Since their first appearance in 2017, Furutech’s NCF Booster series of cable and connector holders have been both award-winners and best-sellars, thanks to the marked and utterly consistent difference they can make to the performance of an audio system. Hi-Fi Choice gives a five-star verdict.
Furutech describes its NCF Booster the series as “not a sound enhancer, but a sound revealer” – a subtle but important distinction.
The series tackles the issue of what Furutech calls ‘pure transmission’ – how to transmit a delicate audio signal from A to B in its most unadulterated form, here addressing the interaction between cables and connectors and their immediate environment. Not only do the NCF Boosters lift audio cables off the floor and enable optimum alignment between connectors and sockets, they also provide optimum damping at key points along the way. That damping is specifically designed to reduce environmental interference, thus enabling a more pure and clear signal.
With the addition of the NCF Booster-Signal-L there are now three products in the series: the NCF Booster for power cables and connectors, NCF Booster-Signal for speaker and interconnect cables and connectors, and the new NCF Booster-Signal-L. The latter’s new design allows for the cradle to be lowered much further than the other models, making it possible for the NCF Booster-Signal-L to support connections that are usually positioned lower on components like HDMI and USB.
“This is a well-made product that cam deliver real sonic improvements,” says Hi-Fi Choice. “With Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 in F Minor played by the Cleveland Orchestra, the strident trumpet blasts become less edgy but are just as strident. However, what really stands out is the deep bass drum, which becomes tighter and better controlled,” while “overall, the midrange is cleaned up across a wide selection of music.”
The key ingredient in all three products is Furutech’s proprietary Nano Crystal² Formula (NCF) which features a special crystalline material with two active properties. First, it generates negative ions that eliminate static. Second, it converts thermal energy into far infrared. Furutech combine this crystalline material with nano-sized ceramic particles and carbon powder for their additional piezoelectric damping capabilities. The resulting Formula delivers superb electrical and mechanical damping.
Read the full piece in the ChoiceEXTRAS section of the April 2021 issue of Hi-Fi Choice.