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In Reply to: RE: I apologize for not taking seriously the importance of power cords posted by Duster on July 30, 2017 at 17:39:13
Thanks, I know you always seem to catch heck when it comes to cables. I do believe good cabling is important. I just don't have THAT much money to invest in to experiment and explore new options.
I think it was simply just the shear increase in gauge and shielding. That wire was sitting on a TDLink WIFI extender as well as a TripLite box, and various other cables.
Nah, I've just been around long enough to become a big target in Audio Asylum ;-)
BTW, It doesn't necessarily cost much to improve things, to a degree:
For example, if you upgrade the molded AC plug of the stock CJ preamplifier power cord, you might be surprised how much better the presentation sounds for little cash outlay.
Upgrade the molded IEC connector, and things can only get better, one step at a time...
I've read several reports suggesting the connectors can be just as important as the wires, if not moreso. That applies to AC cables, interconnects, and speaker wire. So it seems Duster is not alone with his advice.
"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
I like to use the analogy of a camera lens in association with a camera. If you consider an audio cable or power cord as the camera, and the connectors as the lens, you can't take a truly superior photograph unless the lens is just as good as the camera. I don't consider one aspect as being more important than the other, since they both tend to provide an equal role in high-performance signal transfer and AC delivery functions. I/O jacks can also be of equal importance in terms of the overall gestalt.
I agree with Duster's suggestions for the plugs and IEC connector. Even replace the socket in your preamp if you are capable. I seem to forget as I build a lot of my own things and include these as a matter of course.
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