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Sources: PS Audio PWT; PS Audio PWD; 2 x Thorens TD160; Thorens TD124; Dr. Feickert Analogur blackbird [in for review]
Streaming sources: Foobar2000; XXHighEnd [in for review]
Preamp/integrated: Tri TRV EQ3SE phonostage; PS Audio Trio P-200;  modified Audio Note Meishu with WE 300B (or AVVT, JJ, KR Audio 300B output tubes); Trends Audio TA-10; NuForce Icon Mobile; RSA Predator; Yarland FV 34 CIIISA; Qables iQube V1
Speakers: Avantgarde Acoustic Duo Omega; Podium Sound Podium1
Cables: complete loom of ASI LiveLine cables; full loom of Crystal Cable cables; Audio Note AN/Vx interconnects; Audio Note AN-L; Siltech Paris interconnects; Gizmo silver interconnect; Nanotec Golden Strada #79 nano 3; Nanotec Golden Strada #79; Nanotec Golden Strada #201; LessLoss DFPC and DFPC Signature [in for review]
Power line conditioning: Omtec PowerControllers; PS Audio Powerplant Premier; PS Audio Humbuster III; LessLoss Firewall [in for review]
Equipment racks: Two double sets of Solid Tech Radius; ASI amplifier and TT shelf
Sundry accessories: Boston Audio Design graphite CD damper, Mat and Tuneblocks; Denson demagnetizer CD; Furutech DeMag; Nanotec Nespa #1; Machina Dynamica Magic Box; Exact Audio Copy software; Dell server and laptop w/Windows Server 2008, Vista and XP; iPod; wood, brass, ceramic and aluminum cones and pyramids; Manley Skipjack
Room treatment: Acoustic System International resonators, sugar cubes, diffusers
Room size: dedicated listening room ca. 4.00 x 5.50m with open extension to a 30 sqm living and open kitchen. Ceiling height is 2.50m, paneled brick walls, tiled concrete floors.
Review Component Retail: $1149 for two meters, discounts from 12% for 2 cables to 15% for 3 cables and more.

Reviewing cables is not the most attractive part of audio reviewing. Cables have so much influence on the overall sound that it’s sometimes scary. For instance, unplug a cable—no matter whether IC or power—and plug it right back in. The sound has altered. We recall a review assignment in which we compared several interconnects from budget to outrageously expensive. That job was a nightmare to do properly. Another obstacle in reviewing cables and in this particular case power cords are accessories by way of a power regenerator, a LessLoss Firewall and passive LessLoss Blackbody ‘filters’. All these interfere and obscure the essence of the raw power cords in use. As the subject of today’s review is the ‘enhanced’ Signature version of the original Dynamic Filtering Power Cable, proper protocol demanded we return back to that cable and remove all accessories acting in the area of electric power conditioning. Hence the system was stripped of the PS Audio regenerator, the LessLoss Firewall and all LessLoss Blackbodies. Then all power cables were replaced with LessLoss original DFPC insofar as they were not in place already. After some sweat in the mines, the system ran five Lithuanian power cords for both powered woofers on the hornspeakers, the Audio Note integrated amplifier and the PS Audio Perfect Wave transport and DAC. For vinyl duties the Tri phono preamp could borrow the PWT’s cable to always leave the DAC powered up.

The only accessories left that might interfere with electromagnetic radiation in one way or another were the Acoustic System resonators. An upcoming article will compare these resonators to the LessLoss Blackbody and Ben Piazza’s Shakti Stone. Because the resonators work wonders for room acoustics and ours have been meticulously placed, we did not want to remove them from the listening room. Now we had the physical foundation for the review in place to kick off listening. That’s the fun part. You make time for listening.

LessLoss attacks environmental noise riding on power cables in a very special way. Though the Dynamic Filtering portion of the DFPC name suggests a filter, there is no filter as we know it in the cable, no capacitor or coil or similar. Louis Motek and his companion came upon the idea to invert the skin effect for slowing down rather than accelerating the signal portions affected by it. Slowed down sufficiently, they’d be effectively filtered out. The means to pull this off is a porous metal layer atop the main copper conductors which runs the unwanted HF content inside the porous metal maze where it literally gets lost.