Takeo Morita paid $10,000 to have the 40-foot-high electricity pylon connected directly to the grid, as a way to avoid “tainted” electricity.

Some people will go to drastic lengths to get the best sound quality, paying extortionate amounts of money on speakers, amplifiers, and the best audio cables available. However, for 82-year-old Takeo Morita, who already has a $60,000 amplifier and theatre-quality speakers, this still was not enough.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese hi-fi enthusiast commissioned Izumi Denki Corp to install a personal electricity pylon in his garden so that he could avoid any electrical interference that comes from sharing a public line, which he believes interferes with the sound of his hi-fi because of the “noise” generated by neighbours’ personal devices.

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This is not the first such occurrence, either. The company says that it has installed 40 similar poles across Japan since 2006.

According to Mr Morita, “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.” He now claims that his systems sounds much more transparent and the audio quality is notably improved. And who would argue with him?

If this DIY hi-fi project sounds a bit much, you could always build a shed out of your old vinyl records (no, we’re not sure why either)...

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Image credit: Wall Street Journal


jjbomber's picture


Found at last - Japanese relative of Russ Andrews!

djh1697's picture


I am sure that a Leicestershire based LP12 tweaker could have made his LP12 sound better without all the expense?

koblongata's picture

Why didn't he just go with

Why didn't he just go with battery route? much more cost effective I think?

Graham Luke's picture

It's the seaweed, innit?

That's Sushi for you, folks; give the pie an' mash a miss and try a little raw fish from the land of the rising sun.

(I bet the neighbours are thrilled an' all!)

wilsonlaidlaw's picture

Wouldn't a dual circuit APS have done the same thing?

Would he not have been able to get "perfect" electricity from rectifying the original supply, to charge a bank of batteries and then running a high quality pure sine wave inverter off the batteries? Much less risk of annoying the neighbours than sticking up a dirty great pylon in front of their houses and a lot cheaper as well. I just hope he remembers to lubricate all his interconnects with snake oil every night.

However it is interesting how much less mains noise/hum there is on my system, since I swapped from an Aqua Acoustic La Voce DAC, which uses a great big toiroidal mains transformer, to a Benchmark DAC-2L, which uses a switching power supply. Benchmark claim that changing from the conventional PSU with transformer on their DAC-1 to a switching power supply on the DAC-2 series is one of the major factors in their getting the noise level down to -160dB. 

Gray's picture


nothing else on the same grid taints the blood?