Steinmusic Topline Power X8
SteinMusic’s Finest Power Cord
“For me, beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel with our whole body. It is not the result of judgement. We do not arrive at it by way of rules. We either feel beauty or we don’t.” – Jorge Luis Borges
We’ve had the Topline X8 Power cord now for over a year, and it is indeed a superb addition for very high end audio systems. This is the classic Steinmusic sound, and feeling. The word Beauty comes to mind when listening to music with the X8 on our Merason DAC-1 MK2, or any DAC (or component) for that matter We found the X8 to have a huge impact on the musical depths and heights of the music. The soundstage exploded in all directions, as if we added even more Stein Harmonizers to our listening environment. Layering, overtones and harmonics were so effortlessly separate with a very live quality to them. The dynamic envelope around instruments and voices expanded as well. There is more, much more that the X8 does sonically to help the music to convey to us the feeling within it, and behind it’s creation.
About the X8
There are 8 individually braided copper conductors wrapped in what Steinmusic calls “Mercerized” cotton. Cotton has a very low dialectric constant, which I am sure had an influence on the decision to use it in their design. The connectors are made from phenolic, or resin coated paper. It’s extremely hard and scratch resistant, but also non-metallic and non-magnetic. The contacts are rhodium plated copper. The cord has a fairly large overall diameter, but is surprisingly supple, most likely due to the cotton covering the conductors.
Try The X8 In Your Own System
Of course, we want you to experience the Topline X8 for yourself rather than just read what we have to say about what it did for the systems in our store. Qualified customers can take advantage of our in-home audition program to hear if the X8 matches their system and preferences. There is no better way to discover if this component is for you than to hear it in your own system, with your own ears, on your own time. If you are in the market for a power cord of this performance and price level, give us a call or send us an email to get the audition process started.