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Synergistic Research Purple UEF fuses

Synergistic Research Purple UEF fuses

Audiophile fuses split the modern audio world. Those who have heard the difference these fuses make understand their impact on sound quality and those who have not – or will not – heard them will likely dismiss such things out of hand. I just moved from the latter to the former thanks to Synergistic Research’s Purple UEF!

When it comes to Alternating Current, the UK (and a few Commonwealth countries that followed the UK’s lead) is in an odd place mains-wise. Unlike other countries that went with a radial system, the UK widely adopted a ‘ring main’ for house wiring (hence the use of the term, ‘the mains’ to denote AC power in UK homes). In post-war Britain, the standard became a three-pin, 13A plug and socket system, with most wall sockets having an on-off switch and every plug included a fuse (in addition to the ‘case fuse’ inside the device itself). The logic is that, in the event of something catastrophic happening to your 240V AC power, fused plugs blow before either the power cable melts, something catches fire, or someone gets electrocuted. While it’s an effective way of keeping British people out of harm’s way, from an audio perspective it’s a bit of a nightmare that products like the Synergistic Research Purple UEF aim to address!

Of course, the term ‘Current’ leads to the wrong way to think about how electrons behave under an electrical charge; it makes us think of electricity like the currents in a river. In fact, electron propagation is more like a Mexican Wave in an arena; the action of the person sitting next to you standing up and waving causes you to stand up and wave, rather than a set of waving arms being passed from person to person. To extract the maximum from this analogy, a fuse acts as a group of people who take a long time to stand up, wave, and sit down, disrupting that otherwise smooth wave around the stadium.

Synergistic Research’s Unified Energy Field concepts were developed to produce a smoother electron propagation in conductors, with a claim to developing what it calls ‘Inductive Quantum Coupling’; on a quantum-mechanical level multiple quantum systems will act in immediate unison (continuing down that Mexican Wave analogy-hole, it would be like every person in the stadium waving at precisely the same moment). The Purple UEF fuses take this to levels beyond those of the previous Orange top-performer thanks to a combination of the use of graphene in the UEF technology and a new high-voltage conditioning process, both of which were developed for the company’s SRX cables.

When it comes to 13A fuses for UK plugs, installation is simple, especially with plugs that have a removable fuse insert. Unfortunately, audiophile-grade plugs generally prefer more solidly screwed-in-place plugs, so swapping out fuses takes a few minutes, but fortunately, I have enough Nordost Blue Heaven power cords to hand to make a couple of ‘with’ and ‘without’ power cords so swapping cables over was relatively quick. Case fuses can be quick-change if they sit in a little plastic rectangle next to the IEC socket, but many are internally mounted and this requires opening the chassis of the product, finding the internal fuse (hint: it’s always near the IEC power socket) and replacing and re-screwing the product’s case together again. Remember, of course, to unplug the product as you are dealing with lethal voltages.

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