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I wonder ...... if you added up all the pages devoted to the argument that cables matter and divide that number by the amount of people whose opinion was changed by reading these arguments, I bet the result would be "infinity"1,000,000 / 0 = infinity
I have to agree. In all the years and hundreds of threads, thousands of posts, across dozens of websites... the number of folks who wrote they changed their mind due to something written is ZERO.The only comments I have ever read of 'changing mind' is about actually trying some cable and discovering they can hear the difference. And none of them was because they 'read' something.
In some ways I envy the people that can't hear a difference. In my experience, to hear many of these types of differences you have to train yourself re: what to listen for. But that's a double edged sword, because once you're sensitized to it, it's really hard to "unhear" or ignore it.
In my case I went from a stock power cord to a $40 cord to a $250 cord to a $1000 cord. Every step I was a happy customer and found value. So far the $1000 cord has not been beat no matter how much I spent and every cable I audition has a free trial so I didn't get burned.
You might be surprised by a $169 power cord from Audio Envy.You might be thinking some voodoo is going on, but this cord is really special Regardless of price.Cheers!
I know technology continues to march on and generally better, faster and cheaper is the way of things.I will check them out, thanks.It's interesting with power, I find less is more. In other words you become sensitized to a given level of noise in your system as being "normal". With a good power component I find the noise floor lowers and suddenly I am hearing things I wasn't aware of before. Nothing changed in terms of volume or tone, you just hear edges of notes you couldn't hear before because of the noise you weren't even aware of. I love it when that happens.
"There is a strong reason equipment from manufactures such as Devialet get universally rave reviews. They earn these reviews with generic power cords as well."Generic or Devialet Stock cord. I can't imagine a five figure piece of equipment having the same stock cord as a two hundred dollar piece of equipment. But then again I haven't compared.I just purchased an amplifier and was ready to send it back cause while having a lot more watts, it wasn't sounding as detailed as I was hoping. While it was under two grand, I was disappointed. I installed an aftermarket and was astounded.Now you might say it was in my head and quess what, it was. Right between the ears. Ya see I have a deficiency in my hearing and while you have to train to hear differences, with me it is a matter of actually understanding what I'm hearing or not. Things sound muddy or muffled tells me it ain't right and somethings got to change. The cord made all the difference in this case as attested to with my wife making an unsolicited comment concerning improvement (she rarely does). I also put the stock back in to confirm my feeling and preferred the aftermarket.And you can also call me an anomaly in the fact that due to reading in AC about cables has led me to further investigate and try aftermarket cords.Don
Like ghosts.....just cause you aint seen one, doesnt mean they dont exist.....
The issue I'm discussing is spending high dollars on power cords, thinking those will help. They don't.
High dollar power cords don't help YOU. However, you must acknowledge that high end power cords benefit a lot of other audiophiles. The countless speculations for why and how power cords improve the sound are entirely irrelevant. You (and everyone else) simply don't know the answer. And that's OK.
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