I was dragging my feet on building another one of these when one of my audio friends purchased the last one I built. This weekend I started feeling guilty so spent yesterday and today building myself another. Nothing hard about this but it isn’t fun either! This one retains all the OEM noise suppression and protective functions and every receptacle retains its original location in the housing. All wiring stays the same as it came from PSA. High Current and other outlet protocols remain identical to OEM placement.
The reason I do it is simple, ie; SQ and IMO the best damn outlets on the planet, period and by a huge margin! Pure Oxygen Free Copper contacts, alpha cryogenic treated with no attention to detail spared. Even the power line attaching screws have been meticulously thought out and executed. But its the way they sound that justifies their exorbitant price and keeps me coming back for them. If my old used replacement outlet storage box is any indication I’ve purchased over 40 of these since they became available. They’re used in any/every wall socket that ever might see a TV or hifi and ya gotta know the outlet this Dectet will plug into has one and a high-end Crystal Cable Ultra power cord terminated with Furutech Carbon Fiber 120V AC and IEC plugs.
The SQ these add is stunning compared to everything I’ve tried and over the years I’ve tried em all. Even more recent ones I see, hear or read about if interesting but nothing has come close to making me wanna run over to Audiogon with these.
And yes, I know I threw a 3-year warranty away with this tweak but its worth it to me SQ-wise and this is the 5th Dectet I’ve done and haven’t needed any warranty yet… kudos to PSA on that! And if something were to fail I’ll simply convert this one to totally passive and keep using it with equal success. Two of the previous ones I’ve assembled have been totally passive due to weird noise related issues before coming to me and they’re indistinguishable from the active ones in side-by-side listening sessions. My audio friends and I have done the double blind listening sessions to confirm it and nary one of us can hear or tell any difference. But making one of these passive is a lot more labor intensive than simply swapping receptacles if star wiring remains in effect as all new wiring then becomes a requirement. In fact the only reason I purchased new this time is laziness on my part and its VERY rare for these to become available used, let alone with noise issues and I hate paying full pop retail then gutting/stripping new units down to a hollow shell without so much as a functioning on/off switch. In point of fact I’ve never used the on/off switch on any of these even once other than to see if it works. Same with the internal circuit breaker. They’re essentially bullet-proof from PSA right gutta-the-box! Of the four I’ve tweaked before this one all remain working perfectly over a period of 2.5 years regardless of passive/active specification.
Upper pic shows GTX-D outlets installed in cover backside and ready to be flipped over and reattached to Dectet. Lower pic shows completely assembled Dectet with new outles installed.