Power cables, what are your thoughts?

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  • migliore
    Member
    • Nov 2000
    • 50

    Power cables, what are your thoughts?

    Please put yourself in one of three categories:

    a) never tried after market power cables

    b) tried them but didn't make a difference

    c) tried them and did make a difference

    If you tried some, which cables and what is/was your system?

    I've tried Harmonic Tech Pro AC-11, Synergistic Research A/C Master Coupler, and Perfect Cable 312.

    My system is EAD Ovation/PM2000 with AE520 speakers and a Rega Planet transport. I mostly tried the power cables on the pre-amp.

    I found the SRACMC to carry the most heft and bass. The HT was a slight bit wider in the soundstage. And the PC312 was similar to the SRACMC with a higher noise floor and slightly narrower soundstage.

    Rob

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  • KennyG
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Sep 2000
    • 745

    #2
    A) Never tried them...I've always been to busy upgrading components or interconnects to justify spending 2 or 3 hundred in that area.

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    • John Holmes
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Aug 2000
      • 2703

      #3
      Cat: A.

      I'm not quite where you are equipment wise so, I have yet to try one. However, it is something that I plan to try when I move into sperates.




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      • Andrew Pratt
        Moderator Emeritus
        • Aug 2000
        • 16507

        #4
        haven't tried them...mostly b/c I'm too busy upgrading the rest of the gear to the point where power cords will make a difference




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        • migliore
          Member
          • Nov 2000
          • 50

          #5
          Consider picking up a used power cable from audiogon, priced from about $120-160. Try it on your CD player or pre-amp. If you don't like it, turn around and sell if for the same $$.

          Or if that's too risky, you can get trials from Bob@audionut or some other cable companies. If you don't like 'em, send 'em back.

          You've nothing to lose other than $5 in shipping..

          Rob




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          • Markj
            Senior Member
            • Aug 2000
            • 323

            #6
            I am in the b category. The Salesperson mentioned all of the great things that a power cord would do for my amp. I needed a new power cord because I lost one when moving into your new house. I still have it but only because I could not find the original cord.

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            • Lexman
              Super Senior Member
              • Jun 2000
              • 1777

              #7
              CATCables might be doing some things on this line later on, but not yet. Additionally, I would not do power cords unless I am incorporated and each one is certified as being assembled by a licensed electrician. It's the only way I would mess with power cables. Anybody that isn't this cautious manufacturing isn't using very good judgement.

              But to answer the question, no I have not tried them as yet- Would I sell something I don't believe in myself? Probably, lol. Who am I to tell people what they should or shouldn't think makes a difference in their system? That's not my job. My job is just to show them the best products I can for the best value I can.

              I am perrsonally curious, but like the other guys, when I was spending on my gear, always to caught up in hardware or RCA/speaker cables to spend the bucks.

              Lex

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              • JohanK
                Member
                • Aug 2000
                • 49

                #8
                I use homemade power cords made out of ordinary 12/3 wiring using Volex connectors. They did make a small difference when used on power amps (Bryston 3B-ST and Rotel RB-985II) but they do look better than the OEM units. I have yet to try it on a preamp and source component.

                Using a dedicated circuit made a larger difference in my setup and I think that such an upgrade is a better place to start. YMMV.




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                • KennyG
                  Moderator Emeritus
                  • Sep 2000
                  • 745

                  #9
                  Actually I love to try some.
                  At this time, my problem is my room, it's too small, I've got an 8 foot screen behind my speakers (will have heavy drapes up soon...I hope), my speakers aren't far enough away from the walls, and they're way to big for the room size/ seating distance. So at this time I'm not sure I could hear a difference.
                  I'd probably do better with my smaller system's dynaudio speakers in place of the big system's legacy's..Kenny

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