If you were wiser, you would’ve known that. This doesn’t mean it’ll be tonally warm or have heavy bass but those could be layered on afterward. What sounds good and engages one listener – may be far different from another. That being said, I still am. The fact that the cables sound different is enough reason for exploration. With AC line current drain running ~ 5.83 Amperes, the voltage drops across the power cord’s internal resistance (0.0263 Ω) and would then be some 153 mVrms—that’s pretty negligible. My friends and I did a similar “what makes a power cable” when we reviewed all the designs out there and when we made a lot of ours designs to try to find the best we could make for our systems. Sometimes your brain doesn’t “adjust” on a “clean slate.” There are residual “effects” that linger depending on duration, volume, type of music, etc. Or are you just cynical or choosing to be ignorant? Come to think of it – that was me at some point. Your system has miles of wire in one form or another inside of it, aren’t you concerned about that? I have the same question and agree that it should be addressed by someone spending huge money on the “last 3 feet”. But it isn’t so I don’t. What changed? 4. 2 watching. It’s all relative. But if you don’t have a Hugo M Scaler, the USB is a safe choice just from its flexibility of source files. But generally speaking: The use of certain techniques and paint results in higher quality paintings. He called me a troll, the first of 2020 because I questioned him about power cables. Also there often bears no resemblance of price to audio quality so implying or saying x cable can be benchmarked of many others is a big dichotomy. Sound changed immediately. Whatever rows your boat, the important thing is that you’re happy, the guys who make these fancy cables are very likelly very happy that you roll that way too, so is the guy who sells you that stuff, so we’re all happy happy joy. A good painting for example has many unexplainable visual aspects that make it “good” and exites revisiting, but it also has many measurable techniques, brushes and paint characteristics. •The trade-off for tonal density (body) almost always seems to be tonal color. “And no, I don’t buy your bullshit of having to listen to each cable longer, because I know my limits of my auditory memory; it is utterly unreliable past a few seconds.”. Or maybe like the Emperor and his fine new suit? MUSIC REVIEWS: The Necks, Elvis Costello, Drive by Truckers-more! Religion? I bought mine ready-made from Neotech. You can always increase the conductor gauge if you have to extend the length of the cord well beyond its original reach—or do so simply because you want to upgrade; this will be your decision. I will admit, this survey was done to satiate my own curiosity – but I’m glad others have found it useful. Every cable offers something different and will probably sound better depending on how you want to balance it. Measurements are great for repeatability and finding problem areas. But, as always, there are trade-offs. Thanks, Sunil. Blind tests are pointless for the same reason why the skeptics request them – your mind is always playing tricks on you. That’s a nasty response for an “open minded” engineer, or is it “troublesome” as in “cannot convincingly answer”? Jay, great write up! Make sure you keep your cables well lubricated with snake oil. A little surprised given they are the go to for a few folks including myself. Caffeine. You just arbitrarily told us about what you think theses cables sound like. in that video, I can hear noise, but it should be noted that other than noise there is no noteworthy difference between the two cables even after ext. I’m very happy with the sound. I just hope you’re just man enough to admit it. I demoed the HFC Reveal, just before receiving the PSR-14 demo cable. If we don’t reinvent what we have lost the result is good, clean but with no soul! Ending Wednesday at 10:28AM PST 2d 15h. And trolls just repeat what bad engineers say and pretend they know what they’re talking about. Perhaps I could get a cable in. What it does best is melodic insight. I’m curious to know what they’re doing different – maybe another layer of shielding? Only second, we would continue with the optimization of the speaker and audio cables. And hardly any burn-in time! And I enjoy giving them a good beat down every so often. Excellent reviews! What Are The Three Best Power Cords? Your home is full of basic wire, perhaps you upgrade the outlet, but then why would that last 3 feet make a huge difference in sound quality? Yeah, that Shunyata is quite…specialty. Yeah, there’s an elegance and clarity to the sound without being imposing or distracting. One more comment, and then you can ban me. Sorry Jay, seems you misunderstood my first sentence “You’ll understand that I won’t take your word for it”. To be honest, there aren’t many publications that perform measurements……..anyway. But if you have free suggestions, I can try. Sure, some of the statements sound scientific, but that is actually one of the main features of any pseudoscience. I came across it because I need to buy a longer power cord for my Shunyata Hydra 6 power distributor because of a stereo reconfiguration. I do not recall any serious reviews of serious cars that say anything like “This car is just fun – I don’t know why but it is.” Rather they say things like “This car is fun because the gear shifting is very smooth, the engine is happy at high revs, the car is so light you can really throw it around corners.” Notice that all of those qualities have objective measurements. They don’t spend the dollars on marketing and seeking out pro reviews which probably hurts then and a few others like them. The Shunyata is musical in its own way, but it’s not for me. I tested and wrote notes with systems with different grounding schemes and completely different electrical grids. In fact the auditory memory of most people are that unreliable so I’m not even special in that regard. When I switched from a top of the line PS Audio cable to a Neotech, I immediately heard (listening to equally familiar music of course) that the bass was both stronger and punchier. I think your attitude doesn’t belong here. One reason why I love this hobby is that it’s not so cut and dry. I’m not very active in any of the forums, but feel free to link it. You think those engineers have been oblivious to that for decades, and still deliver their high priced electronics with a standard power cord? Red cars drive (are driven) faster, sugar pills lower cholesterol (I’ve seen it happen) and expensive power cables sound better. I’ve sent them a few emails. Hey Dan! Did you rewire your house using boutique cables? Speaker cables are Neotech’s NS3001, and the speakers are Buchardt Audio S300MKII. I think a better approach is to sell the virtue of good value audio cables or do an article on $50 cables that have improved amps etc. A much wiser man than me once said: what you post on your blog should be presentable to your mother and children. Oh c’mon, it doesn’t take a genius to recognize he isn’t an audiophile. This comment section is much harder to read – and goes on forever – for having indulged some people indefinitely who aren’t at least now ready to be part of a productive discussion. “If you have suggestions for speaker cables, let me know. The paintings of Frans Hals are jolly trivialities, the paintings of Jan Vermeer are timeless and sublime. If my budget was unlimited I’d just go to the store and buy the best of everything and not worry that I paid 5 k for a amp power cable and 45k for speakers wires. IEC Standard 20 Amp Connection. In fact, the high-end auto magazines do conduct objective measurements, publish the results, and explain how the experience of driving the car relates to the objective measurements. There are some high-end power cords that are very effective that have virtually immeasurable levels of capacitance. I think it was $30 worth of materials. good luck! So this survey is meant to provide a holistic impression of where each power cable stands relative to each other. Everything I found to be wrong could be measured, documented and repeated. Impressive effort taking on 27 cables but I do like these large comparative reviews. and “more neutrally” than what? Anything? Your article will be super useful when I upgrade. When I get into rabbit holes – there’s no turning back for me. I thought I read somewhere which input you thought sounded best on the Qutest, but now I can’t find it. At the end I ended up to the concusion that Wireworld cables are the less, or one of the less, present cables in the market. So, for that reason, I’m out. If this were not true: making a “good” cable would be like driving a car blind, you could end up anywhere between a crash and your destination. I love your Munich coverage. Wireworld stuff tends to be very bright. They have a personality I could work with. Cardas Clear Beyond Power Cable. I have nothing to prove its your article to defend not mine. Hi from Australia! Compare Configure Options. You should also give the PS Audio PerfectWave AC-5 and PS Audio PerfectWave AC-12 power cables a try. 45+ years with my 64 year old ears. If the Shunyata and the Furutech were priced the same, I would pick the Furutech every time. Enthusiasts should always be aware that you can buy top quality molded SJT power line cords, AWG 14, 16, or 18, of any length, made to utilize your personal choice of C13-type female connector (straight, angled left, or angled right*) on line. Tell us like it is ! . At this point, I’m sure we could all agree that different power cords sound different. as for that Yanny vs Laurel video, interesting video on psychoacoustics indeed, which is why I support measurements. The one that looks the best may not actually be technically the best. The Neotech power cable is hooked up to an old 150-watt NAD power amp, with an NAD M51 DAC as source. It has been years since I checked this particular branch of the Hi-End scene, and I see it has truly blossomed into a thing of beauty, I love, above all, the choice of words for the names, strangely sincere in most cases: Texture, Zenwave, Requisite, GRAND ILUSSION (priceless! But you’re not – and you look like a fool. If the cable doesn’t measure better – either individually or as part of a system – then you’re just pushing BS and probably being compensated by the manufacturers. I’ve got a Pc9100 and wonder how it stacks up to any of these cables in the same price range. If there’s potential to dramatically change the sound (and thus auditory experience) of your system with a cable…then, IMHO, it’s within the realm of audiophiles. For that reason, I’ve included a “Notes” section for each cable which contains the descriptors that were gathered from a word counter on my notes. Placement, room treatment ect. How to make DIY high-end power cable? From where I came from – it’s refreshing and intriguing. : a Teflon double-wrapped power cord composed of 54 fine strands of silver-clad, oxygen-free high-purity copper configured as a dual-braided AWG 8 conductor that may indeed cost about $600/meter. You say you are an open minded electrical engineer. “It’s a well known fact…”. A company called Iconoclast based all their cable designs on measurements only. I also have a lot of their bulk Ethernet cable. But at that point you have to concede that you personally didn’t feel like measuring the cables and that you know it can be quantitated but you didn’t feel like doing so. It’s very unprofessional. It’s more Wagner than Wagner. I’ve postponed this evaluation due to the sheer amount of work and time it required. Yeah, it’s really about experimentation. I’ve been using a combination of PS Audio, Shunyata, and DIY Furutech cables (with a PS Audio Dectect noise-reduction system). The goal is to get a sound YOU like. Well done Jay on another comprehensive and thought provoking review. I’ve actually tested in not just my own system, but a few friends as well. 6ft is a golden standard and it’s not just a random number. This thread says it all. I don’t need you to educate me. If someone says something negative about the BS, the leader and his followers attack? The Wireworld is more like distilled water, (no life is possible there if you don’t add by something else, like a component or other cables) and Cardas is a little bit like butter. YES it did, for about 2 weeks and it settled in. Currently stock. Sadly few good deeds go unpunished in the electronics world, as evidenced by the bluster posted under the review. don’t you understand? Longer-term memory works just fine, not by retaining a 100% accurate image in our minds–either visually or aurally–but in the way that we “characterize” to ourselves the essential points of what we see or hear. Point Pilote Esprit Cables pour la région Paris-Ile-de-France. As for your observation with different cables affecting the sound of a different source – that is absolutely true. With all of the complicated connectors on some of these high dollar cables it is much more likely that any difference you can notice is due to high resistance in the expensive cable. The wire will deeply attenuate spot local RFI within meters of that particular spot ( 1 square mm) because of its ohm resistance. The generic power cable sounded very abrasive in comparison. With so many results, can you clarify whether your comments and conclusions do or don’t take account of the price tag? After many years my profund respect for these two company has grown a lot. The EF cables are more raw and attention grabbing than the NR cables, and there is certainly less softness. I know from other reviews and a couple of email exchanges that we have similar tastes, and that was reinforced here, for example by your comments about the Sablon and the Snake River Cottonmouth. The biggest issue with cable reviews it is only accurate for one with similar components. I believe they were only 1m to 2.5m. I have also re wired an oppo or two, besides clock mods,etc. Although I’ve had no experience of the Shunyata Sigma NR your description comes close to my experience with the previous generation Alpha HC and the current generation Alpha NR, both of which I own. I just upgraded to the standard power cord for my Bryston 4B3 made a big difference. RFI rejection is also a real thing which is why many (not all) of these power cables are shielded. Any criticisms, and you won’t be branded as a heretic – they’ll just, with the utmost “civility and elegance” put a hole in your head. ” Was it indeed the FI-28? Yeah, I wasn’t a believer either. I can be expected to be lazy. I have crystal cable piccolo on my pre, dac, and LUMIN player. Let me answer that for you. Did it change the sound? A few of these cables sounded very different after a few hundred hours. Not troubled at all. Actually, that wouldn’t have been boring at all. Hi Max: You raise a great (valid) point when it comes to assessing audio cable -of any type; perhaps it’s revealing what it’s connected to, rather than revealing the intrinsic character of the cable itself. That would be a more appropriate and accurate way to look at it. I only mention this because I am building a DIY cord and want to make sure there are other options that are reasonably pried. I generally prefer in this place the cable that is more “raw” and dynamically unrestricted. And the story it does tell – may not be that important to an audiophile. I’m using the Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature on the Innuos right now – and it sounds superb. lol. It also feels good to support a local company, the Kimber HQ is just a 30 minute drive for me. But I’d gladly take a donation in order for you to get a more “helpful” review. Personally my system is not resolving enough to hear major differences in power cables. 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