May 062017

I’m working on my next feature length article for Positive Feedback, which will be about the Acoustic Revive Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord, the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor, and the RAS-14 TripleC NCF Power Conditioner.

The Acoustic Revive RPT-6 Absolute NCF power distributor.

The Acoustic Revive RAS-14 TripleC NCF Power Conditioner.

2-meter Acoustic Revive Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord.

When I’m all done with this article for Positive Feedback, it will be my fourteenth feature length article about Acoustic Revive products!

  • Chapter 1 – The Acoustic Revive RR-77 Schumann Ultra Low-Frequency Pulse Generator – 6Moons, February 2008.
  • Chapter 2 – The Acoustic Revive RIQ-5010 / RIQ-5010W Quartz Insulators; QR-8 Quartz Resonators – 6Moons, March 2008.
  • Chapter 3 – The Acoustic Revive RCC-24 Ground Conditioner; SIP-8F RCA Input Shorting Plugs; QR-8 Quartz Resonators – 6Moons, May 2008.
  • Chapter 4 – The Acoustic Revive RPT-2 & RPT-4 Ultimate Power Distributors, Power Reference  AC Power Cords – PFO Issue 39.
  • Chapter 5 – The Acoustic Revive REM-8 EMF Canceler – PFO Issue 40.
  • Chapter 6 – The Acoustic Revive RWL-3 Acoustic Conditioner, CB-1DB Receptacle Base Plate, the CFRP-1F Carbon Fiber Outlet Plate, and the CS-F2 Outlet Stabilizer – PFO Issue 42.
  • Chapter 6a – The Acoustic Revive RIO-5II Negative Ion Generator & RD-3 Disc Demagnetizer – PFO Issue 45.
  • Chapter 7 – The Acoustic Revive Custom Series Loudspeaker Stands, the RST-38 & TB-38 Quartz Under-Boards, and the RAF-48 Air Floating Board – PFO Issue 47.
  • Chapter 8 – The Acoustic Revive Single Core Speaker Cables, Single Core RCA Interconnects, and the RCI-3 Cable Insulators – PFO Issue 49.
  • Chapter 9 – The Acoustic Revive RAS-14 AC Power Conditioner and the USB-1.0SP USB Interconnect – Issue 55 (May-June 2011).
  • Chapter 10 – The Acoustic Revive RR-777 Schumann Pulse Generator, the RL-30 Mark III Analogue Disc Demagnetizer, the CB-1DB receptacle base plate, CFRP-1F carbon fiber outlet plate, and the Acoustic Revive modified Oyaide R-1 receptacle – Issue 68 (July-August 2013).
  • Chapter 11 – The Acoustic Revive RR-888 Ultra Low-Frequency Pulse Generator, Single Core PC-TripleC, PCOCC-A, and Line-1.0RS RCA Interconnects, Oyaide R-0 AC outlet, and cruzeFIRST Audio Maestro AC outlet – Issue 76 (November-December 2014).
  • Chapter 12 – Acoustic Revive RPC-1 Power Supply Conditioner – Issue 89 2017.

That’s a lot of writing, and it’s more than I’ve written about any other audio company, simply because Mr. Ken Ishiguro keeps raising the bar on what can be done with audio products!

Ken-san’s audio devices have always done just what he said they’d do in my hi-fi – improve it – so I keep writing about Acoustic Revive products as Ken-san comes up with new ideas for improving system performance!


If you look closely at the photos that accompany my blog posts, and feature articles for Positive Feedback, you’ll see Acoustic Revive products everywhere in my systems, a subset of which are shown in the photos above.

That’s because the Acoustic Revive products have stood the test of time and have elevated the performance of my hi-fi systems over the long term!

A lot of things come and go in your hi-fi systems when you’re an audio reviewer. Equipment gets replaced by something new that is doing nicer things musically or sonically than something you have.

One of the big exceptions to that rule in my systems are Mr. Ken’s Acoustic Revive products, as they have had staying power in my systems by providing long term value through consistent performance improvements!

My original Acoustic Revive RR-77 from nine years ago I still use every day – that’s value!

Let’s take the example of the original Acoustic Revive RR-77 Schumann wave generator that I reviewed nine years ago (above).

Even after nine years, and three model evolutions later (the RR-777, and now the RR-888),  I still use the RR-77, RR-777, and the RR-888 in my systems.

For just the right amount of Schumann conditioning in my larger main music listening room, I use the original RR-77 in combination with the latest RR-888, which makes every listening session more enjoyable!

The evolution of the Acoustic Revive RR: The RR-77, RR-777, and RR-888, left to right.

In the smaller room where my audio-visual system lives, I use a single RR-777 Schumann generator for just the right amount of conditioning effect.

The RR series of Acoustic Revive Schumann generators have stood the test of time here at Jeff’s Place, and I still find them to be the most easily recommendable audio accessory there is. If you haven’t yet experienced what an RR can do for your music listening, you’re in for a treat!


Right now I’ve got the Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord and the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor providing AC to, and getting some run-in time, in my main music listening system, and I thought I’d offer some initial listening impressions.

In Part 2 of this post I’ll offer some impressions of using the RAS-14 TripleC NCF Power Conditioner in my Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre based audio-visual system.

I use an RPT-2 Ultimate Power Distributor in my ‘Stokowski’ Altec A7 Voice of the Theatre music system.

I’ve been a long time user of the RPT-2 Ultimate Power Distributor (above) and the RPT-4 Ultimate Power Distributor (below).

The RPT-4 Ultimate Power Distributor I use in my Tannoy Westminster Royal SE based system.

First let me comment on the performance of the Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord and the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor as a whole, then in future posts I’ll elaborate more on them as individual components as compared to my RPT-4 Ultimate Power Distributor and Power Reference AC Power Cords.

The Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord & the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor with the RPT-4 Ultimate Power Distributor and Power Reference AC Power Cord.

I’ve been having a number of “Whoa!” moments lately, like with the Lefson Ultra resistors in my Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre crossovers, or the Murasakino Musique Analogue ‘Sumile’ MC phono cartridge, and now you can add to that “Whoa!” list the combination of the Acoustic Revive Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord & the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor.

I had just finished shooting some photos of the Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord, the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor, and the RAS-14 TripleC NCF Power Conditioner, for my Today’s Fresh Catch introductory post about them.

Acoustic Revive

They were cold out of the box with zero time on them, but just for the heck of it I thought I’d plug in all my gear into the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor, then connect it with the Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord to my AC supply, and give it a brief listen.

Immediately I was impressed with the increased sense of ease and naturalness the RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor & Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord lent to the music.

It was as if the music just opened up and took a deep breath, then exhaled a relaxed, nuanced, musical experience. It was uncanny.

What struck me as interesting is that all of these, the Lefson Ultra resistors, the Sumile phono cartridge, and now the Acoustic Revive RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor & Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord, all had similar ‘trends’ in the way they improved the sonic & musical presentation.

What sonic & musical characteristics did these audio devices share?

They all share a common ability to display/enhance a huge, spacious, and artfully rendered sense of space and a deeply layered soundstage, which gives a very ‘live’ tactile sensation of music making & interaction among musicians, as well as a wealth of musically relevant nuance that is revealed in the timbral textures, tone color, dynamics, tempo, beat, rhythm, and harmonies.

Taken all together, my initial reaction was, “Whoa! That’s nice!”

As I get further into the review process I’ll provide some more detailed & varied comparisons of the Acoustic Revive RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor’s and Power Reference TripleC NCF AC power cord’s musical & sonic performance, but for now “Whoa!” is a pretty good summation!


As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the force be with you!

 Posted by at 6:00 am

  3 Responses to “Initial listening impressions: The Acoustic Revive Power Reference TripleC NCF AC Power Cord & RPT-6 Absolute NCF Power Distributor.”

  1. Jeff I am still amazed at the difference what we plug our power cords into can make such a difference. I use the HB Cable’s Marble Power Distributor. It is a totally passive unit but what a difference in how naturally dynamics are played and what a since of ease my system has with everything plugged into it.

    • I know what you mean, Jack, passive power distributors can make a big difference in performance. I continue to be amazed at what Ken-san has accomplished with his power distributors!



    • I just had another thought to mention, Jack, about what we plug our gear into. If you haven’t had a chance yet to upgrade to some premium in-wall outlets yet, you’ll be astonished at how much effect they have on system performance. There’s numerous good ones, but one of my favorites is the Oyaide R-0 AC outlets, and what a nice difference they make!

      Kind regards,


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