September
2019

Country of Origin

Denmark

D2 Mainz8 & Mainz

Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
Financial interests: click here
Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo boost, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz Hifi, Tidal Hifi, COS Engineering D1, Denafrips Terminator, Soundaware D300Ref,  AURALiC Vega, Jay's Audio CDT 2 MkII & DAC-2 SE
Preamplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature with WE 300B or Elrog ER50; Nagra Classic, Wyred4Sound STP-SE Stage II, Vinnie Rossi LIO (AVT module)
Power & integrated amplifiers: Pass Labs XA30.8; FirstWatt SIT1 monos, SIT-3, F5, F6, F7; Goldmund/Job 225; Aura Note Premier; Wyred4Sound mINT; Nord Acoustics NC500 monos; LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos; SAG AIO; Bakoon AMP-13R
Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; Cube Audio Nenuphar; Kroma Audio Mimí; Albedo Audio Aptica; EnigmAcoustics Mythology 1; Boenicke Audio W5se; Zu Audio Druid V & VI & Submission; German Physiks HRS-120; Eversound Essence; Fram Midi 150; sound|kaos Vox 3f [on review]
Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL3000 and Zu Event; KingRex uArt, Zu and LightHarmonic LightSpeed double-header USB cables; Tombo Trøn S/PDIF; van den Hul AES/EBU; AudioQuest Diamond glass-fibre Toslink; Black Cat Cable redlevel Lupo; Ocellia OCC Silver
Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps/sub
Equipment rack: Artesania Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands 
Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators
Room: 4 x 6m with high gabled beam ceiling opening into 4 x 8m kitchen and 5 x 8m living room, hence no wall behind the listening chairs
Review component retail: €8'000 for power distributor, €8'800/m for power cord

Six feet under. It's where we go to push up daisies. Eventually. Today we're still on this side. Now going deep makes for a solid foundation. If we're into hifi, a solid foundation means quality AC delivery and premium power distribution. After all, the sound we hear is modulated utility power. While we can still shift that burden on inanimate hardware away from our mortal coil, getting the usual noise which accompanies the power delivery job pushed six feet under is the perfect aim. Here the Ansuz Mainz8 conditioner shown next uses lots of coils in the pursuit of noise attenuation – Tesla coils to be exact. It also uses dither tech, the Danes' term for modulating the remaining ground noise similar to how advanced marine sonar does it. Ansuz also use scalar fields including the Schuman resonance and its harmonics by injecting random squares at low frequencies. That's a further development of what company principals Lars Kristensen and Michael Børresen had worked on at Nordost when licensing Bill Stirhout's quantum resonance technoloy aka QRT.

The enclosure is MDF and steel to avoid the hysteresis effects of paramagnetic aluminium. At present, outlets can be EU/Schuko or US. 

Ansuz dislike power conditioners based on transformers, capacitors and inductors. "Too sluggish" is their explanation. Theirs are called power distributors for a reason. Instead of filtering AC, their open coils attenuate the peaks of transients atop the 50/60Hz wave to soften the spike, thus change the shape of the noise. A transient in a coil creates a current which the counter-rotating coil cancels. That action operates well above 100kHz. It's not noise we hear directly. It's noise that makes the power supplies and rectifiers of our gear work harder. Sonic gains come from making their job easier. The bigger the power transformers, the more they become a passband for high frequencies due to the capacitance between their windings.

To avoid the aerial effect of cables, Ansuz build theirs with plenty of loop backs, twists of different lays and spliced sections. That spreads out a single large standing wave of a straight-thru build over many far smaller ones. Being so composed of many dissimilar lengths, these cables literally don't know how long they are. Now they cannot work as antennae. In the world according to Ansuz—that would be Odin whose rune is ansuz for wisdom—it's not about standard filtering methods. It's about lowering the inductance of the AC supply whilst minimizing the effects ultrasonic noise has on it. But there's still more to a proper Ansuz foundation: mechanical grounding. If you look closely at the insert of the upper photo, there's an Ansuz Darkz footer beneath the circuit board. Darkz are three-layer discs separated by ball bearings. Depending on one of four grades, the hardness of the bearing interface rises to increase the transmission effectiveness of micro resonances. This goes from anodized to hard-anodized aluminium to diamond over aluminium to diamond over tantalum over scandium over titanium. These advanced layers are generated in the particle accelerator of the Physic department at Aarhus University. There raw parts undergo a lengthy process involving an argon atmosphere and being bombarded with carbon and other powders to grow alloyed interlocking skins. Darkz footers appear inside Børresen speakers, beneath Aavik electronics and as couplers of the Ansuz titanium rack (above and below the shelves, separating the upright sections and on the floor).

A listening room at the Ansuz | Aavik | Børresen facility in Aalborg.

What makes the Ansuz range so interesting is that it forms the actual foundation of any Aavik/Børresen system playing a trade show. The people behind it have a holistic view on system behaviour. With their current portfolio, they control every aspect of the hifi chain except for turntables, streamers and CD player/transports. It's why my contact Morten Thyrrestrup suggested "the D2 power distributor and a 4m D2 power cable to the wall plus three to four 2m D2 power cords for your gear." Talk about a good first and second layer of thick concrete foundation for our rig. After my visit to the Aalborg factory, this would become my second review assignment after the Børresen 02 speakers, with a new Aavik U-380 integrated to follow suit. With suitable overlap between these gigs, I'd arrive at a near complete interim Aalborg system plus of course isolated feature reviews for each.