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Audio Grade Electrical Sockets

Parts-Express.com:Wattgate 381 Audio Grade Duplex Socket | wattgate socket power cords power outlet wattgate outlet

Scroll down and read the reviews of this product.....here is but a sampling:
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Make sure you read the entire manual-it's only 637 pgs long.

I ordered 74; one for every appliance in the house. I figured if it was good for a HT, it was good for a nitelite.

Suffice it to say that I was too excited to read the entire instructions and wired up all the outlets backwards, neutral to hot, etc. What the product description doesn't say, is that this puppy is smart enough to correct for DIY'ers. Apparently, it sends a discrete signal back through the electrical grid to the utility notifying them of a botched wiring job. If the utility doesn't contact you within 24 hours, the Wattgate 361a hires a local electrician on your behalf.

Was I ever relieved when a team of Wattgate certified electricians arrived to correct the situation. Unfortunately, Wattgate certified electricians charge over $1300 per receptacle. I don't blame them - they lost 3000 hours to the Wattgate 361a apprenticeship program. Here's the kicker: because I wired these myself, I voided the $119 3-week extended warrantee I paid on each one!

I am very impressed with the Wattgate 361a and the changes it has made in our lives:
Due to a total loss of hearing, I can't actually detect an improvement in sound quality, but I know it's there based on the fact that my speakers rarely collect dust
Our toast never burns, and our coffee maker now turns water into wine
The garage door opens so silently that my wife can now hear me smoking in the car from inside the house
On-line banking? The 361a automatically enters my PIN & prevents me from making an overdraft
Small woodland animals line-up on our window ledge to sing in perfect harmony with our alarm clock
Talking to my mother-in-law on the phone is now a joy in 7.1 Dolby TrueHD surround sound
All of our CFL light bulbs use 1/200th their rated power, have a CRI of 100, and now work on dimmers
In the past 7 months we have had the Wattgate 361a installed, the 14 day weather forecast on the HDTV has been perfect

Thanks Wattgate!

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I wonder if there is a group of really sarcastic people who just troll around obscure websites to write reviews?
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I wonder if there is a group of really sarcastic people who just troll around obscure websites to write reviews?
I don't think there was a coordinated group effort there. Probably one person wrote such a review and others joined in. Considering that site is trying to sell electrical sockets for $150, I can see why.

Note review #1:

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Why in the world would you ever need a gold plated 120VAC duplex receptacle? This device doesn't carry any signal, and any voltage loss from oxidation would be so minimal as to be unnoticeable. Your money would be better spent buying a Furman power conditioner if you're that worried about line voltage issues. This is just another example of the silliness that is so pervasive amongst audio installations. I'm an electrical engineer who repairs professional audio equipment for Broadway theaters. Gold plating is pointless unless the signals have very minimal voltages. Gold plating is even more ridiculous for line power items.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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I was suffering performance anxiety with my wife until I installed this product. Thankfully, things are perking up.
Given the 2 year+ span between the almost 70 reviews, I doubt it is any kind of formal group effort.
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I do some side work for an "audiophile". He makes a line conditioner of sorts with filtering in the audible range (like 0 to 40Khz). The sockets he used to use were medical grade but now he's found a "much better one" from Japan that "sounds better". He even goes as far as cryogenic-ally treating the sockets to make them sound even better. And he sells these filters for a hefty profit.

Trust me....there is a HUGE market out there for any item that will make your $20,000 audio setup sound 0.001% better. Apparently, there is some difference in the acoustic performance of electrical sockets....or so they say.

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...sound 0.001% better. Apparently, there is some difference in the acoustic performance of electrical sockets....or so they say.
Placebo.

If I spent a bunch of money on useless ****, I could convince myself it sounds a lot better too (:
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Placebo.

If I spent a bunch of money on useless ****, I could convince myself it sounds a lot better too (:
Bingo.

Reminds me of the $7250 Pear Anjou speaker cables and their "danceability".

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Exactly. Do a search for "cable cooking". Crazy stuff and folks are ready to pay out the nose for it. But hey, I'm the one making the money off of it, so I'm fine with it as long as they are happy with the results.

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