleshed out midrange. Greater micro detail is unlocked and you will hear more immediacy of presence. Sounds like cymbals for instance will come out right into the room. Vocalists will lift off the background, and everything gets deeper with true to life dimesionality. Incredible pace and rhythm compliment extremely wide and deep soundstage. The music simply emanates from velvety blackness. Immediate and present, the instruments not only have a black background, but they have noticeable blackness in between themselves. Compared to the GI Sig 1, the Signature 2 has more open extended highs, and a bit quicker more fleshed out midrange. Once this cord is in, you will not want to touch it. In fact, you will most likely want to add one to every component in the chain. There is a cumulative effect that makes a profound difference each step of the way. All GI Cords come with a 10 year warranty. Your utmost satisfaction is guaranteed! Grand Illusion Signature is also available in HC version (double foils), recommended for power conditioners and amplifiers. yet also sounds better than single foils on source and front end. The Grand Illusion Signature 2 includes several improvements over the original version 1. On the Grand Illusion 2, we have added passive RF/EMI filtering technology utilizing rare earth minerals in a polymer matrix, as well as treatments to the live and neutral leg to reduce magnetic flux, as well as a crystal wafer resonating disc which activates in the presence of AC power. These 3 treatments give the Grand Illusion 2 even lower noise and greater micro detail for a more holographic soundstage, and quicker transients. Also, low frequency becomes more timbrally accurate and musical with the treatments in place. From 6Moons: In consultation with Verastarr founder and CEO Mike Powell, we agreed that his Grand Illusion series might be an ideal fit for my system. Shortly thereafter I received at set of Grand Illusion speaker cables and interconnects plus a pair of Grand Illusion 2 HC power cords, all of which feature solid copper foils. The Grand Illusion 2 HC or High Current is a double foil design with two foils for each polarity including ground. They also include "passive RF/EMI filtering technology utilizing rare earth minerals in a polymer matrix, as well as treatments to the live and neutral leg to reduce magnetic flux, as well as a crystal wafer resonating disc which activates in the presence of AC power." Standard connectors are Furutech FI-15 Plus. I asked Mike to elaborate on the design details of the Grand Illusion cables, specifically why he favors ribbons to traditional round conductors: "The cables are made using cryo-treated high-purity metal foils in a static-free low-loss dielectric. Furthermore, in the power cords we employ rare earth minerals in the IEC plug end for passive noise reduction. We designed Grand Illusion while pushing the boundaries of conventional designs. Round conductors have several physical properties that cause distortion. We decided to overcome this by thinking outside the box rather than just band-aid round wire with a filter box in the middle, batteries on the ends or ten layers of shielding and damping. We wanted something smart, light, flexible, handsome, fairly priced and above all, transparent and revealing. We found the more we put into our designs, the more we could extract from the equipment that was already there. "We think that many people upgrade components over and over again, the entire time taking the cable thing with too much of a grain of salt. If their thought process gave more weight to the importance of what carries and preserves the signal integrity between components, then perhaps listeners could prevent costly component upgrades and keep the pieces of equipment they chose in the first place. Our feeling is that cables are so important, they will make or break a hifi system. So here we are, dedicated to music and its accurate high-fidelity representation." Unpacking the Verastarr cables was pleasure itself as the packaging, presentation and build quality were outstanding. The Grand Illusions, sporting flat copper foils in varying dimensions depending on the specific cable, were encased in a lovely black soft cloth sleeve with leather end caps and snug-fitting connectors. They were obviously hand made with a wonderful attention to the smallest of detail. The cables were flexible and easy to route even if only able to bend in two dimensions. I didn’t experience any issues. They pretty much stayed the way I wanted. After hooking them up into my system, they sounded great from the start. Still, I tried to ignore them for a few weeks before I started taking notes. As per usual, I used them as a loom and did not mix and match with different brands. Music sounded terrifically alive with these Verastarr cables. There was a dynamic and transient purity that was frankly startling. I can’t think of any other cabling that tracked the gradations from soft to loud as effortlessly as these. There were no signs of dynamic constriction at all. This was readily apparent right across the entire spectrum. Bass transients were spectacularly visceral in depth and articulation. Instruments and voices had a stark sense of realism in that even with familiar recordings, I was consistently surprised by how quickly attacks and decays of notes and nuances would flicker in and out amidst an immersive acoustic, be it real or artificial. Listening to Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s incendiary take on the Boss’ "Born to Run" was exhilarating. Actually, it was more Ian Drury’s backing band and session musicians than Frankie as I understand it. But who cares? This kicked some serious hiney. And I’m pretty sure it’s producer Trevor Horn who laid down those awesome bass lines. While the backdrop was pleasantly quiet, it wasn’t what I would call a jet-black or overdamped acoustic. It was more of a charged live venue where I could almost sense musicians leaning into their instruments or hear the slight inhale of a vocalist before singing. Put another way, I felt a heightened sense of anticipation much as one experiences in a concert setting. Though leaning ever so slightly to the warm side of neutral, I never doubted that the Grand Illusions were telling the truth. There was no smearing or truncation of detail. All was revealed without bludgeoning me into submission with an assault of goosed-up artificial detail or jamming ice picks into my ears. The Grand Illusions were supremely non-fatiguing. There was ample deep bass, plenty of air and sparkle, a deep wide and well layered soundstage and excellent organic image focus rather than the phony etched-in-stone kind that passes for exceptional in some circles. Violinist Linus Roth’s tone was gorgeous as was his playing on a terrific Challenge Classics recording of violin concertos by Benjamin Britten and a composer up to now unknown to me, Mieczyslaw Weinberg. I hear shades of Shostakovich but also a distinct voice with beauty, tenderness and humour - no small thing considering how Weinberg lost most of his family to the Nazis and Stalin. This native DSD set is a model of transparency and resolution where the Verastarr cables made for a terrifically compelling performance correct in timing and timbre. Roth’s string sound had real substance and texture. Every note was clear, unambiguous and human. There was nothing edgy or overly sharp about the sound. The rest of the orchestra was set naturally within a spacious acoustic. With the Grand Illusions in the mix, I thought this exceptionally well recorded and performed album perfectly showcased Verastarr’s excellence in portraying dynamics, nuance and touch. I am hopeful that the good folks at NativeDSD will soon offer the DSD version of Roth’s superlative Wartime Consolations, featuring music of K.A. Hartmann, Weinberg and Shostakovich. The 16/44.1 sounds pretty darn good over Tidal but like the Britten/Weinberg recording, I have no doubt that the DSD version will be miles ahead in sound quality. The Verastarr Grand Illusions offered an exciting, robust completely involving presentation that was just a tad on the warm side of neutral, well extended at both ends of the spectrum, blessedly free of the annoying highlighting I often hear in contemporary cables and with an articulate propulsive bass that has to be heard to be believed. Encased in their gorgeous soft black cloth and black leather end caps, the Grand Illusions exude sex appeal and quality. Not only do they sound like multi kilo-buck cables, they look like it. Prepare to be even more impressed once you hear how well they handle your music. You'll have a ton of fun with these. I sure as hell did. The Verastarr Grand Illusion cables are aptly named. They really do offer the grand illusion of real flesh and blood musicians playing in front of you. Way recommended. From Positive Feedback: Verastarr Grand Illusion AC power cords ($2500 in 6 foot length) use high purity copper metal foils and produce a musical presentation that is big, bold, and robust. Not to be clichéd here, but being a copper-based cable, and using lots of copper to address skin effect with its four 2-inch wide foils, music with this cable possessed the clichédly qualities inherent of the better copper-sounding cables: tonally warm and rich, and extended top to bottom—though not necessarily the top-end extension heard in silver-based cables. These are wonderful cables that are not only dead quiet, but flexible and a work of art. Housed in a black cloth jacket and possessing leather end "caps," the Grand Illusions speak luxury. Meaning at the $2500, the Grand Illusions not only sound like it, but they look like it. Here you clearly get your money’s worth. But, back to the music. My regular AC cords are the Mega Power Lynx from Lumionus Audio. I bought these after I reviewed them back in Issue 50 simply because they mated so well with the Clayton M200 Class A amplifiers. By saying "mated so well"… well they allowed the Claytons to do everything I wanted them to do, and then some. Now the Mega Power Lynx and Grand Illusions could not be any more different in design, and so in many aspects, music, with either, sounded different. From the Luminous Audio website… “The Mega Power Lynx is an extremely high quality, 9 gauge composite, 99.7% OFC, stranded copper power cable. …Natural rubber insulation is used for its excellent damping characteristics and dielectric properties at 110 Volts / 60Hz. A star quad configuration is utilized for the Mega Power Lynx topology as we have experienced tremendous success with this technology in the balance of A/C power transfer. In an upgrade from the Power Lynx Ultra, the Mega Power Lynx has a large, high-gauss neodymium magnet installed at each end of the cord. These strong rare-earth magnets establish a passive motor circuit which reduces noise in our cable while actually boosting micro dynamics in recorded music. Our research has proven the extremely strong magnetic field encourages the current and voltage to arrive at the load in phase resulting in many positive effects. They also serve as a mechanical vibration damper to control the micro-vibration caused by the flow of a/c current. …The cables are terminated with Japanese made, silver-plated copper, Audio Grade Edison and IEC connectors.” As I noted above, the Grand Illusions use wide copper foils, a luxurious cloth covering, leather end-caps, and as far as I can get from their site… “virgin PTFE dielectric, cryo treatment on all cable components, silver plated copper braid shield, teflon outer jacket, and cryo treated Rhodium plated bronze connectors.” And as word has it, a whole bunch of proprietary "passive filtering" to address noise and whatnot that can muck up the sound with crap in the flow of AC, but not the flow itself, by imparting a sonic signature into the flow of AC. The cables are all handmade and are of an artisan-quality in fit and finish. Truly beautiful to see and touch. Differences? Preferences? Both are rather easy. The Grand Illusions simply presented our music with a way bigger sonic picture than the Mega Power Lynx. One that is, as I said in the introduction, big, bold, and robust. Being extended and dynamic, the music with Grand Illusions had that presentation that is, for lack of a better term, more luxurious. Luxurious in the sense of this is what the best sounds like. There is a real economy of scale going here; one where the quality, sound-wise and whatever-wise, is evident in what you pay. Cheap is cheap, good is affordable, better is getting pricey, but the best is expensive—it is going to cost you more, no doubt way more to own the best out there. Music with the Mega Power Lynx sounded less "expensive." That is, the Mega Power Lynx offered a less "expensive" sound. One where the music was less robust, that was perhaps leaner and as such, sounded faster. Faster? Well when the tonal shift is towards the leaner, lighter side (less warmth or richness), then for sure, you think you are hearing more details and clarity—hence the sound seems faster. The music presents itself as having more speed as the sonic tapestry is lighter tonally. So more speed and clarity? Not really. Music with the Grand Illusion had it too, just mixed into the whole, so that, yeah, you got it all—but without drawing attention to itself. More about balance. Music with the Mega Power Lynx was also perhaps a touch grittier and grainier. Brighter too, but not in the sense of silver or etch—just more lit at the mid to top end, no doubt due to the leaner perspective of the Mega Power Lynx. All of which is not to suggest that the Mega Power Lynx is a bad cord, or one that was embarrassed in any way by the way more expensive Grand Illusion. After all, at $699 for 2 meters, it is still a steal and one of the better cords I have heard… and still love. It was just being overshadowed by the Grand Illusion’s superiority. Music with the Grand Illusions was never bight, but never rolled-off or euphonic. The music was just… all there. Right and engaging. Bass had this deep solid presentation that was ever-so captivating. Solidity comes to mind. Sold in terms of something massive and dense. Which is not to say the music was dense lacking space and air, just the opposite. So yeah, music with the Mega Power Lynx did not sound as big, or as rich as the Grand Illusion, and for sure the two cords presented the music differently. Perhaps all of this is due to Mega Power Lynx’s silver plugs, the magnets, the geometry… maybe to all of it?! No doubt these all play an issue, but I will say that certain music had a slight preference for one cord over the over. Not because one cord was better, but because, as I said before, they were different and that difference made things more right than the other on different recordings. One could easily argue that I was using the cords as a seasoning, or whatever, to color the sound of my music, and well, I can live with that. In the end I want to hear my music how I think it sounds best and so, so be it. The Grand Illusions are an amazingly good AC cord, letting the music flow through with such an engaging sound. Quiet, dynamic, propulsive, extended… you get it all. But to get it all will cost you. Worth it? I say a resounding yes.