Dear Peter your question is very interesting.Vienna, do you have a video comparison with just the power cord change not including any cable changes?
Could you please describe whether the power cord or the Interconnect cables make a bigger difference and why?
Due to my engineering background, reading at forums and reviews about audiophile power cables, it was beyond my logic that a power cable of adequate sizing can offer more than just to conduct the power to the components. it was beyond my logic too, that the last meter of the power lines are making any difference.
There are many power cord misconceptions in the market. Here, we will address these issues and how Shunyata Research relates.
How can an aftermarket power cord, which represents the last 6 feet or so of many miles of cheap in-wall and underground wiring, make any difference at all to sound or video?
MISCONCEPTION #1: AC power is like water coming from a large power tank, flowing through several 10s of feet of power hose into a component. This implies that the component is at the end of this system.
Answer: Actually, the component sits between two power conductors: the hot and the neutral. AC power oscillates (alternates) back and forth at a 50-60hz rate. So power does not pour into the component at all. The component’s power supply is within a complex network of wires and connectors. Due to their obvious proximity, ALL of the wire and connectors can and do affect the performance of the component’power supply.
MISCONCEPTION #2: AC power can be contaminated just like water in a hose. This implies that once the water is contaminated at some point up stream, that is must be cleansed before it arrives at the audio component.
Answer: As stated in #1, the component is not a the end of the power hose. It is between two power hoses and the current is oscillating back and forth. Further, current is not like water at all. Electrons cannot be contaminated. There are two aspects to power transmission: the EM wave and the current flow. The current itself cannot be contaminated but the EM wave can be modulated with other frequencies. We usually call these other frequencies noise or EMI. Within the various parts of a power circuit there may be EMI in certain parts that are not present in others. EM energy can be transformed or redirected to lessen their effects.
Some power cords for example, use capacitors, inductors, or ferrites in an attempt to control the EM fields around the audio component. The success of such an approach is completely dependent upon the specific power supply design and its reaction to the added reactive capacitance of the power cord.
MISCONCEPTION #3: There is up to a hundred feet of wire in the walls, so the last 6 feet of power cord [PC] can’t possibly make any difference.
Answer: The PC is NOT the last 6 feet as stated in #1 and the local current and EM effects directly affect the sonic performance of the component. The power cord is not the last 6 feet, it is the first 6 feet from the perspective of the component. The further a noise source is from a component, the less of an impact it will have on the components power supply. The high-frequency noise sources that have the greatest impact on audio and video performance are the system components themselves — which are usually all in close proximity of one another and all emit radiated fields of high-frequency noise. A well designed power cord can act as a noise-isolated extension of the primary winding of a component’s power supply and will help isolate the power supply from the fields of radiated RF and EM noise energy that is ever present in all electronics systems.
Truth! Power management is a prerequisite to getting the best sound from your system. That is also why I chose the Furutech Pure Power NCF 6E over a Zanden 3000 upgrade.Believe it or not. Power cord decides the tonal and soundstage and harmonics and bass extreme frequency of a DAC. Power cord at pre amp also seems to have certain weight on a system sound contribution. In my experience and contrary to popular belief, power cord usually has much more impact than IC or SC.
I am not much of a cable guy, but your description somehow resonates with me .Please elaborate on SEXY HIGHS ! I want my system to have sexy highs. We have spent many posts discussing NATURAL, lets talk sexy !And then VYDA cables arrived. It was much easier for me to replace the Tidal ICs and I did so.
Vyda ICs was the dream for me sound, that I was after for years, extreme depths and wide stage with wonderful presence and SEXY HIGHS.
Please post this sexy high, prefer a track on violin please.I am not much of a cable guy, but your description somehow resonates with me .Please elaborate on SEXY HIGHS ! I want my system to have sexy highs. We have spent many posts discussing NATURAL, lets talk sexy !
I am not much of a cable guy, but your description somehow resonates with me .Please elaborate on SEXY HIGHS ! I want my system to have sexy highs. We have spent many posts discussing NATURAL, lets talk sexy !
Please post this sexy high, prefer a track on violin please.
My dear friend Tang,sold to me the SAT at a very good price,very friendly,so the minimum i can do is to gift to him a phono cable and a power cable that he can put,i think on EMT phono.Aha..The secret sauce reveals . Do you have the power cord or the phono cable? My Italian buddy will be sending me the phono cable to try.
I have been bored of audio lately. Will have to get back to buying your wonderful records soon.
We all trust Tangs magic ears !My dear friend Tang,sold to me the SAT at a very good price,very friendly,so the minimum i can do is to gift to him a phono cable and a power cable that he can put,i think on EMT phono.
I already ordered to Enrico,and will be ready around 7/10 february,after he will finish his orders
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