In Reply to: power cord shopping - any ideas? posted by tiberian on January 22, 2006 at 09:47:20:
IMO, it's going to be tough to find better, less costly options, as these are two of the cords riding the crest of the cost/benefit curve. I used to use a Source cord, and still use an Airsine from the wall to my (digital) AM Stealth, where it really shines.
Concierto Violins ultimately replaced my Wolff cords, adding even better liquidity and rich textures without sacrificing immediacy, transient speed and inner detail. The smoothness and natural bloom of the Wolff with the clarity, detail and dynamics of the Airsine (almost). But they're more expensive, unless you can find one used.
The Airsine is probably the most neutral cord I've used (as far as I can tell--these things are always somewhat personal/system-dependent assessments).
If you're looking for uncolored natural detail and dynamics I'd consider another Airsine. If you want a ( very slightly) smoother sound with a little extra texture and caressing of voices I highly recommend the Foundation Research. I use an LC-2 on my Tact amp/DAC.
Von Gaylord also makes a really smooth and dimensional cord. Slightly soft, but palpable and sweet.
Electraglide Ultra Khan 2 Rev/Rev adds a bit of life and increased scale to the presentation, but could be a little fatiguing over time with my current setup. And it's not grounded.
Probably the best of the less expensive cords I've tried is the K-Works. Really quiet. But not as dynamic as the Airsine.
At the price, the Airsine is tough to beat.
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Topic - power cord shopping - any ideas? - tiberian 09:47:20 01/22/06 (3)