Something I’d never heard of until I posted about my new Nova last week…the Powerline cable upgrade.
Did a little research, read some reports of an improvement, others less so.
Thought I’d turn to the knowledge on here…putting one through a Nova, is the upgrade worthwhile? Is it something that needs other aspects (say, room size, shape, etc.) to really gain the most from it…or is it really just a plug ‘n’ play improvement?
Guess I’m asking as it’s quite a, premium (shall we say) price for a cable! Got a bit of Christmas bonus left over, so considering doing such a move whilst I can!
Some are ecstatic about adding a PowerLine to the Nova, e.g. @airedog
But it’s expensive and not everyone is ecstatic, so it’s best to try for yourself. If you don’t have a dealer who can lend you one for trying, you can buy a used one. If you don’t find it worthwhile, you can then sell it on without loss.
I’d advise a pre-loved one. They crop up on eBay regularly. If it does nothing for your system you can always sell it on at zero or low cost. It’s worth a try and potentially nothing to lose that way. Hopefully you will get a bargain upgrade and at worst not be out of pocket.
Instant benefits across the board on my Nova. I was sceptical but really pleased with my purchase. See if you can get one on demo or as has been said they do crop up fairly regularly on everyone’s favourite auction site at reasonable prices.
Yes, for me a big plus on the Nova though I actually use it as a source (possibly not when I originally got a Powerline) via the analogue out which is not a typical way to use one and possibly fairly unique.
If you have a nearby dealer see if they can lend you one used for demos from the shop floor, chances are you won’t want to give it back and they might even do a deal on it as ‘used’! Powerlines are deceptively tricky to seat home properly especially with the Nova’s decoupled socket.
No it does not, with none of the units. The pictures in the FAQ don’t show the gap very clearly, but a search for PowerLine will bring up many threads with confusion that is answered by more pictures. But common sense should help, too
Or buy a used one — sell on with no loss (excluding postage) if you don’t like it. Or if you like what it does, keep it and smile.
Personally I feel the Powerline’s price is a bit steep (especially in the context of a Nova). But when it’s bought used, I feel less pain. And let’s face it, how to tell a new vs used Powerline apart behind your Hi-Fi rack…