Published Aug 15, 2016Forever in search of the ultimate listening experience, audiophiles are notorious for continuously tweaking their sound systems through buying new gear, building dedicated listening rooms and more. Now, audiophiles in Japan are upping the ante by installing their own personal power poles to affect electrical currents.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the rationale is that personal utility poles with custom transformers result in "purer" electricity, improving the sound setups. Audiophile Takeo Morita, an 82-year old retired lawyer, told the publication, "Electricity is like blood. If it is tainted, the whole body will get sick. No matter how expensive the audio equipment is, it will be no good if the blood is bad."
The logic behind the upgrade is that electromagnetic interference from neighbours' appliances reduces sound quality through use of a shared power line. Morita paid $10,000 US to erect a 40-foot tall concrete power pole in his front yard, topped with his own transformer.
Find a video of Morita's setup over here at the WSJ.