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    Best power cable under $1000

    Hi,
    what is the best power cable under $1000?

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    Get in touch with davec , zenwave audio. If you want to spend that kind of money, he will provide you with a great price per performance ratio. He sells direct, knows what he is doing.

    In the end of the day if you believe the power cord can change the sound then really you have to try a few as one mans best is another's to be avoided. You may well want different attributes depending on the application and desired sound you want.

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    DH Labs Red Wave circa $700.
    To say something is the best implies you have surveyed the field. I have not.
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    best under $1000?

    any old power cable with the new Furutech FI-50 NCP male and IEC plugs installed.

    the plugs are pretty much doing most of the work anyway.

    combine those plugs with the new Furutech GTX-D NCP (R) duplex outlets and don't look back. you will be amazed at what that whole combo does for your music.

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    Mike it is my opinion that the connectors are the most important part of any cable.
    I am a little hesitant to say " any old power cable. " RFI is a concern for me. I would hazard to guess you are not using amy old cable. That said many companies offer the option of user termination.
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    How do you define "best"?

    • For minimal voltage drop, at what current (power) level?
    • Need for EMI/RFI shielding?
    • What about safety ground or isolation?
    • Desirable mechanical attributes like cable size and flexibility, connector size?


    Etc. I am not a proponent of expensive cables, but do feel some metrics should be in play when choosing a power cord. Especially if you're going to spend $1k. I wonder if all components are up to the stress of a massive cable hanging on the power connector?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregadd View Post
    Mike it is my opinion that the connectors are the most important part of any cable.
    I am a little hesitant to say " any old power cable. " RFI is a concern for me. I would hazard to guess you are not using amy old cable. That said many companies offer the option of user termination.
    sure; you do need to apply common sense.

    find a used power cord for $400 or less where you like the general approach of that brand on RFI and swap in those plugs. or purchase the raw cable that fits your needs. if you are not good at the install part find a friend who can do it competently. I watched my dealer install 7 sets on my power cords. it is tedious and I would not personally feel competent to do it all the way right. but I suppose I could do it myself if I had to.

    try one and see what it does. the price of admission is not that steep.....and the effort not that great. you might end up with a significant system upgrade reasonably priced.

    most of us have pretty good unused power cords lying around that would be good candidates for this approach. and it's easy to do a before and after comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonH50 View Post
    How do you define "best"?

    • For minimal voltage drop, at what current (power) level?
    • Need for EMI/RFI shielding?
    • What about safety ground or isolation?
    • Desirable mechanical attributes like cable size and flexibility, connector size?


    Etc. I am not a proponent of expensive cables, but do feel some metrics should be in play when choosing a power cord. Especially if you're going to spend $1k. I wonder if all components are up to the stress of a massive cable hanging on the power connector?
    Thank you all. The best power cable I have is the Elrod Statement Gold. But that is a BEAST of a cable. I am switching to the small, light Nagras AND I don't want to spend fortunes on audio any more. I also have an MIT Z-cord III (without the "boxes") which is eh...good... I think. With "best" I now mean: flexible and not darkening the sound, open character.

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    I moved to all Waveform Fidelity HE series last year. I auditioned a couple and felt they provided a punch and warmth that I did not receive from the others I auditioned (including Audience Au24 SE). I've been extremely pleased, and the care Paul Kaplan took in building them was impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    the plugs are pretty much doing most of the work anyway.
    While I prefer a good connector, this isn't entirely true. Consider that the average cable has zero cross sectional areas. They aren't twisted, they simply spiral. That means they offer no real attenuation of noise. On top of that there is no shield on any typical cord. I would not prefer an unshielded non-twisted cable. Either shielded and non-twisted or twisted.

    A cable with a lot of twists/cross-sectional-area will greatly reduce the noise from the power cord.

    As far as connectors anything that is phosphorous bronze or better will do wonderful, with the big bad boy Furutech's being the best.

    Also I don't like using under 12ga. Smaller never sounds right.

    *You can't buy a pre-made cable with the Furutech FI-50 NFC on it because the connectors alone are $680. Your only option is DIY. Otherwise Dave's cables are awesome. Under that there's a host of whatever you can get your hands on without bad connectors, like Pangea etc.

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