Tacima 6 Way Mains Conditioner
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|Item dimensions L x W x H||20 x 160 x 540 millimetres|
|Product benefits||Heat Protection|
|Item weight||1.98 Pounds|
About this item
- 2 Metre Mains conditioning cable
- Surge protection
- Gas tube protection
- Thermal protection
- Screened mains lead
Product detailsStyle Name:Single
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 2 x 16 x 54 cm; 898.11 Grams
- Date First Available : 21 December 2017
- Manufacturer : Tacima
- ASIN : B00UB0G4DQ
- Item Model Number : Tacima CS947
- Customer Reviews:
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1 x Tacima CS947 6-Way Mains Conditioner with Surge Protection - Black
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I say audio because I've tested it on every television and monitor I have and it makes no discernible difference at all. A/B tests are tricky because it's not like you can switch power on the fly like you can sources or devices. In the time it takes to unplug a telly and plug the Tacima in it'd have to be a startling difference for you to notice. Short of running two identical televisions side by side or using testing equipment, I just dont have the ability to assess it. So as far as visual improvements go I'd go as far to say that it might work if you had horrific interference or something, but for me it does nothing at all.
I have a couple of hi-fi amps set up, one being class A and the other class D. Using the Tacima on the class A rig seems to make it sound less lively. Very slightly. Maybe. Hiss seemed to be reduced a bit but everything else seemed reduced a bit too. As to why it happens (or if it even does!) I just don't know, it almost sounds like it's not getting enough power. In this case it might make a difference, it's just it's not a good one. The thing is, as with the television, I can't switch the power supply fast enough to do a proper test and I can't reliably tell the difference when someone else switches it randomly. Going on that I'd have to say that the differences I heard were in my own head or so slight as to be almost negligible.
My other amp is class D and the Tacima makes no difference that I can tell, if there is one it's not audible enough to be heard through my speakers. It's not a cheap setup so it's possible the components don't need any help, but I've done blind testing and I cannot tell the difference with a variety of sources. So it doesn't do any harm but it doesn't do anything a standard power strip won't except offer surge protection. Again, your system may respond differently, or perhaps my ears aren't sensitive enough to hear any improvements, but for me there's no reason to use it on that rig.
I have headphone setups with a variety of DACs feeding a variety of preamps and amps. The OTL tube amp appears to sound marginally duller - again I have to stop myself and wonder if my mind is playing tricks on me, both because of the time it took to switch out the power and the fact that if its done at random I haven't a clue which is which. Running the tube as just a preamp and a seperate hybrid tube preamp (with the same tubes) into the same amp and switching between them, I just can't tell them apart. That's left me questioning not just the Tacima but if there's an audible difference between my tube amps!.
After all of that I wasn't expecting a difference with headphone DACs. Luckily I have two identical DACs to run into amps so it was easy to flick instantly between the conditioned source and the normal one and there seemed to be a subtle change. Using revealing headphones I thought I could sometimes distinguish the conditioned DAC from the other. However, it's so marginal that without fast A/B testing I don't know if the Tacima is plugged in or not. I did a blind quick switch test with the DACs and although I sometimes thought they sounded different, I couldn't always tell which was which!. And importantly, it wasn't a perceived improvement, I just thought that it sometimes sounded slightly different. However, if I returned a little later and someone switched the power out I honestly wouldn't know. That's the recurring theme with this product - when I had the chance to switch immediately between conditioned and regular equipment any perceived differences were non-existent or incredibly slight, and when I had to switch the power out I didn't stand a chance. And there's also the fact that in all this testing I was actively critically listening for the smallest of differences. If you're having to do that and you're still unsure then that's probably a sign it's not doing anything much. I wouldn't put money on passing any kind of blind test and I'm honestly left wondering if these tiny changes are imaginary.
And that's the best I can say for the Tacima; it might do something under some circumstances. As to what it does seems to depend on so many factors it's almost impossible to tell what it'll be, but probably most importantly even when it did seem to make a difference it wasn't significant. So I have no idea if this review is helpful or not really, I've waited a while before posting one because I'm not sure what people will get from it other than it may do something but not a lot, and in most cases it appears to do so little you won't notice.
However, after reading other reviews I see that some people have had a much better experience. Perhaps I'm lucky and have a good power supply with a minimum of interference, perhaps there's a placebo effect. I'm not criticising anyone for that, nobody is immune and I've certainly experienced it myself. In fact I suspect I've experienced it when trying to evaluate this product despite my best efforts. I found a What Hi-Fi review after spotting this product on Amazon; I needed a surge protected power strip and figured I'd take a punt as it wasn't exorbitantly priced. The claims made in that review could charitably be described as questionable. Frankly I think they're full of it. As a surge protected power strip it's well made, smart looking, and it doesn't cost the earth. If it makes any subtle improvements to your setup then that's a bonus, but going purely from my own experience I'd have to say that you should buy it because its a good power strip, not because you're counting on it solving your audio woes or improving your AV system. I can't give it more than three stars because it doesn't even come close to living up to the hype, it's just a nice surge protector. The fact that there's cheaper surge protected strips available from respectable companies makes it hard to recommend the Tacima.
I bought this to block “speaker clicking”
when I used another wall switch (the on and off) I am amazed to report that it worked!