Musicworks are based in Cheadle, just south of Manchester, and they manufacture a fantastic range of power cables, power distribution blocks and equipment isolation products.
All of their products major on improving music communication, coherence and timing. If you already have the makings of a good system but want to take it further, the addition of some Musicworks products will be musically very rewarding.
Musicworks Mains Products
Everything starts with a wall socket!
I hear so many people say to me that mains cables and mains distribution products are a waste of time, that the last metre of mains cable between the wall socket and the equipment cannot make a difference when you look at the huge journey electricity has to take from being generated, to reach your house and travel along potentially hundreds of metres of twin & earth cable within the infrastructure of your home to reach the wall socket.
I would agree entirely with that statement on the face of it; however, the reality is quite different.
Take your typical hi-fi that has a CD player, a pre-amp and a power amp, all plugged into a standard mains extension block. Replacing this with a Musicworks block and leaving everything else in the system alone will deliver a big improvement in timing; bass lines become tighter and more controlled which allows the rest of the frequencies to breath more easily and flow without restriction. If you move round the components in the system one at a time (including the block itself) and upgrade the power cable from a standard one to a Musicworks cable you will find you get the same improvements, but on a much larger scale. All of a sudden the system sounds sweeter, more rounded; timing takes another jump forward and the musicians sound more real, more alive.
Start with just a power block and, as and when funds permit change the power cable that feeds the block (they do not come with one as standard), then the power cables on the actual components themselves. This will take you on a highly rewarding musical journey and doing it this way helps spread the cost and lets you really appreciate the gains you make each step of the way.
Purely as an example, take a system where the 3 components may cost £1500 a box, then adding a Musicworks block costing £485.00 plus 4 power cables costing £400.00 each may sound excessive. But this system as a whole will be a lot more musical and engaging to listen to than one costing more money, but using the standard power cables. Of course, adding some Musicworks to this level of equipment will yield even bigger results, but don’t miss out on what your current hi-fi is capable of!
Arrange a demonstration and find out for yourself exactly what happens when you integrate some Musicworks in to your system!
Musicworks ReFlex Ultra G3 Power Distribution Block
This is the flagship block from Musicworks, and it utilises a number of very clever things to make it sound the way it does.
Specially selected power sockets (the guys at Musicworks listened to countless sockets before deciding on these), optimised star earthing, non-metal fixings, all internal wiring has been cryogenically treated and several elements of Musicworks’ brilliant PEEK isolation has been used (more on that later!). Sonically it sounds superb, it creates so much air and space around the music; it sounds like a proper hi-fi cliche but it really gets your foot tapping. Live with one of these in your system for 7 to 10 days and remove it and you’ll find out exactly what all the fuss is about!
Priced at £995.00, plus a power cable to feed the actual block.
On demonstraton now, please do get in touch if you want to find out more!
Musicworks ReFlex Lite Power Distribution Block
The ReFlex Lite is the best selling power block and for good reason. It represents phenomenal value for money. Using star earthing with specially selected sockets (via audition again!), construction is a solid sandwich of acrylic. The IEC inlet allows you to choose whatever power cable you wish, you can use a standard one to start with then upgrade to a Musicworks one at a later date.
I recently did a demonstration of one of these blocks using a Naim Nait 5si and a CD5si, just using the standard power cables on the Naim items with a £400 Musicworks ReVive Lite 2 power cable on the block itself. The jump in musicality, space and detail was superb, easily as significant as changing a component in the system. We then replaced the 2 power cables on the Naim with another 2 ReVive Lite cables and it didn’t take long for the customer to add them to the top of the list of future upgrades.
You don’t need to keep upgrading hardware and losing money on part exchanges to get a better system. Focus on the infrastructure and your system can deliver so much more music and enjoyment, and when you do decide to make that big hardware upgrade you will instantly be getting the best out of it as the foundations for the system have already been laid!
Priced at £485.00 plus a power cable to feed the block.
On demonstraton now, please do get in touch if you want to find out more!
Musicworks ReVive IEC Power Cable
This is the flagship Musicworks power cable and is highly tuned and cryogenically treated. It features the brilliant Furutech F150 Rhodium plated IEC plug and the latest UK spec Rhodium plated wall plug. Particular attention has been paid to a low imedance earth path. The results of this are quite something. In most instances a short demonstration is all that is required, but live with this cable for an extended home audition and its merits really shine through.
Basslines become tighter, allowing the sound to breath with greater air and space. Dynamic range increases and listening at lower levels (which lots of people have to do, especically late at night) when using this cable will enable you to retain real system dynamics, something which lots of systems struggle with.
If you value your system’s ability to be musical (which isn’t the same as playing music!) this cable should definitely be on your shortlist!
The ReVive IEC is priced at £750.00 and is on demonstraton now, please do get in touch if you want to find out more! This cable is 1.8m long
Musicworks ReVive ‘Lite’ 2 IEC Power Cable
The ReVive Lite 2 is basically the baby brother of the ReVive, using the same mains plug, but a different IEC plug. This cable is a match made in heaven to go with the ReFlex Lite power block; the block works wonderfully well with a standard power cable, but things really start to boogie when you add on one of these to the block. The timing and rhythm of a system dramatically jumps forward, it makes music simply sound more real.
The cable also works really well with Naim, you get fairly substantial improvements in performance when used on a Nait 5 (all versions to be honest) and the Naim XS as well. Likewise on the CD players and Uniti products.
The ReVive Lite 2 is priced at £400.00 and is on demonstraton now, please do get in touch if you want to find out more! This cable is 1.8m long
Musicworks ReEntry 2 IEC Power Cable
This is Musicworks’s entry level cable and as such it gives you a fairly big slice of the performance of the other cables but for a fraction of the price. It will improve the clarity and coherence of whatever you use it with! Try one of these on a Rega Brio-R, it will put a big smile on your face and it will take this already excellent entry level amplifier to the next level!
The ReEntry 2 is priced at £180.00 and is on demonstraton now, please do get in touch if you want to find out more! This cable is 1.8m long.
Take a PEEK at the Musicworks Isolation Products!
Musicworks also produce a superb range of equipment isolating devices and speaker stands. PEEK is an advanced thermoplastic that has incredibly effective isolating properties. Musicworks have had PEEK manufactured into a number of different products.
P-Cone 2 Isolator
If you want a cost effective upgrade to your CD player, amplifier, Sky box, Blu-Ray Player or AV Amp the P-Cone 2 is a great option. Priced at a very modest £75.00 for a set of 3, they are quite a staggering upgrade for that sort of investment. Bass response tightens and the sound is cleaned up with better timing. Best used on entry level/budget components.
P-Cone L Isolator
This L version is basically the bigger brother of the smaller cone. Tonally it does the same thing as the P-Cone 2, but it performs to a higher standard and it can be used on heavier equipment and smaller floorstanding speakers with great results. Doing a demostration of these always results in astonishment, considering the modest cost.
The ReVo mini is designed as a cost effective modular rack for ‘half width’ and other small equipment. The ReVo mini can be used as a stand alone rack, or on top of furniture to provide additional isolation. The ReVo mini base module is a two tier equipment rack, the extension module adds an extra level of equipment support. Standard finish is clear acrylic with clear or black shelves. A black version of the ReVo mini is also available to special order.The main picture shows a ReVo mini in black, base module with one extension module in place.
Base module: Height: 22.5cm, shelf size: 39cm x 33cm
The lower shelf accommodates equipment up to 18cm in height and is £199 in a standard finish
Extension module: Accommodates equipment up to 11cm in height and is £99 in a standard finish
ReVue Equipment Stand
Whether you need a single equipment platform, or a full size stand to accomodate 4 or 5 components the ReVue provides the isolation of previous generations of ReVo table, with ultimate flexibility & high end styling. If the PEEK spacing option is chosen, performance is enhanced considerably.
There are two shelf size options, two shelf thickness options, 4 spacing options and shelf uprights are available with acrylic or PEEK.
The performance that your system is capable of delivering will be extended greatly when using one of these stands. It will genuinely unlock a lot more performance and musical enjoyment. Better timing, better rhythm, more focus, the ReVue is so much more than something to simply stand your hifi on!
Shelves – Standard shelf (width 57cm max (44cm internal), depth 42.5cm max)
£100 (clear) £115 (black / white) £165 (clear 15mm)
Large shelf (width 62.5cm max (49.5cm internal), depth 47cm max)
£150 (clear) £170 (black / white) £235 (clear 15mm)
Acrylic (25mm diameter): 100mm / 150mm / 200mm = £85 / set 320mm = £100 / set
PEEK (20mm diameter) : 100mm = £200; 150mm = £250; 200mm = £300; 320cm = £400 / set
Table Termination kit – top / bottom pieces with adjustable feet / spikes
Acrylic with stainless steel spikes £85 / set or PEEK £250 / set