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RE: Tel Wire Cord - source vs. power amplification

While most posts on power cords center around the type/brand of equipment it is used with, it seems that you focus on the combination of the metals between plugs and outlets. Very interesting.

Shortly, I will be setting up my new listening room and plan to run 3 or 4 30 amp dedicated power lines using VH Audio 10 gauge cryo'd Romex between the fuse box and the outlets. I was planning to use Oyaide R-1 outlets because, by most accounts, they are "the best'. Your message implies there is indeed a science to receptacle/plug combinations in order to tune sound. This leads to me think that I should give more thought to the selection of outlets.

Here is what I have learned so far:
1) There are basically 10 metals used in plugs and receptacles: 1) brass 2)gold 3)silver 4)beryllium 5) bronze 6)palladium 7) platinum 8) rhodium 9) nickel 10)copper. Each of these has a different sound.

2)The trick is to mix and match male plugs with IEC plugs and then outlets to produce the right sound for your system.

Based on the following table of Oyaide receptacles and plugs:

Base Material Plating 1 Plating 2 Product Sound
beryllium copper platinum palladium R1 outlet neutral
P-004/C-004 neutral

phosphorus bronze gold palladium SWO-XXX neutral
P-046/C-046 neutral
P-079/C-079 warm

brass none none P-029/C-029 ??

phosphorus bronze silver rhodium P-037/C-037 lean


Assuming the PC wire is neutral(as you describe the Tel Wire), can you document the sound of the following combinations and/or recommend some combinations to get most balanced sound:

Outlet Male Plug IEC Plug Resulting sound
R1 P-004 C-004
P-004 C-029
P-004 C-037
P-004 C-046
P-004 C-079

P-029 C-029
P-029 C-037
P-029 C-046
P-029 C-079

P-037 C-037
P-037 C-046
P-037 C-079

P-046 P-046
P-046 P-079

P-079 P-079

SWO-XXX P-004 C-004
P-004 C-029
P-004 C-037
P-004 C-046
P-004 C-079

P-029 C-029
P-029 C-037
P-029 C-046
P-029 C-079

P-037 C-037
P-037 C-046
P-037 C-079

P-046 P-046
P-046 P-079

P-079 P-079

Also, any recommendations on other good setups with non-Oyaide (Wattgate, Furutech, Pass & Seymour, etc) PC Plugs/outlets for SS equipment (Ayre CX-7e CDP, Ayre K-1xe preamp, Krell FPB-600c amp, Thiel CS5i speakers, Transparent Reference XL cables and Straightwire Crescendo speaker cables)?

Thank you so much.


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