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Interconnects, speaker wire, power cords. Ask the Cable Guys.

IME, you are expecting too much of the cord.

Power cords certainly differ in how much of the music your system can deliver when they are installed. Part of this has to do with the cord's inherent electrical properties, part to do with its mechanical vibration properties, but a lot of the performance has to do with how the cord participates in your system's electrical noise environment. Your system will sound bad in a noisy environment regardless of how good any individual power cord may be.

Mid-bass vagueness and midrange dryness are symptoms of RF noise. Unfortunately, there is no simple magic bullet to cure RF noise. Every cord and cable in your audio system, every power supply in your audio components, every non-audio appliance more sophisticated than a toaster, and your house's power wiring, all combine to establish your RF noise environment.

You may get more benefit from using a simple tweak like the Hammond 193L choke wired as a parallel filter (posted by Alan Maher) than by swapping power cords.


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