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For so long, I believed that cables were not supposed to make a difference in the sound. I just bought some better, not too expensive IC's just because I bought some new equipment and thought I should have something better than "patch cords". I was not expecting anything nor did I have ANY expectations at all..... until I heard the difference. Granted, it's not a night and day difference but noticeable enough for me. It's always most noticeable when I crank it up. Up goes the volume on cheap stuff and I cringe as my hearing/mind just can't take the harshness and I HAVE to turn it down. With the better cords, I can turn it up louder and longer.
Well I sure hope I dont ever hear any difference with cables...aftermarket power cords are expensive enough! lol
This is a very expensive hobby. If my friends knew how much I spend on audio equipment, they'd think I was crazy - and I only spend at just over the AC's Cheap and Cheerful limit!
Yeah. Most non-hobbyists don't understand why audio things cost so much nor why one would spend that much. I think it's often just a matter of exposure
Agreed. We had a party this evening of about a dozen guests. A few of them had been here before and they started encouraging others to go "check out his stereo" and I played some requests. "Wow, those are amazing speakers," one woman said. The point is that with some exposure some people really do "get it" and value it even if they might not wish to take the time to assemble such a system or spend the money to do so. Back to power cords. Yes, they absolutely can make a significant difference; akin to upgrading a component. I've read so many threads where people who have NOT even tried a number of high end power cords INSIST they cannot make a difference based on this or that "reasoning." I have listened to MAC, Pangea, and moved on to higher ground with Cullen Cable, Zenwave and TWL. You can bet your ears power cords make a difference! Once you hear it, you won't go back and you won't question it. Yes, I too could doubt how electricity that has traveled MANY miles through various transformers, a circuit breaker box, dozens of feet of Romex cable, etc. can somehow be magically transformed into producing BETTER SOUND by merely running through 6 feet of audiophile grade power cord. However, I cannot refute the evidence--good power cords DO improve sound quality.
This afternoon just ordered two more Pangea AC14XL power cords. Brings the total to eleven of them (total spent on them $2,000) IS the improvement worth $2000?Yes. no question.I certainly would never have been able to hear the difference as well as I do now, if I had not previously upgraded all the wall and power conditioner and extension duplex to Furutech GTX!And I would not have decided to buy the Furutech if I had not upgraded some power cords earlier this year and noticed a significant improvement.And none of it would have happened had I not upgraded my speakers this Spring to Magnepan 20.7. And my DAc to a Marantz SACD SA-10.The moral is never upgrade.... one upgrade always leads to another. and another and another
Thanks so much for your opinion Jerry. Unfortunately that opinion is decidedly in the minority here, especially so on this thread, which is about skeptics actually hearing differences in power cords. I can't be sure why you posted it here, perhaps looking for converts, I would hope not just trolling for an arguement, in any case your thoughts are duly noted.
1. Unless you have a faulty one (in which case, path-to-ground can be an issue) 2. power cords make no difference. 3. There's no blind testing that indicates they do, 4. there's no electrical reason they should, 5. there's no logical way they can.
I'm sorry. I don't understand the point of your posting this. It seems a bit like flame-baiting. Perhaps you can rephrase your point so that I can understand how it is constructive. Or should I read your handle, letittroll, and come to the obvious conclusion?
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