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From Our Archives: Magazine reviews for our first power-line conditioner.

"The Inouye did in fact sound better, and there could be no doubt about it. There was as much detail, but everything sounded smoother, and all the rough edges were filed off. The clarinet, the sax and the sousaphone were warm and articulate. This session brought home again a fact we have known for a while: the electricity in the wall contains everything short of salmonella. And that's despite the fact that our local electrical substation is not shared with heavy industries. If you're not as fortunate as we are, your system is having an even tougher time, and may be suffering from acute indigestion. A good filter is the cure."

Gerard Rejskind  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine  No. 68, 2003.
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"All of the tests were carried out on our Alpha system, which has its own power line conditioner, made by Inouye. We've used for years, and we have seen little reason to change it. How did these filters compare with our own Inouye filter? We returned to it to and heard a familiar sound: this is how we are used to hearing the Alpha system sound, with smooth highs, solid lows, and clean dynamics."

Gerard Rejskind  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine  No. 54, 1999.
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"Another improvement which helps the entire system's performance is a power line conditioner--try the Synergistic from Inouye for about $800.00, it's money well spent."

Ernie Fisher  The Inner Ear Report  Volume 11, No. 1, 1998.
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"After comparisons that day, and after listening to my system through it for the last couple of months, I definitely consider the addition of the SPLC an improvement. Specifically, with the SPLC in the chain, transients, especially low level transients, benefited from a sharper, more sudden and realistic attack; backgrounds became darker, or more silent (if such a thing can be said), lending instruments a more three dimensional separation from musical backgrounds; and finally, the ambient, reverberant tails of notes were better preserved as was low level ambient information in general."

Aaron Marshall  Audio Ideas Guide  Volume 18, No. 1, 1998.
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"We plug everything into an Inouye line conditioner [. . .]"

Gerard Rejskind  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine  No. 44, 1995.
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"[. . .] we bought the [Inouye] for our reference system. Our Inouye had removed a bit of edginess--added a certain welcome 'roundness.' With no filter the conditions definitely weren't right. Would the Inouye tame it? Yes."

Gerard Rejskind  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine   No. 42, 1994.
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"[. . .] line conditioning is a very important part of clear viewing, especially for large screen TV. When we use the Inouye with our setup, the results were much improved images, lower background noise levels and significantly reduced AC hum. Cleaner highs, better dynamics, superior imaging are but some of the audible improvements, supplied by the Inouye. Whether it is a simple system or a sophisticated installation, the SPLC will improve the audio or the video part of reproduced material by as much as 30%."

Ernie Fisher  The Inner Ear Report  Volume 5, No. 3, 1993.
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"We then plugged all our equipment into the Inouye box, and listened again. A lot of shrillness was gone--better voice--the background seemed subjectively cleaner. Passages we hadn't understood before now became clear even without looking at the lyrics. Background instruments were also clearer. Amazing! Well, another 'myth' is confirmed. What comes down your power line does affect what you hear, and your equipment doesn't filter it all out."

Gerard Rejskind  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine  No. 22, 1989.
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"[. . .] when a CD player is plugged into the Inouye filter, RF garbage present on its power supply rails is prevented from affecting the performance of the preamplifier and power amplifier. [. . .] As for me, the Inouye's effect on CD replay in my reference system was sufficiently great that I wouldn't want to part with it."

John Atkinson  Stereophile  Vol. 12, No. 3, March 1989.
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"[. . .] the SPLC can be seen as a system upgrade with audible benefits--as well as offering the security of knowing that should electrical Armageddon occur, the audio system would play on. I would note that the sonic benefits of this product will be heard only in systems that are already capable of high audio resolution, these already representing an investment that makes the Synergistic Power Line Conditioner's cost seem reasonable."

Andrew Marshall  Andrew Marshall's Audio Ideas Guide  Winter 1989.
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"I was initially skeptical [. . .] the noise floor dropped even lower, thus rendering subtle detail more noticeable. Wallet permitting, this is eminently desirable. The Inouye Synergistic Power Line Conditioner--makes the bigger improvement."

Khurran Z. Syed  Ultra High Fidelity Magazine  No. 22, 1989.
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"The TIER plugged a pair of Quad ESL 63's into the SPLC resulting in an ear-opening almost unbelievable improvement to the sound. A 30% refinement in clarity, space and image is very difficult to justify, but here it was folks. Hearing WAS believing, proving again that there are innovations worthy of attention. [. . .] a fine Canadian product that helps us properly perceive what we all love--MUSIC."

Ernie Fisher  The Inner Ear Report  Volume 2, No. 3, 1988.