Since 2000, the Chicago-based cable company Dynamic Design has offered three levels of power cord and cable products—the mid-priced Lotus Series, the premium Heritage Series, and the lofty Nebula series (see my review in Issue 245). Now, to accommodate first-time users (and upgraders bumping up against a budget) Dynamic Design has introduced the AnnaLyric PC-1, which checks in at a modest $400. (Dynamic Design uses direct-only sales to keep costs down.)
The AnnaLyric PC-1 uses a PEEK jacket (a semi-crystalline, high-temperature thermoplastic not unlike Teflon). Inside are eleven-gauge stranded bi-metal conductors, plus Dynamic Design’s own Multi-Layer Insulation System and multiple shields. These technologies are similar to the Dynamic Design Lotus AE15 power cord and intended to lower EMI/RFI. Termination quality appears to be excellent, and the brass connectors are heavy-gauge.
Sonically, a good many of DD’s strengths have migrated over to the PC-1 pretty much intact. It easily betters most original equipment cables with finer dynamic gradations, stronger, more focused images, and a weightier overall balance. Imaging performance is very stable, and timbres have some of the dark richness that I admired in the Lotus and Heritage models, though the PC-1’s overall character is just a little lighter in color. This said, bass is still solid with a nice balance of pitch and control.
The PC-1 isn’t additive in the aggressive sense of edge detail or etchiness. Rather, there are only minor sonic subtractions compared to its more elite siblings. For instance, backgrounds are not as inky black as those of my reference cords, and the complexities of soundstage depth and general spatiality are modestly reduced. As I listened to Britten’s Serenade, for example, the singer and accompanying lute inhabited the soundspace but not with the full breadth or immersiveness that I get with the pricier stuff.
Overall the AnnaLyric is a no-brainer bargain and joins the Shunyata Venom HC as a personal fave. It’s a strong effort that I would place high on my list of worthy upgrades.
DYNAMIC DESIGN CORPORATION
Price: $400/5 ft. (also available in 15- and 20-amp configurations in standard metric lengths)