"My current partner proposed and organized for all the required raw materials to be supplied so that I could continue with my electronic experiments. The objective was creating outstanding power cables for our own systems without compromising on quality and cost. At that point in time we really didn't think about sales. When our final product was ready, I decided to take it to some audiophiles for a test. In the end, many asked where and how these cables could be purchased. We decided to set up a small company and go commercial. That decision proved right when one of the leading Polish hifi magazines placed our new product amongst best of class in a comparison with 30 leading power cables. Now it is many years later yet I haven’t changed my mind. We still continue with the same design and assembly process. We are not a huge company where decisions are based on costs and margins. Our top products still remain uncompromised in all aspects of quality. We also have limited our budget products to focus only on high-end solutions. If we ever do decide to make any compromise in the quality of our materials, we want to limit it to a one-time experiment. New products are released very rarely. We don't drive our portfolio with ordinary marketing rules which require constant product development. When finally we do have something new, the only verification tool we use are long audiophile test sessions accompanied by the real pleasure of listening to the music."

These were refreshing views in an audio market whose current sales are down to have many companies decide to go overboard before they go belly up. Many decide to quickly concoct a high-priced article of which a handful of sales might provide reprieve from execution. By abusing the audiophile’s insatiable hunger for change, they hope to survive. No sir, we like Piotr’s take on things far better.

As postulated above, power cords are the bonding agent within an audio system. Today most agree that power cables are not so much the very end of miles and miles of utility power lines from coal-burning power plants or so-called green power facilities running highly inefficient and visually obnoxious wind parks; but the beginning. They’re the first meter of power cable our equipment sees. Just as a water filter doesn’t make sense upstream but should install right at your faucet, power cables in our homes become filters for the incoming AC. All cables and thus every power cable too filters to some extent. That’s Physics. That incoming power signal is modulated in various way by the musical signal which it interacts with is further processing.

With a set of consistent filters for all our equipment involved, the same AC results would be be presented to each component. Here we don’t dig deeper into the what, how and by what extent. We just acknowledge that filtering happens. The first system we outfitted with the Ansae Supreme was our Arcadian Audio Pnoe hornspeaker set. These Greek giants are fed by Hypex nCore 1200 monos in turn fed by La Rosita Beta as a streamer/DAC. Volume control was in the hands of a Music First Passive Magnetic. All interconnects were by Nanotec Systems. All power from wall to equipment was handled by Ansae Supreme. Due to our long interconnects—a short speaker cable setup puts the power amps close to the speakers—we needed to use two Furutech P60E distribution blocks with an Ansae Supreme in-between. For augmentation of the lowest frequencies below 48Hz, we use two Zu Submission active subwoofers. Those had to make do with Crystal Cable cords, quite a luxury problem by running out of leashes with 5 power cords on a single system.

The Ansae Supreme is fairly heavy but easy to dress. Each end of the satin-white cable starts with a 25cm stretch of a smaller diameter behind the connector. This part is sufficiently supple to enable most connections without risk of extreme bends. Past the end of this thin part comes a black sleeve with the company logo and cable name. This sleeve conceals the transition to the thicker center part of the cable until the same transition repeats on the other end. The Furutech connectors are snugly fitted. With our cable set laid out for use, we insured proper power polarity for each component [Schuko connectors are symmetrical two-prong affairs to insert either way, hence power polarity must be checked for each – Ed]. Our Kemp polarity checker made our life easy once more and also confirmed Ansae’s consistency from cable to cable. Believe it or not but we’ve had power cords in the crib whose wiring was reversed. Thankfully their maker hadn’t requested a formal review or he’d been fried to a crisp verbally.