Sound ApplicationPower ConditionerSound Application Power ConditionerNew Price $4200 in 1998, Selling for $995.00. 120Volt Unit with 20 Amp IEC inlet includes 10' Power Cord (20amp IEC with 15 Amp Plug). also Including MacWire Delta 1 Power Cable sold as an option...995.00

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New Price $4200 in 1998, Selling for $995.00. 120Volt Unit with 20 Amp IEC inlet includes 10' Power Cord (20amp IEC with 15 Amp Plug). also Including MacWire Delta 1 Power Cable sold as an option with the conditioner for $5000. PayPal credit Card US adds 3% Fee's, 4% Fee's to Canada. all other locations Bank Wire Transfer + $25 Bank Wire Fee., Shipping US FedEx or UPS , Canada & other locations UPS Standard no USPS! Sales to California residents add 7.25% - 9.2% sales Tax. Please do not make offers or contact me through Audiogon's broken email system, please contact me directly at {I will not respond to any inquires or offers sent through their system, please don't waste your time!} Kaplan Design Showroom (323)-952-4630 email: The CF-X features a total of six Hubbell duplex outlets, and is shipped with the MAC Delta power cord ($5,000 retail), or optionally without a cord ($4,200 retail). Selling this on Consignment for my customer. Rated 7/10 to be conservative looks more like 8/10 see pictures (i'll be glad to send HiRez pictures upon request) Email from Jim Weil 3.16.2012 in response to my email with pictures of the unit sent to him March 14, 2012.
1998, $4200. Bandwidth: about 1.8 GigaHz Still has the most powerful spike/surge protection in the world, It incorporates OFE buss bars and wire, all of the best available products at that time, including the best sounding magnetic circuit breaker for audio, works at 1 millisecond. This unit also has Phosphor Bronze AC outlets, superior to the currently popular phosphor bronze outlets in conductivity and design. Jim Weil's new models for Consumer Audio sell from $7K - $20K, he also makes custom units for the Professional Audio community and recording Studio's! Link to Jim's existing website he's working on a new new website I'm looking forward to selling his power conditioning solutions shortly! Please contact me about your power conditioning needs - Thank you. PayPal credit Card US adds 3% Fee's, 4% Fee's to Canada. all other locations Bank Wire Transfer + $25 Bank Wire Fee., Shipping US FedEx or UPS , Canada & other locations UPS Standard no USPS! Please do not contact me through Audiogon's system - Thank you. Kaplan Design Showroom (323)-952-4630 email: Ulitmate Audio, Winter 2001, review by Jerry Kindela Partial Review click on link for full review: It is becoming increasingly clear that the single worst impediment to the optimum performance of any audio system lives at your wall outlet. Actually, there are a number of impediments: AC fluctuations, both under and over-voltages, or sags and surges, and radio frequency (RF) and electro-magnetic (EM) pollution, more commonly referred to as interference, hence RFI and EMI.
While all power moguls are reluctant to openly discuss their topologies, I was able to obtain the following information from Weil (actually, he readily volunteered a helluva of lot willingly, though he indicated that much of the information was proprietary). According to Weil, the first conditioner built some 12 years ago, a classic doubt-T filter with 142 active circuit elements, was five orders of magnitude more powerful than the CF-X. A good part of the last dozen years has been spent refining and simplifying the topology down to 25 elements, and with it a reduction in price. The original would have sold for something like $10,000 to $15,000, while the present still pops for a not inexpensive $4,200, without the MAC 2 Power Cord ($5,000 with). The CF-X is a transformer less design. “Anything to do with a transformer, you should avoid like the plague,” he laughs, “unless it’s gargantuan, we’re talking in the 1,000-pound category. Anything smaller, and the transformer will always give you a hard edge, you’ll lose dynamics, and the soundstage will be compressed.”Basically, the CF-X is a low impedance capacitive shunt to ground device. The piece, consisting of a 23-step stage filter of capacitors, is designed to shunt off high frequency RF. Each of the capacitors, which are custom built except for the silver mica caps utilized for the high frequency range, covers a portion of the bandwidth, while the impedance per capacitor in its operating range approaches zero. Jim Weil claims to have tested nearly 5,000 capacitors in developing the CF-X, a process (that word again) that led him increasingly to distrust sole reliance on testing procedures. While similarly rated capacitors would measure equally—“selfresonance frequencies basically in the same neighborhood within a few kilohertz of each other,” notes Weil—“not all of them sounded equally when implemented. Clearly, the test-and-try process took years before he settled on the appropriate sounding capacitors (he obtains caps from assorted vendors depending on what portion of the band he’s cleaning up). Then there’s the resistor side: Again, after years of experimenting he says he settled on custom-made Caddocks. One tolerance measurement of a resistor is its Temperature Coefficient Resistance. Caddock precision resistors measure a TCR of 50 parts per million (ppm), while its Ultraprecision babies rate at 15 ppm, which translates to a vanishingly low noise floor. Well, Jim’s specially made Caddocks measure 5 ppm, super-super quiet. Also unique to the CF-X are Varistors, or surge protectors, that follow NEMA’s 250 V recommendation. Other conditioners, he notes, do not offer such a high rating. Weil’s product goes one better, however: He also uses a 500 V input varistor to protect the remaining bank of varistors, essentially protecting the surge protectors from surges themselves. Moreover, he says his nonstandard approach to lashing together the varistors improves the final sound quality coming out of the speakers (most power conditioner manufacturers, claims Weil, follow a more standard approach which degrades sound). He says he came up with this proprietary topology after years of relying on the “process.” IT’S IN THE DETAILS The attention to detail is nothing short of staggering. When Weil displayed the guts of a CF-X, I saw not mere wire and parts, but electronic art worthy of display. GARBAGE ON YOUR LINES Clearly, power line problems are multifaceted. Take surges and sags, for instance. Your audio system and home or apartment are connected to your street and neighborhood power subgrid, which is connected to other subgrids, which comprise even a larger grid and so. Depending on the time of day, the power demands of all these grids will vary, causing the local utility to adjust its delivery of juice to meet the demands. These ups and downs impact how your audio gear functions, most often not well, especially with high resolution equipment. Ever notice how well your system sounds after nine or ten p.m., when your grid’s power demands drop significantly and the juice to your home is a much more stable 115-117 V of constant power? Most power line conditioners can do very little for over- or under-voltage problems, and one solution for more consistently stable power delivery is to install a couple of separate 20-amp lines to nourish your audio system. These will be bit slightly less affected by transient power fluctuations and virtually eliminate common mode noise. If you haven’t taken time to do this, your standard house lines (15 amps per spur) can often prove to be less than adequate for delivering the musical bliss your system is capable of. The other and perhaps more pernicious problem is the noisy spuriae riding on your power lines. Refrigerators, air conditioners, electric-based heating equipment, halogen and fluorescent lights and so on in your home, your neighbor’s home, the 7/11 down the street and even the shopping mall several miles away all feed electro-magnetic noise back into the grid. Then there’s the RFI, emitted by assorted radio and microwave equipment, from shortwave gear to microwave transponders to cell phones and so forth. Essentially, the wiring in your house acts like a giant antenna for this form of noise. You can be certain that a good part of the accompaniment to Yusef Lateef Live at Pepe’s (Impulse 314 547961-2), for example, is unrecognized noise filling the space between Yusef’s lips and flute and every other space on this and virtually all other compact and vinyl discs you’re likely to play. Sure, you may not hear that noise directly, but it’s there in the form of brightness, stridency, smearing, compression factors, sibilance, bloated kick drum and upper bass notes, foreshortened soundspace, lateral elision or attenuated decay. Essentially, the noise diminishes, on occasion even destroys, nearly all of the very qualities that make listening a cathartic experience. The Sound Application CF-X won’t regulate line voltage, but it will clean up all the RFI and EMI across a bandwidth that stretches out to the microwave range. Rated from 50 kHz to 2.5 Gigahertz, I don’t think another line conditioner even comes close to the cleansing properties of the CF-X. OBSESSIVE EXPERIMENTATION Now, let’s backtrack to the opening metaphor, the business about CF-X creator Jim Weil. Jim has devoted the last 12 years experimenting, refining, testing various topologies, wires and parts, attending to the “process” at each stage of development. You’ve gotta understand that this near-meditative state may be a counterpoint to his other side: Jim talks AK-47- style. Ask this guy (who is given to wearing black racing cap, black jeans, and black polo shirt and shoes, like the Lash Larue of power mavens) an audio-electrical question, and the retort is not unlike a fusillade of wisdom packed densely on top of more information packed on top of even more information. You realize quickly, despite the wealth of data along with considered opinion,Weil is only grazing the surface of what he knows about electrical-electronic parts, from function to quality, as they relate to power. The rapid-fire minutiae can be overwhelming, but it is always instructive and awesome in the truest dictionary sense. While all power moguls are reluctant to All parts custom made for it. Ultra high speed magnetic circuit breaker, hand soldered exotic film and foil caps specifically designed for it and highest quality available. Outlets are special order Hubbel that tight, tight on plugs. Even the solder used is proprietary. Busbars used are solid ofe copper that is 99.99% pure, the same as NASA uses. No dissiiliar materials used anywhere in it.Why no silver or rhodium plating anywhere? Because they add a type of coloration or haze that changes the original signal thus degrading the sound. Obsessive is this guy! has come to believe that circuit boards within power conditioners only degrade signal transfer. The power distribution wires are imported, according to Weil, from South Africa, “because at a quality of six-nines copper, they simply sound better.” These are given a full 360 to 720 wraparound the gleaming six-nines 1/8-inch copper buss bars: He notes that his buss bar copper is government certified (“It’s the same stuff sold to NASA and it comes with papers. I doubt anyone else has such certification in their power conditioners.”). 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